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Special Events, Field Trips, Birthday Parties & More… Oh my!

At the Insectarium we have a variety of fun ways to engage with our Bug Ambassadors. Whether you’re looking to host a birthday party for a young bug lover in your life, are a teacher looking for an engaging and fun field trip for your class, or are looking for a cheap and educational date night for yourself, you’ve come to the right spot!

Weekly Activities & Monthly Themes

Each month brings a wave of fresh things to explore at the Insectarium. Monthly, we pick a different theme that guides our rotating programs and activities. Check our calendar for up to date details or stop by during one of these program windows and discover something new!

Thursday 3 – 5pm: Early Out Activities

Public schools are out early on Thursdays, so every single Thursday we have a fun, engaging and educational activity happening in the Insectarium.

Saturday 12 – 2pm: Saturday Programs

On Saturdays we do fun activities for kids, families and adults of all ages. This might mean we’re hosting a honey tasting event, setting up a slow motion camera or making a holiday themed craft.

Predator Feedings

Have you ever seen a hungry tarantula, scorpion, centipede, or mantis eat a cricket? Come to the Insectarium during one of our regular feedings and you’ll see one of our predators eat a live cricket! Learn all about how predators catch and digest their prey.

Thursday: 3:30pm

Friday: 4:00pm

Saturday: 1:00pm & 2:30pm

Bugs and Brews

What happens when you mix after hours access to the Insectarium, local beers and a fascinating expert lecturer? You get the Missoula Insectarium’s evening lecture series: “Bugs and Brews”! This program is designed for adults who want to explore the world of arthropods with a cold beverage in hand.

Past Bugs and Brews Speakers and Topics:

April 2016: Sharman Apt Russle: Chasing Tiger Beetles in the New World of Citizen Science
February 2016: Art Woods & Bret Tobalske: Gigantic Sea Spiders and Research Life in Antarctica
October 2015: Doug Emlen: Extravagant Weapons: The Story Behind Arms Races in Animals and People

Artist in Residency Program

In the spring of 2016, the Insectarium started the first ever Arthropods and Artists in Residency Program. This evolving program grants our Artist in Residence after-hours access to our resident bugs to render in the medium of their choosing. Artists lead educational programs for Insectarium guests and premier their work during a First Friday event. For Spring 2016, our Artist in Residence was Bayla Arietta, a watercolor artist with extensive experience teaching painting, drawing, printmaking, and bookbinding to all ages. If you are interested in participating in this program as an artist in residence, please email us at

Birthday Parties

The Missoula Insectarium now hosts birthday parties! We’re not ones to brag but we were recently told by a very happy birthday boy that we had just thrown the “BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER”! Now that is a ringing endorsement! Birthday parties at the Insectarium are fun and educational in our classroom party space. All parties come with the opportunity to meet some live Bug Ambassadors and celebrate your youngest bug lover’s birthday with all their friends and family. For details, visit our Parties Page

Lil’ Bugs Toddler Hour

Lil’ Bugs is a full hour of Early Childhood Education in the Insectarium’s classroom for children 5 or younger and their parents. Enjoy exciting programing and exploration tailored just for our youngest visitors and their parents. Each week there will be a new theme with exciting bug ambassadors to hold or touch, a short story time, games and crafts. Free with the cost of admission, $4 for anyone over the age of 3. Join us while we play to learn!


To see details for our current events, visit our calendar page!

Field Trips

We also offer field trips for PreschoolElementary School and Middle School groups. During your field trip to the Missoula Insectarium, we will provide your students with an exciting, hands-on learning experience featuring our live Bug Ambassadors that will get kids interested in the world around them.

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