Annual Events
Annual Events

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Shake off the cold weather blues this February and join in fun, tropical-themed, kid-friendly activities, games and crafts that will make you go absolutely buggy. Enjoy live steel drum music, a toddler sandbox and face painting.


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Spring Fling

Join us every weekend in April as we celebrate the important animals that help to make our gardens grow! Each week, we will highlight a different pollinator through fun facts, crafts, games, and other family friendly activities. Come and learn more about bees, ladybugs, bats, and of course, butterflies! Most activities are included in admission. Don't forget to check out our Missouri Native Perennial plant sale!

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Fancy Tea with Mommy & Me

Grab your favorite gal and join us for a tea party. We’ll be eating tasty treats and sipping on delightful drinks! No party would be complete without some fabulous take-home favors. Learn about our beautiful and fancy butterflies at this “can’t miss” party.

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Firefly FestivalFirefly Festival

Celebrate Earth's living lanterns! Join us for firefly crafts, a firefly-themed snack, and firefly games. Then, experience the magical Conservatory glow walks where we light the inside of the Butterfly House with twinkling lights. Wrap up the evening by joining staff on an outdoor journey to see real fireflies.

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Paper Kite Butterfly Festival

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Experience flight and wonder as we celebrate our first Paper Kite Butterfly Festival. Watch paper kite butterflies fly throughout our tropical conservatory, see kite building demonstrations, build origami butterflies, and decorate your very own kite to take home. Have fun while learning what makes butterflies and kites soar. Included with regular admission.

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Bug Hunt

Head outside and explore insects in their own habitat! Each child can play exciting games and complete crafts to take home. Adults will be able to pick up information on attracting butterflies to their gardens and on building native bee houses. The actual bug hunts will be led by staff entomologists in the surrounding park land.

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Booterfly House

Creep on over to the Butterfly House this October as we celebrate all things creepy and crawly. Meet new frightful friends in the Scorpion’s Lair, watch out for our Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory, and spy on spectacular spiders with Little Miss Muffet! Visit www.butterflyhouse.org for a complete schedule of daily events.

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Wicked Wings and Wine

Spiders and beetles and butterflies, oh my! Join us for happy hour at the Butterfly House to celebrate the spirit of Halloween.  As twilight approaches, sample local brews and wines while you learn about our Owl butterflies, which are most active at dusk. Plus, encounter other spook-tacular live animals featured during the event.

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BOOterflies Ball

Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their other many-legged friends! Your little bugaboos will be able to play games, create spook-tacular crafts and take home lots of loot after they visit our many hand-painted Treat Houses.

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Bookworm Breakfast

Did you ever wonder where butterflies go when the temperature starts to get colder? Join our friend, Clifford the Big Red Dog, for breakfast at the Butterfly House to find out! Families will enjoy a delicious breakfast, listen to a storybook reading, and make fun crafts.

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Books and Butterflies

Join us throughout the month of November for special storytime readings with "celebrity" guests from classic children's literature, local St. Louis landmarks, and more! 

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Winter Jewels

Surround yourself with the magic of the season! Escape the cold and experience Winter Jewels at the Butterfly House! Go on a treasure hunt through our Animal Exhibit Hall, discover fairies in our Tropical Conservatory, and make new friends in the Gnome Forest.  But be sure to guard your treasure and watch out for the battling pirate cockroaches!

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Supper with Santa

Before making his big trip around the world, Santa is stopping by the Butterfly House! Enjoy a delicious pasta dinner, complete with cookies and hot cocoa. Warm up and take a night stroll through the Tropical Conservatory, and visit Santa’s Workshop to make fun crafts. Complete the evening by taking a keepsake photo with Santa.

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