This was our second year in a row to go to the Olbrich Botanical Garden butterfly exhibit. Last year Avery was still pretty little and stayed in the carrier the whole time (probably a sleep!) so it was neat to see her reacting to the butterflies and trying to find them.
I let the girls lead the way this year (who am I kidding they just weren't listening to me at all and were really going where ever they wanted to anyway!) and we did laps all over the conservatory.
Okay, that was a lot of pictures! But I just loved those butterflies. Just like last year Sam's favorite part was the laminated card they gave out for you to be able to identify the butterflies. BUT unlike last year she could really match up the butterflies. She was able to notice the details and the small differences between the pictures.
It was a great morning outing!
The Nitty Gritty!
I probably don't need to stress again my love of public events like this and as parents utilizing them to help support/add to what you are learning at home. Since we have a caterpillar growing at home and have been learning a lot about bugs lately this was a perfect fit for both of the girls!
For parents I would strongly encourage you to check the calendars of places like gardens, nature centers, zoos, etc. to see what annual public programs they have. Then if you do all of your education or even some of it at home you can match up what you are learning about to what is going on in the area. Or even if you don't do any formal education at home these programs are still great chances for your kids to learn while having a ton of fun!
For educators events like this may offer discounts for daycare centers, camps or schools to bring groups. Exhibits like this are great field trips and fairly easy to do with large groups of kids.