Giant BUGS are invading Franklin Park Zoo! From now through September 2nd, visitors to the Franklin Park Zoo have the chance to encounter some really impressive bugs at Wicked BIG Bugs. See larger-than-life animatronic insects and arachnids including the red-tailed bumblebee, Mexican red knee tarantula, Madagascan sunset moth, meadow grasshopper, emperor scorpion, and a bunch of others during your visit.
I took two of my nephews opening weekend to experience these over-sized bugs for ourselves. We loved that we were able to walk around the area where the Wicked BIG Bugs were and stop at each one to learn a bit about each one and the part they play in healthy ecosystems.
At this exhibit you will not only learn about the orb-web spider, the kiddos will get a chance to climb a rope spider web! How cool is that? Not only that, there are these awesome interactive education stations and you will even get a chance to meet some real-life insect ambassadors up close during daily encounters, held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Wicked Big Bugs is open now through September 2nd. Stop by and visit on weekdays from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm and on weekends from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. The price to visit the Wicked BIG Bugs is $2 Member/Non-Member in addition to the general admission price and you can purchase them right at the admissions booth.
In addition to Wicked BIG Bugs, there are some other fun bug-themed events happening at Franklin Park Zoo this summer, including:
- Breakfast with the Wicked BIG Bugs where you can enjoy a continental breakfast while learning all about these small but mighty creatures. You’ll meet an animal ambassador up close and get an exclusive tour of the Wicked BIG Bug exhibit before the Zoo opens!
- Wicked BIG Bug Overnight where you will get a chance to trek through the BIG Bug exhibit trail to meet some giant friends by moonlight! Learn about why bugs are so important to our ecosystem, and meet a few smaller bug friends up-close.
To learn more about both of these programs and for more information on Wicked BIG Bugs, visit www.zoonewengland.org/wickedbigbugs.