Plenty to digest at butterfly and falconry centre

a mummy goat with her 2 newborn kids at The Tropical Butterfly House
a mummy goat with her 2 newborn kids at The Tropical Butterfly House
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Well, in the case of this animal attraction, so much more than you would ever guess so why not find out with today’s special voucher offer.

A tree nymph butterfly at The Tropical Butterfly House

A tree nymph butterfly at The Tropical Butterfly House

There are butterflies galore and falcons but that is just a tiny part of what is on offer in North Anston.

Think exotic insects, farmyard animals, wildlife trail, talking parrots, pedal cars, an aerial glide and you’ll be lucky to escape without being squirted by water.

We had a brilliant time making our way through the very varied areas of the centre - in fact, without naming names, plenty of adults love visiting here with or without kids.

There is a really nice atmosphere and plenty of staff around to ask questions or just make you feel very welcome.

Mary Louise Wright  with Cecil, one of the Royal Pythons at The Tropical Butterfly House

Mary Louise Wright with Cecil, one of the Royal Pythons at The Tropical Butterfly House

The theme for the summer holidays is Whose Poo? The mere thought delighted the younger children - as does any toilet-based humour.

They loved guessing what type of animal had created which poos, following dropping clues around the centre and generally talking about poo as much as possible.

They played hoop the poo, decorated their own poopie pie and put their hand in animal decorated boxes to find the delightful clues inside.

It all aims to help youngsters learn about animal digestion but it certainly kept them entertained.

3 new Meerkat pups at The Tropical Butterfly House

3 new Meerkat pups at The Tropical Butterfly House

Our first stop was inside the enormous greenhouse-style butterfly house which feels more like the Caribbean than South Yorkshire.

It is hot, humid and full of amazing creatures you wouldn’t dream of seeing just five minutes of junction 29 of the M1.

The air is filled with butterflies, colourful fish battle with tortoises for pride of the ponds and watch out for the world’s ugliest white frog.

The small army of ants carrying ridiculously big pieces of leaf precariously balanced on thin branches throughout the room are entrancing.

the Harris is named Flint at The Tropical Butterfly House

the Harris is named Flint at The Tropical Butterfly House

Only the brave, or those with a firm hand to hold, step into the very dark nocturnal area.

Inside you’ll find tarantulas, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, snakes and lots of creatures which don’t thankfully live naturally around here.

Outside there are all the animals you would be more likely to see locally.

The barn has goats and sheep while chickens, peacocks and turkeys strut around observing the visitors.

Twice a day you can take a tractor ride around park of the attraction and, again, it is a simple idea which proves a bit hit with the younger children.

The main highlight for the older children was Meerkat Mansion.

playing basketball is Coco, our Blue and Gold Macaw, at The Tropical Butterfly House

playing basketball is Coco, our Blue and Gold Macaw, at The Tropical Butterfly House

These charming characters may be enjoying a recent found fame but they are also very comical to watch.

In fact, they don’t have to do much at all to have everyone oohing, aahing and generally tickled with delight.

The three baby meerkats were the obvious favourites because they are so cute.

A timetable of events take place throughout the day including the chance to encounter the skunk and prairie dogs.

For the cute factor there is the opportunity to bottle feed the baby goats and the more adventurous can hold the exotic animals.

The parrots put on daily shows and the birds of prey come out to meet the crowds at certain times.

There are lots of craft activities on offer and most are free of charge, although some cost 25p.

This is a great day out for the family and easy to reach but importantly the Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry is a modern day conservation centre.

It is managed with conservation in mind and areas are deliberately left wild to serve as a corridor between other local wildlife havens.

Learning, playing and being amazed is all part of the great natural cycle of life.

Butterfly House facts

Address: Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, S25 4EQ

Phone: 01909 569416

Web: www.butterflyhouse.co.uk

Price: Adult £7.80, child £6.80, under threes free, family ticket £28

Opening times: 10am to 4.30pm daily

Ages: As long as you like animals you’ll have a great time whether you are one or 100

Weather warning: The heated butterfly house is great if it rains but there’s lots to do outdoors in the sun too

Don’t miss: There’s loads to do upstairs in the Activity Centre and lots in the play park.

Top tip: Explore thoroughly because there’s more round every corner