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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Surround yourself with the magic of the season as the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House becomes alive with living jewels. Escape the cold and enjoy the warm temperatures inside the Butterfly House's tropical conservatory as more than 1,000 jewel-toned butterflies surrounding you in free flight.

Go on a treasure hunt through the Animal Exhibit Hall, discover fairies in the Tropical Conservatory and new friends in the Gnome Forest. But be sure to watch out for battling pirate cockroaches! 

Winter Jewels: A Holiday Celebration is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through January 4, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

At The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Included with Butterfly House admission. Free for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

More information: butterflyhouse.org
 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The Missouri Botanical Garden lights up the holiday season for the expanded second annual Garden Glow. More than a half million lights will illuminate some of the Garden's most iconic locations, walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, and traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages.

Wishing Trees, Snow Balls, and "Glowmen" will all light the night sky, and provide interactive fun for guests of all ages. Your family will love exploring the glowing snowman garden, magical light tunnels, interactive photo opportunities and traditional holiday music. 

In addition to all the beautiful lights, Garden Glow 2014 offers singing, dancing, shopping and dining for the entire family.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from November 22 to December 18, and nightly from December 19 to January 3. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
 
The cost to attend Garden Glow 2014 ranges from $6 to $18 per person, depending on age, date of attendance, and membership status. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities, so purchasing in advance is recommended.

To learn more about Garden Glow and how to buy tickets for this winter wonderland, visit www.mobot.org/glow.

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Elementary? Maybe for Sherlock Holmes. But how will you fare when you and your family try to solve a captivating, original mystery in the tradition of the master detective? Find out at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The highly interactive exhibit brings the worlds of chemistry, forensics, science and detective work alive for visitors. You'll learn to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test yourself with exciting crime-solving opportunities!

Step into Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian London and work side by side with his legendary detective. See a dazzling display of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props, and costumes. Become Holmes' eyes and ears as he tackles a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation.

The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes will be at the Saint Louis Science Center through Jan. 4, 2015.

For tickets, exhibit times, an educator guide, group rates, and special packages when you see an OMNIMAX movie together with the exhibition, visit slsc.org

See a preview of The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Enjoy a St. Louis family tradition at Gardenland Express, the Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, poinsettias and flowers.

Gardenland Express is open daily through Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional evening hours during Garden Glow evenings.

Daytime admission is $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children. Evening admission is $4 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The annual Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon, Mo., has been a holiday tradition since 1991. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses.

The display is open through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25) and is open to vehicle traffic with no reservations. Also offered are walking tours, carriage rides, segway rides, train rides and sleigh rides. Some require reservations. Hours are:

  • Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday (except Tuesday, December 9), 6 – 9 p.m. 
  • Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10 p.m.
  • Monday, closed to vehicle traffic – Train and Segway rides by advance reservation only

Find more information at admission rates at ofallon.mo.us

Wednesday through Sunday: Bring a food pantry donation and receive a $1 discount per vehicle.

Locations: 
St. Charles County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown with the power of IMAX film technology. Sit under the four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art, wrap-around, domed theater.

Now Playing:

NEW!  Mysteries of the Unseen World: Do you think everything you see in your world is all there is to see? Think again! There is another world you can't see, made up of things that are too small or things that move too fast or too slow for the naked eye to see. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes you into these invisible realms that surround you every minute of the day to see what you're missing. This visually stunning film is produced by National Geographic. 

Now Open: Rocky Mountain Express: Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

D-Day: Normandy 1944: In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner.

Showtimes vary daily. For showtimes and tickets, to go to www.slsc.org/showtimes

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 800-456-SLSC x4424 or 314-289-4424 for group ticket information.

Watch a preview of Mysteries of the Unseen World:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Friday, December 19, 2014

Enjoy a festive dinner buffet with Santa Claus, Rudolf, and Frosty the Snowman at the Saint Louis Zoo.

You'll be treated to an Italian buffet at your own private table, and Santa will be on hand with presents for all the kids. You'll also receive free admission to the Wild Lights at the Zoo event and free parking (with admission to Dinner with Santa).

Dinner with Santa at the Zoo takes place at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. each evening. Pre-paid reservations are required, and early registration is encouraged, as spots sell out quickly.

Cost is $21 per child (ages 2-12) and $23 for adults for Zoo members; $22 per child and $24 for adults for non-members. Free for children under age 2.

More information and reservations: stlzoo.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Surround yourself with the magic of the season as the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House becomes alive with living jewels. Escape the cold and enjoy the warm temperatures inside the Butterfly House's tropical conservatory as more than 1,000 jewel-toned butterflies surrounding you in free flight.

