Blooming Butterflies – 2011

Olbrich Garden’s Blooming Butterflies exhibit is in full swing. Or maybe full flutter?

She's not touching the butterfly, just really really hoping it will crawl onto her hand.

Milena and I went this morning. It’s my favorite time to go – right in the middle of the event – because there are just so many butterflies flying overhead, and so many emerging in the hatcheries (which Milena loved! “Look, mama!!! A butterfly!! Coming out of a chrysalis!!! See?!”).

More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.

The life span of different butterflies varies from a few weeks to a few months. All flying butterflies are allowed to live out their natural lives in the Conservatory, with food sources remaining for them after the exhibit dates.

Blooming Butterflies continues through August 7th. The exhibit is open 10 am – 4 pm daily.

Tickets
$5 ages 13 & up
$3 ages 3 – 12
Free: ages 2 and under
Free: Olbrich Botanical Society members
Get a free ticket to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies!

Butterfly Passports
After spotting bright butterflies inside the Bolz Conservatory, children can follow butterfly stencils on the paths through the outdoor gardens on a quest to fill their Butterfly Passports with stamps. Find the stamping stations, read a few fun facts, then answer a few simple questions. Fill up the passport and earn one free junior cone from Michael’s Frozen Custard, valid at the 3826 Atwood Ave. location.

Dan Capps’ Insect Cases
All visitors to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies can be amazed by hundreds of exotic butterflies in local collector Dan Capps’ fascinating collection. Part of Capps’ collection will be on display in Olbrich’s lobby during Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Capps has traveled the world to build one of the most impressive displays of exotic insects in North America. His collection now totals more than 7,000 insects ranging from butterflies to beetles to bees, and includes specimens from every continent.

Meet Dan Capps in person and talk to him about his butterfly collecting adventures! He’ll be here on Thursdays, July 28, and August 4 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.!

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Summer Concerts

Summer in Madison means lots of free outdoor concerts!

Concerts on the Square 2011 season begins this Wednesday, June 29 at 7 pm with the 2011 Young Artist Concerto Competition winner, pianist Amy Hua, and dance through the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker with dancers from the Madison Ballet.

Concerts on the Square is a weekly, free event that takes place at the King Street Corner of the Capitol Square.

Olbrich Gardens’ Summer Concert Series takes place every Tuesday at 7 pm (now through July 26) on the Great Lawn.

Enjoy the summer evening with a concert on the Great Lawn of Olbrich’s outdoor gardens. A wide variety of music is highlighted, including jazz, folk, honky-tonk, and much more. Olbrich’s Summer concerts are every Tuesday night in June and July at 7 p.m.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic, or purchase hotdogs and brats at the Gardens from the Madison East Kiwanis. Picnics are allowed in the Gardens for Tuesday concerts only. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held indoors, and the Kiwanis brat and hotdog stand will not be available. A $1 donation is suggested. Concerts are sponsored by the Olbrich Botanical Society.

Tomorrow’s concert: The Bar, Afro/Cuban Jazz and World Music

Monona Terrace Concerts on the Rooftop occur Thursdays from 7 – 9 pm.

Concerts on the Rooftop highlight some of the area’s best music, and offer a wonderful opportunity for networking after work, or kicking back with friends and family. This series is supported by a grant from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funding from the Overture Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Feel free to bring a blanket or lawn chair; seating on the rooftop is limited. The Lake Vista Cafe will be open for your enjoyment. Picnic baskets are welcome. Sorry, no carry in alcohol. In the case of inclement weather, please call 608.261.4000 after 2PM for concert location. Concerts will be moved inside unless otherwise indicated.

2011 Schedule
June 30 LoveMonkeys (Pop, Rock, Reggae) – MSCR Family Night
July 14 Madison County (Country Show Band)
July 21 SuperTuesday (Alternative Rock)

If you know of any other concerts happening in the area this summer, please mention them in the comments!

Blog Catch Up

Okay, I admit it, some days the last thing I want to do during Milena’s nap time is sit in front of the computer and write blog entries. And I’m realizing it’s becoming more and more common for me to just click “share” on Facebook and post events/etc on our FB page without a single thought to our blog readers.

My apologizes!

So here’s what you may have missed recently (plus some new stuff for our devoted FB readers!):

Bellypallooza at Happy Bambino: Treat Your Girls Right! This Saturday, June 18, at 1 pm.

Adria Cannon, Happy Bambino’s fabulous Lacation Consultant, will discuss how your breasts change through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond.

Alison will go through the basics of finding a great-fitting bra to give your hardest working assets the support they deserve and discuss why having a good nursing bra is so important.

Adult Swim at the Madison Children’s Museum, Friday, June 24 at 6 pm.

