For more than two decades, the anthill exhibit of the Minnesota Children's Museum has been swarmed by human young.
But at the end of the day on Aug. 24, the tunnels will be sealed for good.
The demise of the anthill is one of three long-time exhibits closing this month to make way for eight new exhibits opening early next year, a spokesperson confirmed to BringMeTheNews.
The conveyor belt and the bubble stations in World Works closed earlier this week, followed soon by the Habitot toddler space also closing on Aug. 24.
The museum isn't so cruel as to send these well-worn exhibits off without a proper farewell, however. On Aug. 14 the museum hosted a send off party for members to come and take their final photos in the turtle shell, or squeeze through the tunnels one last time.
Kids won't have to wait that long to try out the new additions either. Forces at Play, the first new exhibit, opens Aug. 27 and lets kids explore air and water pressure with a ping-pong launcher and wacky car wash, according to The Pioneer Press.
In November, however, the museum is scheduled to close for four months to finish construction of the other new exhibits. Next year's museumgoers will see a new four-story glass box addition and climbing structure, maker spaces, a bigger toddler area and more, according to the paper.
The museum will also have two new outdoor spaces on the roof and in the backyard to get kids outside, the spokesperson said.