Had a fantastic time at the 27th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival! Brought M for the second year in a row, and C for the first time. This is a tradition that I bring to my kids - I've been going to this festival almost every year since I can remember. We held tons of bugs, and petted a horseshoe crab!
M was psyched for the event, got dressed in her butterfly shirt, and let me put her hair in pigtails (a.k.a. antennae).
Mama held many creatures, while M and C petted/observed:
M pets a Tobacco Hornworm.
C pulls away, reeling in repulsion, as a event person presents a hissing cochroach.
M and I pet the surprisingly docile and pleasant giant grasshopper (I don't think it's the same species shown in this link, but it looked similar).
Also not pictured, Mama held a hissing cockroach, and also another kind of cute little digging beetle.
I ♥ the IFFF!
P.S. For the record, I actually have a moderate insect-phobia, so tonight I will do my heebee-jeebee shake-off dance before I go to bed!