Anyone who's ever gone through an awkward stage (in other words, all of us) can agree there's something strangely inspiring about the process every caterpillar goes through. Now there's an opportunity to see the winged wonders up close at the new Butterflies & Blooms outdoor garden.
The garden will showcase hundreds of exotic butterflies, as well as the more common, but equally beautiful, kind you see in your backyard. You can even observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room-a great lesson for your tween that this stage of life won't last forever.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2-Sept. 3. $5, $3 kids 3-12. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org.