Press Release

Fernbank Museum Hosts Butterfly Bash on May 4

ATLANTA—Grab your wings and prepare for a soaring good time as Fernbank Museum of Natural History celebrates the giant screen adventure, Flight of the Butterflies, with a family-friendly Butterfly Bash on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Live butterflies, special activities, crafts and cultural performances will be part of the fun.

Scheduled Activities Include:

Live Butterfly Tent
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Stand among live butterflies and see these remarkable insects in action.
Specimens courtesy of Jaap de Roode of Emory University. 

Day of the Dead Display and Craft
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn about the Day of the Dead and its role in discovering the monarch butterflies’ overwintering grounds, then decorate your own Day of the Dead paper skull.
Brought to you by the Instituto de Mexico and the Consulate of Mexico in Atlanta.

The Georgia Bubbleman
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Butterflies won’t be the only things soaring. Join us outside for big bubble fun.

Butterfly or Moth?
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Do you know the difference between butterflies and moths? This fun activity will test your identification skills.

Chicahua Yolotli- Aztec Dance Troupe
11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
You will be immersed in the music, movements and attire as authentic Aztec dancers demonstrate the beauty of this ancient dance tradition.
Brought to you by the Instituto de Mexico and the Consulate of Mexico in Atlanta.

Tissue Paper Butterflies
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Create your own beautiful tissue paper butterfly.
Brought to you by Macaroni Kid.

Butterfly Tattoos
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
After you become a butterfly expert, you’ll earn your wings with special temporary tattoos.  

Book Signing
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Museum Store
Meet Vicki M. Fisher, author of Cambio: The Best Blue Butterfly. This children’s book tells the story of a caterpillar trying to discover who he will become. The author will be signing copies of the book, which are available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Butterfly Life Cycle
10am – 2pm, Great Hall
Metamorphosis comes to life! Investigate living examples of a butterfly’s life cycle and discover the important role milkweed plays in caterpillar biology.
Live specimens provided by the Monarch butterfly lab at UGA's Odum School of Ecology

Flight of the Butterflies*
Showing in Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Enter the enchanting world of monarch butterflies, in this film that follows their annual migration and the moving story of a scientist’s decades-long search for their winter home. Soar a mile high alongside one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world, as half a billion Monarch butterflies head south on an epic journey up to 3,000 miles long between Canada and Mexico.
(*Separate IMAX® ticket purchase required. See Value Pass prices below.)

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Museum admission tickets, which include Butterfly Bash activities, are $17.50 for adults, $16.50 for students/seniors, $15.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for Museum members and children 2 and younger. Value Pass tickets, which include Museum admission, Butterfly Bash activities, and IMAX® admission to see Flight of the Butterflies are $23 for adults, $21 for students/seniors, $19 for children, and $8 for Museum members.

Tickets are available online at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling 404.929.6400.

Support for Fernbank's Butterfly Bash provided in part by YP, Local Search Media and Advertising.

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