Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

April 22 2023

Ants at EarthFest (USA)

Ants is an interactive performance which brings children together to explore the landscape around them.

An Ants production photo. Polyglot artists in intricate black Ant costumes move through a large museum foyer, holding giant crumbs. An enormous skeleton and families visiting the museum are visible in the background. Photographer: Theresa Harrison

Presented by the American Museum of Natural History

Ants as big as humans work together intently, collecting and placing hundreds of giant bread crumbs, and children are irresistibly drawn closer to find out how they can join in. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, with children’s movement making lines and patterns, transforming public space and disrupting the everyday. Children choose how they interact with the big insects, becoming Ant-like creatures themselves and taking part in their world. This is an enchanting and unusual experience that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.

Polyglot Theatre is working in partnership with Inlet Dance Theatre to deliver this season. 


  • Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY, USA


  • Saturday 22 April: 10.30am, 11.30am, 2.00pm, 3.00pm

EarthFest is free for Museum Members or with general admission. Tickets for Museum entry can be booked HERE.

  • Ants will take place at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which is on the 1st floor of the Museum. The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life is accessible from the entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center.
  • The accessible entrance to the Museum is located at the Rose Center at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Please note: the 81st Street/Museum of Natural History (B and C trains) subway station and subway entrance to the Museum are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Accessible restrooms are located at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (located on the hall’s lower level, access via elevator on mezzanine level).
  • Wheelchairs are available for visitors at no cost.
  • Service Animals and strollers are welcome throughout the Museum.
  • Museum Maps are available in eleven languages.
  • A visual story for the American Museum of Natural History can be downloaded HERE.
  • More accessibility information for the American Museum of Natural History can be accessed HERE.


  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers and the landscape. Some participants may prefer a gentle experience, others may be more energetic.
  •  Ants does not contain bright or flashing lights.
  • Ants contains amplified sound and music that is played through portable speakers.

How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot show we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.
  • Strollers are welcome throughout the Museum.
  • The recommended Museum entrance for strollers is 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • Double strollers are not typically permitted in the special exhibition galleries due to space constraints. Where strollers are not permitted, stroller parking is provided.
  • FAQ’s on ticketing prices for families can be accessed HERE


  • Visitors can enter and exit through Central Park West (upstairs) at 79th Street or at the accessible entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • For priority access, Members and their guests can use the Member entrance at Central Park West and 79th Street (ground level, under the grand staircase).
  • Access-a-Ride Service and GPS devices should use the following address: 56 West 81st Street, which is the accessible entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Public Transportation

  • The closest accessible subway station is the 72nd Street station (1, 2, and 3 trains), with a connection on the northbound M7 on Amsterdam Avenue.
  • The nearest subway station is located at 81st Street, accessible via the B (weekdays only) or C lines. The 81st Street subway station is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The 1 train stops at Broadway and West 79th street, two blocks west of the Museum
  • The M79 bus travels east/west across Central Park, stopping at the closest bus stop to the Museum on West 81st Street
  • Further NYC transport information can be accessed on the MTA website available HERE.

EarthFest returns on-site for Earth Day 2023 to celebrate our greatest resource – our planet!

Join us for a full day of family-friendly activities, performances, and lectures showcasing local and international efforts devoted to preserving planet Earth.

More information about EarthFest 2023 is located HERE.

Watch the trailer


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