KINGSVILLE, MO—Powell Gardens has lined up swarms of fun for you to enjoy during this summer's special exhibit. Unless noted, all activities are free with regular Garden admission.
Dave Rogers' Big Bugs Exhibit Schedule of Events
Bee Creative Art Station 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids: Express your creativity by helping us draw and decorate a giant caterpillar with sidewalk chalk, making 2-D bug art from natural materials and our ever-popular Paint-A-Pot activity ($3 fee).
Catch & Release Insect Safari 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Join our youth education specialists for a bug hunt near the entrance to the Heartland Harvest Garden.
Kids: Collect your trading cards for each insect by visiting during each of the themed weekends listed below. Most bug activities happen on Saturdays, but you can collect cards on Saturdays or Sundays. Enjoy!
Honeybees 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 5 Meet the Missouri Honeybee Princess and see a live observation hive to learn more about all of the work these busy bees do! Visit the tasting stations in the Heartland Harvest Garden for a free sample of "liquid gold" from Fetchenhier Farms.
Ants 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 12 Learn why we call ants "nature's janitors" and-if you dare-earn an "I ate a bug!" sticker by sampling an appetizing ant cheese ball made with real toasted ants!
Daddy Long Legs June 19-20 We celebrate dads with legs of all sizes this weekend! Dads who like to garden will enjoy learning from Raymond Cloyd, an extension specialist in horticultural/ornamental entomology for the state of Kansas as well as an associate entomology professor at Kansas State. He invites you to bring your unidentified creepy crawlers and insect-related questions to the Gardens at 2 p.m. on June 19.
Cloyd will present a PowerPoint show on insects and then answer questions in the visitor center. He has published many books, articles and guides on the subject for both home gardeners and professional growers. And for the little ones, enjoy storytelling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Father's Day The Doo-Dads in Concert, 2 p.m. June 20 On Sunday, celebrate Father's Day with a concert by family favorite kid rock band The Doo-Dads at 2 p.m. This kid-cool all-dad rock band emphasizes fun! Bring a picnic lunch to the performance area or treat dad to lunch at Cafe Thyme or Fresh: A Garden Cafe.
It's also a Berry Celebration in the Heartland Harvest Garden, with sampling of some of the delicious berries we're growing!
Ladybugs 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 26 Launch your own packet of ladybugs to help protect the plants at Powell Gardens. The first 100 visitors will receive a ticket to participate in ladybug launches at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Join the fun to learn how ladybugs play an important role in protecting plants from destructive insects such as aphids.
Dragonflies 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 10 Join local author Betsy Betros for a colorful PowerPoint show of these intriguing insects, followed by a dragonfly catch and release activity (nets provided). At 1 p.m. we'll take hike on the short loop of the Byron Shutz Nature Trail past two ponds, hunting for Widow Skimmers, Common White-tails, Halloween Pennants, Black Saddlebags, Eastern Pondhawks and other resident dragonflies of Powell Gardens. Bring your camera and binoculars. FREE with regular admission.
Spiders 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 24 Learn why many spiders are friends rather than foes in the garden and stop by the Discovery Station to see live spiders, including Rosy the Rose-haired Tarantula.
Damselflies 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 31 The Paul Mesner Puppets presents The Bug Show, a close-up look at the world of beetles, bugs and other creepy crawlies. Join famed entomologist Dr. Antzinpantz (puppeteer Mike Horner) as he introduces silly songs and comical tales all about our six-legged friends. A cast of colorful puppet bugs presents "Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee," "The Grasshopper and the Ant," "Five Little Bed Bugs Jumping on the Bed" and other songs and stories.
Assassin Bugs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., August 21 Wonderscope Live visits with fun activities geared toward children ages 2-9, including making nature journals and bug-related art.
Praying Mantises 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 28 See a live praying mantis and learn how these amazing garden predators have almost human-like behaviors. Plus make a mantis mask to wear!
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