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February 1, 2017

Family Activity: Water on Mars

Play with juggling, create a splatter paint masterpiece and experiment with gravity in this Family Activity!  For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at

Learn Juggling

Water on Mars is full of experimental juggling with everyday objects–like water bottles and rolls of toilet paper! We visited New Victory Teaching Artist and professional clown, Billy Schultz, in his home so he could teach us juggling with everyday objects.


Splatter Time

The jugglers of Water on Mars are some of the best in the world. Not only do they have some of the best technical juggling skills; they're also known for their artistic visuals and risk-taking. In this activity, make a piece of art inspired by the design of the show!

The Cast of Water on Mars
Materials: Cardstock paper, paint (we used acrylic but any paint can work), paintbrushes, painter's tape, markers
Warning: This can get messy. Make sure to do it over another piece of paper or a plastic tablecloth, and wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on.

Step One: Using the painter's tape, make an interesting design on your cardstock. 

Step One

Step Two: Pick one color to paint over the paper. Pick other colors to splatter over the solid color. HINT: If you add a little warm water to the paint and mix is around you can make better splatters.

Step Two
Step Two
Step Three: Wait for everything to dry. Then peel off the painter's tape!
Step Three

Step Four: Water on Mars is a show about discovering new things. In the white lines (created from the painter's tape) write down things that you have recently discovered about yourself. Maybe you've discovered that you're a really excellent dancer, or that you love a new type of food.

Step Four
Freeze Frame

In Water on Mars, the creators/jugglers are fascinated by the shapes that thrown or juggled objects make when suspended in the air—different objects create different visual images. In this activity, experiment with what visual images you can make at home! 

Materials: Camera, light household objects (e.g. toilet paper rolls, plastic bags, scarves, etc.)

Step One: Look at the pictures below for inspiration.
Juggling Freeze Frame example with rings Juggling Freeze Frame example with pins Juggling Freeze Frame example with balls

Step Two: Clear a space in your home and collect objects that you want to throw in the air. Experiment with:
  • How things look while they are suspended in the air 
  • What shape your body can make after throwing the object
  • The most interesting way to catch the object
  • The speeds at which you throw each object 
  • A combination of different weights, textures and sizes

Step Three: Once you feel "picture-ready," position yourself in the cleared space and have another person take your photo as you throw the objects in the air. If you're using an iPhone, you can hold the shutter button or volume button down to capture a burst of photos to choose from. 

Family Activities

We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites, Arts Express, TXT Marks the Spot and Talk-Backs! 
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Photos: Patrik Rio Monko, Einar Kling Odencrants
Posted by Beth Henderson
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