Running around Highland Park Cemetery, hula-hooping and singing the alphabet song gave Sadye Bell, 9, and Olivia Ernst, 7, an idea of how exhausting it must be to be a monarch butterfly.
The two Hastings girls were among the nearly 50 people who attended Butterflies Abound: A Program for the Whole Family on Saturday afternoon at the Hastings Museum, organized in conjunction with "Flight of the Butterflies," the museum's 3-D film. Everyone at the program learned about the butterfly's life cycle before watching the movie.
That education included an exercise in which parents and children acted out the four monarch generations.
Female butterflies in the first three generations each lay 300-800 eggs in the Great Lakes area of Canada and live four to six weeks. The fourth generation lives six to eight months and migrates to Mexico, spending the winter there, before returning to Canada.