Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit at Brookside Gardens


The butterflies are here! Now through mid-September from 10-4 each day at Brookside Gardens, your child and you can be surrounded by live butterflies. “Wings of Fancy” features Asian, Costa Rican and North American butterflies flying freely through the south conservatory and feasting on fruit and tropical flowering nectar plants. Butterfly nirvana is achievable right in Wheaton!

Be sure to request to borrow a Butterfly Discovery Backpack for your child during the tour. Filled with activities and other tools of a lepidopterist (butterfly expert), the backpacks enrich the butterfly garden experience for kids aged preschool and up.


If you and your kids can recite The Hungry Little Caterpillar from memory, don’t miss the butterfly “births” as the colorful newbies emerge from their cocoons in the glass cases in the middle of the exhibit. As you can see here, my kids are entranced.


If you have children that are not yet walking, be aware that strollers are not allowed in the butterfly exhibit. There is stroller parking right outside the entrance and slings, Bjorns and baby packpacks are welcomed.

If you’d like to visit the butterflies when it’s not crazy crowded, please note that peak visitation hours are from 10am-1pm. And from through Thursday June 14, many area school children will visit the exhibit on weekdays from 10am-1pm. To avoid crowds, your best bet is to visit after 1pm or plan your morning visit mid-June after school is out.

This is a great playgroup, school or birthday outing for groups of 15-30 kids on week days. If your group is aged 6 and up, just call 301.962.1567 to reserve a special butterfly viewing.


Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit
Brookside Gardens South Conservatory
1500 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD – just 1 mile from Silver Spring and 3 miles from NW DC
Kids 2 and under are free
Kids 3-12 are $4
Adults and kids 13 and up $6
Purchase tickets at the Brookside Visitors Center or Gift Shop
More info at Brookside



  1. Yippie! This exhibit is great and have been waiting for it to open! My son loved it last year!


  2. toddlerplanet says

    Jessica, this is a beautiful post! We went today with our Moms group and loved it. (I had to check the pictures twice to make sure that we weren’t actually there at the same time!)

  3. MamaBird says

    Woo Hoo! I am so excited the butterflies are here – thanks for the lowdown, I really want to check it out (and your kids *were* entranced! how cool is that?!).

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