By Katie Moosbrugger
Once voted best field trip by many local schools and churches, this trip will encourage you to spread your wings of imagination! All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm is located in High Point. I went with my daughter and our playgroup years ago, and to this day she still talks about her experience.
All-A-Flutter is open seasonally from April to October, and offers tours during the week by APPOINTMENT ONLY for groups of 20 or more. If you have a smaller group, they invite you to take part in their Family Days. Family shows take place each Saturday, with one show at 10 a.m. No reservations necessary for family shows. You will want to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start time of a show to find a parking spot and pay for admission. NOTE: They only take the first 150 people to arrive for each family show. Family shows typically last about 1-1 1/2 hour(s), depending on the number of attendants. Admission is $8 per person, children under 2 years old are free. All forms of payment are accepted. All activities are outdoors & weather permitting.
During the tour, children are able to observe butterflies up close and are encouraged to feed the butterflies by hand! Monarchs are very friendly – so be sure to wear bright clothing to encourage them to land on your shoulder! When on the farm you do NOT want to spray or use any type of bug spray or repellent. Butterflies are bugs, and they will not come to you with bug repellent on. The farm highly recommends wearing closed-toe shoes when visiting.
After your tour, you won’t want to leave the scenic countryside that surrounds this farm, so pack a lunch! Picnic tables are available along with plenty of room to spread out a blanket for an old-fashioned picnic. A misting tent is also available for the warmer summer months.
Below are some more tips I found on their web site:
~ Visit their event calendar to learn about special events, and when private tours are booked.
~ The farm suggests that you teach your children the importance of composting before your visit, and any compost-able materials from their lunch sacks should be deposited in our compost garden. Any fruit or vegetable peels and cores will be the items they will most likely have.
~ Port-a-potties, hand sanitizers and are also available, and the flight house is handicap-accessible.
~ The farm welcomes all customers, and considers itself handicap accessible; however all activities are outdoors and the farm’s terrain is all grass/gravel, so please consider your mobility needs prior to visiting.
~ The farm also offers birthday party packages! Children will be entertained with a full presentation about the Monarch butterfly, have free reign of the flight house, and get to feed the butterflies by hand. There are many other special treats in store for them as well! Full presentation and Flight house time last approximately one hour.
~ More information, including directions and up-to-date tour cancellations due to rain (all activities are outside), can be found on the farm’s web site or by calling (336) 454-5651. Be sure to also “like” All-A-Flutter on Facebook too for updates as well!
Click HERE to see our day trip directory!
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*Image and lots of this information came directly from All-A-Flutter’s web site.