A day dedicated to our small buggy friends!

Come out to Nature’s Neighborhood for BUGFest!

Saturday, August 29
Join us for BUG Fest at your Toledo Zoo. This day is totally devoted to all creatures that creep, crawl, flutter and fly! Come to Nature’s Neighborhood from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a day of full of bugs, bugs and more bugs! Kids can help build giant bugs, touch live insects, participate in bug races and watch our creepy crawlies eat! In addition, we will have a honey tasting and other wild treats, along with activities coordinated by our partners Imagination Station. It’s so much fun, the kids won’t even realize they are learning! For more information, please visit

The Butterfly & Bug Festival is free with regular Zoo admission.


Schedule of Events

(all inside Nature’s Neighborhood)

Imagination Station 10:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.

Activity Stations 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• Build-a-Bug (learn about insect anatomy by building an insect!)
• Honey Tasting Station
• Water Insects & Stream Play
• Try cookies made with cricket flour
• Battle bug bots! (Control a robot rhinoceros beetle or a robot stag beetle!)
• Cockroach or mealworm race
• Search for scorpions using a black light

Demos & Shows
12:30
Movin’ Groovin’ Backyard Safari Super Show presented by Mercy on the Fisher-Price stage in Nature’s Neighborhood

1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Catch our Soar N’ Explore live animal show at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Museum of Science’s Indoor Theatre.

All day
There will also be animal feeds and demonstrations happening throughout the Zoo.

Summer + Science = FUN

Regular Nature’s Neighborhood programming will run as usual, including the Stream and Contact Yard.  Check our programming board inside Home Sweet Home for more details!