Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bunnies & Butterflies

On Saturday morning, we went to the Franklin Park Conservatory for their Blooms & Butterflies exhibit.  Todd had been talking about going to see the butterflies here for months so when the annual exhibit finally opened again at the beginning of the month and I saw that they were going to have bunnies for the kids to pet this past weekend, I knew it was the perfect chance to go.

As soon as we walked in and bought our tickets, we randomly ran into our friends, Sara & Jay, who were just heading out with their 2 kids.  It was a nice surprise though to see them and catch up for a few minutes.  Our first stop was to find the bunnies for Lucy and walk through the majority of the exhibits before ending with the butterfly exhibit when they did one of their butterfly releases.

Lucy doesn't even have to be told any more, she automatically sat down here for a picture....she knows me so well!

Lucy was acting like a butterfly the entire day and was running around flapping her wings so this photo opp was perfect

Looking at a couple of the bunnies (these things were HUGE)

Excited to pet one

Checking out the baby chicks

Making a bunny craft

After the bunnies, we started in the desert exhibit and Todd was showing Lucy a cactus

Walking across a bridge in the rainforest

Beautiful Chihuly on the ceiling in the Himalayan exhibit

The flowers were beautiful and perfect for some spring pictures

Family photo

Another Chihuly piece in the butterfly exhibit

Watching them release some of the butterflies

It was really neat just watching the butterflies fly around; they were beautiful (especially the blue ones that I wasn't ever able to get a photo of) and weren't afraid to land anywhere

Another one

Our view from a balcony up above during the butterfly release (there were quite a few people in the exhibit at this time)

We probably spent about 2-2.5 hours walking around the conservatory and Lucy loved exploring all the nooks & crannies.  It seemed like the perfect activity for Easter weekend too!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

So cute, I love your photos! I used to live in Chicago and loved seeing the butterflies at the Franklin Park Conservatory - although I have to admit, I was a little freaked out when they landed on me!