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Giveaway: Win Free Admission for 4 to “Wings of Fancy” at Brookside Gardens!



Discover the whimsical world of butterflies at the annual Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit at Brookside Gardens!

The seasonal display features hundreds of live butterflies from all over the world, as they flutter and glide throughout the conservatory. Witness their amazing metamorphosis on display, from tiny chrysalis to flying beauty. Learn firsthand how these magnificent creatures play an integral role in establishing healthy ecosystems and how to create a healthy environment that supports the butterfly life cycle.



Wings of Fancy will be on display at Brookside Gardens through September 16, 2018. Hours are 9am – 5pm until June 30. From July 1 – August 30, it will be open 9am – 1pm on weekdays, and 9am – 5pm on weekends. From September 1-16, hours will return to 9am – 5pm. Tickets are $8/age 13+, $5/age 3-12, free/2 & under. You can also try to win them through the giveaway below!

Read more about the wonderful exhibit in this KFDC post and view scenes from our visit there last summer.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens, simply leave a comment below telling me what activity you and the kids enjoyed most over Memorial Day weekend. Get an extra chance to win by entering on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page, too! This giveaway will run through Wednesday, June 6, 2018, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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Scenes from Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens



We always make a point of visiting a light display (or two or three) during the holiday season. One of our family’s area favorites is the Garden of Lights at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD, and we just visited over Thanksgiving weekend.

The locale that boasts beautiful plant and flower collections in the warmer seasons, the fantastic Wings of Fancy exhibit every summer, and an adorable Children’s Garden all year round transforms into a twinkling wonderland come late fall and winter. Pathways are lined with colorful lights in forms of flowers, insects, animals, and more beautiful and whimsical glowing designs. There are sparkling tunnels, real trees illuminated with lights, and fountains full of shimmering scenes.

It’s so nice to stroll through leisurely (or run excitedly like the kids) and take it in at our own pace. Every corner we turned brought new delight — it’s fun, relaxing, and breathtaking all at once. And along with lights, there is a model train display in the Conservatory, plus live music, hot chocolate, and snacks for sale in the Visitor Center, perfect for warming up after wandering among the brilliant grounds outside.



Garden of Lights will be on display at Brookside Gardens through January 1, 2018. Hours are 5:30-9pm Sunday – Thursday, 5:30-10pm Friday – Saturday. Admission per car is $25 Sunday – Thursday, $30 Friday – Saturday. It’s open every night except for December 24-25. Get a glimpse of it all below before you go!

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See the raccoon?







Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will be of interest to KFDC readers.

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Fancy a Butterfly Garden Giveaway and Fall Festivals from Montgomery Parks

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While many summer joys in the DC area come to an end on Labor Day, there’s one that will continue well into fall this year: Wings of Fancy, the wonderful butterfly and caterpillar exhibit at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. And one lucky KFDC reader can win a four-pack of tickets to experience it — and I can assure you, it’s pretty fantastic.

Nearly 20 different species of butterflies from North America, Central America, and Asia flutter around the garden full of colorful flowers and plants. There are also cases on display containing cocoons and opportunities for visitors to learn about their amazing metamorphosis. It’s about 10 degrees warmer inside the garden than it is outside, so autumn will be an ideal time to go.

Wings of Fancy will be on display at Brookside Gardens through October 25. Hours are 10am – 4pm daily. Tickets are $8/ages 13 and up, $5/ages 3-12, free for 2 and under — you can also try to win them through the giveaway below!

There’s even more to enjoy at Montgomery County Parks this fall! These festivals and programs happening in September and October are perfect for family outings:

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Giveaway: For a chance to win the four-pack of tickets to the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens, simply leave a comment telling me your favorite activity this Labor Day weekend, either that you already experienced or are looking forward to doing. To be eligible, you must like KidFriendly DC on Facebook and be a blog subscriber (see the sign-up on the left sidebar). This giveaway will run through Wednesday, September 9, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Montgomery County Department of Parks, however, I only promote activities, events, and programs that I sincerely enjoy and/or think would appeal to KFDC readers.


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