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Friday, October 31, 2014

Don't miss this unique opportunity to be surrounded by more than 1,000 owl butterflies and 100 colorful blooming orchids. October Owls and Orchids is back at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House for its fifth year of entertaining kids and adults alike.

Owl butterflies, native to Central and South America, are known for large black and yellow spots on their wings, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the eyes of an owl. The spots help keep predators at bay. You'll be able to get up close and personal with these beautiful butterflies and see thousands of these eyespots peering out from behind the petals of orchid blossoms. It's the perfect eerie sight for the month of October!

October Owls and Orchids is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 31. Tuesdays there are special evening hours (with separate admission) from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The last ticket is sold 30 minutes prior to closing. Closed Mondays.

All activities are included with regular Butterfly House admission of $6 per person ($3 per person for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden). St. Louis city and county residents enjoy free admission on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. with proof of residency.

More information: www.butterflyhouse.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Your kids can enjoy Halloween fun all night long at the Cheer Legendz Halloween Lock In. They can wear costumes for the costume contest, take part in pumpkin decorating and bobbing for apples, as well as have fun tumbling, playing games and watching movies with their friends.

Drop off is at 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 and pick up is at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1. Cost is $30 per child; $15 for each additional child in the same family.

Pre-registration is required.

At Cheer Legendz in the Chesterfield Valley. More information and registration: cheerlegendz.net or call 636-536-2800.

 

Hey moms and dads! On October 31, grab your friends, your date or that special someone for a geeky night out at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. This event is for adults 21 and over only, and is the perfect Date Night activity. Who says kids get to have all the geeky fun!

You'll enjoy drinks (cash bar), a special presentation of the Live Sky Tonight show featuring the Taurids Meteor Shower, a classic science fiction movie - Night of the Living Dead, 1968, and explore the real story of some of sci-fi's favorite villains, comets.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. 7 to 11 p.m. 

 Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. More information: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Calling all caped crusaders and fairy princesses! Preschoolers will love this dress-up party, where they'll play games, make magical crafts, hear tales of enchantment and enjoy a royal snack.

9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Civic Annex in O'Fallon, Mo. Cost is $10 for O'Fallon residents and $12 for non-residents. Registration is required.

More information: ofallon.mo.us

 

Locations: 
St. Charles County

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. 

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar: They dance, sing and capture your heart. Watch the incredible true story of the lemurs of Madagascar told for the first time on the giant screen at the Science Center. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary will take you to a remote and wondrous part of the world where these photogenic primates first landed as castaways 60 million years ago, evolved into hundreds of species and now face extinction.

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

The Magic House and St. Louis Children's Hospital will host Happy, Healthy Halloween, an all-day, candy-free celebration that includes a trick or treat scavenger hunt where children can collect active-play treats, a cardio dance party and hands-on fitness activities.

Children dressed in Halloween costumes receive half-price admission!

Activities are free with museum admission. 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

More information: magichouse.org

 

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

Littles ones should wear their spookiest or silliest costume for this free storytime, where they'll hear stories about Halloween. 

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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Celebrate the 1st birthday of Miss Kelly's Gym at a free open house on Nov. 1. There will be free play, giveaways, cake, and a special performance by the Miss Kelly's Gym Aerials! Those who attend will also receive priority enrollment in Winter/Spring class sessions that begin in January.

2 to 4 p.m. The Open House is free for member and non-members. Call for more information: 314-439-1100 or email tumble@misskellysgym.com

More information: www.misskellysgym.com

 

Late fall at historic Fort Belle Fontaine on a hay wagon where costumed re-enactors from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and other periods explain their uniforms and equipment is a must-do experience for the history buff and nature lover. 

Cost is $7 a person and limited space is available. Call 314-544-5714 for reservations. 

Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

More information: stlouisco.com

 

Locations: 
North County

Kids can explore new books and ideas through traditional folk tales, fairy tales and art at the Foundry Art Centre's Children's Book Club.

The club meets once a month, (usually the first Saturday of the month) October through April. Kids will read each the book selected for the month, discuss the story and share their opinions while filling out a Passport to Reading activity book. An art project based on the story will complete the morning of fun. Attend all, one or just a few sessions.

Children may attend all or some of the meetings, and should register for each one they'd like to attend.

Designed for ages 4-10. Club size is limited, and advance registration is required. Call 636-255-0270.

At the Foundry Art Centre, located in the Frenchtown district of historic St. Charles. Cost is $10 for non-members; $9 for members. An adult is welcome to stay with younger children for each Book Club meeting.

10:30 a.m. to noon. More information: www.foundryartcentre.org

Locations: 
St. Charles County

Tumble into Cheer Legendz for a Saturday Open Gym or skills clinic.

