Sophia M. Sachs
15193 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63107
Summer Hours - 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Additional extended hours on Wednesdays from 5 - 7 pm
Winter Hours - 9 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Sunday
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Booterflies Halloween Family Fun at the Butterfly House
ST. Louis, MO, (SLFP.com), October 3, 2013 - For the past 15 years, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House have hosted family-friendly Halloween events including an opportunity to play games, create spook-tacular crafts and visit Treat Houses during October.
Throughout October, more than 1,000 owl butterflies will take flight in the 8,000-square-foot tropical conservatory. Additional after-hours events will be held on Tuesday evenings in October from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Owl butterflies are most active during evening hours and can be seen in flight during these limited attendance events. There will also be special visitors from the World Bird Sanctuary and nocturnal animals from the St. Louis Zoo during these sessions. $3 for Missouri Botanical Garden members or $6 for the general public. Pre-registration and additional information is available online www.butterflyhouse.org/owls.
On October 25 - 27, Booterflies will take place from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Children can wear costumes and "trick or treat" in the outdoor Butterfly Garden and take home loot from Endangered Species. Dinner is included with admission and includes hot dogs, chips, snow cones, lemonade and seasonal drinks from Ladybug Snow Cones. Admission is $15 adults (ages 13 and older); $20 children (ages 2-12); $13 Garden members; $18 Garden members' children (ages 2 - 12). Pre-registration is required. Purchase event tickets at the Butterfly House, by calling 636-530-0076.
By Betty Magrath, SLFP.com
Photos by Bob Moore, SLFP.com
© 2001, Saint Louis Front Page
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Hundreds of colorful exotic butterflys can be seen in free flight at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center, an 8,000 sq. ft. conservatory located at St. Louis County's Faust Park.
Visitors are greeted by a 25,000-pound Monarch sculpture as they walk across butterfly-shaped paving stones to the door of the glass-enclosed crystal palace. Inside, there are as many as 100 different species of the world's most beautiful butterflies in free flight including the iridescent Blue Morpho from Costa Rica, the Ruby Lacewing from Malaysia, and the Goldbanded Forester from Kenya.
A path winds through the interior garden that features a waterlily pond, waterfalls and lush exotic, flowering, tropical plants. The air is misted continuously to maintain a seventy-five percent humidity level. Thoughout the area, butterflies dart about feeding on the flowers and fruit. Visitors can also enjoy taking pictures of the butterflies. Staff members are available to identify the species or answer any questions.
As the butterflys only live about two weeks, chrysalides are flown in from around the world on a daily basis. Visitors can see the adult butterflies go through the magical metamorphosis and then emerge from their chrysalis.
A complimentary original film is shown in the Emerson Electric Co. Family Theater. Visitors can join the fun in the classroom area where formal and informal classes for all ages are taught. The Madame Butterfly Gift Shop features a wide variety of books, toys and education games, t-shirts, jewelry and other treasures. An outdoor Native Habitat designed to attract and nurture native and migratory butterflies.
Admission to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center; $6 adults, $5.00 seniors (65+); $4 children, ages 3 - 12; children 2 and under are free. Please note: last ticket sold one half-hour before closing.
Visitors can also stroll the beautifully manicured grounds of this 200-acre park in Chesterfield and enjoy the other attractions including the St. Louis Carousel with more than 60 hand carved horses and deer; the Historical Village with authentic 19th century buildings; the Lamella Barn, an original dairy barn; the Seed Visitor Center, a Queen Anne-style carriage house; Thornhill, the estate of Frederick Bates, second Governor's residence in Missouri; and the Symphony Music School.
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