Every year the Biology department at Carleton University in Ottawa hosts a free butterfly show. The hubby and I thought it would be a great idea to go take a tour with the kiddos on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving long weekend. It would be fun for them to see thousands of butterflies in a greenhouse. So off we went to the University and this is what we saw….
Ugh… lots of other parents had the same idea. I waited in line while the kiddos ran wild in the small adjacent park under hubbys watchful eye. And I waited, and waited, and waited some more…. until I was close enough and the rest of the family joined me. Sometimes you just have to take one for the team… right Moms and Dads?
Once inside the greenhouse we were treated to a close up and personal visit with 41 different species worldwide. The butterflies landed on people, flew by our heads and especially loved the oranges the girls held up for them.
Here are some of the highlights of our visit:
The 10-day show features 1,300 butterflies that arrived in five separate shipments. More than 1,000 area students and 10,000 visitors total came into the steamy greenhouse doors for last years Butterfly show. The show is over for this year but make plans to go check it out next year. Keep an eye on the Carleton University website for more information.
Next year I am going during the week, mid day. Hopefully there will not be any lineups!