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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Visit the Whimsical Kiwanis Club Butterfly Festival at The Shops at Willow Bend to Create Special Childhood Memories


The Greater Plano Kiwanis Club is hosting the annual Butterfly Festival at The Shops at Willow Bend from May 4 to May 13, 2018. This whimsical event is sure to create happy childhood memories for your family as they offer the opportunity to experience more than 1,000 butterflies and more. Plus, it's located at The Shops at Willow Bend where you will be able to shop for trendy Mother's Day gifts while you are there. 

Let me share the details:
What: The Shops at Willow Bend will host The Greater Plano Kiwanis Club  Annual Butterfly Festival where visitors can walk through a conservatory filled with flowering plants and observe more than 1,000 flying butterflies in a natural setting. 
Where: The Grand Court at The Shops at Willow Bend 
When:  The display will be open May 4 – 13, 2018 on Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Price: Tickets are available for purchase at the display: Adults are $6.00 and Children are $5.00. Children under the age of 2 are free with adult purchase. 
Proceeds benefit:  The Greater Plano Kiwanis Club
Website: Visit here
This event created amazing childhood memories for my little boys.  They are curious about nature and have read many books about butterflies.  My oldest son knows a lot of facts about butterflies such as how they use their feet to eat and other trivia. Seeing a variety of butterflies in real life to touch and feed them was an immersive experience to treasure. Let me share a few photos from our visit.

They started by meeting a woman dressed as a beautiful butterfly. Her costume was fantastic. My youngest son rocked his butterfly wings while being mesmerized by her costume!  



We entered the tent that contained thousands of butterflies such as the one tucked into the flowers above.



Here is another butterfly. I've never seen one this big!



The volunteers at the event were fantastic. I think that they realized that we were clueless about how to feed a butterfly, so one woman came over and taught us how to feed one. It was a surreal experience to connect with a butterfly and feed it!



 Here is a closer view.


Here it is when she handed it over to our son.  While he looks confused in the photo, let me tell you that he raved about the butterflies for the rest of the day! He seems to have a new obsession with butterflies now that he has seen them up close, touched them, and fed them.


In addition to the live butterfly experience, the Butterfly Festival also includes face painting, balloon animals, and a trendy little gift shop area with butterfly items. Here is a view from above!



Finally, Mother's Day is just around the corner. If you are already at the Butterfly Festival, you might as well fit in some Mother's Day shopping at The Shops at Willow Bend. To give you some inspiration, the photo below is a reminder of some of my favorite shops there - Godiva Chocolatier, L'Occitane, Bath & Body Works, Crabtree & Evelyn, Hallmark, and Paint me Pretty. Click here for the full mall directory.



We hope that you have the opportunity to experience the Butterfly Festival and create happy childhood memories with your children too!

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