I had a chance to preview the new Frogs exhibit at the Museum of Nature and can tell you that it is amazing! It’s on display at the Museum of Nature until May 2014 so go check it out.
There are 11 species of frogs on display, from the teeny tiny to the big big. Did you know that there is a species of frog that is as big as a human infant? The African goliath can grow up to 8 inches and lives for 40 years. Some frogs carry enough poison to kill 10 humans, but don’t worry, they aren’t native to the area. And we all know that frogs can hop and jump, but I didn’t know that some can glide through the air. The Chinese Gliding Frogs have webbing between their toes that acts like a parachute allowing them to soar. You can see these frogs at the exhibit.
Before you get to the frogs though, you can play 3 holes of mini golf, trying to avoid typical frog predators, and the kids will love the frogs pictures on the ground. When you hop on them frog sounds play. So fun.
And then you get to the main exhibit which includes frogs in recreated native habitats. These habitats have waterfalls, rock ledges, and plants, and are low enough for most kids to peer in. They way they are created, the frogs are almost always visible so you’re sure to see them all.
There are also many interactive parts to the exhibit. You can try a virtual frog dissection, learn to draw frogs, check out the skeleton of the world’s largest frog, and more. My favourite was display of a frog’s stages of metamorphosis with preserved specimens and my kids especially loved the lounge area where they could jump from rock to rock and pretend to swim in the pond.
While walking around and checking out the frogs you can also watch videos of frogs eating and listen to recordings of frogs calls. There is so much to learn about these cool creatures and this exhibit does a really good job of mixing viewing live frogs with interactive components. You will be sure to learn something and be dazzled by the sounds and colours. Be sure to check out the poison dart frogs, my favourite, who are the most colourful frogs on display.
Frogs – A Chorus of Colours is at the Museum of Nature until May 11, 2104. Admission to the exhibit is $4 on top of museum admission, a small price to pay for such a mesmerizing exhibit.