What’s the number one sign that spring has sprung in Cincinnati? The butterflies have returned to Krohn Conservatory!
The Majestic Monarch Butterflies at Krohn Conservatory is open through June 18th and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak.
If you’ve never visited Krohn in the spring before, plan a trip now! And if you have, well, you know that you’ll be heading back this year for this special seasonal show.
“The Majestic Monarch” exhibit is designed to show you what it feels like to be a butterfly. The space has been transformed once again to house a wide variety of gorgeous, colorful flowers and trees and, of course, over 1200 butterflies! As the show’s name suggests, you will definitely see plenty of Monarch butterflies floating around, but there are also several other varieties that are equally as stunning. We happened to make friends with a few large, bright blue butterflies that we later learned were attracted to our colorful clothing!
Aside from the gorgeous display, Krohn and its staff hopes to promote knowledge and awareness of the importance of preserving these beautiful creatures and their habitat. There is an interactive learning component built into the show, where visitors can become “Citizen Scientists” and help with a special experiment. Krohn has provided landing pads that have a “scratch and sniff” feature and this year are scented with jasmine. It will be interesting to see if the butterflies are attracted to this scent! There are also nectar-feeding stations that encourage little lepidopterists (A person who studies butterflies!) to determine which color and nectar are most attractive to the butterflies. There are so many opportunities to get up close and personal with the stars of this show.
Krohn Conservatory is also hosting several family-friendly events throughout The Majestic Monarch show. On Sunday, April 2nd, The Land of Nod bus tour will stop by and there will be Charlie Harper themed activities for the kids. The popular “Breakfast with Butterflies” returns June 10th and you must reserve your spots early! Also keep an eye out for “Butterfly Pajama Parties” – the perfect family evening outing!
The Majestic Monarch runs through June 18th and it is a must-see this spring in Cincinnati. For more information on tickets, hours and events, visit their website here.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.