Life Cycle Of A Butterfly Up Close

We are so lucky to have one of the biggest temporary exhibit of butterflies in the nation very close by, so we have taken advantage of it just about every year for the last 10 years. Since our family has grown we now purchase a family membership to the Gardens and enjoy all the great things they have to offer year round! The Butterfly exhibit there is a great way to teach kids about the life cycle of a butterfly!

 

Here is a look at our group pictures over the years of going to the gardens.
The kids always enjoy looking at all the different cactuses.

Serena exploring the Venus Flytraps that actually have bugs inside some!
A tropical Pitcher Plant
 Caterpillar and chrysalis stages:
Caterpillar munching on a leaf.
A chrysalis at the top of a mirror!
A caterpillar in the process of turning into a cocoon.

 

Gabriel was very excited to watch the caterpillar moving around on the flower pot!
Ethan exploring the different stages of the butterfly with a magnifying glass.
The kids enjoyed throwing pennies in the wishing pond.
The Butterflies exhibit:
 Here are some of the beautiful butterflies that we seen inside the butterfly exhibit!
Inside the butterfly exhibit there is a small area set up where they keep all the chrysalis, there are tons of them, and chances are one will be emerging from the cocoon when your watching!
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A very cool water wall, it is very hard for the little ones to just look and not touch the water!
The Children’s Gardens:
After visiting the butterflies we headed down to theChildren’s Garden to do some exploring in there.
The little door to get into the gardens is always a fun place to stop!
One of the kids favorite places on warm days is the Great Lakes exhibit. It is a large water area that is in the shape of the Great Lakes, and the ground around the lakes are the different states! The kids can play with boats in the water, and we always bring a change of clothes for this special area!
Behind the Great Lakes exhibit there is a large water wall the kids can play in.
The Senses Garden:
 
After the Great Lakes we explored the senses garden, it is a children’s garden set up for the kids to explore their 5 senses!
The sense of smell, turn the dial and smell under the nose for a nice smell.
Then explore the hyacinths beautiful smell.
Sense of sound: Listen in the ear…
To your friends playing some music
Sense of touch: Each finger tip has a different texture for the kids to feel.
The lambs ear plant is so soft and nice to feel!
Sense of sight: Look into the periscope and see all over the gardens!
Spin the senses wheel!
Some of our favorite Butterfly Resources.


Stop by and check out lots of butterfly themed ideas on my Butterfly Pinterest Board
Stop by and check out the other blogs I am linked up withfor lots of ideas for kids!

Comments

  1. That place looks AWESOME! I stopped by from Family Fun Times and … wow. I wish I lived nearer!

  2. Very fun (and educational) outing!! Came here by way of Happy Family Times. Here is my offering this week: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/birthday-moments.html

  3. Wow, this looks totally amazing, such a lovely treat to be so close. There is something similar to this in Niagara Falls I believe, about 4 hours from where we live, definitely putting it on the list of things to do after seeing your post. Thanks!

  4. That looks remarkable. My youngest is learning about butterflies this term. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This sounds great. I love all the different activities and ways to explore. I bet watching the caterpillar working on its cacoon was amazing! And how cute is the little gate into the kids garden. No wonder you get the family pass!

    Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times 🙂

  6. I want this museum close to us!!! How wonderful!!!

  7. I truly miss living near there…it sure has changed! Thanks for prompting some great memories and for making me want to go back with my kiddos some day (when we can make the long drive from New York State!)

  8. This really looks like a fun place to visit. I really wish we had something like it close to where we live. I love that it had the children really engaged in the garden. I also like the chrysalis display. I’ve never seen a butterfly emerge from one.

  9. Wow, those are amazing places to visit. Thanks for sharing your field trip with Afterschool!

  10. Looks like a really fun place to visit! Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

  11. How fun, my kids love carnivorous plants:) We have a trip planned to a Butterfly house next week:) Love the pictures, so glad you have such a neat place to go and so near to you:) Thanks for linking up to the HOme school Field trip hop

  12. What a great trip…I love Butterfly Houses! Thanks for sharing at FTF!!

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