Overview

Butterfly Wonderland hosts many special events and programs throughout the year. You’ll find all of our special event details here.

Christmas in the Rainforest

Every Saturday, Sunday and Select Days

See our beautiful 7 ft. tall Angel in the Conservatory starting Nov. 23 thru Dec. 28. Festive décor and live music with Aaron White and Scottsdale Strings – call for specific entertainment schedule.

  • Every Saturday & Sunday, Dec 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
  • Saturday, Sunday, Monday, December 22-24
  • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Dec 26-28

Adopt-A-Student Month

December

During the month of December, with a donation, you can help fund a low-income student’s field trip. Proceeds donated to the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Holiday Gift Giving

Waking Up with Butterflies

Saturday, Dec. 15

8:30 a.m. to Noon

Guests are invited to enjoy a quiet hour photographing the butterflies 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; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Homeschool Days

Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17-18

Reserve your Homeschool students for a field trip and special pricing on these days by going here. Pre-registration is required.

Keeper for the Day

8:30 a.m. to Noon

Call to schedule dates during Christmas Break (Dec. 26-28 and Jan. 2-4)
For ages 12-15

Students will get an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what is involved in our animal care. Working alongside our entomology and education staff, students will assist with feeding insects, releasing butterflies, preparing fruit trays, educating guests and more. Students also participate in animal handling and demonstrations for the public. This program will give students an understanding of the challenges and skills necessary for taking care of live animals. Each participant will receive a certificate, t-shirt, and special butterfly gift to take home. One participant per day only. Cost is $200 for Members; $250 General Public. For more information, contact (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Native American Cultural Experience Days

Saturday, Jan. 12 and 19

11:00-2:00pm

Enjoy local Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community artist Alice Manuel as she demonstrates how to weave Native American baskets. She will share information about the art of basket weaving and its significance to their culture. Ambassadors the SRPMIC Community will be on hand to share about cultural traditions and history. Join us for Native American flute and guitar music by Aaron White who will be in Conservatory from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE with Admission.

Date Night @ Butterfly Wonderland

Friday, Jan. 18

6pm-8:30pm

Enjoy light refreshments and the showing of the full-length version of Flight of the Butterflies movie in our full-screen theater. Tickets: $35 per couple. Pre-registration is required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night

Friday, Jan. 25

6pm-8:30pm

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; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve

Lecture Series: Reptiles & Amphibians

Thursday, Jan. 31

6pm-7:30pm

Learn about some of the strange and unusual forms of camouflage that helps find food or save them from being food themselves. One of the reptile staff will bring out some cool reptiles for people to see and touch. Get behind the scenes tour and do a walk-through of Rainforest reptiles exhibit for more in-depth learning. Free to members; General public: $15 for ages 12 & up; Not geared for children under 12. Pre-registration is required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Monthly Events

Concert in the Conservatory
Saturday, Dec. 15
11am-4pm

Every 3rd Saturday, elevate the experience in our Conservatory with live musical performances. FREE with admission

Story Time for Tots
Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 23
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!

Homeschool Days
Monday & Tuesday, Jan. 14-15

Reserve your Homeschool students for a field trip and special pricing on these days by going to ButterflyWonderland.com, click Plan Your Event, and then Homeschool. Pre-registration is required.

Movie Time for Tots
Thursday, Jan. 17
10am-11am

Tots, ages 3-5 enjoy an age-appropriate nature-related movie and 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.

Concert in the Conservatory
Saturday, Jan. 19
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.

Waking Up with Butterflies & Reptiles (FOR TRIPODS ONLY)
Saturday, Jan. 19
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; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN
Saturday, Jan. 19
10:00-12:00pm

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; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Waking Up with Butterflies
Saturday, Jan. 26
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.

Senior Day
Monday, Jan. 28

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.

Monarch Travel Tour
Feb. 22-28,2019

Butterfly Wonderland’s Director of Education, Adriane Grimaldi will share her Monarch knowledge as a tour guide. Book your tour now! 15% of all proceeds will benefit the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation.

Pre-registration is required. Call 480.800.3000, ext. 210.

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