Look at my eagle-eyed explorers. This weekend we thought we would take a break from our weekly museum visits and enjoy some nature. We live a half hour's drive from The Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, which is in Surrey. It is such a lovely place to visit. And there is loads of space to run around in, plus a nice little adventure playground for the kids. And once a year, for about seven weeks, their glasshouse is filled with butterflies.
We have gone to see the butterflies each year, but this is the first year that Dubz has properly enjoyed it. Now that he is 2 1/2, he understands things so much better than before. Last year we carried him around and he barely noticed that there were butterflies. But this year he was walking around, trying to spot butterflies with his big sister. And since Dubz normally wears a trilby, he looked a bit like an explorer.
There is a buggy park outside the Glasshouse (you can't bring buggies in). We normally leave our coats on the buggy because the Glasshouse is really warm (butterflies like it hot and humid). There is a Learning Zone in the Glasshouse, that has information about how things grow. The kids really enjoyed looking at the interactive screens and learning about roots. We finished off our visit with a trip to the Glasshouse Cafe for tea/juice and cake. They recently added a small softplay (for under fives, though my six-year old was on it too, shhhh).
Butterflies in the Glasshouse is on until the 7th March 2015. Tickets are included in your entry price. You can book timed tickets online so that you don't have to queue but the queues shouldn't be too bad on weekdays. Entry to Wisley costs £32.75 for a family of four (under fives are free). But you can get a family membership for £60 for the year which includes two adults, four children and one guest.