Kick-off the summer with Amazing Butterflies Family Day

It’s all about butterflies, all summer long at the Museum of York County’s Amazing Butterflies

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Explore the fascinating world of butterflies this summer at the Museum of York County. Amazing Butterflies is a traveling exhibit produced and toured by Minotaur Mazes, a Seattle-based exhibitions company specializing in engaging, maze-based learning adventures. Divided into themed sections, the maze encompasses the life journey of a caterpillar and its metamorphosis into a butterfly. Amazing Butterflies is both mentally and physically engaging and offer visitors of all ages a fun, hands-on way to discover the enthralling world of one of the planet’s most colorful insects. With a unique view of the world from a butterfly’s eyes, maze activities are designed to reveal intriguing facts about a butterfly’s life and the challenges they encounter along the way. Through an indoor maze visitors can crawl like a caterpillar, wrap up in a cocoon, fly away on a zip line and experience the adventures of all stages of a butterfly’s transformation.

Amazing Butterflies at the Museum of York County is open on Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. from June 9 – Sept. 15, 2018.

Amazing Butterflies Family Day is Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kick-off the summer at the Museum of York County with the Amazing Butterflies’ opening day event. Family Day has special butterfly-themed activities and educational programs on the importance of pollinators. A butterfly release is planned for the morning, weather permitting. Special guest, Rick Mikula - the Butterfly Guy, will have presentations for the young ones at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and a presentation about growing pollinator gardens from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. Mikula’s “The Family Butterfly Book” is available for purchase at the Museum Store with a book signing opportunity at 1 p.m. http://butterflyrick.com/rick-mikula.cfm

Museum of York County’s Butterfly Porch is open June 9 - Aug. 8 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Guests can observe a flutter of live butterflies up-close and personal at the Butterfly Porch. (Butterfly Porch capacity limited to 20 guests at one time. Schedule subject to change.) Thanks to Carolina Heritage Nursery for landscaping the museum’s Butterfly Porch.

“Butterflies and Flutterbies” is on exhibit in the Museum of York County’s Nature Nook Gallery from May 26 – Sept. 30 during regular museum hours. An exhibition of student artwork, “Butterflies and Flutterbies” features charming renderings by art students from nine elementary schools in York County. The project was organized by the schools’ art teachers as a fun and creative way for students to learn about the butterflies of the Carolina Piedmont.

Check out all of the Museum of York County’s summer programs that complement the Amazing Butterflies Maze exhibit: Wild Wonder Saturdays, Wonderful Wednesdays, Solar System Saturdays and weekly planetarium programs. Learn the differences between moths and butterflies, discover the importance of pollinators, and celebrate the design of insects through the arts. For details on a summer full of fun and learning, visit http://chmuseums.org/myco/

The Museum of York County is located at 4621 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, S.C. 29732

For more information, call 803.329.2121.

All summer programs are free with general museum admission.

General admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors, $5 Youth, FREE to CHM members & ages 3 & younger

Images: Experience the different stages of a butterfly’s life in the Museum of York County’s Amazing Butterflies Maze. Images courtesy of Minotaur Mazes.

“Butterflies and Flutterbies” student artwork by Mason Evans, a second grader at Old Point Elementary; Laurel Hilton, art teacher. Contact Marie Cheek for high resolution images.

About Minotaur Mazes:

Minotaur Mazes is a Seattle-based traveling exhibitions company specializing in engaging, maze-based learning adventures. Minotaur is committed to crafting quality, creative exhibitions that introduce ideas of sustainability and personal responsibility.

About the Museum of York County:

The Museum of York County highlights the natural history of the Carolina Piedmont and its connections to the rest of the world. The Naturalist Center, with over 2,000 natural history specimens, provides hands-on opportunities for self-guided discovery and educational programs. The Settlemyre Planetarium is one of only two full-dome digital planetariums in the Charlotte Metro area. The Museum Store has a selection of local handmade pottery, S.C. produced food products, and nature-themed gifts for children. Outside, the museum has a picnic facility, a three-quarter mile nature trail and a Monarch Waystation.

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