We were so lucky to be able to visit the Science Museum and view the Flight of the Butterflies when it was released in 2014. The movie inspired us to plan our own butterfly garden. We topped off our viewing with a visit to the Butterfly House (which was visiting the science museum at the same time as Flight of the Butterflies). There we had a chance to interact and closely observe several types of butterflies. While this exhibit is gone, Minnesotans still have opportunities to interact with butterflies.
Below I have reviewed Flight of the Butterflies by age:
My whole family went on this outing and, while I primarily recommend the movie portion for grade school to adults, if you don’t mind a little (okay, a lot of) squirminess and inability to remain quiet, I believe the preschoolers got something out of the film, too. If nothing else, it got them excited for the rest of the visit. My boys (2 & 4) were both lying on the floor watching at one point and neither sat in their chairs for very long. The people in front of us were very tolerant of my 2-year-old. However, it seemed to me that my kids were on the more-disruptive side and no one seemed bothered by them. I was checking. If you have well behaved preschool children, take them. If you have more challenging preschool kids, take them, but try to give yourself a buffer between seats.
Again, with the Butterfly House, older children and adults will get more out of it, but the boys really enjoyed it. I did have to watch the small one closely, I wasn’t certain he wouldn’t step on a butterfly — intentionally. He didn’t, but it would not have been out of character. As with most things like this, I spent the time we waited in line going over the rules with them — both the science museums and my own. I also took them out a little earlier than my husband and daughter. The 4-year-old was getting a little nervous about all the butterflies landing on him. It is good to note that once you pay admission to the exhibit, you can get stamped to re-enter for the rest of the day. Had we had the opportunity, he probably would have been less nervous the second time.
As always, the rest of the museum was nicely balanced for a family visit. Even at stations designed for older children and adults, there tend to be activities to engage the younger ones. If we had a membership, I think I would pick one small area per visit and just give them as much (or as little) time to explore it as they like. Even the musical steps at the back of the museum would be a fun place to hangout for an extended period.
Grade School Age:
Grade school is a good age for Flight of the Butterflies. The narrative is engaging, the butterflies are amazing, and sitting still for 45 minutes is easily within the average grade school child’s abilities. We walked out with a lot to discuss and schemes for a butterfly garden to plan.
I offered my daughter an out at the Butterfly House as she had voiced her discomfort with the thought of butterflies crawling on her when we saw similar exhibits at both the State Fair and the Renaissance Fest, but she chose to go in with us. I think because she is blond and was wearing bright colors, she had the most butterflies landing on her. She loved it. One of the workers gave her a stick of butterfly food and she was able to feed them. She loved that too. I was wearing muted colors and had only one butterfly land on me.
This is the first visit to the Science Museum that my 4th Grader can remember. This museum is perfect for her age group. She was able to explore independently while we sat with the smaller ones, spending as much or as little time as interested her at the various exhibits. This is the age where I would most strongly recommend a membership. There is so much to see