FernGully was released when I was six years old, and I loved that magical animated movie about fairies who lived in the rainforest. Memories of that movie were brought to mind yesterday as I strolled through Houston’s Cockrell Butterfly Center.
Sure, butterflies are not fairies. But visiting the 3-story glass structure and 50-foot waterfall with fluttering butterflies all around is a magical experience. It’s a little slice of the rain forest in the middle of Houston.
Encased at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Butterfly Center is just one of many halls and exhibits in this top-rated museum. My family needed to find an activity to do together that was appropriate for a 14-month old child. The butterfly center fit the bill.
You can spend an hour just sitting on a bench in the butterfly structure, gazing at the zoo all around you. Or you can spend several hours by also reading all about insects in the exhibit before and after the butterfly section. There are interactive games and videos and quizzes.
This attraction will not keep you occupied all day, but it is a great visit to make either before or after a stroll in Hermann Park. My family walked across the street to this park and found a sunny spot for a picnic.
Rules for the butterfly center include no food, no strollers, and no touching. There was no rule, however, about what to do if a butterfly landed on you!
We got a kick out of the iguana who was sticking out his tongue.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $7 for children (3-11 years old) and seniors and college students, and other discounts for large groups.
Grab a treat from the McDonald’s inside the museum before you leave, or check out one of the educational IMAX movies. A few weeks ago I saw Jerusalem in 3D and it was excellent. The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a beautiful and fun sight in Houston.