by Cathy P. Ross
Jul 8, 2013
10:38 AMCulture Cat
When the kids say they’re bored, it’s time to get them out of the house. But you don’t have to go too far to find some fun. Here are a few suggestions:
Check out Lorikeets at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The exhibit includes almost a dozen varieties of these colorful medium-sized parrots, which are native to the South Pacific. These little birds feed on the nectars of blossoms and fruits in their natural habitat of rainforests and woodlands. But you can buy a cup of nectar right at the exhibit and the birds will sip it out of your hand with their bristled tongues, or they’ll land on your arm (a crowd of birds delighted this young fan, above) or even your head to get some of the sweet treat. Anyone who prefers to keep a distance may view the lorikeets from outside the aviary. The exhibit runs through Sept. 2 in the Aquarium’s riverfront courtyard. (203/852-0700, maritimeaquarium.org.)
Have you seen or heard any cicadas recently? If you haven’t, you soon will. They’ve been coming out of the woods of south-central Connecticut since the end of May. Learn all about these fascinating insects in Return of the 17-Year Cicadas at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. The exhibit features a timeline of Yale’s involvement in the study of the phenomenon going back to 1843. See live cicadas in terrariums and watch a video of cicadas emerging from their nests, through Sept. 3.
Also at the Peabody: Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of Pharaohs through Jan. 4. Learn about hieroglyphs, see real mummies (including a cat mummy!) and a “mummy unwrapping” from the Barnum Museum. There’s also a display of Egyptian artifacts from the Yale Babylonian Collection. (203/432-5050, peabody.yale.edu.)
MathAlive! at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford provides a mix of hands-on activities, challenges and games to demonstrate the part math plays in video games, sports, design, music and robotics. Learn how skaters, engineers and musicians use math in their work, and how integral it is to the way we live. Through Sept. 1. (860/724-3623, ctsciencecenter.org.)Family Fun