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13.45. Butterflies Are Blooming

March 4, 2013

The Butterflies Are Blooming once again this year at Mejer Gardens in Grand Rapids. Its a great visit at the end of winter if you need some green plants, warm environment, and some 6,000 spring time butterflies. The greenhouse house is open with a caterpillar and cocoons exhibit and in the main greenhouse butterflies are flying over all the place. More than 800 pupae arrive at Meijer Gardens weekly. Visitors can watch as delicate chrysalides and cocoons are placed in the Butterfly Bungalow, where adult butterflies emerge and spread their wings for the first time. They do have various times throughout the  day when they release butterflies typically 11am and 1pm, but not guaranteed. Kids of all ages (2-90) will like this adventure!

When visiting the butterflies I recommend wearing layer clothing. The greenhouse is warm, humid, and can be crowded so you will get hot! So you want to be able to get to warm weather clothing and get back into clothing suitable for the weather of the day fairly quickly. After visiting the  butterflies I also recommend visiting indoor sculptures exhibit, visiting the gift shop or taking in a meal at the cafe or the snack area downstairs to cool down before venturing off into the outside cold.

Some other butterfly adventures the Mejier Gardens will be having are:

  • Butterfly Ballet Saturdays, March 2 and 16, 10 a.m. Fee: $3.50 members/$5 non-members; Free for ages 2 years and younger Choreographed by Attila Mosolygo, performed by members of the Grand Rapids Ballet Junior Company and narrated by Errol Shewman Developed in collaboration with Grand Rapids Ballet, this unique performance highlights characteristics of butterflies through dance. Who Am I? is a charming story about a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis and wondering what kind of a creature it is. It encounters several other creatures, each one having something in common with a butterfly. Through process of elimination, the butterfly comes to understand what it is and its place in the natural world. With costumes, music, audience interaction, activities before the performance starts and a question and answer period with the dancers afterward, it promises to be a thoroughly fun and enlightening experience. Register online at or call 616-975-3147. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for the March 16 performance.
  • Tuesday Night Lights Bring your flashlights on Tuesday nights until 9 p.m. to see the nightlife in the Tropical Conservatory.
  • Children’s Activities Hands-on activities during daytime hours: o Discover the lifecycle of butterflies with egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly costumes.
  • Read butter fly stories in the book corner and create your own puppet show
  • Pretend you are a butterfly and flutter through the butterfly maze
  • Learn and sing spring songs in a variety of languages

Admission: Adult 14–64: $12
Senior 65 & older: $9
Students with ID: $9
Children 5–13: $6
Children 3–4: $4
Children 2 & younger: Free

Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9 am-5 pm
Tues: 9 am-9 pm
Sun: 11 am-5 pm

For a wealth of more information on Meijer Gardens and the exhibits visit:

1000 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
North of I-96 on East Beltline, between Bradford St. and Leonard St.
Toll-Free: 888-957-1580

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