Here's a crazy did-ya-know fact about butterflies: the winged beauties are total suckers for beloved sports beverage Gatorade. I'm not sure if it has to do with dehydration from incessant flight, G's brilliant coloration or that awesome flavor, but the attraction is made apparent at the 8th annual Kiwanis Butterfly Festival on the lower level of Collin Creek Mall through Sunday. Visitors can walk through the 800-square-foot netted conservatory of special plants, fountains and butterflies of all shapes, after being given a swab dipped in--yep, you guessed it--Gatorade to attract the flying stunners to come closer. Larvae and souvenirs are available for purchase. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3 for children and $6 for adults. Proceeds directly benefit children's charities supported by the Greater Plano Kiwanis Club's Foundation. For more info or for tour scheduling, call 972-514-3059.
May 5-9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., May 10, 12-6 p.m., 2009