Annual Events

Hot! Hot! Hot!

Don't get "bogged down" this winter, come to the Butterfly House for Hot! Hot! Hot! Wade through the Exhibit Hall to see marsh-friendly bugs, swamp-themed activities and more. Enjoy music, crafts and live animal encounters.

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Morpho Mardi Gras

Escape the cold by visiting Morpho Mardi Gras: Bugs, Butterflies and Beads! Bring your Krewe to the carnival during the months of February and March. 

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Friday Night Flights

Celebrate like a member of the KREWE in NOLA! We are joining forces with the magnificent Blue Morpho butterfly and Morpheous, the god of dreams for the evening. Enjoy animals, appetizers and libations in the midst of jazz music.

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Spring Fling is a celebration of budding trees, sprouting flowers, and the arrival of pollinators to our gardens! Join us in April and May at the Butterfly House as we host a variety of activities that will cure your case of Spring Fever!

Don't miss these fantastic Spring Fling family events. Click each logo to learn more!

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Explore our exhibits to become a "nature sleuth," get up close at an animal encounter, sprout new knowledge at the Plant Outpost, and learn what makes fireflies glow!

Daily Programming:
11:00 a.m. Live Animal Encounter
1:00 p.m. Plant Outpost
2:00 p.m. Butterfly Release

Don't miss these amazing Summer Buggin' family events:

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Summer Buggin' Festivals 

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Join us for celebrations of fireflies, frogs and all winged creatures! Go on bug hunts with our entomology team to observe these different summer bugs in their habitats. Play games and create crafts centered around the festival's theme. 

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Fireflies After Dark 

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Experience an evening out like no other! At the Fireflies After Dark, you will enjoy delicious appetizers, taste a variety of libations, and go on moonlit strolls to see fireflies. Bring your friends and learn about what makes these little insects twinkle. Please bring one flashlight per person. Adults 21 and up.

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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! View daily events schedule.

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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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BUG 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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Books and Butterflies

Join us throughout November and December for special story time 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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