What kid doesn't love watching fireflies on a warm summer night?
But when it comes to their questions about why the fireflies light
up, most parents would be hard-pressed to come up with an
That's where a trip to the new exhibit at The
Field Museum can help. "Creatures of Light: Nature's
Bioluminescence" delves into the mystery of glowing creatures, from
glowworms in caves to deep-sea fish that illuminate the dark ocean
Leo Smith, lead curator of the exhibit, says this interactive
exhibit will appeal to even the youngest of kids. "You walk into
the fireflies and ... they see these things light up. There's an
iPad app where you can try to mimic the flashing patterns."
The exhibit continues with glowworms dangling from the ceiling
to real fish lighting up their tanks. Creatures of Light runs March
7-Sept. 8. For more information, visit fieldmuseum.org.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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