Summer Fun—Day 10: Visit a butterfly garden

Enter a world of flying colors at Brookside Gardens as hundreds of butterflies from North America, Africa, and Asia show you their home.

Butterfly ExhibitBrookside Gardens is a 50-acre section of Wheaton Regional Park that features “Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit.”

Visitors can learn about metamorphosis, the role butterflies play in healthy ecosystems, and how to make sure the insects thrive in the gardens.

In addition to daily visits, the exhibit has a five-day summer camp where kids ages 6 to 11 can learn about the butterflies, make crafts and get a behind-the-scenes tour.

The exhibit also offers sessions of two hours for photography from 7 to 9 a.m. on the weekends before it opens to the public.

You can see the butterflies daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 30th. From July 1-Aug. 31, the exhibition is opened from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekends. Admission is $8 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 3-12. Children under 3 get in for free.

For more information about Brookside Gardens and the butterfly exhibit or to sign up for summer camp or a photography session, visit the Brookside Gardens website.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page for daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

Photos courtesy of Montgomery Parks.