Creepy Crawlies Alive 2011

04 January 2011

Creepy Crawly Fun returns to the Museum of Tropical Queensland

Tarantulas, giant cockroaches and scorpions will return to the Museum of Tropical Queensland as part of the Creepy Crawlies Alive school holiday program, 4 – 21 January 2011.

The successful holiday program debuted in January this year and has been extended to include creepy crawlies of the reptilian kind, with live lizards and snakes on display during the second week of the holiday program.

Museum of Tropical Queensland Director Peter McLeod said the live creepy crawlies will be a major drawcard of the holiday program.

“Each time we display insects, spiders and reptiles, visitors are drawn to them, especially children who love the opportunity to get up close and personal with them,” Mr McLeod said.

“While many creepy crawlies exist in our own backyards, it’s not often our visitors are able to see so many of them at once.

“There will be some creepy crawlies on display that many people would not have encountered in their backyard, including some of the tarantulas which naturally occur in arid and rainforest environments,” he said.

Along with the live creepy crawly displays, there will be many activities to keep children and families busy.  Local artist Selina Smith will lead children in creating an art installation for the Museum.  Children can book in to the activity during the first week of the holiday program to contribute towards the creation of a large caterpillar sculpture.

Other activities include regular favourites such as sand art, face painting and craft.  Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with a reptile handler from Billabong Sanctuary and Queensland Museum entomologist Dr Chris Burwell will be at the museum during the third week of the holiday program to talk about some of the amazing creepy crawlies on display.

Creepy Crawlies Alive runs from 4 – 21 January 2011 and a full schedule of events and activities is available at www.mtq.qm.qld.gov.au . The Museum is free for locals through the Council Community Pass, supported by Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook councils.

The Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of the Queensland Museum, is open from 9.30am -5pm daily except Christmas Day.

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                           Stephen Wilson 4726 0604 or 0431 334 583