Giant bugs are coming to Kansas City’s Union Station

The next traveling exhibit at Union Station will feature giant insects.
The next traveling exhibit at Union Station will feature giant insects. Union Station

This is the time of year when bugs come indoors.

With Union Station, you’re talking about big bugs.

The station returns to the realm of large, scary things with its next traveling exhibit. “Xtreme Bugs” is a collection of giant, animatronic insects and other creepy crawlers.

The exhibit, which opens Oct. 17, will have more than 100 creatures, including a 15-foot hornet. A giant scorpion, monarch butterfly, tarantula and cicadas are also featured.

Some of them move. Some of them make noise. All are oversized and set against brightly colored displays.

Officials are hoping for a big hit with kids. The exhibit is presented by the same company that was responsible for “Dinosaurs Unearthed,” which attracted nearly 150,000 visitors to Union Station in 2010.

“Xtreme Bugs” continues a pattern for Union Station of trying to appeal to different interests and demographics with its traveling shows. The bug exhibit comes after a re-creation of the treasures of King Tut, which drew more than 100,000 visitors. Other successes in recent years have been about Princess Diana, the Titanic and pirates.

“Kansas City and the entire region look to Union Station to deliver great quality and variety,” Union Station CEO George Guastello said in an announcement of the bug exhibit.

Tickets go on sale Friday. The show will run through April 12.

Union Station also opens a new 3-D movie about Jerusalem on Friday in the Extreme Screen theater. The 43-minute digital film is narrated by actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.