For the first time, guests experiencing “BUTTERFLIES!” can also participate in two larger-than-life educations puzzles in the butterfly house. One teaches about the life cycle of the butterfly and helps children learn how to identify three types of butterflies in their different stages. The second is an amazing view of butterflies local to the island.
Keiki attending the event can also participate in a craft and choose between creating a fun fuzzy caterpillar or colorful flapping wing butterfly. There will also be readings of The Hungry Caterpillar on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
“BUTTERFLIES” is open to the public now through Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $4.50 per person. One keiki under the age of two is free with each paying adult.
“With the addition of several new activities this year such as educational puzzles and selfie stations, we truly believe that we’ve taken our always popular ‘BUTTERFLIES’ to new heights,” said Kelly Kauinana, marketing director for Pearlridge Center. “We’re excited to welcome back our local families for this truly unique and special Easter experience.”
Activities included in this year’s “BUTTERFLIES!” exhibit are:
Pearlridge Center’s Uptown Center Court will come to life with the addition of the 18’ by 18’ Butterfly Conservatory, home to hundreds of live butterflies. Here, keiki will witness the butterfly’s life cycle firsthand as it transitions from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.
According to the Butterfly Society of Hawaii, there are 17 species of butterflies in Hawaii. The exhibit features five found locally, including the Monarch Butterfly – which is growing increasingly rare -- the white monarch, citrus swallowtail, painted lady, and Kamehameha Butterfly. All butterflies in the exhibit are raised by farmers on Oahu and Maui.
Butterfly Field Trips:
Close to 800 Hawaii students have already signed up to participate in this year’s Butterfly Field Trips which allow participants to encounter butterflies in the Conservatory and explore and observe the stages of its life cycle. This field trip meets NSTA National Science Education Standards (c.2.1) Life Science / Life Cycle. Educators may request an in-class assessment activity at the completion of the field trip.
Field trips are available now through April 13, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The cost is $4.50 per student, which includes admission to the Butterfly Conservatory and one-hour curriculum. Butterfly classroom kits and lunch options are an additional charge. For questions or to schedule your visit please call (808) 554-3307 or visit www.pearlridgeonline.com
Easter Bunny Photos:
Hop on over for your spring photo with the Easter Bunny. Mr. Cottontail is in town from Saturday, March 18 through Saturday, April 15. Photo hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Easter Bunny takes a carrot break daily from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. For photo package options and pricing, please visit www.pearlridgeonline.com
For more information on Pearlridge Center’s “BUTTERFLIES!” exhibit visit www.pearlridgeonline.com