Overview

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

Glass in the Garden

Limited Time

Glass Garden

Now, for a limited time, at Butterfly Wonderland, experience a very special exhibition of botanical art glass by resident artist, Newt Grover. Newt has created beautiful glass floral and foliage art. These new colorful displays were created especially for the rainforest conservatory where 3000 butterflies fly.

Celebrate Deaf Awareness Month

All month long

September is Deaf Awareness Month. Closed captioning is always available upon request for our 3D movie Flight of the Butterflies as well as our Sound Amplifiers that can be checked out for those with Hearing Aids or just need amplification. We will have special sign language interpreters at one of our Education Carts on Saturday, Sept. 29 only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. teaching our guests how butterflies and other insects hear and the ways they communicate. FREE with admission.

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night

September 21

6-8:30pm

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

Insect Lecture Series: Busting Bug Myths

September 28

6-8pm

A fun, educational and interesting lecture with Butterfly Wonderland’s Entomology Curator Lauren Davidson who offers insights into the world of bugs and dispelling common bug myths.  Meet some of these bugs up close and even enjoy a sampling of edible insect treats. All ages invited.  Free for members, $15 for ages 13 & up; $10 for children ages 8-12. Limited seating. Call (480 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

How to Build A Butterfly Garden

October 6

2-4pm

Learn how to attract local varieties of butterflies to your garden. Find out what plants will attract Arizona butterflies and we will then carpool to a close-by butterfly garden and learn more about Monarchs and other Arizona butterflies. Class instructed by Docent Tommy Tucker and Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi. Free for Members; $10 for general public. Pre-register by calling (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night

October 12

6-8:30pm

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. Wine/Beer available for purchase. Pre-registration required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve

Fall Plant Sale

October 13 & 14

9-4pm

Take home a beautiful fall plant that attract butterflies, hummingbird and bees. Plant prices range from $9.95 to $19.95 with proceeds benefiting the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

National Reptile Awareness Day

October 20

11-4pm

Enjoy reptile talks and demonstrations, facepainting, children’s coloring table, educational carts with tons of reptile facts. Children dressed as reptiles will receive $3 discount on admission.

Insect Lecture Series: Weird Zombie Bugs

October 26

6-8pm

A fun, educational and interesting lecture with Butterfly Wonderland’s Entomology Curator Lauren Davidson who offers insights into the world of bugs. Learn about when bugs lose control of their bodies   and dispelling common bug myths.  Meet some of these bugs up close and even enjoy a sampling of edible insect treats. All ages invited.  Free for members, $15 for ages 13 & up; $10 for children ages 8-12. Limited seating. Call (480 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Bug Fest– OdySea in the Desert Courtyard

October 28

10-3pm

Enjoy crafts, cockroach races, and even edible insects as you learn about the world of insects. The Butterfly Wonderland & OdySea Aquarium Foundation present this festival in appreciation of all the many-legged creatures that inhabit our planet. Meet real live bugs up close, plan your butterfly garden and learn about bees and scorpions! Recommended for all ages!

Monthly Events

Celebrate Deaf Awareness Month
All month long

September is Deaf Awareness Month. Closed captioning is always available upon request for our 3D movie Flight of the Butterflies as well as our Sound Amplifiers that can be checked out for those with Hearing Aids or just need amplification. We will have special sign language interpreters at one of our Education Carts on Saturday, Sept. 29 only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. teaching our guests how butterflies and other insects hear and the ways they communicate. FREE with admission.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class
September 8 & 29 | 10-12pm

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

Yoga in the Rainforest
September 11 & 20 | 5:30-6:30pm

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.

Story Time for Tots
September 12 & 26 | 10-11am

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!

