August 3-4-5 and August 10-11-12
The younger crowd will find plenty to see and do at the 2012 Festival of Butterflies.
See how many exotic butterflies you can identify! As many as 500 butterflies will be in the exhibit at any one time, including the large Blue Morphos, mysterious Luna Moth and 20 new colorful species from the American tropics.
Fun with Caterpillars
Visit the "Cat" Room in the Visitor Center for a guided look at the colorful world of caterpillars.
Outdoors in the Caterpillar Petting Zoo you'll meet Master Gardeners who can teach you how to grow host plants caterpillars will love and show you how to safely pet a caterpillar.
Make sure to pick up a Caterpillar Hunt card outside the butterfly conservatory and use it to track down caterpillars on display. If you turn your completed card in at the Youth Education Tent you can receive a prize!
Butterfly Safaris & Games
Visit the Youth Tent near the entrance of the Heartland Harvest Garden to catch and release butterflies and enjoy games and crafts.
Storytelling with 'Fancy Nancy', 10:30 a.m. each festival day
Meet in the Multipurpose Room to hear great stories by 'Fancy Nancy.'
Costume Parade, 11 a.m. each festival day
Wear your butterfly, dragonfly or fairy wings and join in our short parade around the Fountain Garden. See our giant marching caterpillar "float" and make some noise!
Arts & Crafts
Indoors, you can make your own butterfly wings ($3), paint a pot to take home ($3), make a caterpillar headband (free) or have your face painted ($2).
Scenes from previous festivals
Did you know? Moths can be as colorful as butterflies and lead a fascinating life? Milkshakes & Moths by Moonlight is a chance to explore this mysterious world while enjoying the butterfly exhibit. Learn More »