Backyard Monsters: World of Insects

Ugh. I hate bugs, but my kids? They find bugs fascinating. So this new exhibit at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in Conneticut would delight them (and probably freak me out.) This exhibit has giant robotic insects up to 96 times their normal size, all with lifelike colors and movements. You can even come face to face with an animated 11-foot-tall, 22-foot-long tarantula; a 19-foot-wide monarch butterfly; and a pair of giant fighting beetles. Hands-on displays allow visitors to take a mechanical insect for a walk, build a bug, learn how insects communicate, make a bug rubbing, and more. The exhibit is free with Museum admission (and free to Museum members.) The exhibit runs until May 17, 2014.

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World of Insects Exhibit

On Saturday, February 15, from 9am-5pm, there is a Backyard Monsters Preview Day where you can be the first to experience Backyard Monsters and enjoy a special day of “buggy” and family-friendly activities, including a special preview of the gigantic bug exhibit, before it opens to the public.

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From 10 am to 2 pm, there will be face painting and at 10:30am there is a 2 hour kite workshop. From noon to 1 pm, visitors can enjoy favorite picnic foods without bug spray and join Museum educators for an ant-free, indoor picnic of hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, watermelon, wormy dirt cake, and death by chocolate with bugs.

Guests should save room for bug tasting at 2 pm. (yes, that is what I said…) America’s leading insect eater, Dave Gracer, will cook insects and talk about the consumption of them as a viable food-source. Dave has appeared on Animal Planet, the Colbert Report, and TEDx. You can sample some if you like. (Yes, I’m being serious.)

The cost for Preview Day is $35 adults/$25 children, including Museum admission. Register by Feb. 8 by calling (800) 411-9671 or email Otherwise, the exhibit will open to the public on February 16th and will run through May 17, 2014. It will be free with museum admission, which is $20 for adults, $12 for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 6. Visit the website for the latest admission costs and hours! And it is about an 90 minute drive from Metrowest Massachusetts!

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(I’m off to buy some bug spray…) 
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