Monday, November 3, 2014

Creatures of the Night - Halloween @ Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory

Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory hosts an special Halloween themed evening called Creatures of the Night each October.  The event showcases nocturnal animals in the Conservatory's living collection.  It is a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to get up close and personal with some very interesting creatures!  The range of animals has included fruit bat, owls, spiders, wolves, big snakes, cockroaches, even a raccoon and more creepy crawlers. 
Creatures of the Night, Chicago, 2014

I took my children when they were much younger - in the 5-12 year old range. They had a blast and it really supplemented their classroom learning.  Not only did they get to touch the animals and observe them up close, but also ask the handlers questions about what the animals eat, how they behave and more. My kids, now driving and on their own, continue to go to the event with their friends. It's an unexpected tradition in our family now.

Kids and adults come in costume. There are treats to enjoy and often music. It's an experience not to be missed (and well worth the small donation requested.)

Thanks to my daughter for these photos.

Creatures of the Night, Chicago, 2014 - Tarantulas

Have you ever wanted to learn more about big spiders? This could be your chance to hold a tarantula in your hands! It's a very strange sensation. They also had big cockroaches.  (Note that maps and education information available at each station.)

Hedge Hog - Chicago, Garfield Park Conservatory

Petting a Chinchilla at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory
Creatures of the Night Event, October, 2014

Petting an Armadillo, Chicago, 2014

Learning about Owls, Creatures of the Night,
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

Learning about snakes at Creatures of the Night,
Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

Hope to see you next time!
Singing the Monster Mash!

Teresa Marie

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