June 2, 2008 in Features

Name that Gecko at Mobius Kids

By The Spokesman-Review
Brian Plonka photo

A crested gecko is reflected in its protective habitat at Mobius in downtown Spokane. They were thought to be extinct, but in 1994 a crested gecko was found after a tropical storm.
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At a glance

Mobius is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.75 for kids and adults. Children 12 months and under are free. Seniors and military personnel receive a $1.00 discount.

What do you call a cute, little lizard with webbed feet and Mohawk-like ruffle on its back?

That, kids, is for you to figure out.

Mobius Kids museum is now the proud keeper of just such a lizard, called a crested gecko. But you can’t go around saying “The Lizard” all the time.

So Mobius wants you kids to come up with a cool name.

Now, we’re not talking about a half-baked name scribbled on any old scrap of paper.

Oh, no. You can e-mail a name, decorate a piece of paper before you write the name on it, add drawings, paintings or even make a sculpture with the name on it.

Put your imagination to work.

The winning entry will be announced at the museum’s Gecko Festival, a two-hour kids party featuring “all things Gecko” from 1 to 3 p.m. June 21.

Gecko Fest kicks off the museum’s summer kids programs.

Kristi Luntzel, Mobius education coordinator, said “the festival will feature Gecko art projects, fun and intriguing Gecko facts and a chance to see the Mobius Kids Crested Gecko up close.”

Entries in the naming contest are due by noon June 13. E-mail entries go to Luntzel, at kluntzel@mobius spokane.org. Or drop entries off during museum hours. Mail entries to: Mobius, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.

“The winner of the naming contest for the Mobius Kids Crested Gecko will be named at precisely 1:59 p.m. at the Gecko Fest,” Luntzel said.

For information, call (509) 624-5437 or visit www.mobiusspokane.org.

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