Friday, December 5, 2014

Butterfly Wonderland

A couple of weeks ago during Maternity Leave we took our first visit to Butterfly Wonderalnd in Scottsdale. My sister has an annual membership so we tagged along with her. We had been to the small butterfly exhibit at the Botanical Gardens before but this was a completely different experience. When you first walk in you can enter a theatre and watch a 3D film about butterflies. Everly actually did really good with the 3D glasses and I thought the movie was fascinating. They showed some really up close views/simulation of butterflies and the life cycles and travel they go through.
Plus, who doesn't love 3D? After the film, you can visit the aquarium area where they have some fish tanks and sting rays. It is nothing huge but the kids love it. You can try to feel the sting rays if they come up to your hand but it is not like feeding them at the zoo. The staff was very nice in explaining everything but the toddlers did not have the patience to wait for the sting rays to swim up to them. After the sting ray area, we moved on to the bug/insect area. This was super creepy because, bugs, but it was cool too. They had some scorpions in a tank and a blacklight you could shine in to see them glow which was really neat/freaky. Just typing this I am getting all grossed out because Tarantulas freak me out and the black widow too and bees. Yea, I don't like bugs, but thankfully they all stayed in their cases. Before you move in to the actual butterfly garden, there is a room where you can see all of the caterpillars in their cocoons and it is pretty crazy looking. Once you enter the garden it is insane how many butterflies there are. Like you have to be very conscious not to step on any but, wow, there were some very pretty butterflies. There were just so many different varieties and sizes. Everly was a little worried about them touching her because they are literally flying all around you, but she warmed up a little more by the end. Also, I got a picture of one that landed on her and she had no idea. All in all, I thought it was a really fun trip and the kids liked it too!

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She actually did really well but this picture is too funny not to share.
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These two 'em!

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