See the Butterflies at Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens

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Wings of Fancy is open at Brookside Gardens!

Our family favorite spring and summer tradition is a visit to Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland.  This will be our family’s 15th year visiting the blue morphos and monarchs and more.

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Wings of Fancy allows you and your children the awesome experience of being able to walk amongst live butterflies from all over the world. Although you cannot touch the gorgeous creatures, you will be up close to them as they fly, feed and flutter amongst the flowers. Kids can pick up study guides to help them identify the different species from North America, Costa Rica, Africa and Asia.

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There is also a caterpillar nursery where visitors can watch and learn about their amazing metamorphosis.

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Volunteers are on-hand to help kids learn about the important role butterflies play in having healthy ecosystems, and how to lure them to our own home gardens.

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Wings of Fancy is open now through September 16, 2018 from 9am-5pm daily. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitors Center or Conservatory gift shop and are good for re-entry on the day of purchase. Cost: $8 ages 13+, $5 ages 3-12, free ages 0-2.

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If you know you will be back multiple times, consider a Frequent Visitor Pass and enjoy unlimited return visits to the exhibit this season. Cost: $50 for individual pass, $65 for couple pass, and $125 for a family pass.

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Strollers are not allowed inside the exhibit, so bring your child carrier for littles not yet walking. Wheelchairs are permitted.

Please note that Wings of Fancy may close if there is a National Weather Service heat advisory, excessive heat warning, Code Red or Code Purple Air Quality Alert. In the event of extreme weather, Brookside Gardens will close the exhibit for safety. Please check the announcements on the park homepage for any updates.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Montgomery County Parks and Recreation. We are frequent paying patrons. 

 

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