SCIENCE CENTER: Believe it or not, “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” exhibit is at the St. Louis Science Center in addition to more than 700 hands-on exhibits and demonstrations. Admission to the Ripley exhibit is $12.50 adults; $10.50 children, seniors and military. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for the center at 5500 Oakland Ave. in St. Louis. All the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” showing on the giant Omnimax screen are sold out today, but you can still catch “Jerusalem” at 10 a.m.; “Robots” at 11 a.m. or “Born to be Wild” at noon. Tickets are $9 adults; $8 seniors, children and college students; $6 military.
ZOO MAGIC: Get a glimpse of the North Pole at the St. Louis Zoo at the Zoo’s U.S. Bank Wild Lights. You can walk through an Arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday light displays. Enjoy special menus and s’mores, fireside storytelling and activities. You may want to swing by and say hello to the Zoo’s special delivery this year, Kali the polar bear. Hours: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: $7 members, $8 general public Mondays through Thursdays; $9 members, $10 general public weekends. Children under 2 are free. Information: www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/wildlights or 314 781-0900
GARDEN FUN: The Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden is a nit at night, but there is plenty to do during the day, too. Both adults and kids will find something to like in the Gardenland Express through Jan. 3. G-scale model trains of many eras travel through a festive landscape featuring thousands of plants as the Garden’s annual holiday flower and train show celebrates conifers of the world. You can make a game of it by picking up a paper that sends you on a scavenger hunt looking for such things as special pine cones and tiny figures that are part of the exhibit. Missouri Botanical Garden is at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Admission cost: $8 adults 13 and older; free for children 12 and younger; Gardenland Express: $5 ages 3 and up (free for garden members and their children). www.missouribotanicalgarden.org or 314-577-5100.