Forget about the Ugly Duckling. It's not that hard to morph from one bird to another. The really impressive transformation story belongs to the butterfly. It starts out as a caterpillar, inching along and not doing much besides chewing. Then after a brief time of solitude in the cocoon, it emerges an entirely different creature with entirely different attributes and capabilities. It's no wonder they're so popular. Now, Dallas has a brand-new place to spend time and study butterflies--more than 100 different species of them. Fair Park's Texas Discovery Gardens hosts a weekend event as it unveils its year-round butterfly house, with crafts, local musicians, dancers and artists who gather to celebrate "butterflies, bugs and botany," including beetles, earthworms and aquatic insects. The Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium Grand Opening Weekend is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Timed tickets to the Butterfly House will be sold Saturday and Sunday until 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors 60-plus, $2 for children (ages 3 to 11) and free for children under 2. Call 214-428-7476 or visit TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.
Sept. 12-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009