Butterfly Month Is At Westfield - Santa Anita In Arcadia California



During the month of April Adopt A Butterfly is at Westfield - Santa Anita - in Arcadia, California. From April 9th through May 1st Adopt A Butterfly brings a live educational and interactive butterfly conservatory experience. Conservatory hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Sunday from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.  General admission is $6.00 per adult, $5.00 per child, and children under two years of age get in free with an adult ticket. To save $1.00 on adult tickets order online at: adoptabutterfly

Adopt A Butterfly is doing a charity tie with Make-A-Wish Foundation.  For each Adopt A Butterfly Home Kit a portion of proceeds will be donated.  Thomas Cleavinger, Owner of Adopt A Butterfly, has been developing this exhibit since 2011.  The tour has been in ten states over the past five years: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, Kansas, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, and Michigan.  In the past Cleavinger has put on many events such as: Under Sea Adventures, Amazon Adventures, and other events pertaining to awareness and education for children and adults.

The conservatory experience will consist of butterflies freely flying about beautiful flowers and plants.  On occasion the butterflies may even land on the shoulder of a bright-eyed child as one walks about. During this experience there may be a chance to feed a butterfly and see one hatch from a chrysalis.  The butterflies that are among the conservatory are: Painted Lady, Monarch, Gulf Fritillary, Mourning Cloak, and Red Admiral.  During the visit there is the option of a staff guided tour, which educates on the science behind the anatomy of butterflies, their metamorphic life cycle, and their important role in the ecosystem.

Child Having Fun

Additionally, there is an interactive reading of the classic children's book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle. This event also includes a Story Time Craft Project, however, space is limited as Story Time tickets ensure the ability to participate: Story Time Tickets are Free. Similarly, a child and adult may purchase a Adopt A Butterfly Home Kit, which includes live caterpillars, caterpillar food, a butterfly house, and instructions to hatch and care for butterflies.  Butterfly Home Kits are available for $26.00, and a portion of the sale is donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Conservatory Activity

Class field trips are available Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and the recommended age ranges are between Three to Fifteen years old.  Field trip cost: $5.00 per student, and chaperone cost: $2.00 per chaperone (1 free chaperone for every 10 paid student admissions).  Students will be offered activity areas: Life Cycle Activity: younger students explore the stages of the butterfly lifecycle and create their own "Flapping Butterfly" to take home. Older students compare the life cycle of butterflies to other insects. Challenge me game: younger students act out a butterflies life cycle through an interactive story time. Whereas older students do presentations that cover the butterfly life cycle and the relationship of environment to different organisms. Furthermore, each class with Ten or more student will receive a free Adopt A Butterfly Classroom Kit that includes five caterpillars, caterpillar food, and instructions to hatch and care for butterflies. 

For more information and reservations go to their website at: adoptabutterfly; their facebook site at: AdoptAButterfly; email at: adoptabutterfly or call (248) 885 - 0447.

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