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Sam Noble Museum Hosts Bug Squad Insect Adventures

A child holding a flashlight up to a screen searching for insects.

Sam Noble Museum Hosts Bug Squad Insect Adventures

February 5, 2024

NORMAN, OKLA. – The Bug Squad is coming to Oklahoma, and kids and families are invited to climb, jump and play their way through this hands-on animatronic insect adventure, which opens Feb. 10 at the Sam Noble Museum.

This unique traveling exhibit can be described as a full sensory experience with active spaces for kids and families to play. Each of the Bug Squad’s heroic characters was created to represent a variety of abilities, ethnicities and body types, each with their own unique storyline that describes their super abilities and unique traits. In addition to highlighting strengths or flying abilities, the Bug Squad members represent traits such as accepting, investigative, team-builders and optimistic.

“We couldn’t be more excited about bringing this exhibit to Norman and OKC,” said Alexander Mann, PR representative for the Sam Noble Museum. “All of the traveling exhibits we present here at the museum help us share new ideas and experiences with our visitors, but the ones aimed at kids and families are always a ton of fun.

“This one, in particular, should be a blast, and even if you’re not a big fan of bugs, the Bug Squad characters are all really friendly and fun, and there are so many immersive, hands-on parts of the exhibit to enjoy with your kids,” he added. “You definitely have to see it for yourself.”                          

Exhibit highlights include the Spider Web Escape area with a slide, the Ant Colony Climber and an opportunity to experience (virtually) what it’s like to fly like a dragonfly in the Dragonfly Drone. Families can compare the way insects communicate by sound and light, and explore how colors and lights function in nature. The exhibit is produced by Omaha Children’s Museum and presented by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

An adult holding a child looking at an animatronic bug.
Children playing in a drone cockpit.
Five animatronic bugs in a warehouse.

About the Sam Noble Museum

The Sam Noble Museum is the officially designated natural history museum for the state of Oklahoma and is located on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus at 2401 Chautauqua Ave. This exhibit was produced by Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum is a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. The mission of Omaha Children’s Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.

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