Enter to Win Tickets to Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens!

Wings of Fancy will be on view through September 25

Wings of Fancy will be on view through September 25



Wings of Fancy, Brookside Garden’s wonderful butterfly and caterpillar exhibit is back to dazzle visitors this summer. And one lucky KFDC reader can win a four-pack of tickets to experience it β€” and I can assure you, it’s fantastic.

Studying caterpillars before entering the butterfly garden

Studying caterpillars before entering the butterfly garden

Nearly 20 different species of butterflies from North America, Central America, and Asia flutter around the garden full of colorful flowers and plants. There are also cases on display containing cocoons and opportunities for visitors to learn about their amazing metamorphosis. We just visited a couple of weeks ago, and even though we go every year, the exhibition never ceases to amaze.

The glasswinged butterfly - I never even knew these existed before this

The glasswinged butterfly – I never even knew these existed before this

And I have to note that Brookside is great beyond the butterflies — the gardens are lovely, there are wildlife sightings galore, and the Children’s Garden will delight little ones. During our visit, we saw chipmunks, tadpoles, frogs, polliwogs, turtles, geese, even snakes!

Gorgeous grounds to roam

Gorgeous grounds to roam

Frog sightings guaranteed

Frog sightings guaranteed



Wings of Fancy will be on display through September 25. Hours are 10am – 4pm daily. Tickets are $8/ages 13 and up, $5/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under. Admission to the rest of Brookside is free.

Giveaway: For a chance to win the four-pack of tickets to the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens, simply leave a comment telling me your or your child’s favorite recent exhibit in the area — art, science, nature, anything. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and be a blog subscriber (see the sign-up to the left). This giveaway will run through Friday, June 3, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


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55 Responses to Enter to Win Tickets to Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens!

  1. Petra

    We love the botanical gardens best!

  2. Jenny McCambridge

    We just “hatched” 5 butterflies this morning! We would LOVE to see more butterflies! Thanks for the chance!

  3. Katherine Murray

    The exhibit that my daughters can’t wait to go see is the doll house exhibit at the National Building Museum. Hopefully this week!

  4. Amy

    We recently saw Wonder at the Renwick. Very cool!!

  5. Miles

    My daughter loves the botanical gardens. All the colors and textures she can see… She just loves the flora!

  6. Geoffrey Baker

    My kids love the animal encounters!

  7. Heather

    My 3yo son has been learning about the butterfly life cycle at day care and this would be the perfect outing!

  8. Joyce

    We go to Meadowlark Gardens often, but we would love to see the butterflies at Brookside.

  9. Danielle

    Our 15month old is fascinated by animals and bugs of all types. This would definitely be a neat excursion that he would enjoy πŸ™‚

  10. Leah Fountain

    We just loved Watkins Nature Center! The playground was amazing!!

  11. Liz Freedman

    We recently did the butterfly enclosure at the Museum of Natural History and my 3-year old loved it!

  12. Lauren Bauer

    Our recent favorite has been the new Glen Echo Park Aquarium.

  13. It’s not really an exhibit but our favorite thing to do is visit the smithsonian zoo. πŸ™‚

  14. Danielle

    Favorite exhibit was Wonder at the are Renwick.

  15. Sonja Clark

    Tudor House tour with the twins and loved seeing old toys (cars and dolls) and then visiting the real old car (race car!). Loved checking out the fountains and pretty flowers in the gardens.

  16. Becky Langer

    Most recently went to the Renwick Gallery to see Wonder. Incredible!

  17. Erich

    I don’t know if it’s an exhibit or not, but DC’s Truck Touch is a must-see event in our house!

  18. Rachel

    The butterflies and dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum!

  19. Emily

    One of our favorites is the outdoor sculpture gardens at the Smithsonian. Also a perfect picnic lunch spot.

  20. Tracy

    My sons favorite exhibit is the Glen Echo Park Aquarium

  21. Lisa Dreisigmeyer

    We recently checked out the Hillwood estate and gardens. My children were enchanted by the gardens and mansion.

  22. Heather

    Wonder at the Renwick!

  23. mark meyerson

    the beach at the Nat’l Building

  24. Jessica G

    Wonder @ Renwick

  25. Rachael

    My son loved Wonder at the Renwick and is also a huge fan of pretty much everything at the Baltimore Science Center!

  26. Marcie Foster

    Most favorite recent activity was the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly!

  27. Linda L

    Dinosaurs @ National History Museum

  28. Steven Arrington

    We recently went to the STEMosphere event at the KIPP school – at your suggestion. What a fun time we had. The quality of the activities were so much better than many events we’ve been to. Thanks for the tip!

  29. Londonberry

    We recently visited the Fire Museum of MD in Timonium. We had a blast from the past seeing vintage fire trucks, videos showing the evolution of fire fighting, and playtime in the Discovery room.

  30. Felicia Oland

    My kids loved the Dupont Underground, building with the plastic balls we played at the BEACH (NBM) last year:)

  31. Nicole

    Our favorite exhibit recently is definitely Wonder at the Renwick!

  32. sandy

    My kids love all the nature centers in this area

  33. Gadia

    We are new to DC form Australia and your blog has been a godsend. We loved going to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens with our 3 kids recently.

  34. Gadia

    We are new to DC from Australia and your blog has been a godsend. We loved going to the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens with our 3 kids recently.

  35. Lorelle

    We love the Air & Space Museum…either one.

  36. Rima

    My 4 year old loves turtles at the zoo and nature center at the Potomac overlook regional park. They are growing butterflies in their school for project

  37. Pete

    My daughter loved the butterflies at the Natural History Museum.

  38. Michelle

    We’re BIG fans of the Strathmore Family Jazz Sessions! Can’t wait for another next weekend!

  39. Shazia

    We love everything Brookside Gardens! We also recently checked out the Music of the African Diaspora exhibit at the American History museum, which was great.

  40. Nikki

    We went to see “Wonder” at the Renwick back in March and my girls really liked it. Their favorite was the bug room =)

  41. Laura Steichen

    The zoo! My son loves strolling through the zoo! It’s hot now, but we ran to the zoo the moment we had the first rain break.

  42. anna

    My kids loved the Wonder exhibit!

  43. SD

    Natural History Museum human genome exhibit.

  44. Piper

    Not an exhibit, but we absolutely love hiking Pataspco Valley State Park, and dipping our feet in the cool, clear water!

  45. The Hall of Human Origins at the Museum of Natural History is always top on my son’s list:-) Would love to go back to “Wings of Fancy”!

  46. Laura

    My family just loves to visit the National Zoo and visit all the animals.

  47. Alison

    Meadowlark Botanical Gardens!

  48. Sarah Christie

    Both of my children report that their recent favorite was Wonder at the Renwick…

  49. KC

    National Aquarium in Baltimore!

  50. Heather

    Walks in Rock Creek Park, and visits to the nature center.

  51. Terri Scanlan

    We loved our recent visit to the National Arboretum! The azaleas were blooming and it was an stunning burst of colors!!!!

  52. Ayelet

    The Q?URIOUS exhibit is great for little kids, even if it was designed for teens. Lots of hands-on specimens kids can examine under the easy-to-use microscopes.

  53. Faye H

    My kids loved the Wonder exhibit. (I have liked your site on Facebook but use a different email address for my Facebook site for work reasons.)

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