Spring is (finally!) in the air. And after an especially long, cold, and snowy winter this year, there are more than a few reasons to get out and enjoy the new season. These spring-themed events will fuel your Spring Fever.
1. Krohn Butterfly Exhibit: The Butterflies of Brazil
The 16th installment of the annual butterfly show, this fluttering fiesta boasts 16,000 free-flight butterflies. A lush, tropical flora landscape reflects the butterflies’ natural habitat while visitors learn about Brazil’s ecology and urbanism. Through June 26. Admission: $4–$6. Mon–Sun 10 am–5 pm. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park, (513) 421-5707
2. David Rogers’ Big Bugs!
Prepare to feel ant-sized next to the 20-foot-tall praying mantis—just one of 13 extra-large wooden bugs visiting the neighborhood. Be on the watch for enormous ants marching over hills, a gigantic dragonfly hovering over a pond, and a huge spider clinging to a massive web. Through Aug 21. Admission: $5–$7. Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat 9:30 am–5 pm; Thurs 9:30 am–8:30 pm; Sun noon–5 pm. Presented by Hamilton County Park District. 10623 Springfield Pk., Woodlawn, hamiltoncountyparks.org
3. Zoo Babies
Follow the pink and blue stork statues to see the newest (and cutest) members of the Zoo family. A fuzzy giraffe, a snuggly bonobo ape, and a waddly penguin are just a few of the new arrivals. Chances are you won’t leave without saying “Aww!” May 1–31. Admission: $14–$25 adults, $10–$21 children. Mon–Sun 9 am–5 pm. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 3400 Vine St., Avondale, (513) 281-4700
4. Tornado Alley OMNIMAX Film
Tornadoes aren’t exactly a spring season favorite, but they’re still proof that winter is gone. Narrated by Bill Paxton from the movie “Twister,” the film follows Sean Casey—from Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers” series—on his daredevil pursuits of tornadoes.Through July 31. Admission: $5.50–$7.50. Call for times. . Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., West End, (513) 287-7000
5. Yoga, Naturally!
Practice your yoga tree pose while becoming one with the trees during this outdoor Hatha yoga class led by instructor Katy Roades. Admission: $10 members and $15 non-members. May 4–May 25. Wed 6–7:30 pm. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, (513) 831-1711