The Firefly Festival - A Night to Celebrate Fireflies!

Close Up of a Firefly in Flight

A superb capture by Terry Priest!  A lovely close up of a firefly in its flight.   This is very beautiful I think, and quite different looking than a non flying firefly.
A superb capture by Terry Priest! A lovely close up of a firefly in its flight. This is very beautiful I think, and quite different looking than a non flying firefly. | Source
The Guide for the evening.  It was so much fun!
The Guide for the evening. It was so much fun! | Source
Drawing of a firefly
Drawing of a firefly | Source
The Very Lonely Firefly book by Eric Carl.
The Very Lonely Firefly book by Eric Carl. | Source
A very cute book!
A very cute book! | Source

A Special Night Dedicated to the Firefly

Many of us have memories from childhood that include fireflies. They bring back warm memories of summer days gone by. Our family recently discovered an event called the firefly festival that is put on by the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House in Chesterfield Missouri. Evidently they have a lot to offer, but have these extra special events at different times throughout the year. The Firefly Festival is just one of them. For the most part, these are repeat events every year. This year, there are three Wednesdays in June that you can go, and they often take walk ups but only if they are not sold out. There are two more times you can go this year.

Here are the details that we learned of, if you are interested in going yourself now or in the future. You can purchase tickets ahead of time, which are $14.00 each, unless you are a Missouri Botanical Garden Member and the price drops to $12.00 each. It starts at eight o'clock at night, which may seem late for the little ones, but is a must because it needs to be dark of course.

We got bracelets that showed we had purchased tickets, and received a brochure of the itinerary of the nights events. Basically, it is a self guided thing, but its good to do things in the order they suggest. For instance, you can go on what they called a "Glow Walk" in the tropical butterfly conservatory. This isn't the ideal time to see the butterflies evidently, but you might seem some, some tropical flowers, and all the little glow lights throughout the neat paths in there.

You can make a craft, like a firefly puppet in their learning lab, which was really fun for the kids. Its also special because its something they can take home. Outside the back doors is a garden and terrace area where they had more things to do. We also had received a ticket per person to get a little snack out there. Then there was a glow carnival in the Emerson theater. They had a fun story time, as well as really beautiful face painting! The kids loved that.

You could even get a souvenir picture to memorialize the evening, which was so neat! The thing that makes the night extra special however, is the Firefly Walk! This is what we had heard about from one of the staff there, and was why we purchased tickets at all. On the walk, you are guided to a field where there are fireflies blinking their little lights. The guide was an entomologist and was very knowledgeable about fireflies. We all learned a lot from that especially and talking with the other staff and workers.

On our way out there is a gift shop which we often try to avoid, but saw some cute books about fireflies and got one of those and a couple of cold drinks. The kids had a good time, as we all did and we made a new family memory!

One of the best things about this night was that it was so different from other activities you would normally do. You can spend almost that much going to the movies for example, but that isn't anything new really. So we can recommend this Firefly Festival to others. We saw young and old partaking in the events of the evening. Even though it was very hot, we had a good time.

Where the Firefly Festival Is - Location Faust Park

A markerFaust Park, Chesterflied Missouri -
Faust Park, 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017, USA
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Firefly Festival - A Poll

Have you ever heard of or gone to something similar to the Firefly Festival?

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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

O who would not just love to attend this??!! I can remember in the summers ....that fireflies were a spectacle we enjoyed every night they were out. My friends and I would anxiously await the setting of the sun so that we could enjoy the light show right in front of our eyes.

Thanks for sharing. Angels are on the way Voted up++++


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BlossomSB 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

That sounds like lots of fun, and interesting too. It reminds me of walking in the jungle in PNG at night with all the raucous night sounds and the tiny lights of the fireflies and the iridescent fungi.


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

This sounds like a fun activity for a family to do together. Thanks for sharing.


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sgbrown 15 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

Hubby and I were just talking last night about seeing fireflies in the yard. We watched several blinking their little lights, but there are not near as many as there used to be! This would be a fun excursion for someone who lives in the city of somewhere there are no fireflies.


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mary615 15 months ago from Florida

I was just thinking about Fireflies the other night. Funny, we don't see them like we used to where I live. I loved to catch them when I was a kid. I'd watch them for a while, then release them.

I would love to attend a Firefly Festival such as this one.

Voted UP and shared.


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oceansnsunsets 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Patricia, and thank you for your lovely comment! I think the event is just wonderful. Just last night, my husband and I were out in our backyard and saw so many fireflies twinkling in the distance, it was beautiful really! It takes me back to some childhood memories like you mentioned.


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oceansnsunsets 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello Blossom, it really is fun and interesting and everyone seems to enjoy it. I would love to witness what you did in the jungle however, with even iridescent fungi?! Wow, that sounds fascinating, along with the little lights and sounds.


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oceansnsunsets 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thanks Jodah, it really is fun. Glad to share and thanks for your comment.


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oceansnsunsets 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Sheila, like you, my husband and I were watching the little fireflies blinking recently. Its a shame if there are less than before. I think people are using so many pesticides, but hopefully that is a pattern that will be changing here soon if not already. I agree, that this Firefly Festival is neat for people that live in big cities that don't often see that kind of natural beauty.


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oceansnsunsets 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Mary, I have heard others talk about how they don't see the fireflies like they used to! This is a real shame, and I hope that will be corrected over time. There is so much talk of less bees, and even butterflies as of late. Surely its not a permanent thing. Thank you for your comment as always. I hope you are doing well and always love seeing you around HubPages!


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Larry Rankin 15 months ago from Oklahoma

Really cool sounding festival. I always remember as a child the magic of watching the fire flies. It is still magical to me.

Great hub!


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oceansnsunsets 15 months ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Larry, thanks. It is a really neat festival. I love that some of us still feel like its so magical, like you mentioned! That is awesome, and we should never lose the wonder of such a neat part of nature. I love hearing that.

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