ELKHART — Creepy crawlies will be the stars at the Elkhart County Parks' annual "Bug Night," an insect-themed celebration taking place Friday at Cobus Creek County Park.

The two-hour event will highlight the world of insects with hands-on events and up-close encounters of Indiana’s invertebrates. Displays will feature a wide variety of creepy-crawlies — from dragonflies to diving beetles — along with unique insect-themed activities for all ages.

Some of the highlights at Bug Night include make-and-take insect arts and crafts, a hands-on bug-digging station, butterfly gardens featuring plants for pollinators, a bug-themed reading station (for the bookworms), an aquatic invertebrate aquarium, face-painting "bugicatures," bug-catching with sweep nets in the prairie, and sweet treats with real edible insects, like chocolate-covered crickets

Bug Night runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Cobus Creek County Park, 30680 C.R. 8, and is open to all ages. Admission is $2 per person. More information is available at elkhartcountyparks.org, on the Elkhart County Parks Facebook page, or by calling the administration office at 574-535-6458.

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