By Wyatt Earp | February 26, 2009
I spent yesterday morning attending a class field trip with my five-year old son Erik. The trip was to Steve’s Bug-Off and Insectarium – a three-story museum that contains live insects and arachnids, static presentations, and other cool creepy crawlies.
The irony? Steve’s Bug Off is an exterminating company. Well, I guess their motto is “Know thy enemy.”
We offloaded from the cheese bus – that’s a yellow school bus for those not in the know – and were directed to the second floor by our guide. She sat the kids down and explained the difference between an insect (six legs) and an arachnid (eight legs) and showed a few of each and explained what they were, where they lived, and what they did or did not do. The woman was good, because the kids’ eyes never left her.
She then brought out some specimens for show and tell. She brought out a walking stick – which looked, oddly enough – like a stick and let one of the kids hold it. Then she brought out a scorpion . . . I don’t know what happened next, because I ran to the roof until she put it back. Finally, she opened the box with the hissing cockroach. After explaining what it was and where it lived, she asked if anyone wanted to “pet” it. Guess who raised his hand?
Erik really seemed to love that cockroach – and don’t think I didn’t check his pockets when he and his classmates left for the day.
All in all, a good time was had by all, and we stopped at Burger King for lunch on the way back to school. Bugs and fries? Jackpot!