Go on a treasure hunt through the Animal Exhibit Hall, discover fairies in the Tropical Conservatory and new friends in the Gnome Forest. But be sure to watch out for battling pirate cockroaches! 

Winter Jewels: A Holiday Celebration is open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through January 4, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21.

At The Butterfly House in Faust Park. Included with Butterfly House admission. Free for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

More information: butterflyhouse.org
 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

They're creepy, crawly and hairy, but spiders are a very important part of our world. Kids ages 4 to 7 will learn about spiders and their quirky ways, then see some examples of them - preserved. Participants will also make a spider web to take home.

10 a.m. Free. 

At Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270. 

 

More information: mdc.mo.gov

Visit Eckert Farms for a twist on the traditional Breakfast with Santa this holiday season. For those of you who just aren't morning people, Eckerts is offering Breakfast with Santa at Dinnertime. It's exactly like Breakfast with Santa, but at dinnertime. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, and Santa will have a special gift for each child.

There will also be photos with Santa, face painting, and cookie decorating. Reservations are suggested. The meal includes scrabled eggs, bacon, biscuits and homemade sausage gravy. Cost is $15 per child and $12 per adult.

5 to 8 p.m. at Eckerts in Belleville.

More information: eckerts.com

Click here for a coupon for one free child's Breakfast with Santa 

 

 

Do you want to build a snowman? Preschoolers can "build" a snowman at this special story time. 

Storytelling at the Museum engages the youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and introduces them to a museum setting in a really fun way using traditional and contemporary story books. Children will also enjoy hands-on crafts and other activities.

 

Each 45-minute session is free and recommended for children ages 2-5. Adults are welcome with children.

 

10:30 a.m. at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Free.

 

More information: mohistory.org

Locations: 
St. Louis

Some of the best things in life are free! The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.

These special nights enable a family (no more than two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge. Reservations are not required.

More information: www.magichouse.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Elementary? Maybe for Sherlock Holmes. But how will you fare when you and your family try to solve a captivating, original mystery in the tradition of the master detective? Find out at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The highly interactive exhibit brings the worlds of chemistry, forensics, science and detective work alive for visitors. You'll learn to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test yourself with exciting crime-solving opportunities!

Step into Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian London and work side by side with his legendary detective. See a dazzling display of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props, and costumes. Become Holmes' eyes and ears as he tackles a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation.

The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes will be at the Saint Louis Science Center through Jan. 4, 2015.

For tickets, exhibit times, an educator guide, group rates, and special packages when you see an OMNIMAX movie together with the exhibition, visit slsc.org

See a preview of The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

The Missouri Botanical Garden lights up the holiday season for the expanded second annual Garden Glow. More than a half million lights will illuminate some of the Garden's most iconic locations, walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, and traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages.

Wishing Trees, Snow Balls, and "Glowmen" will all light the night sky, and provide interactive fun for guests of all ages. Your family will love exploring the glowing snowman garden, magical light tunnels, interactive photo opportunities and traditional holiday music. 

In addition to all the beautiful lights, Garden Glow 2014 offers singing, dancing, shopping and dining for the entire family.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from November 22 to December 18, and nightly from December 19 to January 3. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
 
The cost to attend Garden Glow 2014 ranges from $6 to $18 per person, depending on age, date of attendance, and membership status. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities, so purchasing in advance is recommended.

To learn more about Garden Glow and how to buy tickets for this winter wonderland, visit www.mobot.org/glow.

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The annual Celebration of Lights in Fort Zumwalt Park in O'Fallon, Mo., has been a holiday tradition since 1991. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches and businesses.

The display is open through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 25) and is open to vehicle traffic with no reservations. Also offered are walking tours, carriage rides, segway rides, train rides and sleigh rides. Some require reservations. Hours are:

  • Sunday, Tuesday through Thursday (except Tuesday, December 9), 6 – 9 p.m. 
  • Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10 p.m.
  • Monday, closed to vehicle traffic – Train and Segway rides by advance reservation only

Find more information at admission rates at ofallon.mo.us

Wednesday through Sunday: Bring a food pantry donation and receive a $1 discount per vehicle.

Locations: 
St. Charles County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Miss Kelly's Gym in Creve Coeur will hold a Parents Night Out on Friday, Dec. 19. Let Miss Kelly's give you the night off while your child takes part in many different fun activities, including games, obstacles and challenges!

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For children who are age 3 and up and potty trained. Space is limited and reservations are requested. Call 314-439-1100 or email tumble@misskellysgym.com. $20 for members; $25 for non-members. All siblings are half price!

More information: misskellysgym.com

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Open Gym is held several times each week: Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

Each open gym session lasts one hour.

