Halloween event at Burpee Museum Oct. 26

Staff Report

Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., will host a special Halloween event for the family from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26.

The event, titled “Night Sounds,” will feature the Native American Awareness Committee and Rockford Dance Company offering a night of music, stories and performances.

Attend in costume. Bring a flashlight and a goody bag to trick-or-treat through the museum. A “Mad Scientist Lab” will be oozing with finds from the museum’s collections.

Following are some highlights of the event:

• Trick or treat through all four levels of the museum.

• Observe a live tarantula.

• Get up close to talons of various bird species.

• “Snakes Alive”: Get up close to a fox snake and say hello to “Monty,” the museum’s ball python.

• Examine skulls of various mammals to see their teeth.

• Members of the Native American Awareness Committee in traditional dress will demonstrate traditional ways, tell stories in the wigwam and play flute music.

• View seldom-seen wet specimens from the biology collection.

• Check out the “Mad Scientist Lab,” where you will see specimens and oddities of all kinds, including glow-in-the-dark experiments.

• Meet paleontologists of the past in the Paleontology Lab. Touch real bones of long-dead dinosaurs.

• Are you brave enough, to see for yourself if dinosaur bones quake and move after dark?

• View the museum’s newest additions, the skulls of Kosmoceratops and Diabloceratops.

Admission is $2 for members, $5 for non-members, and ages 2 and younger are admitted free.

General admission to the museum is $10 adults, $9 for children ages 7-17, and free for ages 6 and younger.

Free parking is available at the museum or in the Riverfront Museum Park parking lot directly next door at 711 N. Main St.

For more details, call (815) 965-3433 or visit www.burpee.org.

From the Oct. 24-30, 2012, issue

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