Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sponsored by The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust

October brings cooler weather, beautiful fall colors and...BatFest! Did you know that there are 13 bat species recorded in Ohio? The big brown bat is the second most common bat in Ohio. The only mammals that can fly, their fossil records date back 50 million years! Bats are responsible for pollinating numerous fruits consumed by humans, as well as keeping the insect population in check.

On Oct. 26, get batty with a fun-filled day of bat activities for the entire family. Meet special guests and local chiroptera experts, taste fruit pollinated by bats, watch our very own big brown bats take flight, join the annual BatFest costume parade, explore the world’s largest artificial limestone cave, meet the illustrator of a new bat book for children and more!

BatFest Market

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Usborne Books and More

Rotunda Activities

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clever Crazes for Kids
Test your science knowledge with, a STEM-integrated website for families, after-school programs and schools.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Copperhead Environmental Consulting
Learn all about bat research by checking out some equipment used to study bats in the field.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Greater Cincinnati Grotto
Watch local grotto members demonstrate skillful rope techniques to scale the Rotunda and learn about cave ecology from the experts.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cincinnati Parks
Meet some of Cincinnati parks batty staff and get information about bats while doing some cool hands-on activities.


Museum of Natural History & Science

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bat Flight
Ask our bat specialists questions as you watch our Big Brown Bats take flight in this 30-minute program (beginning of every hour next to the entrance of The Cave).

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ECHO Bats, Inc.
See live bats up close and enjoy bat activities to learn the importantrole of bats in our ecosystem, and information about White Nose Syndrome.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cave
Explore 500 feet of dark passages in one of the world’s largest artificial limestone caves.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center’s Programs-on-Wheels
Try on a pair of bat ears, create a bat bookmark and become a "bat expert" after learning fun facts from hands-on bat-related activities.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scavenger Hunt
Flap into fun with our BatFest Scavenger Hunt earning Nature’s Trading Post points.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division
Pick up the latest publications to see what’s happening in the world of local wildlife found in your backyard.

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2:30 p.m.
Ann Froschauer from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Learn about bats and what is threatening them, including white-nose syndrome, in one of Ann’s 30 minute presentations!

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fruit Tasting
Did you know bats pollinate foods that we eat every day? Sample a variety of fruits from around the world pollinated by bats!

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get a Ph.D. in Bats!
Meet with Dr. Herman Mays, Curator of Zoology, Cincinnati Museum Center, to examine specimens of bats and other weird mammals from around the world.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Batty Brain
Test your bat I.Q. with a twist on the classic game of Jeopardy.


Duke Energy Children's Museum Lobby

11 to 11:45 a.m. ArtReach: A Division of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati
Join a teaching artist from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as we fly deep into the fantastic world of bats! Through dramatic play and using popular children’s literature as a springboard, this interactive storytelling experience invites children into familiar stories.


Duke Energy Children's Museum

1 p.m. Budding Scientists: Bats Are Handy
How is a bat wing similar to your hand? Visit us and find out!

3 p.m. Young at Art: William Wegman
Artist William Wegman loves to dress his pets up in costumes and take their pictures. Have fun looking at his work while making a costume collage of your own!

2 to 3:30 p.m. DIY Disguise Lab
Forgot your costume? Don’t worry! Stop by and create a one of a kind costume to showcase in the Costume Parade.

3:30 to 3:45 p.m. Costume Parade
Meet near Kids’ SPACE in Duke Energy Children’s Museum to show off your spooky threads and parade through the museum.

4 p.m. Dance Party: Monster Mash
We’ll have a howling good time boogying down monster mash style!



 Buy Tickets

Activities in the Rotunda are free. Activities in our museums are free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass for $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children.

For each paying adult, one costumed child will receive a FREE All Museums Pass!

Bat Overnight: October 26-27

Grab your sleeping bag and a pillow and spend the night exploring and learning at Cincinnati Museum Center on October 26! See a bat flight, learn about our limestone cave and explore the Museum of Natural History & Science after hours. In the morning, enjoy breakfast and the OMNIMAX® film, Journey into Amazing Caves. Space is very limited, so reserve your place early! Overnight starts Saturday, October 26 and ends Sunday, October 27. Cost: $28 per person. Call (513) 287-7021 for information and to make your reservation today! Click here to learn more about our overnight programs.


Thank You

Thank you to the following organizations for their continued support of BatFest:

Cincinnati Museum Center Animal Programs
Cincinnati Museum Center Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Cincinnati Museum Center Geier Collections and Research Center
Cincinnati Museum Center Programs-on-Wheels
Cincinnati Parks
Clever Crazes for Kids
EchoBats, Inc.
Copperhead Environmental Consulting
Greater Cincinnati Grotto
Usborne Books and More