Have you ever stood in a field of migrating butterflies watching thousands of delicate, colorful creatures flit around you? I haven’t either. It’s on my bucket list, but it isn’t in my budget to travel to an exotic locale. Maybe I can do the next best thing. Residents of the Dallas/Fort Worth area are in luck this weekend as the Kiwanis Club of Northeast Tarrant County holds it’s Butterfly Festival in Southlake. After I get my coffee, that’s where I am heading.
OK, so it’s only “hundreds of butterflies,” and it’s in a 600 square foot tent … but that beats a kick in the pants! The press release says that there will be watermelon on hand so that folks can “feed and interact” with the butterflies. Those people aren’t ready for me, because I won’t need watermelon. I try to “interact” with every critter I meet. At least this time I won’t be the only person talking to insects (I hope).
It doesn’t cost much to go there (certainly it is cheaper than a trip to Mexico). Tickets for adults are $7, children’s tickets $5, but if your young’un is under 3 years old the child can go for free. Of course, being a festival, there are all kinds of things for you and the kids to do there, including an African Safari (whatever that might be), a Fighter Jet Ride, Hot Air Balloon Rides, and a silent auction. If it suits you, you can even buy
dead butterflies “exotic mounted and framed butterflies.” All the proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and Kiwanis Children’s Charities.
The festival website states that it is open “Rain or Shine.” Please don’t make me laugh! It is not going to rain. It is open from 9-6 on Saturday and from 9-5 on Sunday (September 10th-11th, 2011). On Sunday at 5:00 p.m., the butterflies will be released.
Stand in the middle of that (using your imagination) and maybe you can believe that you are in a field filled with Monarchs in the mountains of Mexico. Or, simply watch the beauty of these delicate butterflies taking flight on September 11th and remember the fragility and miracle of the cycle of life.