After a while in the Discovery Zone, they announced that there was going to be a chance to hold a centipede. There was a short and interactive lesson about the insects. Each child received a clipboard with paper so they could answer questions, draw picture and participate in the lesson. After the presentation each child got a chance to hold a centipede and take pictures.
The presentation was probably more interesting for me than the kids but all of the kids were thrilled when the centipede crawled all over them.
At this point we were roughly an hour and a half into our experience at the Butterfly Biosphere and I was pretty happy. The kids were entertained, I was entertained and we hadn’t even seen the biosphere yet.
I have been to my fair share of butterfly habitats, some had been
pretty good and other have been lack luster, but the Butterfly Biosphere has been the best by far. The biosphere was the largest biosphere that I have been too. There were multiple pathways that added beauty and variety to the experience.
We were given a brief orientation about watching where we stepped and so on but then we were left to explore the biosphere on our own. There were plenty of flowers, plants and water features that made the space beautiful on its own and the addition of the butterflies made you feel that you were in a really special sanctuary.
The pathways were also wide, which allowed us to stop and focus on certain butterflies without feeling like we were preventing other people from enjoying the space. Each one of the kids we were with was desperate to have a butterfly land on them. The butterflies must have known because they each got the chance. Some of the butterflies were friendlier than others. My nephew carried around a butterfly for nearly 15 minutes on his finger and my daughter had a knack for attracting butterflies by just sticking out a finger.
We spent nearly an hour enjoying the biosphere and typically our kids do not linger so it was an enjoyable experience for everyone. As we were leaving the biosphere we passed an employee who was working to capture a very large spider that was in the walk way. She was moving slowly so we bent down to watch. We asked her if that was one of their animals and she said no but she was going to take it to their etymology department so they could classify it and decide the best way to proceed. It was very cool to witness that their employees took seriously their purpose as a place for insects and you can see how that passion bleeds into what they do.
- When is the best time to see the butterflies?
Butterfly activity peaks around mid-day and starts to die out in the later afternoon as the butterflies roost for the night. If you want to photograph the butterflies, the evenings might be a better time though as the resting butterflies are easier to capture and, if you want some action, the giant owl butterflies fly at night.
- Are you allowed food or drink in the Butterfly Biosphere?
No food is allowed in the Butterfly Biosphere; however, you may bring capped drinks and mugs from the Thanksgiving Point Tower Mug program.
- Can you have birthdays or field trips at the Butterfly Biosphere?
Yes, the Butterfly Biosphere is available for birthday parties and field trips.
Overall, the Butterfly Biosphere was a winner in our book. The major drawback is the cos,t but admission for one time visitors are always a little outrageous at museums. If you live in Utah or frequent the area, there are definitely ways to save money through a membership program. Even visitors can save money by purchasing passes to multiple attractions.
Although the cost was significant, I do not regret spending the money at all for a morning of stress free fun. The major draws were the cleanliness and professionalism of the venue, the number and quality of kids attractions, there was plenty of things gear toward older audiences, and the experience laid out in the biosphere.
Overall this was a wonderful way to spend the morning as a family. We enjoyed our time and there were a lot of things to love. It may not be
our go-to excursion every time we visit but having it as an option is a major plus.