Children seem to go one of two ways when it comes to insects: the fearful, what-is-that-thing, cry-and-scream direction, or the too comfortable, why-don't-I-put-this-on-the-table-at-breakfast, hide-worms-in-my-sister's-bed direction. But Saturday, Aug. 25, kids--and adults--can get over their fear of things that crawl, creep and form webs while hopefully not going too far the other way at the College of Idaho's Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History and Idaho Botanical Garden's Bug Day.
From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., attendees can discover all the good stuff that insects do in gardens, including pollinate, recycle and control real pests.
The day of fun and learning includes the chance to cruise a selection of insect specimens and chat up entomologists, then give your little one a jumpstart on becoming one by earning a certificate of "bugology."
Insect tattoos (not the kind you'll regret when you get old) will be available and participants can partake in bug races or go on an insect safari, make bug crafts and enjoy the insect Olympics. The always-popular game of bingo will also be played, with a bug theme.
Stations will include the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Entomology Group, Boise WaterShed, Capitol Pest Management and more. Take home a new form of protein for dinner with edible insects available for purchase.