Movie Time for Tots
September 20 | 10-11am

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

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night
September 21 | 6-8:30pm

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

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN
September 22 | 10-12pm

Children can learn some basic art skills while painting a beautiful butterfly by local artist, Carla Keaton. Fun activity for children for Easter Weekend. 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; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Senior Day
September 24

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

Insect Lecture Series: Busting Bug Myths
September 28 | 6-8pm

A fun, educational and interesting lecture with Butterfly Wonderland’s Entomology Curator Lauren Davidson who offers insights into the world of bugs and dispelling common bug myths.  Meet some of these bugs up close and even enjoy a sampling of edible insect treats. All ages invited.  Free for members, $15 for ages 13 & up; $10 for children ages 8-12. Limited seating. Call (480 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Waking Up with Butterflies & Reptiles
September 29 | 8:30-9:30am

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

Celebrate Deaf Awareness Month
September 29 | 10-3pm

September is Deaf Awareness Month. Closed captioning is always available upon request for our 3D movie Flight of the Butterflies as well as our Sound Amplifiers that can be checked out for those with Hearing Aids or just need amplification. We will have special sign language interpreters at one of our Education Carts on Saturday, Sept. 29 only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. teaching our guests how butterflies and other insects hear and the ways they communicate. FREE with admission.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class FOR CHILDREN
October 6 | 10-12pm

Children can learn some basic art skills while painting a beautiful butterfly by local artist, Carla Keaton. Fun activity for children for Easter Weekend. 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; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

How to Build A Butterfly Garden
October 6 | 2pm-4pm

Learn how to attract local varieties of butterflies to your garden. Find out what plants will attract Arizona butterflies and we will then carpool to a close-by butterfly garden and learn more about Monarchs and other Arizona butterflies. Class instructed by Docent Tommy Tucker and Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi. Free for Members; $10 for general public. Pre-register by calling (480) 800-3000, ext. 210.

Story Time for Tots
October 10 & October 24 | 10-11am

Tots, ages 2-5, 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!

Butterfly Brush Strokes at Night
October 12 | 6-8:30pm

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. Wine/Beer available for purchase. Pre-registration required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve

Fall Plant Sale
October 13-14 | 9-4pm

Take home a beautiful fall plant that attract butterflies, hummingbird and bees. Plant prices range from $9.95 to $19.95 with proceeds benefiting the Butterfly Wonderland Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Butterfly Brushstrokes – Painting Class
October 13 & 27 | 10-12pm

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

Music and Butterflies
October 14 | 11-3pm

Elevate the experience with Native American musician Aaron White as he performs live in the lobby. FREE with admission

Homeschool Days
October 15 & 16

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.

Movie Time for Tots
October 18 | 10-11am

Tots, ages 2-5 enjoy an age-appropriate nature-related movie in the birthday room! Attendees are eligible for 10% off an annual pass to enjoy movie time again and again! FREE with admission.

Spooky Reptiles & Amphibians
October 19 | 6-7:30pm

Get ready for Halloween by learning 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 13 & up; $10 for children ages 8-12. Pre-registration is required; call (480) 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

National Reptile Awareness Day
October 20 | 11-4pm

Enjoy reptile talks and demonstrations, facepainting, children’s coloring table, educational carts with tons of reptile facts. Children dressed as reptiles will receive $3 discount on admission.

Concert in the Conservatory
October 20 | 11-3pm

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

Insect Lecture Series: Weird Zombie Bugs
October 26 | 6-8pm

A fun, educational and interesting lecture with Butterfly Wonderland’s Entomology Curator Lauren Davidson who offers insights into the world of bugs. Learn about when bugs lose control of their bodies   and dispelling common bug myths.  Meet some of these bugs up close and even enjoy a sampling of edible insect treats. All ages invited.  Free for members, $15 for ages 13 & up; $10 for children ages 8-12. Limited seating. Call (480 800-3000, ext. 210 to reserve.

Senior Day
October 29

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.

Waking Up with Butterflies & Reptiles
October 27 | 8:30-9:30am

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

Bug Fest– OdySea in the Desert Courtyard
October 28 | 10-3pm

Enjoy crafts, cockroach races, and even edible insects as you learn about the world of insects. The Butterfly Wonderland & OdySea Aquarium Foundation present this festival in appreciation of all the many-legged creatures that inhabit our planet. Meet real live bugs up close, plan your butterfly garden and learn about bees and scorpions! Recommended for all ages!