About a month back I got to do something special with my kindergartener. I volunteered with him on a bus trip down to Denver to the Butterfly Pavilion. The Butterfly Pavilion is an indoor tropical conservatory with over 1,600 free-flying butterflies! While the conservatory was a neat part of the experience, we also learned that it was home to many other living things like arachnids, marine animals and other types of insects that are important to our world…even if many make our skin crawl.
This was such a neat experience for us. It was also fun to be around kindergarteners again. I think they truly are my favorite age to work with. If I ever work in the classroom again I hope I get to work with this age range. I volunteered again with my third grader a few weeks later and the feeling was not the same. The way third graders speak to adults…..yikes! I’m glad the rude behavior has not rubbed off on my son. We talk all the time about respecting adults and each other. Before I go off on a tangent about that field trip experience, I will bite my tongue and remember this one.
I had Braidy in my group along with two other children. I enjoyed walking through aquariums in the marine life exhibit and even being able to touch a starfish and other sea critters. Braidy was a little afraid to touch them, but the other kids in my group weren’t.
I loved watching this octopus make laps around his aquarium. I also learned that octopuses have three hearts. I so want to say “octopi” but the plural word for octopus is octopuses, which sounds wrong to me….but it is what it is.
The kids, of course, found a Dory and Nemo in the marine life exhibit before we moved on to see other creepy crawlies that you’d have to pay me loads of money to even consider touching them.
This child loved them:
Apparently, the worm-like things featured above, grow up and turn into big beetles like you see below:
Are you grossed out yet!?
Kindergartners love this kind of stuff and were totally enthralled. The grosser it looked, the better! As for how beetles get its start in the world, I prefer the caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly over that of a beetle’s. 😉
The kids also got to stand in line to hold a tarantula. I said absolutely no to that idea! My favorite part I think was the butterfly conservatory were approximately 1,400 butterflies were living in what seemed to be a giant tropical rainforest.
Once their wings harden, they are released into the conservatory with the other butterflies. Braidy absolutely fell in love with watching one come out of a chrysalis.
I wish I would have taken a picture inside the butterfly conservatory, but I forgot. This is the only one I had of the kids sitting on a bench in there.
I found this interactive map on google maps of the inside of the conservatory that you can check out. If you haven’t been there before, the experience does not disappoint. You learn so much about why these creatures are needed in our world.
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