Butterfly Fest: A Review

Posted July 9, 2018 by shooting in Cincinnati / 31 Comments

Due to U.S. Family Guide and Blooms & Berries Farm Market, I was given free tickets to go and check out the Butterfly Fest in Loveland, Ohio with my mom, two nieces, and nephew. We stayed for a couple hours in the late morning/early afternoon and had a blast seeing animals, playing, and even getting a tractor ride!
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Butterfly Fest

When we arrived, there were already a lot of people at the event, but it never got too crowded, which is always nice when you have young children who want to do everything. You could have bought tickets to let kids individually release a butterfly, and I was going to do this, but the time I wanted was already sold out when I went to check. We knew we wouldn’t be there until late in the afternoon – in case it got really hot – so we just skipped that particular activity.

Rope a Horse!

Believe me, there was still plenty to do. There were some wooden horses the kids could throw hula hoops around and the older niece and nephew enjoyed doing this for a little bit. The little one just watched!

Slide Time

While my oldest niece did enjoy the slide, my nephew actually went over and over. My mom watched him do this for awhile, and I took both girls over to the swings that were so cute! I wish I got a photo of them but they are made to look like either a horse or a tractor. By the time my nephew came over, they were all enjoying these!

All the Animals

Some Chickens…

There were lots of little animals around the farm, which are always fun to look at. First up were some chickens and then we saw two really big bunnies that looked so soft! If only we could pet them…

Look at these Bunnies!

There was a more open area on the farm – with the animals still behind a fence – where the kids could pet the animals a bit and even feed them some grass. They all seemed to enjoy the goats!

Feeding the Goats!
Some Donkeys

While my nephew soon wandered off to play in the sandbox – such a fun addition  – the two girls kept checking out all of the animals and “feeding” the goats a bit more.

Isn’t the Goat Adorable?

After all the kids were done looking at the animals and playing in the sandbox, they checked out the Tug O’ War where two games could go on at once.

Like I said before, there were definitely all sorts of fun little “activities” for the kids to do so it kept them busy and happy to move around the farm.

Food and Music

However, the food left a little to be desired. There was a stand that made OJ and different types of lemonade and then two other food trucks – one with pulled pork, pulled chicken, mac and cheese, etc. and another with different types of grilled cheese. Besides the latter, it wasn’t terribly kid-friendly, so that would really be my one complaint about the Butterfly Fest as a whole.

Playing Some Music

I don’t really know how to describe these, but you can see an example in the photo above, but there were a few areas in the beginning of the farm where you could play music. This little ladybug (above photo), you would hit various sections with the mallet depending on what note you wanted. The kids definitely kept going back to these!

Tractor Ride

Tractor Ride

After we ate, my nephew really wanted to do the tractor ride so we all did that. I was really excited to realize that it was free – you never know! – and while it wasn’t long, I think it was long enough for young kids. We were taken out a bit into the fields and then all the kids had a cup of seeds to throw out. At the end of the ride, they were given a card that would allow them $2 off a ticket to come back in the fall and see the flowers that were growing from their seeds. Cute, right? My oldest niece on the ride asked, “How will we know which one is ours?” which I thought was too funny! We just told her we’d know the area they were planted, if not the exact flowers!

Wide Shot of the Farm

I do think it was a lot of fun. Thankfully it wasn’t too hot, because that could have been difficult! Besides the food situation, I didn’t have any complaints and I loved all the little “activities” and things for the kids to check out. It certainly kept them busy and willing to be there. I don’t have photos, but they all did get face paintings at the end of our day. These did cost money, as it was an outside artist brought in for the event, but she did a wonderful job on them!

Butterflies?

Since we didn’t release any butterflies, we didn’t really see a lot of them. However, they were something you could see if you just paid attention to the flowers. Thankfully, the kids all saw some – since it was the Butterfly Fest. I really liked the butterfly facts you could find throughout the farm too, so I had to snap a couple photos of those!

In Conclusion

We all had a really good time at the Butterfly Fest and I’d definitely go back to Blooms & Berries for future events. My nieces and nephews are all between the ages of 2 and 7, and all three of them had fun!

Thank you again to Blooms & Berries and U.S. Family Guide for the tickets, but of course, all opinions are always my own!

Tell me- have you ever been to something like this? Would you be interested?

31 responses to “Butterfly Fest: A Review

  1. RO

    Butterfly facts seems pretty cool, and that’s the pits about the food offerings. I have to admit, I may have spent most of my time with the kids looking at or petting the animals too.(lol) I was really looking forward to this fantastic review and thank you so much! Hugs…RO

  2. Sounds like a fun event! That slide looks amazing – my kids would definitely like that. And the butterfly facts were neat. Fun photos capturing family memories!

  3. OK, so we took Olivia and Jackson to the Como Zoo to see their butterfly tent thing. I thought they would love it. Yeah, they ended up screaming because I had no idea they were terrified of butterflies so Matt had to carry both of them (who were not toddlers, these were school age kids) like footballs and run out of there because I was laughing too hard. HA!

  4. This looks a bit like some of the fall pumpkin patches we have around here which can be a lot of fun. I love butterflies. Glad you saw a few!

  5. Blooms and berries is one of our favorite places! We love it during the fall. I didn’t know about the butterfly fest though!!

  6. What a great day out for the little ones Lauren, it’s so difficult to find almost free family friendly events these days that parents can afford. It’s a shame you weren’t able to release a butterfly but it looks as though there were plenty of activities to keep the kids amused. It’s a shame there weren’t many child friendly meals, fresh sandwiches would probably have been a great alternative for parents and vegans as well. Perhaps next year a picnic might be an idea as long as the weather permits. Thanks so much for sharing Lauren and glad you all had a wonderful time ♡♡♡

    I hope your sister is doing well.

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  7. I had never heard of this event! I know my kids would love it. I hope I have the opportunity to take them before they are too old for that. They both love animal farms and my daughter is nuts for butterflies 🙂

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