We are so lucky - we have not one but two "butterfly houses" within walking distance of our house! (If you've never been, they are essentially greenhouses with live butterflies flying around inside.) With toddlers and lots of time for outings during the summer, we go to one of them about once a week. The owners of both places allow locals to enter at no cost. (How cool is that?) I suppose it is good advertising... because we do recommend that all of our friends take their children there when they visit.
Both S and K enjoy the butterfly houses. (Yes, it's another homemade hat.) S, my little budding entomologist, loves that he can get up close and personal with the butterflies. But he knows the cardinal rule, "We can't touch the butterflies because we will hurt them!" Though like all toddlers he pushes the rules and I have to keep an eye on him. If it was up to him he'd bring his net and little bug house with him every time we went and we'd leave with some new "pets." K, on the other hand, is not so sure about those flying things - she is a bit fearful. She's usually OK, unless one of them lands on her. Is one does, she lets out a little shriek and whimpers, "I scared." (We're working on that.) She seems to enjoy walking through the gardens, looking at the turtles and goldfish in the pond, and trying to find the little birds that fly around inside the greenhouse.