Rosie the tarantula is a favorite for visitors to the Butterfly Pavilion.
by By Kelly Smith
The Butterfly Pavilion
52 W 104th Ave, Westminster, CO 80020
9am-5pm, year-round, last entrance at 4:15pm
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, and closed early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Adults $8.50 - Westminster residents, $6.50; Seniors (65+) $6.50; Children (2-12) $5.50; Children one year and younger, FREE
Fun Stuff: The Butterfly Pavilion offers a hands-on, interactive, fun way for kiddos of all ages to learn about butterflies and other creatures. Exhibits range from Wings of the Tropics, a lush tropical conservatory, alive with 1,200 butterflies from rainforests around the world, to Crawl-A-See-Em, with desert, grasslands and rainforest landscapes, home to Rosie the tarantula, the beloved Butterfly Pavilion mascot.
Other exhibits include Water's Edge, a hands-on experiences with sea stars, horseshoe crabs and other aquatic tide pool invertebrates, and Tropical Odyssey, the premier exhibit at the Butterfly Pavilion. This interactive, bilingual adventure for the whole family includes an educational playscape with larger-than-life caterpillars and butterflies, along with a suspension rope bridge.
An outdoor nature trail meanders for a half-mile loop along Big Dry Creek, offering possible sightings of a heron, hawk or eagle. Outdoor gardens offer over 300 species of plants and feature food and shelter for butterflies and other wildlife.
Insider Tip: Avoid busy field trip hours, Monday through Friday, usually 10am to 1:30pm during the school year. Bring a sack lunch or purchase a snackr and extend your visit; make plans to walk the nature trail loop.
Mom and Dad Will Love: Spineless Spotlights, 1:30pm daily, is a closer look at the animals and exhibits. Butterfly Encounter, 12:30 and 3:30 daily, offers a chance to learn more about butterflies and the rainforest.
Time to Learn: Kids and families can get involved with the Butterfly Pavilions’ extensive conservation and research projects at home. A How To page on the website offers instructions and information about recycling, exploring habitats, and fun projects including building a worm bin, making paper at home and raising butterflies.