There’s something about bugs that captures kids’ imaginations. From Madagascar hissing cockroaches and giant centipedes, to darkling beetles and pink toe tarantulas—your budding entomologists or little arachnologists will want to get the buzz on these six places where they can see and touch bugs of all shapes and sizes. Click through the gallery for the creepy crawly deets.

Pacific Science Center

Giant mechanical bugs welcome you to Insect Village at the Pacific Science Center. Home to the domino cockroach, Madagascar hissing cockroach, giant Brazilian cockroaches and other creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes, PSC is a bug lover's paradise. Stick insects, blue death-feigning beetles, scorpions and tarantulas also call PSC home, and if you're really "lucky," a docent will even let you hold one! Around the corner, you'll also find the Butterfly House full of those beautiful flying bugs. Psst...stay still, and one might land on you!

Good to Know: If you're a fan of eight-legged friends, you'll want to visit the spider exhibit in October, when it's at its most spectacular.

Pacific Science Center
200 Second Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-443-2001
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sat., Sun & Holidays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: $21.95/Adults; $15.95/Youth (6-15); $11.95/Kids (3-5); $19.95/Seniors (65 & older)

photo: Pacific Science Center 

Have you visited these buggy spots? Do you have a favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

— Helen Walker Green