Late fall in St. Louis can be a wonderful time! Finally, that long, humid summer is over, and the crisp air takes its place. During this time, it can be easy to feel cooped up. While the weather is finally cooling, it’s still a little unpredictable (where else can you experience all four seasons in just one week?), and it might be tempting to hole up inside your house. While spring and summer activities might be over, there’s no reason for your family to go stir crazy. Regardless of your budget, St. Louis has activities that are just right for you!

Missouri Botanical Garden (price varies depending on the day)

The yearly Garden Glow will return on November 23. Check out the gardens during the evening to see some gorgeous lights, share some s’mores, and have a festive drink or two. Children of all ages will love the lights as well as the indoor train show. While the Garden Glow is the big attraction at this time, the grounds themselves are on full display! Make sure to stop by the Japanese Gardens to see some gorgeous fall foliage. To find out more about admission, click here.

Missouri History Museum (free)

St. Louis has some amazing free museums! The Missouri History Museum is no exception. The children’s museum is a free, hands-on exhibit that will allow your kids to learn about local history through engaging activities. Every Tuesday and Friday, the museum offers storytime aimed at children from 2-5. Over the next two months, many of the stories are centered around the season including ones on Thanksgiving, peacemaking, and wintertime. After the stories, be sure to stick around for a special craft! You can find the full schedule here.

The Butterfly House ($6 for adults, $4 for children)

After November 6, the Butterfly House is transformed for their Winter Jewels display! Check out the enchanted castle, filled with brave knights and fierce dragons. Afterwards, stop by the Gnome Forest to view the insect display and play some games. The Butterfly House also has a special storytime every Tuesday-Friday featuring a rotation of special guests. To view the full schedule, go here.