Technically, this is an exhibit for children, but come on, so much cool stuff is wasted on kids. If you live in Texas, you've got until January 29th to meet a gigantic giraffe robot, and if you don't want to meet a giant giraffe robot, we don't know what to say to you, really. Not in TX? Don't worry, though, these robots travel. BONUS: Weirdly outdated kid fashion, after the jump.

The 5,000 square-foot traveling Robot Zoo is currently touring the country to bring gigantic, mechanized animals to a city near you. The exhibit breaks down the complex biomechanics of 8 different animals by recreating them on a truly giant scale, including an 18-foot giant squid which propels itself, a  house fly with 10-foot wings that walks across the ceiling and a color-shifting chameleon.

Each robot has a cutaway built into the design which exposes their complex system of robo-innards, pumps, shock absorbers and gears. As awesome as this all sounds, Im sort of glad I didn't visit the Robot Zoo as a kid, as I had somewhat of a hard time separating fact and fiction. I was also just easily confused in general -- when I first heard about Planned Parenthood I thought it was called "Planet Parenthood," and spent a good long while wondering why anyone would go to that sort of theme restaurant.

Oh god, who took that child's legs? No time to worry; the exhibit also features many hands-on activities which might be weird to participate in as a grown-ass-man, so bring someone's kid along with you as a buffer. Bonus: You'll look like you're interested in educating the youth of America, even if you really just want to hog the robot controller.

If you've ever wondered what goes on inside of a giant mechanical platypus (and who hasn't?) the traveling Robot Zoo is most likely coming to a city near you, so be sure to check the website for the list of cities and dates.