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Wednesday, October 1, 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

Enjoy a private guided tour at the Contemporary Art Museum with other art-loving parents and caregivers and introduce your little one to contemporary art.

You'll learn about the current exhibits, meet other parents and get to explore the museum. This is an event for little ones, so vocal babies are encouraged! Recommended for infants up to 24 months with a parent or caregiver.

9 to 10 a.m. Free. Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd.

More information: camstl.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:

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.

COMING SOON!  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. Opens Oct. 9!

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

Bring your preschool-age children to the Contemporary Art Museum for a play date full of fun activities. You'll enjoy artist-led activities, storytelling, music performances and more.

Parents will enjoy complimentary refreshments. Play Dates offer exciting ways for young artists to develop their artistic talents and provide unique opportunities for families to connect around their love of art.

Free. 10 to 11 a.m. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. At the Contemporary Art Museum, 3750 Washington Blvd.

More information: camstl.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Thursday, October 2, 2014

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:

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.

COMING SOON!  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. Opens Oct. 9!

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

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

Friday, October 3, 2014

First Fridays in Grand Center are an opportunity for families to enjoy the latest art exhibitions from St. Louis' leading arts organizations, like the Contemporary Art Museum, the Sheldon Art Galleries, Bruno David Gallery, International Photography Hall of Fame, Craft Alliance, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis University Museum of Art and others.

Explore the neighborhood's remarkable array of visual arts during a walking tour. Free and open to all.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Grand Center. More information: grandcenter.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
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:

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.

COMING SOON!  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. Opens Oct. 9!

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

Nothing screams fall like pumpkins! Little ones will hear stories about pumpkins at this free storytime. 

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

It's the food truck event that started them all!  Local food trucks gather for an evening of friends, fun and plenty of good food. St. Louis' favorite mobile restaurants will be dishing out fresh fare in Tower Grove Park.

The 2014 season brings new offerings of food and beverages, entertainment and local charity contributions.

Sponsored by Sauce Magazine. Composting and recycling is available on-site. Bring seating (blankets or chairs).

2014 Food Truck Fridays are scheduled for:

  • March 9: 4-8 p.m.
  • June 13: 4-8 p.m.
  • July 11: 4-8 p.m.
  • Aug. 8: 4-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 3: 3:30-7 p.m.

At Tower Grove Park along Southwest Drive. More information: www.saucemagazine.com/foodtruckfriday

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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

What can a young woman do with code? Literally anything! Coding and computing skills provide a foundation in problem solving, creativity and communication skills that help young women succeed and stay competitive in whatever she chooses to do.

Young women, ages 12 to 17, are invited to participate in Made with Code Parties at the Saint Louis Science Center where they'll get a basic introduction to coding.

Sessions are funded by Google and Girls Inc., and presented as a collaboration between the Saint Louis Science Center and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Sessions will be held:

  • Sunday, Sept. 21, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 7, 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 5, 5 to 7 p.m.

These sessions are free, but reservations are required and space is limited. For more information and to register, visit slsc.org or call 314-289-4424.

In conjunction with First Fridays at the Saint Louis Science Center, you can participate in public telescope viewing and see the Live Sky Tonight show at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.

Weather permitting, the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the Science Center will set up a number of telescopes for public viewing and staff will be on hand to answer visitors' questions.

The indoor Live Sky Tonight show is held regardless of weather and features what is currently visible in the night sky, including constellations, planets, the current moon phase and any other special astronomical events, such as meteor showers or comets.

The Sky Tonight show is held at 7 p.m. Public telescope viewing times vary.

More information and public telescope viewing times: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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

Enjoy more than 120 outstanding food producers and artisans, live music, and a Kids' Corner with cow milking, crafts, pumpkin decorating and more. You'll find fresh produce, baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, and custom jewelry, plus prize drawings too! The Market will be held outdoors under tents, rain or shine.

Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Member hour: 8 to 9 a.m.

Admission is $5 for members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Members' children are free.

At the Missouri Botanical Garden. More information and tickets: mobot.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

October conjures up images of creepy crawlies, but kids ages 6-12 can see just how neat and not so scary native spiders can be. They'll learn about spiders, see them in action and create a spider craft.

9:30 a.m. at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles. Free. For reservations, call 636-441-4554.

More information: www.mdc.mo.gov

Locations: 
St. Charles County

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Enjoy more than 120 outstanding food producers and artisans, live music, and a Kids' Corner with cow milking, crafts, pumpkin decorating and more. You'll find fresh produce, baked goods, fresh and dried flowers, herbs, handcrafted items, baskets, wooden toys, and custom jewelry, plus prize drawings too! The Market will be held outdoors under tents, rain or shine.

Friday, Oct. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Member hour: 8 to 9 a.m.

Admission is $5 for members, $12 for non-members, and $5 for children ages 3-12. Members' children are free.

At the Missouri Botanical Garden. More information and tickets: mobot.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Find gently used treasures at the annual Kids' Stuff Sale at Abiding Savior Lutheran School.

7 a.m. to noon.

More information: aslsonline.org

 

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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

Big trucks will be a big deal at The Magic House on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5!  Visitors can register to attend a Big Truck Day celebration where they can get up close and personal with a cement mixer, crane, fire truck and more.

Big Truck Day includes a hot dog meal, decorating a construction hat to take home and admission to The Magic House. The cost is $12 per person for members of the Museum and $18 per person for non-members and is non-refundable. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Reservations can be made online at www.magichouse.org or by calling The Magic House at 314-822-8900. It's sure to be a "wheel" treat for the whole family!

10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information: www.magichouse.org

 

 

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

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

In honor of the fun-loving North American River Otter, the Saint Louis Zoo is hosting Ottertoberfest, a fall event featuring traditional German biergartens, live music, kids activities and more.

Kids can enjoy a River Ranger Game, and "Otter Says" game, otter-themed crafts and a River Otter Docent Biofact table..

Admission is free. At the Saint Louis Zoo on October 4, 5, 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Beer, bratwurst and other German specialties will be available in the biergartens.

Keeper Chats about otters will be held at the Emerson Children's Zoo each day at 10 a.m., and Keeper Chats with enrichment activities will be held each day at 1:30 p.m. at Historic Hill.

More information: stlzoo.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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

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:

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.

COMING SOON!  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. Opens Oct. 9!

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

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