400 Hastings Road
Lake Forest, Ill.
Cost: $9, $6 kids, free kids under 3
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 9, 2014
Spend the day getting up close and personal with some amazing and fascinating reptiles from all over the world. Visitors can meet over 150 animals including "Bubba" the famous American Alligator, the Wildlife Discovery Center's celebrated rattlesnake collection, lizards, snakes of all shapes and sizes, turtles, crocodilians, tortoises, frogs and much more. Visitors will also have the chance to talk with some of the Midwest's most knowledgeable reptile enthusiasts from the Herpetological Societies of Chicago, St. Louis and Madison; Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History; Cold Blooded Creatures; the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; the Grove Nature Center and more. In addition to the many reptiles on display, there will be children's activities, kid-friendly tattoos, a Scout Patch challenge ($5 extra for the patch), a silent auction, food and refreshments.