The Butterfly House at The Environmental Nature Center

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Butterfly House at ENC

I can’t believe it’s already the middle of July, I feel like summer is flying by!

Last weekend, in an effort to get out and enjoy things I can only do in the summer, I took the kids to The Butterfly House at The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach.

The Butterfly House is only open from May – September and although I had been to the ENC before, I’ve never been during these months.

It was such an easy and fun outing. We printed out the butterfly guide from the organization’s website and I asked each of my kids to try and find certain butterflies once we go there. This made them EXTRA excited; I swear there’s something about going on a hunt that gets them really fired up.

Once we arrived a super helpful guide gave us some guidelines to follow (no, you can’t actually catch the butterflies) and some fun facts about what we were going to see; Monarch Butterflies are abundant this year.

With summer flying by, taking a trip to the Butterfly House is a must. If I had more time I would have planned a picnic at the Environmental Nature Center for afterwards since the grounds are really fun to explore. In my opinion, the entire center is one of Newport Beach’s hidden gems.

Do you have any special summer outings planned to take advantage of the season? If you have school aged kids, is summer flying or creeping along? I have definitely had a few days that creeped, but overall the time is going fast.


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  1. 1
    Sara Sheikh says:

    I rallied one of my girlfriends and we took our kids ( 3 between us) here today and it was SO fun! Thanks so much for the recommendation! This place is a hidden gem for sure! 🙂

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    jen says:

    I am so happy you found a new outing idea (I love them too!) Now I have to take my girls there! Love the ENC and we haven’t been to the Butterfly House!

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    aimee says:

    Sara, so glad to hear you went to visit with the butterflies. The ENC is such a peaceful and enjoyable place to spend with the kiddos.

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