The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

May 12, 2013

Charlotte Nature Museum will host Fairy Festival


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Thursday, May 9, 2013 — CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pint-sized pixies are invited to put on their wings for a whimsical playdate that celebrates nature, nymphs and more. Fly in to experience the magic of the natural world when Charlotte Nature Museum hosts its May Creature Feature, Fairy Festival, Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  

 

Get off to a flying start discovering ways to build fairy and hobbit houses with bark, sticks, leaves and other natural materials that you also can find in your own backyard. With a pinch of imagination and a dusting of creativity you can create a wonderland nestled in the hollow of a tree, beside a pond or among the ferns. Will a nature fairy friend show up at your fanciful abode for a visit?

 

Little visitors who want to showcase their glittering imaginations can enter our fairy and hobbit house building contest. Judging will take place at noon and a winner announced at 1 p.m.

 

There will be a flutter of excitement in the air as you learn about all things winged including various butterflies on exhibit. Study the Monarch [Danaus plexpippus], zebra longwing [Heliconius charitonius] and pipevine swallowtail [Battus philenor] up close while discovering the difference between each winged wonder. Monarchs need no camouflage because they are poisonous to their predators – but they won’t harm you. And, did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Make sure to stick around for live butterfly releases in Butterfly Pavilion at 12:30 p.m. and visit Fort Wild to blow bubbles, play around with a parachute and other outdoor games.

 

“Building fairy houses helps children connect with the nature as they play, learn how to be creative and express their inherent curiosity,” said Vonna Brown, coordinator at Charlotte Nature Museum.

“They observe their world and how simple elements of nature can be re-imagined as part of a spectacular habitat in their own backyard.”

 

Magic moments continue in Naturalist Lab where you can make your own nature fairy wand and be enchanted by tales including “Fairy Houses” by Tracy Kane, “Butterfly House” by Eve Bunting and “It’s Spring” by Susan Swan and Linda Glaser. Items available for purchase in Trail’s End Store include live butterfly garden hatching kits, butterfly puppets and butterfly kites. For more information about Fairy Festival, visit www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.

 

Creature Features, supported by The Guild of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, are monthly special events and include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. Creature Feature activities are free with Museum admission.  Admission: $6 ages two and older, younger-than-two and Members are free. Parking is free.

 

Charlotte Nature Museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte. Hours are: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday noon – 5 p.m.; and closed on Monday.

 

Charlotte Nature Museum offers visitors the chance to get close to wildlife and walk among free-flying butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion, observe live animals in Creature Cavern, buzz by Insect Alley or just hang out in Our Big Backyard. Visitors can learn together during workshops, summer camps and more. Daily programming including hands-on activities provide the opportunity for structured learning and informal play for kids of all ages. Charlotte Nature Museum is operated by Discovery Place, Inc.