by Heather Lile
Remember way back when the thrill of catching something living—like a bug—was a source of entertainment and wonder? Chances are, your kids still feel that way. If you spend the summer months poking holes in the lids of empty jam jars for the tiny creatures your kids bring in from the back yard, then you can relate to just how exciting Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Garden might be for the elementary school set.
Your little ones will get the chance to catch live bugs, meet entomologists, participate in the Insect Olympics and earn a certificate in "Bugology." After a day of learning, taking an insect safari, making bug-themed crafts and more, the kiddos will probably need a little snack. End the day by sampling some of the edible bugs that will be available for purchase, and make the thematic hands-on learning experience complete. And you get to see the look on your kids' faces when you offer up chocolate-covered grasshoppers as treats. Priceless.
Join the IBG, College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, the USDA Forest Service, Treasure Valley Bee Keepers and more from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today. It's $4 for members and kids ages 4-12; $8 for nonmembers; and kids younger than 4 are FREE.