Saturday, February 9, 2013

Fernbank Museum Celebrates New Butterfly IMAX(r) Film With Special Butterfly Bash On February 9

In celebration of the new IMAX® film Flight of the Butterflies, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will host a butterfly-inspired adventure day on Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Butterfly Bash will feature live butterflies, crafts, storytelling, and other activities.

One of the many highlights during Fernbank’s Butterfly Bash is a walk-in, live butterfly experience. Visitors will be able to stand among live butterflies as they witness these remarkable insects in action. They’ll also learn how butterflies are able to soar through the sky by participating in a paper butterfly activity. Fernbank educators will offer special activities that reveal the important stages of a butterfly’s life, and explore the differences between moths and butterflies.

Monarchs Across Georgia, which works with teachers, students, families and communities to study monarch butterflies and restore butterfly habitats, will offer several butterfly experiences. Representatives will offer a look at the Mexico Book Project, a literacy effort in partnership with schools near the Mexican overwintering sanctuaries, and Monarch Watch, a citizen science monarch tagging project based on the one Dr. Urquhart began decades ago.

Callaway Gardens will offer suggestions for good butterfly gardening using live plants, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden will provide seed plantings* to help visitors start their own butterfly sanctuary at home.

At noon, Fernbank’s Storyteller-in-Residence Rob Cleveland will treat audiences to special stories about the natural world. And as visitors transform into butterfly experts during their day at the Butterfly Bash, they’ll earn their wings with temporary butterfly tattoos*.

The inspiration for the Butterfly Bash comes from Flight of the Butterflies, a larger-than-life film that immerses audiences in the enchanting world of monarch butterflies. This awe-inspiring story of two unlikely heroes follows the epic 3,000-mile journey of the monarch butterfly and the determined scientist Dr. Fred Urquhart, who spent 40 years trying to discover the mysteries surrounding their migration and secret winter hideaway.

Fernbank’s Butterfly Bash will take place on Saturday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flight of the Butterflies will show at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. as part of the regular IMAX schedule. The film will continue through May 9, 2013.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the full museum experience, including the Butterfly Bash activities and the Flight of the Butterflies film, with the purchase of Value Pass tickets. Value Pass tickets are $19 for children, $21 for students/seniors, $23 for adults, and $8 for Museum Members. IMAX film tickets ($11-$13) and Museum tickets ($15.50-$17.50) are also available separately.

Tickets and visitor information are available at and 404.929.6300. Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta.

*Giveaways available while supplies last.


Watch the Flight of the Butterflies trailer:

(Fernbank’s presentation is 2D, not 3D.)

Photo courtesy of SK Films.

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