Here's an event you'll want to bug your parents to take you to: BugFest 2005 at the Smithsonian this Saturday.

With dozens of exhibits exploring every aspect of bug life, there's plenty for insect lovers of all ages to see and do. Smithsonian experts -- some dressed as bugs -- will explain why insects are important and share some cool facts. (Did you know that spiders are lazy?)

Visitors are sure to enjoy the Madagascar hissing cockroach races (one lucky person gets to hold the winner!) and a behind-the-scenes look at the museum's vast insect collection.

For hands-on fun, try coloring a butterfly or making a cricket out of a straw. Or dress up as a fly and have your picture taken. Speaking of pictures, check out the IMAX "Bugs! 3D" movie, whose stars are 60 feet tall!

Note: Many of the exhibits are also explained in Spanish, and Spanish-speaking specialists will be available to assist visitors.

BugFest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall. The event is free, but there is a charge for the IMAX film. For information: www.nmnh.si.edu/entomology/bugfest2005 or 202-633-1000.