No kids allowed in a children’s museum? Yes, you read that right! MCM’s first Adult Swim event in March was a smashing success, with more than 400 grownups getting to be kids for the night. No, we don’t have a swimming pool, but we’ll honor the time-honored “adult swim” tradition at public pools as we kick the kids out so adults can have the museum to themselves. It’s a great event to attend with a group of friends, family, or co-workers!

The event features the disco beats of the Madison supergroup V05; favorite activities from our Retro Technology Nights, including vintage films, theremin-playing, and Pong; plus wine, beer, and Roman Candle pizza available for purchase. Climb the Hodgepodge Mahal, drive the Punch Buggy, and take in the work of more than 120 local artists who contributed pieces to the new museum!

Event schedule:
6:30–7:30: Lounge music in Possible-opolis by Dave Adler of The Gomers
6:30–8:30: Vintage cartoons, commercials, and film rarities from the collection of Biff Blumfumgagnge
6:30-8: Make a Tie-Dyed Silk Scarf ($5 materials fee)
7:30–9:30: VO5 dance party on the Rooftop Ramble
Throughout the evening: Elevator Music by MCM’s Tom Teslik

Ages 21 & up only
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door; includes one free drink ticket. Tickets are on sale now at MadisonChildrensMuseum.org.

RM reader Mallory passed along this link to us today:

Wisconsin Explorer Booklet for ages 2-5. (the site says “3-5 years”, but I know my two year old will love this!)

Follow footprints, be a tree detective, watch the clouds, look at the stars, play “I Spy,” and find special places! Preschoolers will need a caring grown-up to explore with them.

Kids can pick up a free Wisconsin Explorer booklet at a participating state park, forest, trail, or recreation area OR download the booklet here.

And don’t forget to have your kids pick up a Nature Passport this summer! (Milena already has 5 stamps in hers!)

Nature Passport is an educational nature “scavenger hunt” for children and parents. Explore Nature Net nature centers, parks and museums in the Dane County area at your leisure and, using your senses, record observations in your own Nature Passport. See if you can meet Ringo Raccoon’s nature challenge this year! During your visit, stamp your Nature Passport to mark your adventures. Visit as many Nature Passport sites as you want!

Nature Passport Includes:

For Kids…
Each child receives a special Nature Passport containing pages to draw and write about their amazing journeys at various Nature Passport sites! This year’s theme also includes a “Movin’ Mission” to encourage healthy, physically-active kids.

For Parents…
Look at the online Parent’s Guide for fun facts and explanations to help spark your kids’ imagination and answer those big questions like: How do we see color?

Madison Public Library’s Summer FUN Agenda

Looking for some family fun in the downtown area this summer? We’ve got your FUN Agenda! The Madison Children’s Activity Calendar features entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning for kids and their families. A collaboration among the Madison Children’s Museum, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, the Madison Public Library – Central Library, UW Space Place, the Madison Mallards, and Monona Terrace, the program includes a variety of fun and educational events for the whole family.

Start off with the FUN Agenda kickoff event on Wednesday, June 15, 10-11:30 am. in the Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall (1 John Nolen Drive). The event will feature seven different activity stations for children aged 4 – 8:

Madison Public Library – Central Library
Paper Dragon Masks, in celebration of our “One World, Many Stories” summer reading club we will be making paper dragon masks. Kids can color, cut, and decorate their own mask!

Madison Children’s Museum
Plant a garden and run a market stand with our Let’s Grow mobile exhibit, which promotes nutrition education while providing an opportunity for kids to learn about cultivating healthy foods and getting them onto the table. Plant seeds in Dixie cups and visit with the chickens.

Madison Mallards
Come get your photo taken with the team mascot, Maynard the Mallard, and take a leap onto the Velcro Wall. Don’t forget to pick up your Madison Mallards pocket schedule.

Monona Terrace
Frank Lloyd Wright not only designed buildings he also designed carpeting. Come design your own carpet pattern and using crayons, markers, and colored pencils add color to your design.

UW Space Place
We will be doing the ever popular alka-seltzer rockets and making sun necklaces.

Wisconsin Historical Museum
Join staff from the Wisconsin Historical Museum as they celebrate 25 years on the Capitol Square by fabricating a celebration spiral decoration to take home.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with educational games and making bald eagle hand puppets.

In the event of inclement weather, program will be moved inside.

Nature Net

Nature Net is a not-for-profit initiative that provides “one-stop shopping” for environmental education resources for teachers and families of South-Central Wisconsin and beyond!

You’ll find nature centers, museums and other providers in Southern Wisconsin and all sorts of free ideas, suggestions and free educational resources on how to explore your local environment.

