It always makes my day when you find out about an amazing event taking place in Berkshire, thanks to @hello.happiness.windsor for the recommendation. I had no idea Imperial College had a campus in Ascot and it’s such a beautiful place to have spent an afternoon.
Sadly we didn’t explore the grounds of the campus enough through the organised bug hunts and pond dipping as the weather was too hot for us (although I am not complaining about the heatwave, it’s great, although a bit of rain for the trees, plants and garden would be welcome) but hopefully the event will run again next year and we can go exploring.
There were a couple of gazebos, one for the very popular face painting and the other for a large rainforest game. Inside the main marquee were so many displays, demonstrations, activities and crafts. We were lucky enough to see a number of different varieties of living grasshoppers, caterpillars; moth larvae, mosquitoes (not my favourite) at different stages of their life cycle and a giant water beetle. We looked through microscopes at a pond snails and moss and learnt about animal tracking.
There was also plenty to make and my little one made a fantastic grasshopper card using finger prints, everyone collectively made play-doh insects which were collated on logs and branches, it was great to see the ‘artwork’ of bugs grow during the event as more and more bugs made throughout the day.
My child built a cardboard mosquito using a templates and pipe cleaners. There were also plenty of pictures to colour throughout the event and we ended up coming home with a few wildlife themed colouring sheets to do at home over the holidays. My little one was also given a Butterfly Count Chart so we can take part in the Big Butterfly Count which is running until 12th August 2018.
There was free parking, food, drink and ice cream to purchase plus a lovely shaded area under a tree where the kids could play and adults could enjoy the view whilst supervising their children. What a lovely event and start to the Summer holidays.
*I was not asked or paid to write this post. We had a great time at Bug! Day so I thought I would share. Click here to view the Berkshire Mummies disclaimer.*