Sunday, January 18, 2015

Butterfly Wonderland

Last week Josh's mom took us to Butterfly Wonderland up in Scottsdale.   Being butterfly enthusiasts already, we were quite excited.  It was so neat!   First they had us watch a movie.  The theater room was just like a regular movie theater,  just smaller and much cleaner....and without the smell of popcorn.  They gave us glasses since the movie was in 3d.  Wow!  I really liked the movie!  I have never been impressed with 3d stuff before but this 15 minute documentary that followed the life/migration of a monarch butterfly was seriously cool. (mostly because of the 3d)  The girls were literally trying to catch butterflies that appeared to be inches from their faces.  Even Paige wore the glasses and was content watching most of it.  She has a new found wanderlust so I had to take her out. 

After that we went to a room that had hundreds on chrysalides, cocoons, pupae (whatever you prefer to call them)  It was AMAZING. 
Being familiar with the process from my mom's butterflies I think I appreciated the variety more than most people.

Then we went to the atrium.  (and a little word of advise - it is very warm and moist in there so if you go, wear shorts and short sleeves,)  The girls were concerned that the butterflies wouldn't land on them but as you can see they had nothing to worry about.

The littler girls got tired and hungry (this picture is evidence of that)
 so we stopped for a snack at the cafe inside
  and then found that there was also a small stingray exhibit
 I love Paige's face,  she was so excited but didn't know why.
 Paige prefers fish over butterflies.

 We went back to the atrium for a little while longer but it was getting late and at 4:30 the butterflies stop flying around and eat so there was not as much action.

We had a wonderful time!  It was definitely a worth while trip that I would recommend.

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