25,000-pound Monarch sculpture at the entrance to the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Faust Park is closed through January 29 for annual maintenance, but reopens for a tropical celebration, Hot! Hot! Hot! on January 30-31 and February 6-7.

Enjoy two weekends of kid-friendly activities designed to help shake off the winter blues.

Hot! Hot! Hot! activities run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. all four days of the event with steel drum music, a toddler sandbox, crafts and face painting. Activities are included with regular admission, and will be held in the exhibit hall, Emerson Theater and Lopata Learning Lab.

In addition to Hot! Hot! Hot! offerings, guest can explore the Butterfly House’s 8,000-square foot conservatory featuring more than 1,000 butterflies in free flight. The conservatory offers visitors the chance to step into the tropics without leaving Missouri with winter temperatures between 80-85 degrees.

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays). The last ticket is sold 30 minutes prior to closing each day.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and over), and $4 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and under and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free.

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.

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House & Education Center at Faust Park

The facility is named after Sophia M. Sachs, widow of Sam Sachs, who founded Sachs Electric Co. and was influential in the development of Chesterfield, Missouri. The Butterfly House is a not-for-profit organization established in 1998 to foster a better understanding of butterflies, and increase awareness of the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive.

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.