Open Gym is held from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Clinics include:

  • Layout and Full Twist Clinic: 9 to 9:50 a.m.

  • Back Tuck Clinic: 10 to 10:50 a.m.

  • Back Handspring Clinic: 11 to 11:50 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person. Registration and prepayment are required.  At Cheer Legendz in Chesterfield Valley.

More information: cheerlegendz.net or call 636-536-2800.

Step inside the beautiful Tower Grove House at the Missouri Botanical Garden for nature-themed storytelling. Little ones will hear stories in the cozy story corner of Henry Shaw's country home.

Storytelling is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. at the Tower Grove House inside the Missouri Botanical Garden. Storytelling is included with Garden admission.

More information: mobot.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Ever wonder what dinosaurs ate for dinner? Join Science Center staff as they explore dinosaur dinner menus and how dinosaur teeth adapted for specific meals. You will even make your own cast of a real dinosaur tooth! Designed for families with children age 5 and up.

Cost is $5 per person for all ages. One adult is required for every four children.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Call 314-289-4424 to make a reservation or purchase tickets at the ticket kiosk at the Science Center.

More information: www.slsc.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Climb to the top of the 170-foot Compton Hill Water Tower and enjoy a spectacular, 360-degree view of the St. Louis metro area during this public event. There are 198 stairs and seven landings to the top. The tower was built in the late 19th century on the highest point in the city and designed at part of the city's public water supply system.

The tower is one of only seven surviving such towers in the United States.

Public open dates and times are:

  • Saturday, Sept. 6 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

This historic structure pre-dates compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Admission is $5 per adult. Children are free.

More information: watertowerfoundation.org

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Explore the current exhibitions at the World Chess Hall of Fame during a kid-friendly tour, take part in hands-on activities for kids, and play and learn about the game of chess at these special Saturday Family Days. These events are designed for families with children ages 5 to 12. Each day has a different theme.

Admission is free for members at the Family level, or $5 per child for non-members. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is limited to 24 children per session, to registration is recommended.

To RSVP and for more information: worldchesshof.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

 A St. Louis family favorite – the Children's Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden – will be put to bed for the season on Nov. 1 and 2, and children are invited to have an adventure exploring all the Garden has to offer before the gates close.

Enjoy the waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and other amenities in the garden and take part in special activities, including:

  • Daffodil Digs: Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to add to the living collection by planting daffodil bulbs in the raised beds in the Nature Explore Classroom.
  • Nature Impressions: Little ones can dig into their natural curiosities and discover the patterns, shapes and details that are in their favorite leaves, flowers, seeds and rocks. Using clay and natural materials found in the Children's Garden, kids can make nature pendants to take home and wear, hang in the window or dangle on their holiday tree.
  • Make a Nature Frame: Kids can explore their creativity and make a unique photo frame out of natural and recycled materials. Parents – get inspired and take photos of your family's Children's Garden adventure and use your new frame to display your favorite shot.
  • Create a Nature Journal: Explore nature in the Children's Garden with your new nature journal. Kids will use observation skills to draw and write what they see in the whole new way. Make a creative nature journal of your very own from natural materials and bring it with you next season!
  • Watercolor Webs: Learn about Missouri spiders and their webs while creating your very own web using crayons and watercolors.
  • Finn-tastic Face Painting: Who doesn't love face painting? Volunteers will create snazzy fall-inspired cheek art!

Children's Garden activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Meet Finn, the Children's Garden friendly frog mascot, at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Other scheduled events include a visit from live native creatures at the World Bird Sanctuary on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.; and live music by WildHeart, the Emmy award-winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigos, at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Activities are included with admission to the Children's Garden of $5 per child ages 3 to 12 ($3 per child for Garden members' children).

For more information: visit mobot.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

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. 

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar: They dance, sing and capture your heart. Watch the incredible true story of the lemurs of Madagascar told for the first time on the giant screen at the Science Center. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary will take you to a remote and wondrous part of the world where these photogenic primates first landed as castaways 60 million years ago, evolved into hundreds of species and now face extinction.

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

The St. Louis Artists Guild hosts Free Family Art Day on the first Saturday of the month. Activities are recommended for ages 5 to 10. A different type of art is explored each month. In November, kids will explore vessels and containers and make a coil pot, pinch pot and origami bowl.

Free and open to the public. All supplies are provided. Noon to 2 p.m. at the St. Louis Artists Guild in Clayton.

