Butterflies LIVE! 2013

May 24 - October 13, 2013




We want your family's visit to Butterflies LIVE! to be as enjoyable as possible! Here are some helpful things to know:


Bring a stroller if you think you may need one. While strollers aren't allowed in the Butterflies LIVE! exhibit, but there is a place to park them outside the exhibit. If you plan to visit other areas of the Garden, especially the Children's Garden, you may find a stroller handy, especially at the end of your visit! The Garden has some strollers available (free) in the Visitors Center, but they are limited and on a first-come; first-served basis.

Visiting WaterPlay in the Children's Garden? Bring swimsuits, towels, swim diapers (if needed), swim shoes and sunscreen.


There are bathrooms, changing tables and water fountains in the Visitors Center. These are things you might want to take care of when you arrive. There are other bathrooms and changing tables in the Garden, but they may not be immediately available.

Ask for a Kid Quest at the admissions desk. This search-and-find activity is a great way to make your way through the Garden and is enjoyable for kids and adults. Turn in the completed Kid Quest at the admissions when you leave and receive a 'reward."

Food is available for purchase in the Garden Cafe in the Visitors Center. There is a kid-friendly menu. For convenience, you may want to eat before you start your visit.

The Garden does not allow guest to bring meals into the Garden. Learn more.


When visiting Butterflies LIVE!, be prepared to leave your stroller and large bags in designated areas outside of the exhibit.

Butterflies may land on you and your children. Staff and volunteers have been trained to help if any children become uncomfortable in the exhibit. The Garden also asks that guests refrain from handling the butterflies. Trained butterfly technicians are available to assist if needed.

Butterfly releases are regularly scheduled daily at 10 a.m. and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


A great way to complement your visit to Butterflies LIVE! is by visiting the Children's Garden. There are many related activities and programs there, including:

  • The Butterfly Meadow: learn about the butterfly's lifecycle, adaptations and preferences for host plants.
  • The Front Porch Corner at the Carriage House: offers butterfly-related information, activities and literature, plus a place to record your sightings.
  • Other features In the Children's Garden include What's Happening Now, self-directed  and drop-in activities, the CWDKids Treehouse and WaterPlay.
  • There are restrooms and a changing table in the Children's Garden area; there are also vending machines.


The Library in the Education Complex has a special area for children's books and reading.

The Garden Shop has a corner dedicated to children's educational toys and books.