Kids can spend the morning learning about monarch butterflies at the Spring Break Family Lab: Flight of the Butterflies 3D. They'll start with a session in one of the museum's classrooms where they'll meet some of the live insects and arachnids found in the Cockrell Butterfly Center. Then they'll catch a screening of Flight of the Butterflies 3D before they move out to the center to see free-flying butterflies in action. After that, they can opt to tour the museum's standing exhibits.
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Flight of the Butterflies 3D is a landmark nature film. In 1937, Dr. Fred Urquhart and his wife Norah began a quest to understand the migratory patterns of the monarch butterfly, a 40-year-long search that is chronicled in the amazing film. For years, their migration patterns were a mystery; the insects simply disappeared in the fall and reappeared in the spring. Eventually, Urquhart was able to use tagging and the help of hundreds of volunteers to identify a hidden wintering refuge for the monarchs on a mountaintop in Michoacán, Mexico. The journey of more than 2,500 miles from Canada to Mexico is one of the longest known in the insect world and takes multiple generations to accomplish. What March of the Penguins did for penguins, Flight of the Butterflies 3D does for butterflies. This Spring Break Family Lab is appropriate for children four to 12 years old.
Tue., March 12, 9 a.m.-noon, 2013