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.

Butterfly Wonderland Summer Coloring Contest

Congratulations to the July Winners!
Maya (age 5)
Jeff (age 8)
Mikayla (age 12)
Tie for 1st place: Sophia (age 16) & Dakota (age 13)

Honorable Mentions!!
Olivia (age 5)
Hannah (age 9)
Sophia (age 11)
Abby (age 14)

Back to School Supply Drive

August 1 thru August 31

Bring a bag of much needed school supplies (pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, hand sanitizers, etc.) to Butterfly Wonderland and receive $3.00 off an admission at Butterfly Wonderland. Supplies benefit local Title One low-income schools in need and the Butterfly Wonderland 501c3 Foundation.

Kids Time: Critters & Crafts

Wednesday, August 14 & Thursday, August 22

10 – 11am (8/14) & 1 – 2 pm (8/22)

Especially for ages 3-5, get an up close and personal look at one of our many insects or reptiles we have. Education Specialist Vicki Smith will also have a fun and educational storytime and craft activity. Meet in Multi-Purpose Room. FREE with admission; attendees are eligible for 10% off a Butterfly Wonderland annual pass to enjoy this fun activity time again and again!

Yoga in the Rainforest

Thursday, August 15 & Tuesday, August 20

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.

Celebrate National Bee Day

Sunday, August 18

11 am – 3 pm

Come learn about bees and honor the insect that is responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat. Vote for your favorite Staff Designed Bee Box that will be(e) on display! Enjoy honey tasting samples, children’s bee craft activities and enjoy costumed bee characters. Leslie, Butterfly Princess will also be on site from 11-2, Complimentary face painting. FREE with Admission.

Moth Night At Butterfly Wonderland

Monday, August 26

7 – 9 pm

Come learn about the different families of moths found in Arizona from one of the best moth experts in the state – Margarethe Brummermann. She will describe moth’s natural history and the ecological role of a few important moth examples. After an educational Powerpoint presentation, she will take us outside where she will set up white sheets illuminated by mercury-vapor lights that will attract all kinds of insects. Brummermann is a biologist, watercolor artist and photographer. Please bring your own chair for the outside portion. For ages 10 on up. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children. Please RSVP by August 23; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Waking Up with Butterflies featuring Butterfly Volunteer Tommy Tucker

Saturday, August 24

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. Ask your butterfly or reptile questions to volunteer Tommy Tucker who will be on hand. Ages 18 & up; FREE for members; $25 (general public – includes Admission.) Pre-registration is required with RSVP by August 23; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Goodbye Party to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Exhibit

Saturday, August 31

11 am – 2 pm

Goodbye Party to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Exhibit
A day that is dedicated to the last day of our fun Very Hungry Caterpillar Exhibit. Enjoy craft activities, free birthday cake and costumed characters and facepainting.

Travel with Butterfly Wonderland to Costa Rica!

Sept. 28 thru Oct. 5, 2019

Join Butterfly Wonderland Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi Sept. 28 thru Oct. 5, 2019 in Costa Rica. This travel tour will be visiting local El Bosque Nuevo Butterfly Farm, a volcano, tranquil waterfalls in the rainforest and learn more about where the beautiful tropical butterflies we receive at BW come from. Click on this link for more details. For more information, contact Adriane Grimaldi at adriane@butterflywonderland.com.

Travel with Butterfly Wonderland to Mexico!

Feb. 21 – 27, 2020

Mark your calendar for an amazing trip with Butterfly Wonderland to visit the Monarch Overwintering Sites in Mexico Feb. 21-27, 2020. This is a bucket list kind of trip. See millions of Monarchs in the oyamel forest trees in Mexico, visit beautiful cathedrals in Mexico City, and tour beautiful botanical gardens. Click on this link for more details. For more information, contact Adriane Grimaldi at adriane@butterflywonderland.com.

Monthly Events

Back to School Supply Drive
August 1 thru August 31

Bring a bag of much needed school supplies (pencils, notebooks, markers, crayons, hand sanitizers, etc.) to Butterfly Wonderland and receive $3.00 off an admission at Butterfly Wonderland. Supplies benefit local Title One low-income schools in need and the Butterfly Wonderland 501c3 Foundation.

Yoga in the Rainforest
Thursday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 20
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.

Concert in the Conservatory
Saturday, August 17
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.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN featuring Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, August 17
9:00-11:00am

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 with RSVP by August 16; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Celebrate National Bee Day
Sunday, August 18
11am-3pm

Come learn about bees and honor the insect that is responsible for more than 1/3 of the food we eat. Vote for your favorite Staff Designed Bee Box that will be(e) on display! Enjoy honey sampling, children’s bee craft activities and have your photo taken by costumed bee character. FREE with Admission.

Celebrate BUGS!!!
Sunday, August 18
11am-3pm

Stop by the craft activity table in the café to make a bug, color or design your very own hungry Caterpillar. Education Department staff member will be on hand to assist your little one in these free craft activities and answer questions about our fun bugs! FREE with admission.

Kids Time: Critters & Crafts
Thursday, August 22
1 – 2pm

Especially for ages 3-5, get an up close and personal look at one of our many insects or reptiles we have. Education Specialist Vicki Smith will also have a fun and educational storytime and craft activity. Meet in Multi-Purpose Room. FREE with admission; attendees are eligible for 10% off a Butterfly Wonderland annual pass to enjoy this fun activity time again and again!

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night
Friday, August 23
6 – 8:30pm

Plan a paint night out with friends or make it a special date at Butterfly Wonderland with a unique painting class featuring artist Michael Danebread. 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 with RSVP by August 22; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Waking Up with Butterflies featuring Butterfly Volunteer Tommy Tucker
Saturday, August 24
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. Ask your butterfly or reptile questions to volunteer Tommy Tucker who will be on hand. Ages 18 & up; FREE for members; $25 (general public – includes Admission.) Pre-registration is required with RSVP by August 23; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Senior Day
Monday, August 26

A day that is dedicated to Senior learning and entertainment. Special talks all day from our knowledgeable curators. No school field trips booked on Senior Day.

Goodbye Party to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Exhibit
Saturday, August 31
11 am – 2 pm

A day that is dedicated to Senior learning and entertainment. Special talks all day from our knowledgeable curators. No school field trips booked on Senior Day.

*Please note: Butterfly Wonderland closes at 5 pm daily beginning Sept. 1st