CapFed Best News: KCDC's new exhibit allows kids to explore the life of bees
Bees might cause some people to flail their arms when they hear buzzing, but the small, flying insects are vital to our world, economy and lives.
Kansas Children's Discovery Center opened its new bee exhibit Friday and allows visitors to explore the life of bees while having fun.
The exhibit will be open through Sept. 5. Entry into the discovery center for non-members is $8-$9 and the facility is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
As kids enter the room where the bee exhibit has been set up, they will be surrounded by activity stations that allow them to play while learning more about bees.
A honey stand allows kids to understand financial literacy and real images of a honey bee and bumblebee gives children the opportunity to understand the difference between the species.
"One thing an entomologist we talked to emphasized is a lot of kids don't realize all bees aren't honeybees," said Laura Burton, KCDC's director of development and marketing. "Well, there are 20,000 species of bees."
The Bee-ology lab gives kids the chance to experience the job of an entomologist and examine slides of honeycomb and bees.
One station lets kids plant toy flowers and pollinate plants by throwing Velcro balls at a Velcro wall.
The discovery center will also have programs that coincide with the exhibit including a National Honeybee Day celebration Aug. 21.
Dene Mosier, KCDC's president and CEO, said the discovery center also plans to bring in a beekeeper, but a date hasn't been set.
Giving kids the opportunity to learn about bees helps them to understand how critical the insect is to our environment and future, Mosier said.
The exhibit will help kids to see that bees aren't scary but are beneficial to everyone.
"That helps them to understand and see the value in our native grasses and plants that support pollinators," Mosier said.