Thanks for the input so far. I was wondering (again) about the options for looking in on bee operations without opening the hive....like putting a window in the side of a hive body or something. Anyone have experience with a Hive with a View? I was thinking of a sheet of plexiglass in one of the hive sides so the kids (and me) could see what all the buzz was about. I guess you could put a removable cover over it when you weren't inspecting. Would the light upset things? Make the bees mad? Change the thermal characteristics of the hive? And would you put the window on the end to look down the frames (probably from the back) or on the side where you'd see one frame?? Anyone gone as far as having a webcam peering in on bees?
Obviously I have too much time on my hands at the moment.