Free for members; $8 for non-members. Call for more information: 314-439-1100 or email tumble@misskellysgym.com

More information: www.misskellysgym.com

Your kids can experience an immersive, interactive "walk" through the pages of the popular book The Polar Express at this new event at the Children's Illustrated Art Museum. This holiday experience, geared primarily for ages 6 to 10, is designed to entertain and engage children in an educational way. 

Members of the Arnold Community Theatre Troupe will help the book come alive, acting out parts of the book and encouraging children to participate in the story. An elaborate Christmas Village train display with cottages fully decorated for the season and the Polar Express train will fill the museum, and each child will receive a gift bag with holiday treats and the Polar Express iconic silver bell.

Shows are held on Fridays at 4 and 6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 4 and 6 p.m. at the Children's Illustrated Art Museum on the second floor of Chesterfield Mall. Reservations are required and tickets are $20 per person.

More information: stlciam.org

 

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown with the power of IMAX film technology. Sit under the four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art, wrap-around, domed theater.

Now Playing:

NEW!  Mysteries of the Unseen World: Do you think everything you see in your world is all there is to see? Think again! There is another world you can't see, made up of things that are too small or things that move too fast or too slow for the naked eye to see. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes you into these invisible realms that surround you every minute of the day to see what you're missing. This visually stunning film is produced by National Geographic. 

Now Open: Rocky Mountain Express: Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

D-Day: Normandy 1944: In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner.

Showtimes vary daily. For showtimes and tickets, to go to www.slsc.org/showtimes

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 800-456-SLSC x4424 or 314-289-4424 for group ticket information.

Watch a preview of Mysteries of the Unseen World:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy a St. Louis family tradition at Gardenland Express, the Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, poinsettias and flowers.

Gardenland Express is open daily through Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional evening hours during Garden Glow evenings.

Daytime admission is $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children. Evening admission is $4 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo is back for another beautifully lit season. Your family can stroll through the Zoo grounds surrounded by thousands of lights, animated light displays, fireside stories, live performances by local choirs on select nights and lots more.

You'll enjoy your favorite Zoo attractions beautifully lit up, like Penguins in Paradise, Swan Lake, Fantasy Butterfly Garden, Gingerbread Village, Poppin' Prairie Dogs and the Artic Wonderland.

Plus, your kids can take a spin on the Conservation Carousel and the whole family take a ride on Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs 4D motion simulator.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights will be held on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays Nov. 28 through Dec. 14, then nightly from Dec. 19 through Jan. 3. Closed on Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1.

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission to U.S. Bank Wild Lights is $6 for Zoo members, $7 for the general public. Children under 2 are free. Tickets will be sold until 8 p.m. each night.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 314-646-4771. Tickets can be purchased online (with a $10 minimum) at www.stlzoo.org. Orders must be made before 3 p.m. on the day you plan to attend.

More information: stlzoo.org
 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Main Street St. Charles is the setting for this family favorite holiday event. The Santa Parade features all of the Christmas Tradition characters, carolers, and a cavalcade of international Santas, each carrying the flag of their native land.

The grand finale of the parade is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. The parade begins at 1000 South Main Street and continues to Berthold Square, where a short, family friendly program will take place. You can also enter your child to win a "Ride with Santa."

The parade begins at 1:30 p.m.

More information: historicstcharles.com

 

Locations: 
St. Charles County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The Missouri Botanical Garden lights up the holiday season for the expanded second annual Garden Glow. More than a half million lights will illuminate some of the Garden's most iconic locations, walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, and traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages.

Wishing Trees, Snow Balls, and "Glowmen" will all light the night sky, and provide interactive fun for guests of all ages. Your family will love exploring the glowing snowman garden, magical light tunnels, interactive photo opportunities and traditional holiday music. 

In addition to all the beautiful lights, Garden Glow 2014 offers singing, dancing, shopping and dining for the entire family.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from November 22 to December 18, and nightly from December 19 to January 3. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
 
The cost to attend Garden Glow 2014 ranges from $6 to $18 per person, depending on age, date of attendance, and membership status. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities, so purchasing in advance is recommended.

To learn more about Garden Glow and how to buy tickets for this winter wonderland, visit www.mobot.org/glow.

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Little ones will be entertained at this special holiday story hour at Eckerts. Kids will hear the story of the gingerbread man, then make a gingerbread craft. 

Story times are at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Garden Center. Free.

More information: eckerts.com

 

For those who have always longed to build a gingerbread house but were intimidated by the thought, here is your chance to create a beautiful display for the holidays.

Supplies and guidance will be provided. You provide the creativity! For all ages. Cost is $14 per gingerbread house.

Workshops are held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Country Store at Eckert's in Bellville.

More information: eckerts.com

 

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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