Butterflies! at East Hills Shopping Center

Butterfly House
Experience the LIVE Butterfly Conservatory

Visitors will encounter LIVE butterflies* fluttering freely!

  • Staff-guided tour in our on-site butterfly house
  • Learn about the anatomy of the butterfly, its life cycle and ecosystem
  • Chance to see a butterfly hatch from the chrysalis
  • Complimentary craft project included with tour
  • Everyone gets the chance to feed a butterfly!

Buy TicketsPre-purchase your tickets online and
guarantee your time!

Special Discount: Pre-Buy Butterfly Kit & Ticket Package
*The butterfly species will vary based on weather and time of year, ask for more details.

Adopt a Butterfly Kit
Purchase Your Own
Adopt -A- Butterfly Kit

These complete kits include live caterpillars, food and instructions to grow your own butterflies at home! You get to take your caterpillars home that day and enjoy them right away.

Complete Kits Available!

  • Individual Butterfly Kits – $24 (Purchased in Person)
    Kit includes 5 caterpillars, food, your very own butterfly house and instructions. Purchase in-person at our kiosk at East Hills Shopping Center.
  • Pre-Buy Kit & Tickets Package- $27
    Our Individual kit PLUS 2 tickets to the butterfly exhibit at East Hills Shopping Center, PLUS $1 off each additional guest in your party. A $34 value! Must pre-purchase here and bring your receipt to the exhibit at East Hills.
  • Classroom Kits – $57.95 (Must be Pre-Ordered)
    Includes 33 living caterpillars, 33 incubator cups, food, pop-up habitat, instructions and 4 passes to the butterfly exhibit. Pick Up at Our Exhibit to Avoid Shipping Fees
    *Due to availability, kits must be PRE-ORDERED here before picking up at East Hills.

Story Time with the Hungry Caterpillar
Story Time with the Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Join us Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 am us for our interactive reading of Eric Carle’s beloved children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Follow the caterpillar as he feasts his way through the pages and comes alive with our presentation of rhyming and movement.

Create your very own caterpillar in our fun story time craft. Recommended for ages 2 – 8 but all are welcome.

Space is limited! Story Time is available on a first come, first serve basis with a valid tour ticket.

Field Trips
The Field Trip of a Lifetime!
  • Appropriate for ages 3 – 15 years.
  • Each activity area has trained teaching staff with guided activities.
  • Each person spends approximately 30 minutes in each of the 3 areas.
  • All activities and content are age and developmentally appropriate.
  • Activities will vary based on the average age of the group.
  • Ask about Field Trip Plus! For $2 more per child, student take home their own own caterpillar to grow!
  • Classroom butterfly growing kits and at-home fundraising kits are available for purchase.

Click here to learn more about field trips
Click here for the East Hills Shopping Center field trip flier


Event Details

Butterflies! at
East Hills Shopping Center
3702 Frederick Ave
St. Joseph, MO 64506

April 22, 2017 –
May 14, 2017

  • Mon – Sat: 10 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

Buy Tickets
Special Discount: Pre-Buy Butterfly Kit & Ticket Package


  • Adults: $5.00 per person
    Children age 2 and under are free with adult purchase