Fairy Tales at Botanica


One Memorial Day tradition in my hometown is the annual reopening of the butterfly house at our city's botanical gardens.  This is where the girls and I spent this past Monday.  And while the butterflies and flowers are wonderful, and while we watched a very cool performance by a husband and wife team called Bugs & Balloons, what I really want to share with you is the new "Once Upon a Time" interactive fairy tale exhibit!

Because I love fairy tales.  Duh.










When you approach each attraction, you see a storybook (see above).  There's a big button, and when you push it, you hear a voice tell the story.  As the story is told, most of the attractions do something:  the Three Little Pigs' houses shake, the beanstalk grows, etc.  The exhibit isn't huge, but it's so whimsical and sweet and sooooooo up my alley.

On Saturdays, there are supposed to be crafts and puppet shows and the like, which makes me think that I should not have let my membership lapse.  I definitely want to visit again some weekend before it closes on July 7!  And the exhibit is a traveling exhibit, which means keep an eye out!  Maybe it will come to a park or children's museum or another place near you.


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  1. What a great exhibit!!! I hope they come to my place! Thanks for the info, I'll be looking out for that!

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    1. I don't know where it heads after this, but crossing fingers it heads your way!

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  2. What a FUN place! There seems like there is such fun stuff around you! :) I'll be on the lookout :)

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    1. We have some neat things around here, if you know where to look. Not that it stops a huge number of people from complaining. ;o) I don't know where else the exhibit is going to go - I think we were the first stop - but crossing fingers it goes far!

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  3. How cool is that? You know, I love living out in the country but sometimes I wish just a teensy bit that we were closer to zoos, museums and botanical gardens... but then I remember that I'm a country girl and driving for an hour or so isn't too bad.

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    1. We recently discovered that we may not have to wait so long to buy another house as we thought. I asked the girls, Would they rather live in the country, or at least, a small rural town? or in newer home in a housing development? or stay in the city, where we can walk to stuff. The girls chose the city. A better neighborhood, but still the city. "We can drive out to the country, Mom."

      I grew up in a dinky suburb north of town. We didn't even have our own post office - despite the fact we were our own town, with our city hall and police force, our mailing address still read "Wichita." (I lived in the same town as the BTK killer - went to school with his daughter, in fact.) I appreciated being able to ride my bike all over the place quite safely, but there weren't many worthwhile destinations. I've really grown accustomed to living in the city. At least it's a smallish city... My husband was a farm boy, who moved with his mom to a tiny Kansas town where he worked on farms at harvest time. I know he would love to be on some land somewhere.

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  4. Wow--this is just incredible! Looks so fun!

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  5. wow, this looks amazing, wish we could be there!!

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    1. It was such a humid day, so my camera lens kept fogging up. It would be fun to go back in costume... if I could convince the girls to do that.

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