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Creatures of the Night at the Museum of Natural History

first_imgYoungsters from across the province are being invited to go on the prowl this weekend to find out what creatures come out after dark at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax. Friday, Oct. 28, is a school in-service day and the beginning of a three-day weekend for children. “We’ve planned lots of fun things for kids to do on their days off,” says museum manager Janet Maltby. “We truly enjoy opportunities to share fascinating aspects of nature and display unique museum specimens which are often not on public display.” Youngsters will have to follow riddle clues to safely navigate their way through the museum and will discover creepy facts about animals and plant life that only come out or are enhanced at night. Some explorers may encounter, and have to escape from, a large creature during their prowl. Nocturnal sounds — including the hooting of owls, howling of wolves, creaking of trees and other noises of unseen things at night — will also follow visitors as they make their way through the galleries. As part of this program, museum staff will dissect owl pellets, the non-digested and regurgitated food parts of what an owl has eaten during its nocturnal hunt. Other creepy activities include Cabinets of Curiosities in which visitors can see unique museum specimens such as a mummified rat, swordfish eyeball, green snakes with stomach contents and various skulls. Young visitors will also have an opportunity to make their own masks of a creature of the night. Creatures of the Night takes place on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission will be charged. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite creature of the night. The Museum of Natural History is located at 1747 Summer St., in Halifax. For information call 902-424-3563 or visit the website at nature.museum.gov.ns.ca read more