FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 14, 2015
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Hang out with bats during BatFest October 24
Live bats, hands-on activities, community groups and costume parade celebrate bats
CINCINNATI – Get up close and personal with live bats and learn more about these incredible but misunderstood creatures during BatFest on Saturday, October 24. Join local experts and organizations for a day of hands-on activities, games, crafts and more as you learn the fact and fiction about bats.
We’ve gone a little batty, but you’ll learn that’s not such a bad thing. We’ve taken bats out of the fictional world of vampires and haunted houses and into reality where they serve as natural pest control, pollinators and much more. Taste a variety of fruits from around the world pollinated by bats, see how bat-brained you are during our bat-themed quiz show.
Meet bats up close with experts from ECHO Bats, Inc. as they show all the ways bats help keep our communities in balance and thriving. Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature! will have a variety of hands-on activities and you can enjoy stories and crafts from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County all about bats. Learn about where bats live and meet some of their equally misunderstood neighbors like snakes and spiders from the Fernald Preserve.
Don’t be surprised to see someone dangling 106 feet above the marble floor of our Rotunda. That’s just members from the Greater Cincinnati Grotto demonstrating their rope skills and techniques. If heights aren’t your thing, no worries. You can still go spelunking through over 500 feet of narrow passageways in our limestone cave in the Museum of Natural History & Science. Then visit our STEM Discovery Lab and discover what geospatial technology can teach us about the bats in our neighborhoods, the habitats they need and how we can use maps to learn more about ecosystems.
And, being that it is almost the end of October, BatFest wouldn’t be complete without some Halloween-inspired fun. Come in costume and join our costume parade through the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Rotunda. Forgot your costume? No problem! We’ll help you create your own mask just in time for the parade. And while you’re all dressed up, why not stop by the Duke Energy Children’s Museum for a monster mash dance party?
Don’t miss all the fun and educational events as we celebrate bats during BatFest on Saturday, October 24. For a complete list of activities and more information visit www.cincymuseum.org/batfest.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of a select few museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.