Each year around the beginning of March, we venture out to Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids to visit the Butterflies are Blooming exhibition. It is always nice to have a change of scenery in late winter and it is just an hour away. An added bonus, it makes you feel like Spring is just around the corner!


What is the Butterflies Are Blooming Exhibition?

The annual Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. From March 1 through April 30, guests can experience tropical butterflies from around the world flying freely in the Tropical Conservatory.

Dates and Hours Of The Exhibition

March 1 – April 30, 2014

  • Sunday – 11 am – 5 pm
  • Monday – 9 am – 5 pm
  • Tuesday – 9 am – 9 pm
  • Wednesday – 9 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday – 9 am – 5 pm
  • Friday – 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday – 9 am – 5 pm

What Is The Cost?

  • Members FREE
  • Adults (14 – 64) $12
  • Seniors (65 and older) $9
  • Students (with student ID) $9
  • Children (5–13) $6
  • Children (3–4) $4
  • Children (2 and younger) FREE

What Else Is There To Do?

Bring your jacket and head outside to explore the great outdoor gardens. Although it may be a little chilly in March, there is still plenty to do and see. We enjoy walking around the Lena Meijer Children’s Gardens, climbing through the Treehouse Village, and visiting the Michigan’s Farm Garden. For more information, visit the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture website.

Also, note that there are outdoor picnic areas if you bring your own food. We’ve eaten in the café a few times and have found good options for both kids and adults.






By | 2016-01-31T07:43:46+00:00 April 5th, 2014|Categories: Reviews, Win!|77 Comments

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Jill is a mom of a busy 8 year old son. KZOOkids.com was started in 2013 to showcase all of the great things to do in and around Kalamazoo. When not working the KZOOkids.com website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.


  1. Amanda April 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

    We love the butterflies and a trip here would complement raising our own butterfly garden at home so nicely!! Would love to go! =)

  2. Jessica Firth April 8, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I have never been to the gardens and would love to take my family. Thank you!

  3. Kelly Wendzel April 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Haven’t been but want to take my 3 boys this year!

  4. Margo Mielke April 8, 2014 at 8:49 am

    We have been to Meijer Gardens once years ago for a school field trip. I had about 8 third graders so I was not able to explore and enjoy each inch of the Gardens. I can say that the water area was a ton of fun and the kids LOVED this spot! I hope to visit Meijer Gardens soon! Thank you!

  5. Kellie April 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    We have been before and we love walking amongst the butterflies!

  6. Amy Ohrstrom April 8, 2014 at 8:50 am

    We have not been, but my two year old would love it.

  7. Julie H. April 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I have been to Frederik Meijer Gardens Butterflies are blooming exhibit and I love walking through the sculpture park.

  8. Robin DeWaters April 8, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Never been, would love to take my daughter 🙂

  9. Ashley London April 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I have never been the the Butterflies are blooming exhibit and have always wanted to take my daughter!

  10. Dianna W April 8, 2014 at 9:11 am

    we have never been to the Meijer Gardens and have always always always wanted to go it was just cost prohibitive and this would be such a blessing! I can hear the kids now with all the Ooohhh’s & AAAHH’S!

  11. Arthur L. April 8, 2014 at 9:15 am

    In the past, I have not taken the time to attend the exhibit, but I am now starting anew and would love to take advantage of this opportunity!

  12. Jennifer L April 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I have never been to the Meijer Gardens, My husband I were just talking about going last weekend with our kids. Looks beautiful!

  13. Stacey April 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    We love Fredrick Meijer Gardens and especially to butterfly exhibit! The magic of having butterflies land on you and experiencing the lovely warm environment (particularly after this LONG cold winter!) is so wonderful! Would love to win a chance to go!

  14. kristi L April 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Only have been to Meijer gardens once years ago as part of a field trip. Other part our children then really loved was the children’s area with the big fort and water play area. Would love to come back and visit many times this Summer.

  15. brenda April 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Other than the butterflies of course, my favorite part in spring time visiting Meijer Garden is all the beautiful flowers coming into bloom. They have done such a great job with that!

  16. Deb Baker April 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Every year I hope to make it to the butterfly garden but every year something comes up! We’ve only been there during the winter for the Christmas tree event so we’d love to see the place not covered in snow.

  17. Sharon Bradford April 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

    For the first time, my daughter and I went last year with her preschool. She and her friends loved the park outside!

