- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
Midwest Museum of Natural History is Rockin’ for the Reptiles
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