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Monday, December 15, 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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Which bird has a chisel-like beak and never gets headaches? A woodpecker, of course. After discussing Missouri's seven different woodpecker species, their calls, and special adaptations, participants will hit the trail in search of these fascinating birds. 

For ages 6 and up. Free. 9:30 to 11 a.m.

At Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270. Call 314-301-1500 for reservations.

 

More information: www.mdc.mo.gov

Early Childhood teachers are invited to bring their students to the Missouri Botanical Garden for an unforgettable visit to Gardenland Express, and annual holiday train show. This year, Gardenland Express will highlight the centuries-old practice of collecting natural specimens for study and display, a practice which has since culminated in the modern show gardens and museums. Young "natural collectors" will enjoy the trains and learn about plant collecting.

Each program includes admission to the Garden and a guided Gardenland Express tour for up to 25 students and 12 adults, an herb planting for each child to take home, and a Curiosity Collectors kit. This kit includes a "Curiosity Cabinet" kit for your classroom, complete with an eight-section bamboo collection display case, labels and a curriculum guide that describes ways to incorporate nature collecting into your classroom.

9:30 a.m. to noon. Cost is $100 per group. Registration is required. 

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
Preschool

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

Bring your child, ages birth through 2, to Breakfast with Baby, designed to foster your child's early understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Each session includes light refreshments, socializing, and an activity led by an early childhood educator. Each session focuses on a different area of creative and cognitive development.

The cost is $5 per adult/child pair. One adult per child is required. Free for members of the World Chess Hall of Fame, located in the Central West End. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there is a limit of 12 adult/child pairs per session. Sessions begin at 9 a.m.

More information and to RSVP: worldchesshof.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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

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

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 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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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 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

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

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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