So since we’ll be flitting around like butterflies this week, we’re making it butterfly week- busy, busy week, but lots of fun, to be sure. Having not planned ahead, I am just now ordering the caterpillars, so I guess we’ll have a Very Hungry Caterpillar week when they arrive just in time for Eric Carle’s birthday (June 25th,btw.) Monday: Order your caterpillars. Order your books from the library. Locate your music: here’s a jazzy version of Chopin’s
Butterfly Etude,Op. 25,No.9http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8cTzugtGAU
Here’s a more traditional version of the same song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfrW4Q4CoOA.
Tuesday: Check out Bass Pro Shop’s Family Summer Camp program. It’s free, and fun! The Backyard Adventure and Wildlife Exploration portions are applicable here. Ours has a nature trail, and we quite often see wild turkey nearby.
Wednesday: Explore the zoo’s butterfly house. Take a nature walk around your own yard and see if you can identify any butterflies. Did you plant a butterfly garden? Is it blooming yet? Ours isn’t. Everything seems to be two or three weeks behind this year.
Thursday: Paint butterflies! Even better, paint a butterfly on a shirt! Practice your butterfly stroke in the pool!
Friday: Family Movie Night- The Butterfly Lovers 2003 NR 95 minutes
During China’s Jin Dynasty, a time when school was reserved only for males, determined young Zhu, a female, dresses up as a boy to get an education. She falls in love with fellow student Liang, who is not aware of her true gender. When Zhu’s parents arrange for her to marry someone else, she’ll either have to reveal her secret or live a life without true love in this animated tale derived from traditional Chinese folklore.
Serve Chinese food. Easy-peasy.
Saturday: Family Fun Day- Go to any of these three fun things taken from the Birmingham Botanical Garden’s website:
In cooperation with Birmingham Zoo and McWane Science Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day on June 15. Each year, the Association for Butterflies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of butterflies through conservation, research and promotion of butterfly gardening and butterfly farmers, celebrates Butterfly Education Awareness Day on the first Saturday of June. This year, three of Birmingham’s most recognizable cultural institutions have chosen Father’s Day weekend to bring the same celebration to the Magic City as part of The Gardens’ “Get Into The Gardens” series. The event will be held at The Gardens from 10 – 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Birmingham Zoo will host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m., with butterfly releases scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. McWane Science Center will also host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m., and hold a drawing for free tickets to its latest feature, “Flight of the Butterflies.” Fresh Air Family will host “Hikes for Tykes,” a walk led by Verna Gates focusing on butterfly lore, legend and stories based on Monarch butterflies. The hike, designed for pre-school children and their parents, will begin at 10 a.m. Arnie Rutkis from Stoneshovel Landscaping will discuss ideas for creating butterfly and pollinator gardens. There will also be plants available for purchase.
Have fun this week!