My sister has been telling me about the butterfly show for years. She is also a teacher and is someone who always knows the neat educational events going on around town. She is really good about getting me to try new things.
A week or so before the show, the Little Outdoorsman and I read through Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar a couple of times. Enough times for me to hear him say "salami" for the first time. Pretty cute.
Anyway, if he could get past the pages with all of the snacks, he was able to see the life cycle of a butterfly for the first time. We were ready for the butterfly show.
We arrived right at opening time, and the line was long! It wrapped through the desert plants section, and although they were beautiful, it was totally a spiky valley of temptation for anyone under the age of 10 to learn the hard way why one never touches a cactus. It was a full ten minutes of terror for toddler moms. I made it to the entrance without having a heart attack, so that was good.
At the entrance, each visitor was given a brochure and a cute little landing pad to protect the butterflies. The idea was that you hold out the landing pad so you don't touch the butterflies or accidentally hurt them, like a 2 year old trying to grab a butterfly by the wings, as a completely random example.
And he "caught" a couple! I think he caught one on his own and others were kinda transferred to him by nice people who were also patient. I didn't catch any.
What activities do you enjoy with your family this time of year? Please comment!