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Butterflies like Puddles Too!


Butterflies drink by “puddling”, sipping at shallow puddles of water in mud or sand. Male Butterflies need extra minerals and enjoy mud puddles. The extra sodium and amino acids are transferred to the female during mating. This nutrition enhances the survival rate of the eggs. The minerals also help in the production of pheromones which attract females. Fill Butterfly Puddler with water and set near butterfly friendly plants.

Behind the Scenes at Insect Lore

2900 Have you ever wondered where the caterpillars you adopt at Kidspace come from? Wonder no more -introducing Insect Lore! Delivering caterpillars by mail since 1969, Entomologist Carlos White and his wife, Pat, wanted to bring the joy of metamorphosis to kids and adults all over the United States. The Whites chose Painted Lady Butterflies because they can be found on every continent, except Antarctica!

Performer Spotlight: Ed Sussman

On April 4th Kidspace will be free to the public from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for Free Family Night. This month we are sharing our love of 2892 Science Fiction by dressing as our favorite Sci-Fi characters, traveling the stars in our new Discovery Dome, and experiencing a live Theremin performance. We’d like you to meet Ed Sussman, a Los Angeles artist and Theremin player, who will be appearing at Kidspace for Science Fiction Free Family Night!

Behind The Scenes: Build Your Own Butterfly Habitat

Butterfly Habitat or Bungalow


  • Shoebox or small box
  • Craft supplies - scissors, crayons, tape, construction paper, stickers, etc.
  • Small branch or stick (that can fit in your box)
  • Plastic wrap or netting


Spring Camp; The Proof is in the Pellet


It is almost time for spring camp! This year we will be exploring the messy side of art, science, food, and nature. I am the Nature Specialist2880 at Kidspace, so, naturally, I am very excited about exploring the messy side of nature. Nature can be stoic, serene, pristine, peaceful, and very beautiful at times, but sometimes we can see another side. It can be ooey, gooey, gross, and utterly messy.

Rain, Rain, Let’s Get Out And Play!

2869 Ask any child what makes them happy, and likely TOYS will be on top of their list.  Aside from pure joy, toys also foster experimentation, imaginative play, and social interaction.  Given the value of these coveted childhood possessions, should parents shower their kids with as many toys as they can afford?  While most children would answer a resounding YES, studies have shown that less is often better.

Holiday Membership Magic

The Holiday Season can be a magical, and also busy time of year. If you’re a long time Kidspace Member, or if you have just joined us, here are some tips and tricks to make the most of your Kidspace Membership. 

Back to School: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly