On May 25, tiny critters will squirm, slither, buzz and inch their way into the Savannah Children's Museum for the seventh annual Bug Fest.
And so will the insects.
Rather than spending your weekend on screened-porches or on your deck with Raid and a fly swatter in hand, The Coastal Heritage Society (CHS) welcomes bug enthusiasts of all ages to discover the various ways that, "even the creepiest and crawliest insects and bugs serve an important role in the food web and ecosystem."
Holly Elliott, CHS public relations and marketing director, wants everyone to know that bugs are so much more than nuisances. They are “pollinators for flowers and fruit, some help dispose of waste products as decomposers, and many serve as a sole food source for birds, reptiles and mammals,” she said.
Elliott also cited some new offerings as must-sees. "Ogeechee Riverkeeper will showcase how insects play a vital role in Savannah’s waterways,” Elliott said. Another unique feature this year will be a "bug-themed Zumbini, a program of music, dance and educational tools with Desirae Suggs, a licensed Zumbini instructor, from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.”
If dancing is not one’s idea of being adventurous, then maybe the Eat-a-bug Club will entice festival goers. Elliott assures that the scrumptious menu items will include favorites such as, “flavored crickets, mealworms, and other types of insects. CHS typically sets the station up as a contest between adults and children to see who is more daring. The kids usually win!”
Other activities include opportunities to learn about bees and other natural pollinators with the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association, stations where kids can build their own insects with Snapology, and the Insectarium with Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus entomology class. The Georgia Reptile Society also plans to bring along some friendly reptiles who thrive on a healthy diet of bugs.
For those who may be squeamish about bugs, note that Prowl food truck and Savannah Square Pops will be at the Sugar Beet Bluff picnic area just outside the museum entrance, with food and ice pops available for purchase. Additionally, the Georgia State Railroad Museum, and regular offerings of the Children’s Museum will be accessible.
On Saturday, nonmembers of CHS will be able to join via a special $90 Household Membership rate, which covers up to five family members for unlimited admission to all six of CHS’s museums for the entire year.
“If guests sign up at Bug Fest, their membership would extend through May 31, 2020,” Elliott explained. “Members also receive a 10 percent discount at all museum gift shops, free train rides at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, special invitations to CHS events, programs, lectures and more!”
CHS hopes attendees will walk away with a new understanding of and appreciation for bugs.