Cincinnati Museum Center BatFest 2015

CINCINNATI – Get up close and personal with live bats and learn more about these incredible but misunderstood creatures during BatFest on Saturday, October 24. Join local experts and organizations for a day of hands-on activities, games, crafts and more as you learn the fact and fiction about bats.


We’ve gone a little batty, but you’ll learn that’s not such a bad thing. We’ve taken bats out of the fictional world of vampires and haunted houses and into reality where they serve as natural pest control, pollinators and much more. Taste a variety of fruits from around the world pollinated by bats, see how bat-brained you are during our bat-themed quiz show.

Meet bats up close with experts from ECHO Bats, Inc. as they show all the ways bats help keep our communities in balance and thriving. Cincinnati Parks’ Explore Nature! will have a variety of hands-on activities and you can enjoy stories and crafts from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County all about bats. Learn about where bats live and meet some of their equally misunderstood neighbors like snakes and spiders from the Fernald Preserve.

Don’t be surprised to see someone dangling 106 feet above the marble floor of our Rotunda. That’s just members from the Greater Cincinnati Grotto will be demonstrating their rope skills and techniques. If heights aren’t your thing, no worries. You can still go spelunking through over 500 feet of narrow passageways in our limestone cave in the Museum of Natural History & Science. Then visit our STEM Discovery Lab and discover what geospatial technology can teach us about the bats in our neighborhoods, the habitats they need and how we can use maps to learn more about ecosystems.

And, being that it is almost the end of October, BatFest wouldn’t be complete without some Halloween-inspired fun. Come in costume and join our costume parade through the Museum of Natural History & Science and the Rotunda. Forgot your costume? No problem! We’ll help you create your own mask just in time for the parade. And while you’re all dressed up, why not stop by the Duke Energy Children’s Museum for a monster mash dance party?

Don’t miss all the fun and educational events as we celebrate bats during BatFest on Saturday, October 24. For a complete list of activities and more information visit