Pint-sized pixies are invited to put on their wings for a whimsical play date that celebrates nature, nymphs and more. The Fairy Festival will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Charlotte Nature Museum.
Get off to a flying start discovering ways to build fairy and Hobbit houses with bark, sticks, leaves and other natural materials that you also can find in your own backyard.
Little visitors who want to showcase glittering imaginations can enter the fairy and Hobbit house building contest. Judging will take place at noon and a winner announced at 1 p.m.
Study a variety of butterflies, including the Monarch, zebra longwing and pipevine swallowtail, up close while discovering the difference between each winged wonder. Monarchs need no camouflage because they are poisonous to their predators – but they won't harm humans. Make sure to stick around for live butterfly releases in Butterfly Pavilion at 12:30 p.m. and visit Fort Wild to blow bubbles, play around with a parachute and other outdoor games.
"Building fairy houses helps children connect with the nature as they play, learn how to be creative and express their inherent curiosity," said Vonna Brown, coordinator at Charlotte Nature Museum. "They observe their world and how simple elements of nature can be re-imagined as part of a spectacular habitat in their own backyard."
Magic moments continue in Naturalist Lab where visitors can make a nature fairy wand and be enchanted by tales including "Fairy Houses" by Tracy Kane, "Butterfly House" by Eve Bunting and "It's Spring" by Susan Swan and Linda Glaser. Items available for purchase in Trail's End Store include live butterfly garden hatching kits, butterfly puppets and butterfly kites. For more information about Fairy Festival, visit www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
Creature Feature activities are free with museum admission. Admission is $6 ages 2 and older, younger-than-2 and members are free. Parking is free.
Charlotte Nature Museum is at 1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte.