June 7: BugFest


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Mark your calendars for our 11th annual BugFest on Saturday, June 7, 2014! Immerse yourself in the world of arthropods with special guests, live insects, hands-on activities and much more outside Cincinnati Museum Center and inside the Rotunda, Museum of Natural History & Science and Duke Energy Children's Museum.


10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Northern Kentucky University, Department of Biological Sciences
Interact with forensic entomology displays and demonstrations.

11 to 11:30 a.m.
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
1 to 1:30 p.m.

Buckeye United Fly Fishers, Inc.
Learn proper casting techniques.


10 a.m to 3 p.m.

BugFest Marketplace
Browse items from Crown Jewel, Usborne Books and More

10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Discover non-native invasive insects and learn how to get rid of them.


University of Cincinnati, Department of Biology
Interact with diving beetles, explore insect eyes and create bug-inspired crafts.


Cincinnati Health Department
Information on a variety of bugs, live and preserved specimens and coloring activities for kids.


Buckeye United Fly Fishers, Inc.
Enjoy fly-tying demos and discuss stream entomology.


Get up close with mealworms, waxworms, superworms, fly larvae and more.


Cincinnati Naturalist Society
Talk with local naturalists and their collection of bug friends.


Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
Learn about soil layers, compost, local fossils and ground water.

Museum of Natural History & Science

10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt – Mastodon and Nature’s Trading Post
Earn points in Nature’s Trading post by completing the questions about bugs throughout the Museum of Natural History & Science.

10 to 11 a.m.

Bugs to View – Preschool Sandplay
Look at insect specimens through our special viewers.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Animal Showcase – Cave
Meet some interesting creature and the animals that eat them.


WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium
Meet the turtles, tortoises and lizards that love to eat bugs.


Geier Collections and Research Center – LITE Lab
Examine microscopic insects from Museum Center’s zoology collection.


Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature – North Gallery
Bug-themed activities for children of all ages.


Great Parks of Hamilton County – North Gallery
Learn about lady bugs and mimicry.


Cincinnati Museum Center’s Programs on Wheels – North Gallery
Build a bug and examine collection mounts.


Echo Bats – North Gallery
Watch live bats and learn about bats as pest management.


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens – North Gallery
See some of the world’s most amazing invertebrates.

11 a.m. to noon
1 to 2 p.m.

Face Painting – North Gallery
Transform into your favorite bug with face paint.

11 a.m. to noon

Butterfly life cycle program – Preschool Sandplay
Create a pasta version of a butterfly’s lifecycle.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bug Jeopardy – LITE Lab prototype area
Test your knowledge of the insect world.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bug Bistro – North Gallery
Test your taste buds with a selection of insect dishes. Get the recipes here!

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Temporary Tattoos – North Gallery
Get inked with one of our awesome temporary insect tattoos.

Noon to 1 p.m.

Cockroach Races – Totem Pole
Will your cockroach win the race? Watch Museum Center’s very own hissing cockroaches sprint to the finish line.

1 to 1:30 p.m.

Bat Flight – Cave
Watch our big brown bats take flight and learn why bats are important to the insect world.

1 to 2 p.m.

Sandplay Story Time – Preschool Sandplay
Listen to stories about bugs and the environment.

2:30 to 3 p.m.

Animals in Nature – Totem Pole
Come meet Aragog, our eight-legged arachnids, and learn how spiders are different from insects.

2 to 3 p.m.

Butterfly programs – Pathways To Change Grow Lab
Explore the science, life and art of butterflies.

Duke Energy Children's Museum

3 to 3:30 p.m.

Young at Art: Tissue Paper Insect Collage
Create a paper collage of your favorite insect inspired by the artwork of Eric Carle.


 Buy Tickets

Activities on the front lawn and in the Rotunda are free. Activities in the Museum of Natural History & Science and Duke Energy Children's Museum are included with museum admission.


Participating Organizations

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

Buckeye United Fly Fishers, Inc.
Cincinnati Health Department
Cincinnati Museum Center Animal Resources Department
Cincinnati Museum Center Programs on Wheels
Cincinnati Naturalist Society
Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature
Crown Jewel
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Duke Energy Children’s Museum
Echo Bats, Inc.
Geier Collections and Research Center
Great Parks of Hamilton County
Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District
Northern Kentucky University Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cincinnati Department of Biology
Usborne Books & More
WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium
Dr. Gene Kritsky
Jessee Smith