It’s OktoberPest at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and it’s your chance to get some bug love! We’ve planned an entire day of activities where you and your family can celebrate the fascinating world of bugs. It’s free with your ticket to the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Members receive free admission and can pick up their complimentary tickets in the box office.
Schedule of Events:
11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. – Roach Racing: Ready, set, go! Which one of our Madagascar hissing cockroaches will win the race?
12 p.m. – Feeding Frenzy Demo where staff members feed our Praying Mantis, dragonflies and spiders!
1 p.m. – Monarch butterfly release in the butterfly garden
2 p.m. – Feeding Frenzy demo where staff members feed our Praying Mantis, dragonflies and spiders!
And don’t miss these other activities during Oktoberpest!
- Dip a cockroach into biodegradable earth-friendly paint and then watch your roach doodle!
- Adopt a ladybug and take it home to your own garden.
- Prepare a Milkweed seedling to plant in your own garden.
- Decorate a delicious cookie in the shape of a ladybug, bee or caterpillar—and then enjoy!
- Visit our Bug Petting Zoo—featuring tarantulas, Giant Walking Sticks, a Giant African Millipede and more!
- Our face-painting experts can transform you into your favorite bug!
- Learn how to display butterflies and other insects.
- Bring your own bug! If you’ve found a bug you can’t identify, bring it with you. We’ll help.
Wear an Insect Costume—Receive a Free Ticket for a Future Visit!
Dress up like an insect, beekeeper or other bug-related character and you’ll receive a free ticket to the Cockrell Butterfly Center to use on a future visit. “Bee” creative!