Saturday, October 20, 2012


A Spooky Creature Feature

A Halloween Family Open House featuring a presentation

with live animals from the Elmwood Park Zoo

12:00 - 4:00 PM

Presentation at 1:00 PM

Come in Costume!


A series of anatomical plates / by Jones Quain.  Philadelphia : Carey and Hart, 1843.

Why do we see so many skeletons at Halloween time? Are skeletons actually creepy? We all have one, and it's a good thing too! Without a skeleton you wouldn't be able to stand, sit, move, or do much of anything. All animals need some way of supporting their bodies and protecting their insides, but there are different ways of doing this. Did you know that most of the animals in the world do not have and internal skeleton? Meet a variety of live animals from the Elmwood Park Zoo and learn about their skeletons!

In addition to viewing the live animal presentation, children and adults are invited to explore the museum gallery, which includes and extensive collection of skeletons. Wagner educators will lead scavenger hunts, skeleton-themed Halloween crafts, and hands-on activities for children throughout the afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume.

12 - 4 PM

  • Institute is open to the public.
  • Explore the museum collections in the exhibition hall.
  • Hands-on activities for children ages 6-12.

1 - 2 PM

  • Children's program in the Victorian lecture hall.

Admission is FREE. Donations of $8 for adults and $5 for children are suggested, but any amount helps to support the Institute's mission.


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