Sunday, April 10, 2016

Annual Event: ReptileFest

Every year, our family starts to get antsy as Spring is technically here, but the promise of warmth tends to be delayed.  Come April, we get restless and need something unique.  And indoors.

This year, ReptileFest came to the rescue!

This is an annual Chicago event hosted by the Chicago Herpetological Society -- or the Reptile Reps as I call them to avoid the "What does hurtogogo mean?" questions.

It is a great chance for kids to be nose to nose with boa constrictors, turtles, lizards, and alligators (or maybe they are crocodiles?  I should pay better attention next time).

The people working the fest are incredibly nice and knowledgable.  They love to share information and interact with the kids -- most even allow you to pet or hold the little guys (animals, not my children).

Missed it this year?  It's annual, so keep an eye out for April dates!


  • There were two rooms and a majority of the closer interaction opportunities were in the second room.  Make sure not to tucker out before getting to this room, or you will miss holding turtles, tortoises, alligator/crocodiles, snakes, and lizards.
  • A food vendor is on site -- Italian Beef & Hot Dog type of food, so pack fruit or alternatives if you prefer.  
  • Pre-purchase tickets to avoid the entrance line. The line is pretty long every year, so avoid it if you can!
Cost Savings: 
A Coupon is available on the ReptileFest site!

North Park
Closest El stop: Brown Line / Kimball, then a 25 min walk for adults.
So obviously we drove -- bonus of free parking!  Arrive early to find a spot.

Kid's Jury: 5 stars
Kid's loved it, hence we go every year.
Parents love it too, as it gets said kids out of the house for a few hours.

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