This was our first visit to The Spider Pavilion at the NHM and I really wasn't sure what to expect. One thing I knew for sure though, there would be real, live spiders there. I mention this because early on it became apparent that other visitors were not actually expecting well, spiders to be at The Spider Pavilion. At least not ones crawling around freely. Let me reassure you, the poisonous spiders are in enclosed environments, but the other less venomous ones are free to roam the pavilion that also houses the Butterfly Pavilion earlier in the year.
My husband mentioned the suspect timing of having The Spider Pavilion immediately following The Butterfly Pavilion to the staff. But we were assured that the spiders were not used to er ah, "clean things up". No, the spiders are actually hand fed worms as they would starve otherwise.
I was rather proud that my children didn't squeal in fright at the site of spiders wrapping up their prey caught in their web. That was until other visitors showed up and (adult and children alike) began making a scene. My 3 year old daughter called time on the whole thing and her and I went outside to check out the enclosed spiders. Still she wasn't much happy. My son seemed to handle the whole thing with his typical aplomb. If you are planning on bringing your own children, do yourself a favor, if you don't make a big deal out of it, chances are they will follow your lead.
|Our greeter as we walked in the door.|
|Hey, where'd he come from? He doesn't look like a worm.|
|Checking out the enclosed spiders|
|Movie set at just the right height|
|No, Simone is not happy with Mommy's little education field trip|
|Lunch is served!|