Sunday, July 17, 2011

Blooming Butterflies

Last week we headed to the Children’s Museum for the blooming butterflies exhibit.  It was amazing!  They had appointment times and we got to be in there all alone for about 15-20 mins.  The exhibit is outside in a ‘netted’ off garden room.  The flowers are beautiful and there are hundreds of butterflies.  I’m not sure if Hudson noticed even one, but he liked looking at the flowers and water fountain and being outside.  Landree and her friend Logan were loving it!  They were chasing after the butterflies and loved trying to find the ‘match’ on the info sheet they gave us before we went into the exhibit.

Again, I had my phone with me to take pictures so they aren’t the best, but I just got my camera back so hopefully I can get some better pictures of the kids next time.  Landree and Logan wanted to match-don’t they look just like twins?  Jennifer and I have the same {great} taste ;) so the girls and boys have lots of the same clothes (even shopping separately). 

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They put Gatorade in these little butterfly birdbaths-I’m not sure the purpose of the kitchen scrubber, but the lady at the museum said the Gatorade gives the butterflies energy.  She said they live about 2 weeks and some of the monarchs can live up to 9 months.  

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They ship in eggs and then they are kept in this box to show the chrysalis and then the empty chrysalis (all stages).  You can see some of the butterflies that are coming out of the chrysalis they leave them in here for their wings to dry before they let them out.  The eggs that are laid in the exhibit are just left alone to grow and change naturally. 


After the butterfly fly exhibit the kids headed straight for the bug!  There is a Volkswagen bug that you can ‘drive’ and a place to rotate tires and lots of other fun things that the kids love to do.  Hudson wanted to show Popee how he can rotate a tire at only 22 months.  Look at him working that jack!  He’s so fast I couldn’t get a clear shot of him!


After a stop at the firestation we headed over to the construction zone.  Hudson had a great time building with the HUGE soft blocks while Landree made lunch over in the house that was under construction.  Landree loves that house.  This is a changing exhibit, but there is always the house.  During winter is was all snowy and they had a little fire place and the tv was on the weather channel-the forecast was always snow!  Before we headed over to Eddy (the two story boy) Landree moved the bulldozer (with her hands like a bike to knock over some bricks) It looks like she was about to run over Logan, but I assure you she wasn’t going that fast ;)

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After sliding down the inside of Eddy a few times (sounds weird huh? Eddy is two stories and you can climb inside and see his heart and stomach and brain, etc.  It’s really cool!)  And shopping at the grocery store (Piggly Wiggly of course) we headed downstairs to eat our lunch and then headed to the yummy new frozen yogurt shop before heading home.  It was a fun day and I can’t wait to go back soon!

1 comment:

Megan said...

Wow! What a fun day! Really, that place is AWESOME! I don't know how I missed this post earlier!