[note] Tickets for this giveaway were donated by Frederik Meijer Gardens. All opinions are my own. [/note]

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Butterfly Exhibit at Meijer Gardens Perfect for Families

There are many signs that spring is in the air. One exciting event is when the butterflies start blooming at the Frederik Meijer Gardens.

We here at grkids hope you are as excited as we are to visit the gardens. Here are some helpful hits for you to make the most out of your trip.

  • Dress in layers! It gets really warm in the butterfly exhibit. Short-sleeved shirts under everyone’s long sleeves will make for much happier campers.
  • If you bring a stroller, park it before you enter the butterfly exhibit. Although the sign says strollers are allowed, it also suggests leaving them outside of the exhibit. I felt very sorry for the people trying to maneuver strollers through those paths; it’s pretty crowded in there. A baby carrier will work much better for your little ones.
  • Pick up a butterfly guide on your way in. My kids loved identifying the different types of butterflies while we were in the exhibit. The guide opens up into a full sized poster, so it makes a great souvenir
  • Don’t skip the caterpillars. The separate caterpillar room had a great series of boxes showing the life cycle of a butterfly.Inside the main butterfly exhibit, the Butterfly Bungalow showcases rows and rows of chrysalis and almost looks like a vending machine. Near the bungalow is where they launch the butterflies at times (there is a sign announcing when the next release will be).
  • Take your camera and video camera. The bright colors of the butterflies and flowers (in addition to the thrilled faces of your children) are keepers.
  • Stop in the sculpture area before you leave. There is a great “Create Your Own Sculpture Park” area for little ones that has moveable replicas of all of the outdoor sculptures, in addition to roads and vehicles. Beyond the play area, there is an impressive exhibit entitled Connected and Disconnected: The Sculpture of Hanneke (through April 28).
  • Consider buying a membership. Admission is $12 for adults and either $4 or $6 for kids (free for those 2 and under) while a one year family membership is only $75. If you think your family will go to the Christmas and Holiday Traditions and Butterflies are Blooming exhibits (both of which are must-dos if you ask me!), a membership is worth it.

Meijer Garden Details

Meijer Gardens is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Want a chance to win a 4-pack of tickets to see the butterflies at Frederik Meijer Gardens? Just leave us a comment by answering this question: What color of butterfly is your favorite? We will randomly select a winner on March 18.


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