  18. Deb Rozewicz April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Took my daughter on her first birthday, would love to take her back now that she’s 5 and take my son for his first time!

  19. Beth April 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I have never gone to Frederik Meijer Gardens and I would LOVE to take my children!

  20. Denise April 8, 2014 at 9:49 am

    We have never been to the gardens and would love to go. Thank you!

  21. Mary Williams April 8, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I would love to take my granddaughter to Meijer Gardens! she would really enjoy the butterflies.

  22. Mary Anne April 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    This is a awesome place to spend a day with my grandchildren. This would help with the study of butterflies. Have not been there for a few years and would be a wonderful fun filled day and watch theie eyes light up seeing all the different color butterflies. Just wonderful.

  23. Megan April 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

    We love Frederick Meijer Gardens. The Children’s area is amazing, we love the butterfly exhibit, the da Vinci horse and all of the exhibits. Our favorite exhibit was the Chihuly exhibit that was there a few years ago.

  24. Dollie April 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Would love to take my daughters:0)

  25. Beth Ogden April 8, 2014 at 10:02 am

    We have never been but have always wanted to go! My daughter would absolutely love it!!!

  26. tami April 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

    We have never been would love to go.

  27. Gayle VandeMaele April 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    We have been to see the butterflies and we would love to go again!

  28. Kelly April 8, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Our family has never been and we would love to take our son for the 1st time.

  29. Kelly D April 8, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I have a bit of a fear of butterflies, but I know my daughter would love this (I would just have my husband take her in there!!), and we would all certainly enjoy all of the other gardens and outdoor areas!

  30. Jessica April 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

    We love Meijer Gardens! We try to get up there once each season for the special exhibits and to enjoy running around and exploring the sculpture park.

  31. Heather April 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I have never been but I think my little guy would absolutely love seeing it! He is only 6months old but so interested in everything and LOVES new things!

  32. Jessica April 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Never been there. My kids would love it.

  33. Beth G April 8, 2014 at 10:52 am

    We’ve been to Frederik Meijer, but only in the winter to see the Christmas trees. Would love to take our kids to the butterfly exhibit. Thanks for great giveaways!

  34. Amanda April 8, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Our family has never been to Frederick Meijer gardens! We would love to go!!

  35. Theresa M. April 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

    We haven’t been in a few years, but the last time we went, we loved the butterflies & the water area for the kids.. the adults loved the sculptures & beautiful flowers! 🙂

  36. Hope April 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Never been – have always wanted to! Would love to do this with my family!

  37. Nichole April 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

    We have never been, but we would love to go!

  38. Amy April 8, 2014 at 11:39 am

    It is good therapy for my son. Would love to go this year.

  39. Alexis April 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    We have never been to the Gardens and would love to go! I think the kids would really enjoy it. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  40. Sarah Pratt April 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    We love the butterflies, the children’s garden and the Christmas around the world. It’s also a great place to see a concert!

  41. Gamze April 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    We have never been to Frederick Meijer Gardens. We heard a lot of great things about the Butterfly exhibit. Would love to go and introduce them to our little one!

  42. Sheila Reuther April 8, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’ve never been to Frederick Meijer gardens but am a huge fan of butterflies and would love to take my daughter there to see them!!

  43. Allyson Lutz April 8, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Our family hasn’t ever been to Fredrick Meijers Gardens. I think my two girls would enjoy the experience!!

  44. Allyson April 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Our family has never been to Fredrick Meijer Gardens. I think my girls would be so excited to see the butterflies! We would LOVE to win these tickets.

  45. Allyson April 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I think my girls would be so excited to see the butterflies! We have never been to Fredrick Meijer Gardens. We would LOVE to win these tickets.

  46. Kim VanDam April 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Yes, we have, we love it! So beautiful!

  47. Liz April 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    The butterfly exhibit is such an amazing experience! We went about three years ago with our son. Since then we’ve added a new addition to our family and our little princess would love it!!

  48. Angela H. April 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    We’ve been there is the fall but never in the spring. I’d love to take my daughter during butterfly season!

  49. Nicole Marlowe April 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Never been but we would love to go!!!!

  50. Alina April 8, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    We’ve never been to the Meijer Gardens and would love to head there and check out this exhibit!!

