The chances of being stung by a bee are very low, but I can imagine that the low hum of any insect can be fearful.
Will My Neighbour’s Honey Bees Sting My Kids? provides good advice about the chances of getting stung and how to avoid it.
I got stung once. When I was 5 or so I smashed a rock on a bee that was on a clover flower. I picked the rock up and the half-dead bee managed to sting me on my thumb. It was a good learning lesson, although it didn’t instill any fear of bees – more respect than anything.
Can someone play this video on an HD monitor in full screen mode or on an HD TV and tell me how it looks? It’s a 720p HD video of honey bees on a dandelion. Make sure to switch to the 720p setting first.
The video looks great on my standard def monitor (much better than the standard def version), though I noticed an audio drop out at one point. I’m not sure what’s up with that.
Via Mud Songs.
Nuc box: $135. Starter kit with extra brood box: $255.75. Medium honey super (or box) on the off chance you can harvest honey the first year: $17.00. 10 medium frames (without foundation) for the honey super: $14.
You could get 10 all-in-one plastic medium frames for the honey super for $28.50, but foundationless frames would be more fun for the kids. They’d be able to cut the honey comb right off the frames and eat it.
You’d have to get gloves, veil and hats for everyone, but you might be better off ordering from Beemaid:
I’ve seen better and simpler designs online, but this gives you an idea of what a top bar hive is like. The sliding door allows you to observe the hive without bothering the bees. I’ve seen other designs that have a flap door on the side that opens up with plexiglass behind it. A top bar hive, especially with an observation door, is more kid-friendly. You can practically inspect the hive without ever pulling out the frames. But when you do inspect them, you don’t have to lift the entire roof off the hive and expose all the bees to the air like with a conventional hive. It’s easy for you and easier on the bees. The tricky part is getting a nuc package with frames that will fit in a top bar hive.