A day dedicated to our small buggy friends!

Come out to Nature’s Neighborhood for BUGFest!

Saturday, August 29
Visit Nature’s Neighborhood from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a day of fun, all dedicated to the little creatures that creep and crawl and float and flutter! Our Science Day series invites you to experience our fun, hands-on science activities that engage kids in a wide range of scientific realms.

If you know a child who likes bugs or butterflies, this is the place to be. The award-winning Nature’s Neighborhood offers innovative, child-centered teaching through real-life science that is so fun, the kids won’t realize they’re learning.

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

We have three special guests –  BUGMAN, Imagination Station, and the Sierra Club!

Visit Imagination Station outside Eats! Patio and learn how science is amazing, especially when you can take simple household items and create something beautiful.  Try your hand at creating a chromatography butterfly, using a coffee filter, markers and H2O!

Then swing by the Workshop to visit our friend from Columbus – BUGMAN!  He will have his special collection of live insects and specimens on hand for you to get up close to these amazing creatures.


Check out the Forest Room for our friends from the Sierra Club, who are here to show us how invertebrates are great indicators of the health of our waterways.  What’s in your water?  Ask the bugs!

sierra club

Schedule of Events

(all inside Nature’s Neighborhood)

BUGMAN 10:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Imagination Station 10:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Sierra Club 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Activity Stations 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
• Build-a-Bug
• Honey Tasting Station
• Spider & Beetle Ball Tournaments
• Water Insects & Stream Play

Demos & Shows
•  Entomology Corner Demos & Sketchers –  Home Sweet Home
      •  10:30 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.
      •  1:00 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.
•  Children’s Animal Show –  Fisher Price Discovery Stage
      •  12:00 p.m.
•  Un-BEE-lievable Beekeeping Demo – Fisher Price Discovery Stage
      •  1:00 p.m.
•  Keeper Tales Stage Show – Fisher Price Discovery Stage
      •  2:30 p.m.

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!