  51. Heidi Wolfe April 8, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    We have been to a few concerts there as a married couple. It is so fun to sit on the lawn and bring your own picnic while enjoying good music. We have never seen the butterflies or the sculpture park, though, and would love to do that as a family!

  52. Erin April 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    We love the butterflies; we also love all of the children’s garden, especially the Great Lakes!

  53. Emily Hewitt April 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    We went to see the butterflies when my son was one. We would love to go again now that he’s older. I’ve been excited for him to be able to take advantage of the Children’s Garden as well!

  54. Melissa April 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    We have never been, but would love to take our daughter now that she is old enough to enjoy it. She would love the butterflies – one of her favorite books to read is about visiting a butterfly garden.

  55. Beth April 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    We miss this every year – darn it! My girls would LOVE this exhibit 🙂

  56. julie April 8, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    We’ve never been, but it sounds like a a fun family outing! 🙂

  57. Kim D April 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I have never been to the exhibit to see the butterflies, but I would love to take my family! Good luck everyone!

  58. Jennifer Johncock April 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    We’ve never been to the gardens, but would love to see the butterflies!!!

  59. Karen W April 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

    We went when my daughter was a toddler, and it was so much fun. She doesn’t remember it though! So now that she is 4 yrs old, she could really enjoy the butterflies AND remember the experience 🙂

  60. Hailey April 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    We went once on the hottest day of the year and didn’t get to enjoy it as much. We are really itching to get out to the butterfly exhibit though!

  61. Ericka O April 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    We love going to Meijer Gardens. My favorite part of the butterfly exhibit is caterpillars!

  62. Kate S. April 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    We took our oldest daughter several years ago and she loved it, but they have expanded since then. We have not taken our younger children, but think it would be exciting to see it again! We would love to see the plants that eat bugs.

  63. Amy Leskowski April 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve never been! Have lived in West Michigan for 15 years and this is the year! We are hoping to go for our son’s birthday in a few weeks 🙂

  64. Nancy Deluca April 13, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    My son and I went there on one of his field trips. We had a lot of fun. It has been a couple of years since we have been there. My daughter has not been there yet and neither has my husband. It would be a really great opportunity for all of us to have a fun family day at a place so beautiful!

  65. Jessica R. April 13, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I have NEVER been to the Butterfly Gardens! I would LOVE to take my nephews there this year, before their newest sibling arrives! 🙂

  66. Becky April 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

    We’ve seen so many amazing pictures of families at the Butterfly Garden, but we haven’t had the chance to go yet. My daughter would absolutely love it as she’s old enough this year to really understand it. Hoping to make it there in the next couple weeks!

  67. Susan F. April 15, 2014 at 9:50 am

    My family and I LOVE the Butterfly Garden at Meijer Gardens. We went last year when my son was about 6 months old. Now that he is 18 months old he would love to go walk around and check things out. He is super observant and loves bugs currently!

  68. Mandy April 15, 2014 at 10:05 am

    We’ve never been but I know my sons would love to see it!

  69. Jessica April 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

    We have not been to the Gardens yet, but I would love to take my 2 little guys there this spring or summer!

  70. Nancy H April 15, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    We would love to see the whole place. I think seeing the outdoor sculptures and kids play area would be neat. We attended many years ago, but they have added so much!

  71. Amber Hicks April 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    We haven’t been to Meijer gardens in several years. We loved the butterfly exhibit and the water part for the kids!

  72. Rinda April 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Great place to visit!

  73. Allison Hammond April 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    We have been here – in fact, we got married here 14 years ago! We would love to visit again.

  74. Kathy Estes April 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    We have a 6 year old and an 8 year old that just visited the Gardens for the very first time four days ago….and fell in love. In fact, our son said that it was “the best day ever!” Two butterflies landed on my daughter and that’s all she has been able to talk about since. We would be thrilled to visit again…and this time…bring daddy!

  75. Heather Newell April 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Have always wanted to go see the butterflies!

  76. Sally K April 15, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    We have been to the butterfly exhibit and really enjoyed it. There are so many things to enjoy at the gardens, from the sculptures to the children’s garden to the special events. We always have a wonderful day when we visit!

  77. Jenny April 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I would love to win a trip to the Meijer gardens. My son is almost 2 and loves butterflies and horses. Sounds like a beautiful and fun place to visit for families.

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