Get friendly with crawly critters at Bug Fest

Hundreds of millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, stick insects, caterpillars, tarantulas and live beetles — including one of the world's largest. It sounds like a movie from '70s Italian horror director Dario Argento, but it's all in the name of science and fun. This annual event celebrates insects with hands-on activities like roach-petting (seriously) and demos of bedbug sniffing dogs, plus cricket cookies and other eats. Great for kids and anyone entomologically inclined.

Where: Academy of Natural Sciences at 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19103

When: August 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to August 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

How much: Free with admission ($18 adults, $14 kids)