Milton Keynes Museum is inviting youngsters to go wild this May, with two-days of wildlife themed activities.
On Saturday, May 28 Animals in Mind will be at the Museum teaching visitors about wildlife conservation, animal habitats, diet and the important role animals play in our environment and how they can benefit our mental health. You will also be able to handle some of the animals in an experience safe for them, and for little people.
On Sunday, May 29 Teaching Talons will 'fly in' with a variety of their animals; and they care for the furry, the prickly, the scaly and the hairy – from mice to hedgehogs, bugs, beetles and tarantulas to snakes and tortoises.
As their name suggests, Teaching Talons also deal with birds, and they will be giving some lucky visitors the opportunity to handle an owl*.
Matt's Lizard Rescue will be in attendance both days with a rescued Bearded Dragon. The 'beardy' won't be for handling, but it will be an opportunity to see one of these beautiful reptiles up close.
Elsewhere, you'll be able to find out about the organisms hiding in the Museum pond by learning how to use a microscope, and you can take a guided walk through the Museum's Nature Trail and around the site to learn more about plants and flowers.
And how many mini beasts, critters and trees will you find on the ID Trail?
The Museum will be inviting you to get crafty too; you'll be able to inspect fossils before making your own design on a pebble to keep and take home.
“These events are to teach youngsters an appreciation of wildlife and nature in general,” said Surbhi Bhambri, Education and Outreach Officer at the Museum, “We are lucky enough to live in a very green place which is rich in wildlife, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that our children learn how to live in harmony with the bugs and animals around us.
“Many of our native species are struggling to co-exist in today's modern world, but whether it's planting the correct plants to help our pollinators or creating hedgehog spaces in our gardens, we can all help to make a positive change.
The usual Museum attractions will be open as usual, and refreshments will be served in the Granary Tea Room.
*There will be a small supplementary charge to have an owl experience