I never thought I’d say this, but tarantulas are actually pretty cute. After spending the day with these misunderstood critters at the new Tarantulas exhibit at The Academy of Natural Sciences, I have come to realize that tarantulas are much more than just the stuff of nightmares.
The newly opened Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal
with nearly 20 species of live tarantulas. Through videos, entertaining graphics and fun interactive activities, you and your kids will learn so much about these fascinating (and maybe a little freaky) creatures. Prior to our visit to the Academy, I knew very little about these hairy, speedy little critters, and I was absolutely blown away by the information presented in the exhibit. Did you know that there’s a bird-eating tarantula? Or that some people EAT tarantulas? Gross and grosser. But still very cool.
My kids loved peeking into enclosures to catch a glimpse of the furry, fearsome spiders, and their eyes grew big as the spiders approached and stared back at them through the glass. They also enjoyed dressing up as tarantulas and putting their faces into the ‘Be the Tarantula’ photo prop. To be honest, when we arrived at the museum, I wasn’t completely certain how my little ones would react to the spiders. Would they freak out? Would they have tarantula-induced meltdowns? Would they be paralyzed by fear and scarred for life? Luckily, none of those things happened and now I’ve got two little tarantula lovers on my hands.
After visiting the Tarantulas exhibit, I’m sure you will too.
The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close tuns through May 30, 2016.
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