Don’t go on too hot a day, but otherwise I definitely would recommend checking out
Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum.
Beans, Sprout and I headed out with the whole Malik clan this week to see just how many different butterflies we could spot. Both MrsMalik and I had tried to book our tickets online the morning before, but the computer system seemed to be down. A quick call to the museum however let us know that tickets would be available at the door, and there shouldn’t be too long of a wait. In fact, there was no wait, and buying at the door ended up saving us $1.50 in service charges each. The children, all being under 4, we’re free and adult tickets were a very reasonable £4.50, making this an inexpensive afternoon outing.
The tent itself is very hot, but lovely. Their were many different types of butterflies from the very tiny to the very large (Emperor Moths are somewhat terrifying) and there was a rainbow of colours on display. MrsMalik was an expert caterpillar spotter, while MrMalik had a butterfly passenger for most of the visit. Beans’ favourite moth was a lovely spotty one, while I was quite partial to the lush orange of the monarch butterflies.
There are stamping stations throughout the exhibit where children can learn about how caterpillars turn into butterflies, as well as a cocoon hut where you might be lucky enough to spot a butterfly being born.
The exhibit ends with a small gift shop and a welcome breath of cool fresh air.
The courtyard of the Natural History Museum
works well for picnics, with ample shade and a little cafe. Lots of room for little ones to run about too. We chose to head to the Science Museum after our lunch; but the V&A, the Natural History Museum, and Hyde Park (and the wonderful Princess Diana Memorial Park) are all near by.
The exhibit is on until 15 September.