As part of the downtown Albany attraction’s 10th birthday celebration this weekend, the Flint RiverQuarium will be hosting the “Butterfly Encounter!” exhibit on its grounds Sept. 5-6. (Special photo)
ALBANY — Patrons of Albany’s Flint RiverQuarium will get a rare treat this week, when the downtown educational attraction will celebrate its 10th birthday by hosting a special exhibit of butterflies.
Beginning Friday and running through Sunday, area residents and supporters of of the downtown Albany aquarium and educational resource center will get the opportunity to tour the Great House Butterfly Farm exhibit and learn more about the colorful insects.
The Butterfly exhibit will feature a 20 foot by 20 foot mesh tent filled with butterflies that will be set up on the RiverQuarium grounds. There will be 32 separate tours of the exhibit open to patrons throughout Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6. beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running until 5 p.m both days.
Visitors can tour the exhibit as part of their regular admission to the aquarium and will be given a tour time slot. RiverQuarium members will be admitted free. Each tour can accommodate roughly 40 people and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
In addition to the butterfly exhibit the birthday will also feature a variety of other butterfly and birthday-themed activities, including free showings of “The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies” movie in the RiverQuarium’s Imagination IMAX Theater.
Patrons wanting to get an early start on the butterfly birthday celebration can also sign up to participate in the “Breakfast with the Butterflies” breakfast on Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. Admission to the breakfast is $20 for one child and one and adult. The cost of each additional adult is $10 and each additional child is $5. Admission for Flint RiverQuarium members is $15 per family.
Space at the breakfast is limited and reservations are required. Anyone interesting in reserving a spot for the breakfast or learning more about the event can contact the RiverQuarium at (229) 639-2650 or visit flintriverquarium.com
There will also be a preview show Thursday evening, featuring live music and refreshments for benefactors of the RiverQuarium.