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Flashlight Night

6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15

International Wildlife Museum4800 W. Gates Pass Road

629-0100;thewildlifemuseum.org

The International Wildlife Museum features more than 400 species of animals, which are preserved in poses and settings that give you an idea of what life is like for them in the wild. But turn out the lights, and things get really interesting. This is the idea behind the museum's Flashlight Night, which for two hours transforms the 40,000-square-foot facility into a spooky journey through the wilderness. "It's just a different way to look at the museum," museum deputy director Kristine Hill said. "Some of (the animals) look creepier, some of them look better. You see flashlights in every direction." Hill said the entire museum is available for exploring during Flashlight Night, and past events have drawn plenty of families. Little children don't get too scared, she said, because all the flashlights keep things from getting too dark. "It's not pitch black," she said. "And I think that the flashlights empower (kids), and they end up thinking it's the coolest thing ever." The event also includes a scavenger hunt, and the Tucson Food Truck Roundup will set up shop in the parking lot. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, and $4 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Museum members also get in free, and $50 family memberships will be available for purchase during Flashlight Night. One other thing of note: Flashlights are not provided, so make sure to bring your own.—B.P.

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