Buggin’ Out: 6 Places to See & Touch Creepy Crawlies

There’s something about bugs that captures kids’ imaginations. From Madagascar hissing cockroaches and giant centipedes, to darkling beetles and pink toe tarantulas—your budding entomologists or little arachnologists will want to get the buzz on these six places where they can see and touch bugs of all shapes and sizes. Click through the gallery for the creepy crawly deets.


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Woodland Park Zoo

The Bug House at Woodland Park Zoo is filled with arthropods, including the darkling beetle, giant waterbug and jungle nymph. Check out the Pollinator Patio, where you’ll learn all about local pollinators—bees, beetles, bats and more. For real bug fans, join the Bug Club. This awesome club meets once a month and will introduce you to all sorts of creepy crawlies. Recent topics have included how bugs care for each other and how zoos care for bugs. There’s buggy crafts at every meeting, plus snacks and outdoor bug hunting expeditions.

Good to Know: The Butterfly Pavilion is open during the warmer months.

Woodland Park Zoo
601 N. 59th St.
Seattle, Wa 98103
206-548-2500
Online: zoo.org

Hours: Varies seasonally. Check their website.
Cost: $14.95/Adults; $9.95/Kids (3-12); $12.95/Seniors (65 & older) and ADA; 2 & under Free

photo: Ryan Hawk for Woodland Park Zoo

Have you visited these buggy spots? Do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

— Helen Walker Green

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