June 6: BugFest

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Join us for our 12th annual BugFest on Saturday, June 6, 2015! Immerse yourself in the world of arthropods with special guests, live insects, hands-on activities and much more outside Union Terminal and in the Rotunda and the Museum of Natural History & Science.

Outside Activities

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

10 a.m.-noon
12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Buckeye United Fly Fishers: Fly Casting Demonstrations
Stop by for an introduction to basic casting with the actual equipment.

Rotunda Activities

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Crown Jewel
Explore products that celebrate Union Terminal.

 

Folderol and Fiddledy Dee
Browse earrings and crafts by a local artist.

 

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

 

Meddling with Nature
Check out A1 quality specimens, mounting kits, completed Riker mounts and full-scale dioramas.

 

Usborne Books & More
Browse educational books about bugs, dinosaurs, nature, science and history.

 

Six Foods
See how this company is turning insects into healthy, delicious and sustainable food items.

Museum of Natural History & Science Activities

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Scavenger Hunt
Earn points in Nature's Trading Post by completing the questions about bugs throughout the Museum of Natural History & Science.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
See some of the planet's most remarkable insects and arachnids.
Next to the Polar Bear

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Buckeye United Fly Fishers: Aquatic Bugs
Check out a display of aquatic insects and other bugs typically consumed by game fish and artificial ties used to imitate them.
Nature's Trading Post Porch

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Buckeye United Fly Fishers: Fly Tying Demonstrations
Learn about fly tying best practices from fly tying pros.
Nature's Trading Post Porch

10 a.m.-noon
12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Meddling with Nature: Workshop
Attend an in-depth workshop on how to mount your very own arthropod with all materials and instruction provided. Cost between $10-$45 depending on specimen. For more details and to register, visit the STEM Lab.

10 a.m.-noon
1-3 p.m.

Butterfly Programs
Explore the science, life and art of butterflies.
Pathways to Change Grow Lab

10-10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-noon

Sand Play Story Time
Listen to staff from the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County read stories about bugs and the environment.
Preschool Sand Play area

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Museum Center Programs-on-Wheels
Build a bug and examine collection mounts.
In front of the STEM Lab

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Animal Showcase
Meet interesting creatures and the animals that eat them.
The Cave

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Health Department
Find information on a variety of bugs, see live and preserved speciments and participate in coloring activities for kids.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Park Board, Explore Nature
Take part in bug-themed activities for children of all ages and enter to win tickets to the 2015 Butterfly Show.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Department of Energy, Fernald Preserve
Learn about the endangered American Burying Beetle with hands-on fun.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Great Parks of Hamilton County
See spots and visit this exhibit dedicated to ladybugs.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grubco
Get up close with mealworms, waxworms, super worms, fly larvae and more.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

K12 Inc. Ohio Virtual Academy
Learn about the life of cyclists, make an origami butterly and more.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Learn about the summer reading program and do a fun bug craft.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

University of Cincinnati, Department of Biology
Interact with diving beetles, explore insect eyes and do crafts.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

USDA
Discover the Asian long-horned beetle as you do some fun crafts.
North Gallery

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Cincinnati Museum Center Tattoos
Have one of our awesome temporary bug tattoos applied.
North Gallery

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bug Bistro
Test your taste buds with a selection of insect dishes.
North Gallery

Noon-1 p.m.

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

Noon-3 p.m.

Bug Jeopardy
Test your knowledge of the insect world.
Red Doors

1-1:30 p.m.

Bat Flight
Watch our Big Brown Bats take flight and learn why bats are important to the insect world.
The Cave

2-2:30 p.m.

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

 


 Buy Tickets

BugFest is included with admission to the Museum of Natural History & Science or All Museums Pass and is free to Cincinnati Museum Center Members.