Family Fun with Frogs, Bugs and Extreme Mammals

By Michael Berick

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Discover interesting insects at the Natural History Museum’s Bug Fair. PHOTO COURTESY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

Frogs will invade Long Beach, bugs will infest Exposition Park and extreme animals will be sighted there, too. But don’t be alarmed. These critters are just part of new attractions bringing family fun to the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Natural History Museum.

Arriving May 12 will be the unusual, rare and strange creatures in the “Extreme Mammals” exhibit at the Natural History Museum (900 Exposition Blvd., L.A.; www.nhm.org. $12 adults, $9 ages 13-17, $5 ages 3-12). Through Sept. 10, visitors can delve into the 200-million-year history of mammals and discover animals of various shapes, species and sizes that you might never have heard of. On display will be rare fossils and specimens as well as interesting reconstructions, animated computer interactives and hands-on activities.

On May 21, the NHM’s Bug Fair returns for the 30th year. Check out the vast variety of colorful insects, and you might even spot some evolutionary connection to creatures you’ve seen in the “Extreme Mammals” exhibit. Bug Fair also features bug hunts, bug-themed craft projects and a bug chefs’ special cook-off.

The amphibians will appear at the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach; www.aquariumofpacific.org. $29.95 adults, $17.95 ages 3-11) on May 26 with the opening of the “FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing” exhibit. Through March 31, Aquarium visitors can learn about frogs from around the world through interactive exhibits featuring more than 12 types of terrestrial and aquatic species of frogs. Learn about the history, life cycles and habitats of these amphibians, why the global population of frogs and other amphibians is shrinking and what can be done to help save them.

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