The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana has been invaded by six- and eight-legged guests.
The Spooky Science: Bug Invasion, with bug animatronics, an insect collection and interactive stations, opened Oct. 2 and will continues through the end of the month, including the first-ever Halloween weekend celebration.
Visitors will see Dr. Sue's Traveling Insect and Arthropod Zoo with praying mantis, tarantulas, glowing scorpions and giant ants. Learn how mosquitoes spread disease, why they bite and how to stay protected at OC Vector Control's Mosquito Chamber.
Members of the Rat and Mouse Club of America So Cal Chapter will talk about rats and mice needs and how to train them. Bee keepers will provide the buzz on bees, including how the flower-feeding insects produce honey and pollinate crops.
Then there's the Creepy Crawlers Stage Show. Audience members will meet arthropods including a live tarantula, hissing cockroaches, black Empire scorpions and even some amphibians and lizards that like to eat bugs.
Saturday and Sunday activities include the Water Pollution Show, Grasshopper Anatomy 101 and "Bee Smart" story time. Children are invited to show up in costume for the Spider Mash Dance and Costume Parade at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The Pumpkin Factory, at nearby Main Place Mall, partnered with the Discovery Science Center for the Halloween celebration. At the science center, look for themed trick-or-treat stations, a costume parade, "It's a Bug's Life" story time, pumpkin decorating and more.
The Pumpkin Factory will have themed trick-or-treat stations, rides, a petting zoo and the pumpkin patch.
For the complete weekend schedules visit www.discoverycube.org.
SPOOKY SCIENCE: BUG INVASION
Where: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana
When: Now through Oct. 31
Admission: $12.95 adults; $9.95 children 3-17; free for members