How many of us adore those creepy crawlies, otherwise known as BUGS?
For one, I know Daddy simply detests ants and he is perpetually waging wars with them in our house while di-di isn't too big a fan of hairy spiders. As for me, I don't think I can ever be best pals with a cockroach.
Of course, there are more to bugs than just ants, spiders and cockroaches. In fact, bugs have been around for over millions of years since the times of the dinosaurs while us humans have only been around for only thousands of years. So yes, there is definitely lots to learn when it comes to the Bug Kingdom.
And where better to learn all about these tiny creatures than at Science Centre Singapore?
First conceived by Science Centre Singapore back in 1994, 'Megabugs Return!' reemerges this year with a vengeance with 14 animatronic insect machines... like one of these babies.
As you can see, mei-mei isn't too big a fan of bugs either. Heh.
Fortunately, there was Mummy for her to clutch onto tightly as we entered the exhibition proper. And my, it felt as if we were shrunk to the size of ants as the world of bugs presented itself before our very eyes.
As we navigated through a maze of towering grass blades, flowers and even a huge two-storey bug spray, we came face-to-face with tons of super-sized insects, including a 3m-long praying mantis, giant beetles and scorpions, plus one humongous spider.
Luckily for us, there was a helpful Uncle guide who brought us around all the exhibits and explained the various insects' characteristics to us kids.
The static displays were pretty cool but for monkies who just can't seem to sit or stand still, interactive exhibits always trump those any day and there were enough of activities to keep us entertained as well.
Not all bugs on display are devoid of life though. The real counterparts also made their presence felt as well.
Preserved and live insects are also showcased together with informative panels and activities, like these hissing cockroaches.
Or if you prefer something less terrifying, the stick insects do make a rather good choice too.
Be sure to check out the informative panels and hands-on activities at the live insects exhibits too. Di-di and I would have loved to do some bug crafts of our own as well, but there wasn't enough time to do so. Bummer.
Megabugs Return! definitely opened our eyes to a world which we are not usually accustomed to, and we did pick up loads of interesting facts about these little buggers. One example? For every human on the planet, there are about ONE MILLION ants.
So yes, good luck to Daddy on his mission to annihilate the ant clans.
Dates: 20 April - 18 August 2013
Time: 10am - 6pm daily
Venue: Annexe, Science Centre Singapore
Admission Fees: Adult $20 | Child (3-12 yrs) $15
*Ticket prices are inclusive of Science Centre Admission.
Typical time required: 60 minutes