The Children’s Museum Opens Exhibit About Bugs’ Superhero Abilities

June 28, 2024

Bug Squad, a hands-on exhibit exploring the unique abilities of bugs, is coming to the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) from May 14 to August 25 at their Downtown location.

This immersive traveling exhibit is a full-sensory experience with active spaces to play. Each member of the Bug Squad was created to represent a variety of abilities, ethnicities, and body types, each with their own storyline that describes their super abilities and unique traits. In addition to highlighting strengths or flying abilities, the Bug Squad members represent traits and qualities such as optimism, inquisitiveness, affinity for team-building, and acceptance.

 “Children are fascinated by bugs; however, as adults we often forget to talk with our kids about bugs’ critical (and heroic!) function in our ecosystem when we encounter bugs in our everyday lives. Portraying bugs as superheroes is a creative way for children to learn just how important, and unique, bugs are! We are thrilled to bring in this exhibit as a new offering for children and families to continue playing, and therefore learning, all summer long at CMoR!” says CMoR’s executive director Danielle Ripperton.

Highlights include the Spider Web Escape area with a slide, the Ant Colony Climber, and an opportunity to experience (virtually) what it’s like to fly like a dragonfly in the Dragonfly Drone exhibit. Families can compare the way insects communicate by sound and light, and explore how colors and lights function in nature. The exhibit is produced by Omaha Children’s Museum.

The Children’s Museum will host a ribbon cutting for Bug Squad for CMoR member families, media, partners, Board members, and donors at its Downtown location on West Broad Street on Monday, May 13 at 3 pm.

The Bug Squad exhibit will open to the public on May 14, 2024 at the Children’s Museum’s Downtown location at 2626 W. Broad Street. Families are invited to explore and play with the traveling exhibit during the organization’s open hours, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Tickets are $9 for children and adults, with special discounts for seniors, teachers, military, and SNAP, EBT and WIC recipients.

About the Children’s Museum of Richmond

Since 1981, the Children’s Museum has served children and their families by recognizing that children grow and learn through play, and has grown over the years in providing resources for the entire family, schools, and partner nonprofit organizations.

CMoR operates two locations in Richmond and Chesterfield dedicated to creating safe, fun, hands-on environments for children to learn, explore, and create memorable experiences. For more information about the Children’s Museum of Richmond, please visit