Creepy Crawlies Alive!

 They're back! A cavalcade of curious critters is returning to MTQ for the Creepy Crawlies Alive! holiday program.

Join us for two weeks of fun family activities, with live insect and reptile displays, craft and games and more!


Creepy Crawlies Alive! Bug Houses
Take a tour around the bug houses and learn about North Queensland’s amazing insects. Learn how to keep your own creepy crawly alive at home.

Sensory Trail
Insect senses are very different to our own. Follow the sensory trail, and discover how insects experience the world around them.

Creepy Colours
Some creepy crawlies use cryptic colours to hide, while others show off with bright colours and patterns. Add your own colourful critters to our Creepy Colours habitat. 

Creepy Crafts
Creep on down to our craft tables, to cut and colour your own colourful Creepy Crawlies.

“Little Critters” play pen
Just for the little ones – creep and crawl your way through our special play area.

Macro Marvels
Marvel at these extraordinary close-up images of North Queensland’s most magnificent creepy crawlies.

Creepy Crawly Floor Talks
10am, 11:30am, 1pm and 3pm
Discovery something new as our Museum’s insect keepers and researchers talk about their favourite animals. Try holding one of our creepy crawly insects – if you feel brave!

Creepy Crawly Culinary Class
11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Discover how insects and other creepy critters may be the future for feeding a hungry world. Try a crispy cooked creepy critter – you might be surprised!

Beau the Butterfly and Professor Pinboard
Will Beau the Butterfly escape the net of Professor Pinboard, or will become a permanent part of the Professor’s insect collection? Keep an eye out – Beau might need your help!


Radical Reptiles Display
10:00am – 2:30pm (excluding Show Day Monday)
Check out Ranger Dan’s live creepy crawlies including snakes, lizards and frogs.

Reptile Talks
10.30am, 12.00pm and 1.30pm (excluding Show Day Monday)
Come and meet some of Ranger Dan’s seriously slithery reptile friends as he talks about his favourite creepy crawlies.

Face Painting
10.00am – 12noon (30 June – 4 July only)
Be transformed into an interesting insect, spectacular spider or radical reptile.

Polly’s Crafts Sand Art
10.00am - 2.30pm (7 July – 11 July only)
Create your own creepy crawly inspired sand-art masterpiece to take home. (Cost $3.50)

Bug Bits
10am & 12pm (1 – 4 July only)
Explore the anatomy of bugs through games and craft and test your memory with a giant insect “match-up” game. (5-12 years)
Bookings required.

A Bug’s Life
10am & 12pm (7 July – 11 July only)
An interactive exploration of the amazing life cycles of insects. (5-12 years)
Bookings required.

Backyard Safari Photography Competition

The Museum of Tropical Queensland’s Backyard Photography Safari Competition is now open!

Head out to the dark unmapped heart of your suburban backyard, bushland or beach with camera and pith helmet in search of small game and other inspiring and intriguing subjects.

Entry is free, and there are some great prizes to be won including one-on-one workshops with professional award-winning wildlife photographer Darren Jew.

Each week entries will be featured on our Facebook page, and the winners and selected entries from each category will be on show in a special exhibition at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.

For more information and entry details hike across to the MTQ website:

General T&Cs
• Age categories: Primary school (5-12 years) / Secondary school (13-17 years) / Open (18 years+)
• Entries will be accepted any time after 28 June 2014.
• Closing date for entries is 31 October 2014.
• Judging will take place in November by our professional judges, Darren Jew & Queensland Museum’s own Gary Cranitch.
• Winners will be announced in early December.
• Winning entries, plus those nominated by our judges, will be exhibited in the Museum’s Science Gallery from 13 December 2014 to 26 Monday January 2015.
• Copyright for the photographs submitted as part of this competition remains with the photographer.

Workshops and talks

Pinch Pot Creepy Crawlies - BOOKINGS REQUIRED
Tuesday 1 July, 10am – 12noon, (8+ years)
Cost: $10, $5 MyMuseum members

Artist potter, Fiona Banner, will show you how to make creepy crawlies using the ancient technique of pinching clay. Make a creepy crawly or decorate a pot with creepy crawlies.

Creepy Crawly Photo Safari – an ABC Open activity - BOOKINGS REQUIRED
Wednesday 2 July, 9.30am - 12.30pm (10+ years, adults)
Cost: Free with entry

Join Michael Bromage from ABC Open on a Creepy Crawly Photo Safari and learn how to take close-up photos of some of our mini mega-stars “in the wild”. The group will meet at MTQ for a “how to” session, then head out to Queens Gardens (own transport) to capture some creepy crawlies on “film”. This safari is suitable for smart phone and camera buffs, and access to a laptop or iPad (with internet access) will be required to finish off your photos or short film back at the Museum. At the end of the safari, participants will have the chance to upload their work to the ABC Open website. (Minimum age is 10, with parental supervision during the activity.)

Bookings can be made by phoning 4726 0600 during business hours.

Saving Townsville’s Children – July’s Discover More Talk
Tuesday 8 July, 12noon (adults)
Cost: Free with entry

In Queensland at the beginning of the twentieth century, just over ten per cent of infants died before their first birthday. Growing concern about this appalling rate of infant mortality sparked a movement throughout Australia known as the Infant Welfare Movement. 

This talk by local historian Trisha Fielding explores what effect, if any, the Infant Welfare Movement had on infant mortality in Townsville between 1895 and 1930 by looking at what particular health services were available to mothers and their infants during this period; and at the main causes of death in infants under one year of age at this time.

Townsville's Fine Feathered Friends
Wednesday 9 July, 12noon (10+ years, adults)
Cost: Free with entry

Join Townsville birding and photography enthusiast Ian Boyd for a presentation on birds in the Townsville region, including fascinating stories such as the mating rituals of the Bowerbird, and the special relationship between the parasitic mistletoe plant, and the Mistletoebird.

Find out the secrets of capturing these small and elusive subjects on camera, and the tools and techniques needed to create professional-quality images.


Event Details

28 June 2014 09:30 AM - 13 July 2014 05:00 PM