More information: stlouisartistsguild.org

 

 

The Saint Louis Science Center and national enginnering honors society Tau Beta Pi present this STEM Engineering based program for children in grades 3 to 6. Using engineering concepts, students who attend MindSET sessions learn about various types of unmanned spacecraft and the design processes that are used to build them. Participants will then have the opportunity to design, build and test their very own spacecraft.

Cost is $5 per participant. Space is limited and reservations are required. 10 a.m. to noon at the Saint Louis Science Center.

More information: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Enjoy a day outdoors at Shaw Nature reserve with your family. While your children explore the Reserve through hands-on activities and games led by the education staff, parents will be in their own group discovering ways to engage their children through art in nature, fishing, geocaching and more. At the end of the event, parents and children will meet up again to wrap up the day. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. For families with kids ages 6 and up.

1 to 4 p.m. at Shaw Nature Reserve, at Highway 100, south of I44 at exit 253 in Gray Summit. Cost is $8 per person for members of the Missouri Botanical Garden; $10 per person for non-members. Registration ends on October 27 at noon.

 

More information and to sign up: mobot.org

 

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween isn't over in St. Louis until you take your kids to The Great Candy Exchange! Sponsored by the Delta Dental Health Theatre, The Great Candy Exchange is a free event where kids get one more chance to wear their costumes, win great prizes, have their face painted, enjoy balloon artists and live shows, and have their photo taken in the photo booth for a great, take-home souvenir.

The Great Candy Exchange will be held Sunday, Nov. 2 at Vetta Sports Mid-County in Webster Groves. Kids can turn in unopened Halloween candy in exchange for chances to win a variety of great prizes that encourage healthy habits and active play (including an Xbox 360 Kinect.). There will also be unlilmited bounce time on Vetta's four different inflatables!

Each pound of candy your child turns in is worth one raffle ticket. Individuals can increase their chances in the prize drawings by bringing new, unopened, child-sized socks, underwear and personal hygiene items to donate to the Little Bit Foundation, which helps meet the basic needs of children in our community

Schools, clubs, organizations and teams can get involved too. Special prizes will be given to the groups with the most event attendees and that turn in the most candy.

Admission is free. 2 to 6 p.m. at Vetta Sports in Webster Groves. For more information, call 314-241-7391, or go to www.ddhtstl.org.
 

You can also learn more at the theatre's Facebook page, or follow them on twitter at @YoucanToucan

Locations: 
St. Louis 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. 

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar: They dance, sing and capture your heart. Watch the incredible true story of the lemurs of Madagascar told for the first time on the giant screen at the Science Center. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary will take you to a remote and wondrous part of the world where these photogenic primates first landed as castaways 60 million years ago, evolved into hundreds of species and now face extinction.

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

 A St. Louis family favorite – the Children's Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden – will be put to bed for the season on Nov. 1 and 2, and children are invited to have an adventure exploring all the Garden has to offer before the gates close.

Enjoy the waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and other amenities in the garden and take part in special activities, including:

  • Daffodil Digs: Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to add to the living collection by planting daffodil bulbs in the raised beds in the Nature Explore Classroom.
  • Nature Impressions: Little ones can dig into their natural curiosities and discover the patterns, shapes and details that are in their favorite leaves, flowers, seeds and rocks. Using clay and natural materials found in the Children's Garden, kids can make nature pendants to take home and wear, hang in the window or dangle on their holiday tree.
  • Make a Nature Frame: Kids can explore their creativity and make a unique photo frame out of natural and recycled materials. Parents – get inspired and take photos of your family's Children's Garden adventure and use your new frame to display your favorite shot.
  • Create a Nature Journal: Explore nature in the Children's Garden with your new nature journal. Kids will use observation skills to draw and write what they see in the whole new way. Make a creative nature journal of your very own from natural materials and bring it with you next season!
  • Watercolor Webs: Learn about Missouri spiders and their webs while creating your very own web using crayons and watercolors.
  • Finn-tastic Face Painting: Who doesn't love face painting? Volunteers will create snazzy fall-inspired cheek art!

Children's Garden activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Meet Finn, the Children's Garden friendly frog mascot, at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Other scheduled events include a visit from live native creatures at the World Bird Sanctuary on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.; and live music by WildHeart, the Emmy award-winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigos, at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Activities are included with admission to the Children's Garden of $5 per child ages 3 to 12 ($3 per child for Garden members' children).

For more information: visit mobot.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Late fall at historic Fort Belle Fontaine on a hay wagon where costumed re-enactors from the War of 1812, Civil War, World War II and other periods explain their uniforms and equipment is a must-do experience for the history buff and nature lover. 

Cost is $7 a person and limited space is available. Call 314-544-5714 for reservations. 

Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

More information: stlouisco.com

 

Locations: 
North County

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