Nature Net has a great breakdown of local summer camps (including Aldo Leopold Nature Center, the Madison Children’s Museum, Olbrich Gardens, and Henry Vilas Zoo).

Wondering what to do with your children this summer? Looking for a family activity that costs nothing, has a variety of convenient locations, and is scheduled exactly when you want it? Do you enjoy the thrill of discovery and the fresh air? Get ready for the Summer 2011 Nature Passport!

Nature Passport Includes:

For Kids…
Each child receives a special Nature Passport containing pages to draw and write about their amazing journeys at various Nature Passport sites! This year’s theme also includes a “Movin’ Mission” to encourage healthy, physically-active kids.

For Parents…
Look at the Parent’s Guide for fun facts and explanations to help spark your kids’ imagination and answer those big questions like: How do we see color? And don’t forget to sign up for Nature Net’s FREE Nature Net News to stay up dated on area nature events and activities!

(Go here for info on where to pick up a Nature Passport):

For more information about Nature Net, visit the “About” section on the website or find it on Facebook.

Fun for babes under 1

RM reader Beth suggested we put together a list of fun places to take children under the age of 1. Such a great idea! I know I struggled to find places to bring Milena last year – especially during the winter months. Below is the list we came up with, but we’d love to hear from you as well!

Milena exploring Olbrich Gardens last summer

Madison Children’s Museum: Although the museum doesn’t open until mid-August, we already know the Wildernest area is going to be a great place for your little ones! The best part is that children over 5 years of age aren’t even allowed in this section of the museum unless they’re acting as “helpers” for the younger ones, so you won’t ever have to worry about the area being overtaken by school-aged children.

Wiggle Room: Held at the Westside Community Service Building in Sun Prairie (2598 W. Main Street), Wiggle Room takes place in the fall and winter. Appropriate for those over 6 months and under 6 years, Wiggle Room can be a bit chaotic at times, but there’s a nice separate area for younger children. It’s a great place for parents with more than one child! Admission is $1 per child.

Henry Vilas Zoo: The zoo is perfect for all ages! Plus, it’s free and open all year! And don’t forget about the indoor exhibits – they’re warm and inviting during the cold winter months.

Parent/baby groups at Happy Bambino: Although these groups are intended to be more for the parents than the kids, there are always lots of fun toys around! And Milena and Dahlia met most of their current friends in these groups (since Maggie and I met a lot of our friends there!).

Olbrich Botanical Gardens: The outdoor gardens are free (!) and open at 8 am during the summer (I know I’m always looking for something to do with my early-riser!). The Bolz Conservatory is a great place to go during the winter months! It opens at 10 am year round with a $1 admission for anyone 6 and up. (During Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies – taking place now through Aug 8 – admission to the Bolz Conservatory is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and under).

Library Story Times: “Book Baby” storytimes are for children 0-15 months, while “Storytime for the Very Young” is for ages 0-35 months. Both include songs, stories and activities! (Check the events’ calendar for dates, times and locations. Some libraries require you to pre-register.) And we’ve found that the children’s section is always a great place to play as well!

So how about you? Where do your little ones love to explore and play?

Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies

Photo courtesy of Olbrich Gardens

Olbrich Garden’s annual Blooming Butterflies begins today (July 14) in the Bolz Conservatory and runs through August 8. The conservatory is open from 10 am – 4 pm daily. Read on to find out how to win a free ticket!

This is one of my (Kat’s) favorite annual events in Madison! I’ve gone every year since I moved here 10 years ago.

“Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias. More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.

Ticket Prices:
$5 adults
$3 children ages 3 – 12
Free: ages 2 and under
Free: Olbrich Botanical Society members

After spotting bright butterflies inside the Bolz Conservatory, children can follow butterfly stencils on the paths through the outdoor gardens on a quest to fill their Butterfly Passports with stamps. Find the stamping stations, read a few fun facts, then answer a few simple questions. Fill up the passport and earn one free junior cone from Michael’s Frozen Custard, valid at the 3826 Atwood Ave. location.

All visitors to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies can be amazed by hundreds of exotic butterflies in local collector Dan Capps’ fascinating collection. Part of Capps’ collection will be on display in Olbrich’s lobby during Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Capps has traveled the world to build one of the most impressive displays of exotic insects in North America. His collection now totals more than 7,000 insects ranging from butterflies to beetles to bees, and includes specimens from every continent.”

Want to win a free ticket to Blooming Butterflies? Check out Olbrich’s Website Scavenger Hunt!

Explore the website to find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. The first 500 people to answer the questions correctly will be mailed a free ticket to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies (up to a $5 value) to be used during the event, July 14 – August 8, 2010. Deadline for entries is July 26, 2010.