Special Exhibition: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Birthday

Now-Aug 31st

Butterfly Wonderland is proud to partner with Penguin Publishing and acclaimed author Eric Carle to bring this one-of-a-kind exhibition that celebrates the 50th birthday of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This limited time exhibition will dazzle and delight guests of all ages with live caterpillar exhibits, larger than life storybook pages, photo opportunities with colorful character backdrops, special character appearances and storytimes on selected dates, and lots more. See why this lovable caterpillar has captured the hearts of millions of children across the globe as the book comes alive at Butterfly Wonderland! Learn more here.

Bug Fest– OdySea in the Desert Courtyard

Sunday, March 31

10am-2pm

Enjoy insect petting zoo, crafts, cockroach races, have your Face Your Fear photo taken holding snake, Madagascar Hissing Cockroach or African millipede and even eat some edible insects as you learn about the world of insects. The Butterfly Wonderland & OdySea Aquarium Foundation present this FREE festival in appreciation of all the many-legged creatures that inhabit our planet. Recommended for all ages!

Story Time for Tots featuring Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book

Wednesday, April 10 and 24

10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Tots, ages 3-5 enjoy story time in the birthday room, including fun education, stories and crafts featuring butterflies, caterpillars and more! FREE with admission; attendees are eligible for 10% off an annual pass to enjoy story time again and again!

Yoga in the Rainforest

Thursday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 23

5:30-6:30pm; check in 5:15pm

Practice yoga surrounded by thousands of butterflies. This hour-long class will guide guests through a series of yoga poses that help you build strength and gain flexibility. Ages 18 & up; $20/person. Pre-registration required; visit EventBrite.com to register or call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN

9:00-11:00am

5:30-6:30pm; check in 5:15pm

Children can learn some basic art skills while painting a beautiful butterfly by local artist, Carla Keaton. Space limited to 15. Geared for ages 8 to 14; $15/children general public; $20/adults; if attending with child, free for members. Class does not include Admission to Butterfly Wonderland. Pre-registration required; RSVP by April 15 to (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night

6pm-8:30pm

Friday, April 26

Plan a creative night out with friends or date at Butterfly Wonderland with unique painting class featuring artist Carla Keaton. Guests will learn to paint a beautiful butterfly. All paint supplies provided. Limited to 25 people. $25/general public; free for members. Light refreshments served. Pre-registration required; RSVP by April 22 to (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Spring Butterfly Hike

9:00am-1:30pm; check in 8:45am (meet in parking lot at BW)

Saturday, April 27

Ideal for beginners, this easy hike to Sears Kay Ruins and Rackensack Canyon offers viewing of Arizona’s spring butterflies. Trip leader is Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi. Bring a sack lunch, camera, hat, water, sunscreen and comfortable hiking shoes. $10 per person. Pre-registration is required; call 480.800.3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Monthly Events

Waking Up with Butterflies
Saturday, March 30
8:30-9:30am; check in 8:15am

Guests are invited to enjoy a quiet hour photographing the butterflies and reptiles as they awake or catch that perfect photo of a new species. Ages 18 & up; FREE for members; $25 (general public – includes Admission.) Pre-registration is required; RSVP by March 27 to (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Homeschool Days
Monday & Tuesday, April 8 & 9

Reserve your Homeschool students for a field trip and special pricing on these days by going to butterflywonderland.com, click Group Events and then Homeschool. Pre-registration is required.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class
Saturday, April 13 and 27
9:00-11:00am

Guests will learn to paint beautiful butterflies by local artist, Carla Keaton. Space limited to 15. Ages 15 & up; $20/general public; free for members. Class does not include Admission to Butterfly Wonderland. Pre-registration required; RSVP by April 8 or April 22 to (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Waking Up with Butterflies & Reptiles (FOR TRIPODS ONLY)
Saturday, April 13
8:30-9:30am; check in 8:15am

Guests with tripods are invited to enjoy a quiet hour photographing the butterflies and reptiles as they awake or catch that perfect photo of a new species. Ages 18 & up; FREE for members; $25 (general public). Pre-registration is required; RSVP by April 8 to (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Movie Time for Tots
Thursday, April 18
10am-11am

Tots, ages 3-5 enjoy an age-appropriate nature-related movie and special Eric Carle craft activity in the birthday room! Attendees are eligible for 10% off an annual pass to enjoy movie time again and again! FREE with admission.

Waking Up with Butterflies
Saturday, April 20
8:30-9:30am; check in 8:15am

Guests are invited to enjoy a quiet hour photographing the butterflies and reptiles as they awake or catch that perfect photo of a new species. Ages 18 & up; FREE for members; $25 (general public – includes Admission.) Pre-registration is required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Concert in the Conservatory
Saturday, April 20
11am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday, elevate the experience in our Conservatory with live musical performance by Native American flute player Aaron White. FREE with admission.

Celebrate Earth Day! Unveiling of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bottle Cap Sculpture
Saturday, April 20
1 pm, Butterfly Wonderland Theater Hallway

Hundreds of recycled bottle caps have been repurposed into a sculpture of the iconic Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar that will be unveiled to celebrate Earth Day! Butterfly Wonderland Foundation supports conservation and education.

Senior Day
Monday, April 29

A day that is dedicated to Senior learning and entertainment. Check schedule for daily talks from our knowledgeable curators. No school field trips booked on Senior day.