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 a million lights! Visitors will see animated light displays, enjoy fireside stories, campfire s'mores, fun photo opportunities, the Conservation Carousel, 4-D Theater featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and lots more in this enchanting holiday wonderland.
You'll enjoy your favorite Zoo attractions beautifully lit up with twinkling lights, waddle in the Penguin & Puffin Coast, get buggy at the Bayer Insectarium, see whimsical animal-themed displays across the Zoo grounds, and go underwater through the Sea Lion Sound tunnel. Kids can enjoy winter crafts, costumed characters and fun photo opportunities.
Plus, your kids can take a spin on the Conservation Carousel and the whole family can chill out in the 4-D Theater while you enjoy Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Both are included in admission.
Weekend live entertainment includes holiday carolers and strolling live performances.
U.S. Bank Wild Lights will be held Friday, Nov. 29 - Sunday, Dec. 1; Wednesday, Dec. 4 - Sunday, Dec. 8; Wednesday, Dec. 11 - Monday, Dec. 23; and Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Monday, Dec. 30. Closed on Dec. 24 and 25.
Monday, December 9 is Sensory Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This special night will mirror the traditional Wild Lights experience, but the evening will offer quiet areas and trained Zoo staff to assist children and families who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience.
Hours are 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Zoo will close its daytime hours at 4 p.m. to prepare for Wild Lights opening at 5:30. On-site ticket sales and event entrances close at 8 p.m. U.S. Bank customers can receive buy-one, get-one-free tickets (limit two free tickets) with on-site sales only when they show their U.S. Bank credit or debit card.
Weekday admission to U.S. Bank Wild Lights is $8 for Zoo members, $9 for non-members. Weekend admission (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) is $10 for members and $11 for non-members. Admission includes rides on the Conservation Carousel and The Polar Express Experience in the 4D Theater! Free parking is available in both the north and south lots during Wild Lights hours.
Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online or at the door on the night of the event.
More information and tickets: stlzoo.org
Enjoy the Saint Louis Zoo online! Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo educators is a live, free presentation that allows families to learn more about animals and how amazing they are. Themes vary, and registration in advance is required. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email letting you know how to join.
If you can't join the live presentation, the recordings are available on the zoo's web site at stlzoo.org/STLZOOms
The Nine Network is producing two hours of literacy and math instruction for prekindergarten through fourth grade weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The grade-appropriate instruction is taught by local educators at home, and is available on your St. Louis PBS station, channel 9.
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The Magic House is bringing innovative, hands-on learning to you at home with its #MagicAtHome series of interactive, instructional online presentations. The Magic At Home series of activities includes lots of fun projects that you can make at home with common materials. The easy-to-follow directions mean your kids can make paper sculpture, do shaving cream marble painting, create make-your-own flowers, go "fishin," make TP roll animals, make salad spin art and more.
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