Midwest Museum of Natural History is Rockin’ for the Reptiles

Scaly, not Scary! The Chicago Herpetological Society gives event guests a chance to meet amazing reptiles up close. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

SYCAMORE, Ill. — Midwest Museum of Natural History (MMNH) in Sycamore, Ill., is home to scaly critters of all shapes and sizes. From boa constrictors to tortoises, these creepy crawly residents are a favorite of guests young and old alike. Meet them and many more at “Rockin’ for the Reptiles” from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 30.

Enjoy live music, games, face-painting, food, a bounce house, balloon animals and lots of live reptiles. Visit with turtles, lizards, and giant snakes from the Chicago Herpetological Society, and learn what reptile pet is right for you. All funds raised will go to the museum to support live animal care and educational programming.

The event will be in the parking lot across the street from the museum at the corner of West State Street (Route 64) and California in downtown Sycamore; rain location is in the museum.

Admission is $5 per person for ages 3 and older. Passes can be bought at the gate and are good for half off museum admission for the day. Live music is provided by Yesterday’s News, Garage Orchestra and Them Changes.

Reptile fans can also sign up for the museum’s Reptile Care Class, offered July 21 and Aug. 17. Children ages 10 and older will work alongside museum staff to learn how to prepare diets for the live animals at the museum and proper handling techniques for snakes and lizards.

Reptiles not your thing? There’s plenty more to choose from this summer, including Sheep Brain Dissection, Jewelry Making and Fossil Workshops. Kids can even get back to nature with their “Down and Dirty” class at Sycamore Park, where participants get their feet wet (literally) in the Kishwaukee River as they learn about all the plants and animals that live there. Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy Safari Sprouts preschool class every Wednesday and Storytime on Fridays.

The museum can be reached at (815) 895-9777 or online at www.mmnh.org.

From the June 27-July 3, 2012, issue

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