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The 14th annual Bug Zoo starts with a buzz with the enormously popular Bug Zoo Festival on Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The Zoo enjoys a 2 week run, from April 21- May 3. Closed on Sundays.  This year’s theme is the Web of Life.

You’ll see old favorites like tarantulas, chameleons, geckos and snakes and more! Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more! Bring the kids and explore engaging displays while learning about fun, weird and sometimes incredibly helpful creepy crawlers. This year’s Bug Zoo theme TBD.

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3.00; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Bug Zoo Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 21:  Bug Zoo Festival

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Get up close and personal with some of Bug Zoo’s insects and their amazing adaptations and other famous creatures, make critter crafts, do a bug scavenger hunt, play buggy games and more!  General bug viewing and self-guided activities. Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

Monday-Friday, April 23-27:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Interpretive Educators.  This year’s theme is the Web of Life.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free!

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Saturday, April 28:  Bug Zoo U (University) and Bugs After Hours

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Bug Zoo U is a terrific opportunity for adults and kids to go deep, learning more about these fascinating critters from storytellers, critter owners, beekeepers and more!  Stay tuned! Schedule of activities to be determined

Cost:  Adults – $5.00; Children 5-18 – $3; Children 4 and under – FREE!

6:00 – 8:30 PM. Bugs After Hours is a special opportunity for 15 lucky kids ages 4-8 years old.  Drop off your kids and have a night out!  Your child will not bug you!  Instead he or she will play buggy games, do buggy activities, make buggy treats and get one on one with some of Bug Zoos coolest critters.

Cost: $20 per child

Monday-Thursday, April 30 – May 3:  Scheduled School Field Trips & Public Viewing

9:00-3:00 p.m.  Experience Bug Zoo! with one of our specially trained Adaptation Educators.  This year’s theme is the web of life.  Act now to reserve your time slot as they fill fast! Call (208) 726-9358. Cost: Free!

3:00 -5:00 p.m.  We recommend public viewing during these hours.

Bug Zoo

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Bug Zoo Opening Day Festival!

It’s finally here! Â We hope that you’ll come out to the Garden on our opening day of Bug Zoo to experience more than 35 species of insects and reptiles and learn about their various ecosystems that they inhabit.

9:00 a.m. early entry to Garden members/10:00 open to general public

We’ll have activity tables for the kids, both big and small, including scavenger hunts, tie dye butterfly making, face painting, cockroach races and more!

We’ll also have delicious food available for purchase from the Wood River Sustainability Center.

This event is free to members with a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family for non-members.

We hope you’ll join us!

Peek-a-Bug Party

Bring the family and join us for a sneak peek at the bugs and creepy crawlies for this year’s Bug Zoo. We’ll have some tasty treats and lots of new displays and critters for the kids and the grownups to ogle.

FREE to Garden members, suggested donation of $10 per person for non-members. Â We hope to see you here!