Burpee Museum happenings

Burpee Museum happenings


SpringFest offers ‘bugable’ delicacies

The Burpee Museum of Natural History will hold its annual SpringFest Saturday, May 3. Joining this year’s acivities are students and teachers from the Rockford Environmental Science Academy (RESA) with its “Eat the Bug Fest!” RESA students will prepare and serve entomological delicacies at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Throughout the school year, the Environmental Research classes have been studying and eating insects. Come see and taste the wonders of consumable critters.

The menu consists of Ant-Egg Soup, Bug-Bootie Burritos, Cricket-Head Crackers, and Giant Water Beetle Pate. Crafts and recycling activities will be conducted throughout the museum, offering fun and conversation for everyone. Make worm and dirt treats if eating bugs doesn’t tickle your taste buds, or make a wonderful bouquet for Mom with a surprise inside!

Regular admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children. Delectable “Bugable” delicacies are free, but seating is limited. Parking is available at no cost at the Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Information: 965-3433, ext. 1001.

Yard sale

The Burpee Museum of Natural History will hold its “First Yard Sale” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at the museum, 737 N. Main St. Holli Palmer, director of visitor services, says, “We have done some spring cleaning, and many treasures from the two historical homes and the Solem Wing will go on sale to the public to make way for new exhibits, including Jane—Rockford’s celebrity dinosaur.” Some of the items include: big game heads, mounted fish, a wide variety of rocks and minerals, large ornate frames, marble top sink and basin, balance scales and weights, Mac PCs, display cases, books and magazines, animal cages, aquariums and more! The Burpee yard sale is in conjunction with the museum’s annual SpringFest Family Day. Please join the fun, rain or shine! Information: 965-3433, ext. 1001.

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