Imagine walking through a cloud of bugs as they flutter about your ears and perch on your shoulders. In most cases, this would be a horrible, horrible nightmare.
But when you’re dealing with some of America’s most beautiful — and completely harmless — butterflies, it’s an experience unlike any other.
Parents and children can indulge their scientific, artistic and nature-loving sides during Desert Botanical Garden’s day of butterfly activities. Not only can they explore the Butterfly Pavilion and watch new insects emerging from their cocoons, each gets to participate in three age-appropriate arts and crafts workshops.
Artist Lynn Reves will guide adults in butterfly embroidery, garden banner and sun catcher projects, while children make butterfly and caterpillar puppets, decorate insect shapes and create kaleidoscope butterfly wings. There’s also plenty of time for families to eat lunch in the garden and traipse through trails thick with wildflowers.
If the price of the workshops is a little steep, families can still opt to visit the garden for $4 to $9 per person, plus an additional $1.50 each to walk through the Butterfly Pavilion.
Take wings What: A day of butterfly activities When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix Cost: $48 to $60, includes six activities for one adult and one child, admission to the Butterfly Pavilion and garden and all materials. Additional adults and children can be added at a prorated fee. Individual workshops are $25. Information: (480) 941-1225 or www.dbg.org