Tropical butterfly house – A mummy & daughter morning

Over the last few weeks and particularly over the last few days I’ve noticed a slight change in K’s attitude. She has gone from being a happy-go-lucky pleasant little girl to a tantrum throwing, emotional little terror! I feel myself lucky that I think I skipped the whole “terrible twos” stage as K has always being a dream to look after. I loved spending time with her. But recently, her little outbursts, her tantrums and general attitude has been slacking slightly. So much so that I’ve been counting the hours down to bedtime every night and thanking the lord that the day was over. I do genuinely think this is a little stage she is going through especially since we are nearly hitting the “threenager” milestone and I’m sure it will pass as quick as it came on. (Please, for the love of all things sweet, let it pass soon) That said, I am also aware that there has been a lot of adjustments in our household of late. One being the arrival and sudden illness of D which takes a lot of our time up and attention away from K who is used to being the centre of attention in our universe. Therefore I arranged a morning where it was just me and K again, like old times. It was me giving her my full attention and the morning being all about her. Which, both she and I absolutely loved.

I left D with grandparents for the morning and I took K to the Tropical butterfly house wildlife and falconry centre in Sheffield. We are really fortunate as this little gem of a place is about 15minutes away from where we live. It’s basically what it says on the tin. It’s a tropical butterfly house which is situated on large grounds within a wildlife and falconry centre. It is home to lots of animals including Lemurs, Meerkats, Wallaby’s and Otters and also has farm yard animals and a falconry area which houses owls, ravens, parrots and other birds of pray. The butterfly house is a warm tropical hut which has butterflies and reptiles within it. The grounds are lovely and there are some decent nature trails within it where you can spot local wildlife and different species of birds. There is also an outdoor play area and splash zone but it was far too cold today to experience those! It is such a good day out. We only spent the morning there as we were on a time restraint but you could quite easily spend the day there and it enables you to purchase food and drink within their café or there is an indoor and outdoor picnic area if you want to bring your own packed lunches. They also give you a timetable of what is happening throughout the day including different talks and animal feeding times. It costs £9.75 for adult entry and £8.50 for child entry (over 2yrs old). In all honesty, I do think it’s worth £9.75 for an adult but I think it’s slightly expensive for a child admission. Most Zoos and wildlife centres charge a fraction of the price for children and most places allow under 3’s free admission. It can make it quite an expensive day if there are two adults and two or more children visiting. But that’s just my opinion.

Watching the parrots

Watching the parrots


A working ant within the butterfly house


Feeding the fish


Trying to spot the butterflies in the tropical house


It was too cold to play in the outdoor play area but we did sneak a quick ride on the bull


There is a lot of food and drink to choose from in the café. Katie is enjoying a children’s meal box


The Meerkats were her favourite but it was very windy outside!!


I think they thought I had food!!!

Overall, both K and I had a fantastic morning. She loved seeing all the animals and butterflies. It was nice to spend some quality mummy-daughter time and in all honesty it was much needed by both of us.  I have made a promise to myself to spend some alone time with her on a more regular basis and just touch base with her a little bit more as it is quite easy to let every day life become the focus of everything. It’s also hard when a lot of my focus and attention is based around D at the moment.

How do you all cope when there is more than one child to focus on? Do you spend time with each child individually? I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to leave me a comment!



  1. justsayingmum 29th January 2016 / 08:20

    Oh what a lovely read – and beautiful photos too. I loved your sentiments of trying to spend more alone time with your daughter – I’v got 3 children and it gets increasingly difficult but they flourish when i spend one on one time and I know it is so important. I probably don’t do it enough but having read your article I am going to make a conscious effort – that k you for sharing #coolmumclub Happy Friday xx

    • Collette 29th January 2016 / 11:19

      Thank you! It was so lovely to spend time with her alone. I really must make more time to do it more regularly. Having three must be really tricky to provide 1-2-1 attention with! But, we do the best we can don’t we!? I must admit, having grandparents that are willing to look after the other child is an absolute godsend! Thank you so much for reading! xx

  2. Jenny 2nd February 2016 / 22:59

    Ahh what a beautiful time together and one you will remember as much as she will as special. I love one on one with my little ones. It’s great to get out and experience adventures together too. Lovely photos. Thanks for linking up and feel free to link this one up again tomorrow darling so you get some comments and people stopping by. You can link up two blog posts every week so you can share another one as well. It’s up to two old or new are the only rules lol #sharewithme

    • Jenny 9th February 2016 / 14:43

      Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  3. Carolyn 3rd February 2016 / 15:16

    She’s adorable! My sister lives in Sheffield and has been to the butterfly house, I’d love to visit there one day, but as you say it is quite expensive! I only have one daughter (she’s two and a half) and one of the reasons we’re not having another yet is because of the shared attention issue, we love just having one for now, treasuring her as an only child. There are pros and cons with having them close in age aren’t there?! #sharewithme

    • Collette 3rd February 2016 / 16:02

      Thankyou. Yes, there are definitely pros and cons to having them close in age. In fairness to K, she is great with D and doesn’t really mind that my attention is a little bit more focused on him at the moment. She is so independent. It is so lovely when you have only one to focus your attention on though and it’s fantastic that you are treasuring your time with her. I love that. Thankyou for taking the time to read and comment lovely xx

  4. Amy 24th March 2016 / 23:19

    Hi there! This blog post couldn’t be written any better!
    Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I most certainly will send
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    a good read. Thank you for sharing!

    • Collette 30th March 2016 / 19:06

      Ahh thank you so much that’s really kind xx

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