Special Exhibition: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 50th Birthday

Now-August 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.

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

Thursday, August 22

1 – 2 pm

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!

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.

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.

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.

Yoga in the Rainforest

Thursday and Tuesday, September 5 and 17 (LAST CLASSES OF THE SEASON)

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.

Music and Butterflies

Sunday, September 8

11am-3pm

Elevate the experience with beautiful music by classical violinist Jonathan Levingston as he performs live in the Butterfly Conservatory. FREE with admission.

Vibration Emergence – Gong Meditation

Thursday and Tuesday, September 12 and 24

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

Take a deep breath and relax with gentle gong meditation while in our Chrysalis Emergence Galley. This hour-long class begins with a short walk thru our Butterfly Conservatory. Then back to Emergence Gallery to guide guests through a series of stretches and receive our gong meditation, often called a gong bath. Bring mat, water, small pillow and comfortable clothing. Ages 18 & up; $20/person. Pre-registration required; visit EventBrite.com to register or call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Monarch Butterfly Tagging Trip to Southern Arizona

Sunday, September 15

9 am to 1 pm

Meet in Southern Arizona to learn how to tag Monarch butterflies with Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi and volunteer Tommy Tucker. Observe Monarchs in their natural habitat as they make their way to Mexico. The terrain is level, however there are some uneven areas so proper shoes are recommended. The tagging locations are subject to change if monarch population is as low as last year with late larvae in the field. Bring camera, hat, water, sunscreen and sack lunch. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for general public. Proceeds benefit the Butterfly Wonderland 501c3 Foundation. Pre-registration is required. RSVP by Sept. 13. Call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve and for detailed directions for the meeting point.

Beetle-mania! Exploring the World of Coleoptera

Thursday, September 19

6 to 8 pm

Meet Katherine Arguez (Mack), a PhD. student at Arizona State University, who will share her passion of beetles and tell us some amazing facts about Coleoptera. She will bring some of her amazing friends and some displayed specimens as well. She has done extensive field research on beetles across the South Eastern United States, Mexico and Cuba. Come meet some amazing beetles up close. Cost is $10 for ages 13 & up; $5 for children ages 8-12. Must pre-register by Sept. 16 by calling (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Travel with Butterfly Wonderland to Costa Rica!

September 28 thru October 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!

February 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.

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

Labor Day Festivities
September 1-2
11 am to 3 pm

Fun all weekend! Meet Butterfly Princess Leslie Campa on both days, classical violinist Jonathan Levingston on Sept. 1 as well as enjoy face painting all weekend. FREE with admission.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class
Saturday, September 7 and Sept. 28
10am-12pm

Guests will learn to paint beautiful butterflies by local artist, Michael Danebread. Space limited to 15. Ages 15 & up; $20/general public; free for members. Class does not include Admission to Butterfly Wonderland. Pre-registration required and must RSVP by Sept. 6 and Sept. 27; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Grandparents Day at Butterfly Wonderland
Sunday, September 8

Celebrate Grandparent’s Day amongst our beautiful butterflies. Grandparents receive $3.00 off admission at Butterfly Wonderland.

Kids Time: Critters & Crafts
Wednesday, September 11
10am-11am

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!

Homeschool Days
Monday & Tuesday, September 16 & 17

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. A minimum of 10 is required to get discounted price. Pre-registration is required. call (480) 800-3000, ext. 206 to reserve.

Kids Time: Critters & Crafts
Thursday, September 19
4 to 5 pm

Especially for preschool thru 3rd grade, 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! Love bugs…stay for the Beetle Workshop at 6 p.m.

Butterfly Brushstrokes at Night
Friday, September 20
6-8:30pm

Especially for preschool thru 3rd grade, 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! Love bugs…stay for the Beetle Workshop at 6 p.m.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN
Saturday, September 21
10am-12pm

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN
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 17; $15/general public; $20/adults. Free for members. Class does not include Admission to Butterfly Wonderland. Pre-registration required; RSVP by Sept. 14. Call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Concert in the Conservatory
Saturday, September 21
11am-3pm

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

Behind the Scenes Night with the Reptiles & Amphibians
Friday, September 27
6-7:30pm

Come learn about our Reptiles and Amphibians of the Rainforest from one of our Reptile Staff members. Meet some of our Ambassador reptiles. Get a behind the scenes tour and do a walk-through of Rainforest reptiles exhibit for more in-depth info. Free to members; General public: $10 for ages 13 & up; $5 for children ages 8-12. Pre-registration is required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Senior Day
Monday, September 30

Come to Butterfly Wonderland to be educated and entertained. Special talks all day from our knowledgeable curators. No school field trips booked on Senior day. FREE with admission