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.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Bug fans should head for the Kids' Zone, where they'll find Madagascar hissing cockroaches and giant leaf Insects. Be sure to catch the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theatre shows—the stars include a Brazilian black tarantula, Chilean rose tarantula and a giant African millipede.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, Wa 98407
253-591-5337
Online: pdza.org

Hours: Varies seasonally; check the website.
Cost: $17.95/Adults; $13.95/Youth (5-12); $9.95/Toddlers (3-4); $16.95/Seniors (65 & older), 2 & under Free. Pierce County residents and military receive a $2 discount. Discounted prices available online

photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

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

— Helen Walker Green