Oct. 25: BatFest


Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Did you know that a colony of bats lives inside Union Terminal? Say hello to our resident big brown bats and explore the world's largest artificial limestone cave during our daylong celebration of these amazing creatures!

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

BatFest Market

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Usborne Books and More
Crown Jewels
Earrings by Megan Van Horn


10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Greater Cincinnati Grotto
Watch local grotto members demonstrate skillful rope techniques to scale the Rotunda! Learn about cave ecology from the experts!


Cincinnati Parks Explore Nature
Meet some of Cincinnati Parks' batty staff and get information about bats while doing some cool hands-on activities!


ECHO Bats, Inc.
See live bats up close and enjoy bat activities to learn the important role of bats in our ecosystem, and get information about White Nose Syndrome.


Fernald Preserve
Learn about this amazing ecosystem including some of the snakes, spiders and bats that live there!


Discover how the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to protect places where bats live.


Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Enjoy stories and crafts all about bats!

Museum of Natural History & Science

10 a.m. - 3:30 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. - 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. Earth Stories

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bat Biodiversity
Examine specimens of bats and other weird mammals from around the world in The Cave!

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Cave
Explore 500 feet of dark passages in one of the world’s largest artificial limestone caves!

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt
Flap into fun with our BatFest Scavenger Hunt earning Nature’s Trading Post points.

11 - 11:30 a.m.
2 - 2:30 p.m.

Preschool Sand Play Story Time
Listen to stories about caves, bats and other nocturnal animals.

11 a.m. - 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! North Gallery

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Temporary Tattoos
Get one of our awesome bat tattoos applied! North Gallery

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Face Painting
Transform into a bat, owl or other nocturnal animal with face paint. North Gallery

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hibernation Station
Get cozy as you find out how bats and other animals spend the winter. Pathways to Change Grow Lab

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Spin the wheel to get a cool bat-themed prize.  And sign up to win a backpack full of fun and educational items. North Gallery

1 - 2 p.m.

Preschool Sand Play Craft Time
Create your very own bat ornament while learning some fun bat facts!

1 - 2:45 p.m.

DIY Disguise Lab
Forgot your costume? Don’t worry! Stop by and create a one of a kind mask to showcase in the Costume Parade. North Gallery

2 - 3 p.m.

Batty Brain
Test your bat I.Q. with a twist on the classic game of Jeopardy. LITE Lab

2:45 - 3 p.m.

Costume Parade
Meet near The Cave to show off your spooky threads and parade through the Museum and Rotunda.

Duke Energy Children's Museum

1 - 1:30 p.m.

Bats Are Handy
Bats are useful to have around! Discover some interesting facts and learn why bats are handy!

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Mini Makers: Magic of Light
Why do things glow in the dark?  What fluoresces? These activities will help you discover the coolest forms of light on the planet!
$8 Member child, $10 non-Member child. Learn more >

4 - 4:30 p.m.

Monster Mash Dance Party
We’ll have a howling good time boogying down monster mash style!


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Activities in the Rotunda are free. Admission to our Museums is free for Members or included with your All Museums Pass.



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 Explore Nature
Cincinnati Public Library
Crown Jewels
Earrings by Megan Van Horn
EchoBats, Inc.
Fernald Preserve
Greater Cincinnati Grotto
Jewelry by Megan VanHorn
Mikki & Niki Face Painting
Usborne Books and More