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Release the Butterflies!

Apr 26, 2013

Australian_Painted_Lady_-_Australian_butterflyIt started with adopting a caterpillar. Now it’s time to let the butterfly free.

Actually, around 600 Painted Lady butterflies.

This Saturday and Sunday, Kidspace holds its 17th Grand Butterfly Release at 2 p.m. from the museum’s Stone Hollow Amphitheater. The Hollow Trees band will perform before each day’s release.

Throughout the weekend, activities will be devoted to the grand butterfly with children welcome to create and decorate their own set of butterfly wings or build antennae, and learn about butterfly anatomy and how it eats.

As long as supplies last, caterpillars are still available for adoption. A video on the museum website asks Kidspace employees what they are going to name their caterpillars.

painted-lady-in-handHere are a few of their answers:
Earl
Betty
Ralphie
Fuzzball
Valentino
Frida
Megatron, because if you know anything about caterpillars, they do transform—just very, very slowly
Lily
Little Terror; it’s going to be mean; I like that.
Clooney, the most handsome butterfly around
Cornelius. He’s going to be very sophisticated
Biff
Christiano
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Meadow
Spikey
Saphron, because I name all of my pets after herbs and spices
Francesca
Captain James T. Kirk
Skywalker, because eventually it will take to the sky
Joe
Awesome Caterpillar Carol
Alice Cooper
Sir Squirms a Lot II

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A group of kids interviewed answered this way:
Mickey if it’s a boy, or Little Fella if it’s a girl
Joseph if it’s a girl
Tiara for a girl and Jackie for a boy
Dave
Fiona

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17th Grand Butterfly Release
Saturday & Sunday, April 27th & 28th
Grand Release: 2 p.m.
Activities: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Brookside Park, adjacent to Rose Bowl Stadium
KidSpaceMuseum.org

 

 

Here’s a video of The Hollow Trees performing at last year’s Grand Release:

 




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