The Academy, which has largely focused on the study of bugs since its opening 200 years ago, brings its insect research, discovery and collection to light at this annual festival.
An abundance of family-friendly activities are slated to fill all floors of the Academy of Natural Sciences on August 10 and 11.
This year, the Academy puts the spotlight on bugs that use camouflage for safety.
Over the course of the weekend, try your hand at spotting camouflaged insects at the Masters of Deception activity, or learn how and why bugs disguise themselves at a question and answer session with a bug expert at noon and 12:30 p.m.
On the ground level of the museum, a masquerade bug ball takes over and invites guests to dance, get a bug tattoo and have their face painted. Also on the ground level, boogie to live tunes at noon and 2 p.m.
At 1 p.m., the daring souls are invited to taste an assortment of insect-infused creations in the auditorium … think chocolate chirp cookies. Yikes.
Watch roaches in a mad roach race full of obstacles and numerous race tracks every half an hour from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Get up close and personal with bugs of all varieties — from millipedes to praying mantises. Even head outside to Logan Square and Sister Cities Park to experience bugs in our own backyard.
That’s not all, the full list of the day’s happenings is available here, be sure to check it out for a special look into the world of creepy crawlies.
Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences
When: August 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Included in general admission
More info: www.ansp.org