INSECT LORE BUTTERFLY GARDEN
Okay, I'm so buying this one. My kids each have one of these kits and love watching the larvae turn into butterflies. The deal costs $10, and you get either a butterfly kit (net shipped with live caterpillars) or $20 in insect life and accessories. The kits normally cost $19.99. Unfortunately shipping is extra ($6 for standard shipping), you do save on tax and even with shipping, it's still cheaper than buying retail. I'm thinking holiday gift and birthday gift for a friend. Expires in one year. You can buy one for yourself, and one as a gift. By the way, our kids' preschool class had one (which I bought it for them at full price) and the kids loved it (and tax-deductible since it was for the school). My daughter's 2nd grade class did a segment on butterflies too and watched them hatch.
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The animal-free circus is in town - you can get half-price tickets to the San Jose shows on Plum District Deals. Tickets here are $13 if purchased today and Wednesday. The tickets can be purchased for shows on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, August 12 at 8 p.m. General admission seating.
We gave away Circus Varga tickets a few weeks ago. One of the winners had this to say about the show:
"The kids really loved it and we adults had a nice time, too. We all loved the fact that there were no animals in the show and the people who were in it are very talented. The most memorable was the family with the motorcycle, my kids really loved the fact that there were kids featured in the show. They especially loved the 9 year old on the motorbike in the globe.
The entire performance had a family act feel to it, also some of the performers were doing double duty and that somehow made it less off a mystery but more human and approachable. My son immediately wanted to join the circus and learn some cool tricks so he could perform, so we had to have some discussion immediately about different lifestyles... which is a good thing. At the end of the performance all of the performers posed for photos and gave autographs, which made the kids feel more connected to the show.
The only downside was that the tent itself was really hot. There was also a lot of push for selling food, toys and photos, which made the whole thing way more circus than the posh feeling of Cirque du Soleil. Overall however, recommended for kids just take a paper fan with you!"
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