"Butterflies and little girls are/almost exactly the same/The only things that differ are/the letters in their names." -- poet Yuri Duraan

Is your little girl almost exactly like a butterfly? Does she fly through life with wings on her back?
If so, then the perfect time to celebrate this gentle spirit is at the St. Charles Park District's second annual "Butterfly Ball" held on Friday, June 23 from 6 to 8 PM at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center.

It's a night of dancing and games, pizza and fun. And coming just a few days after Father's Day, it's yet another opportunity for fathers and daughters to bond in a daddy-daughter dance night like no other.

DJ-spun hits will make the evening fly and butterfly-themed arts and crafts will provide a take-home memento of a wonder-filled night. Set against the magical backdrop of Hickory Knolls' woodlands and wildflowers, the "Butterfly Ball" might just entice some real-life butterflies to join in the fun.

Little girls can channel their true butterfly spirits by wearing their finest dresses and donning their favorite fairy wings. (Dads can forego the wings for their usual casual attire.)

The "Butterfly Ball" is open to children age 2 and older. One parent may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration is required and the fee is $15 for residents, $23 for non-residents. For more information, contact Laura McCoy, Nature Programs Supervisor, 630-513-4393.

And in the spirit of the evening, here's the full text of Yuri Duraan's poem:

Butterflies and little girls are
almost exactly the same
The only things that differ are
the letters in their names
Both are beautiful and
exquisite and rare
and your heart stops beating
when you take the time to care

Tiny feet, and little fingers -
a baby smell that always lingers
The beauty of a butterfly we
only see for a moment,
but a baby girl we know
lives in our hearts forever.
 Yuri Duraan, 2000