Flight of the Butterflies at American Museum of Natural History

Every spring Matt’s mom, Lily’s Grandmother, sends Lily caterpillars. Lily looks forward to this gift each year and when they arrive… she is just a little delighted being.

The caterpillars can be observed and fed and grow into butterflies which we release into our garden. It’s an amazing gift for any little being in your world. And it’s the perfect way to kick off the spring season!

Lily loves butterflies, her room has hints of butterflies all around. And she can usually correctly identify the little fluttery creatures in our garden every spring and summer.

Last weekend we headed to the American Museum of Natural History here in New York City to see their newest IMAX film – Flight of the Butterflies.


This is beautiful film about Dr. Urquhart  – a butterfly enthusiast – quest to find out where the monarch butterflies go every year. Over a span of 40 years, Dr. Urquhart, and his team tagged and tracked the flight of these monarchs to Mexico.The migration of the monarchs is the longest insect migration on planet earth.

This film is beautiful and absolutely engaging. Lily sat on the edge of her seat the entire time and soaked in every single word. The imagery captured is nothing short of stunning and inspiring. Lily’s little mind was full of questions after the film. This film is educational and entertaining. It moves through the story fast so keeps the attention of all audiences. I recommend it for kids 4 and above. Might be a bit long for the under 4 crowd… although there were a few 3 and 4 year olds in the audience and they sat through it… a little fidgety through some parts but they were engaged. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

The American Museum of Natural History has a lot of cool butterfly activities to coincide with its premiere, including a live butterfly exhibit.


Of course the AMNH is one of our favorites in NYC. We go there quiet often and each time Lily finds something new to spend a day pondering.


I bet when the caterpillars from Grandma arrive this Easter, Lily will have a new perspective on these winged creatures.

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Flight of the Butterflies will be shown daily in the LeFrak IMAX Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly) through July 7, 2013. To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org.

*I was not paid for this post. I was a guest of the museum for a day and was given passes to the film. All opinions are honest and my own*