“Redeye the Vampire Bat Boy” was created by John Schwegel of Naples, Florida.

Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, the boogeyman – these are just a few of the monsters that can keep kids, and some adults, awake at night. This summer, however, the terrifying monsters of our nightmares get an adorable makeover at the i.d.e.a. Museum’s latest exhibit, My Favorite Monster.

According to the museum’s website, the exhibit aims to take “a lighthearted look at our fascination with these fantastical creatures – including dragons, ghosts, zombies and vampires.” Think Pixar’s “Monsters Inc.” in exhibit form.

As i.d.e.a. Museum executive director Sunnee O’Rork explains, “monsters today are quite relevant because they’re everywhere – from comics, kid-friendly cartoons and video games to popular fiction, classic TV shows, films and more.”

The museum hopes the exhibit provides a “look at the popularity of these imaginative creatures in media and their role in storytelling, as well as cultural and historical aspects of monsters in our society.”

Of course, that sounds kind of high-brow for kids, who are mainly there for the fun. Fortunately, there will be plenty of that.

Like most i.d.e.a Museum exhibits, My Favorite Monster includes both art in a wide range of mediums and hands-on activities sure to keep little ones engaged. The activities include creating monster art, dressing up as monsters, monster-themed games, a monster dance party in front of the green screen, and other monster fun.

Don’t count out the art, though. Kids – and adults – will find a lot to like from a number of Phoenix and national artists. Highlights include Redeye the vampire bat boy, a photograph of shopping Yetis, and a cute-as-a-button Cthulhu.

For kids ages 5-10 who truly love monsters, the museum’s Monster Mayhem summer camp runs from July 10 to 14. It goes even further in depth on the history and behavior of monsters, plus science experiments and a field trip to see dinosaurs.

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