Magic House

During the heat of summer, or the wet days of fall and spring, or the cold days of winter, it is nice to have somewhere inside to take the kids.  Magic House is a very engaging hands on museum for children in Kirkwood, MO.  A giant slide, a play town, a construction zone and much more are some of the fun things to do here.  They also have events that you can attend throughout the year.


The Magic House always has a touring exhibit.  When we visited, they had an Eric Carle exhibit.  The current changing exhibit is Clifford the Big Red Dog through September 4, 2017.  And a forts and clubhouses exhibit through August 13, 2017!  Go soon if you want to see these exhibits!

Permenent exhibits include .  Future play, which is where children can interact with new technologies.   Wonder Works has hands on science exhibits.  Art Sudio and Make-It-Workshop is just what it sounds like and area for children to create.  Math Path has fun math activities running down the hall, my son Jobe enjoyed this area.  In the Star Spangled Center the children can make believe they are a judge or the president, or sing the opening song for a county election.  My older children enjoyed this area.

Music Play-Play Music, is an area where children of all ages can play and make music at the same time!  Jack and the Beanstalk is a favorite activity where children can climb Jack’s magic beanstalk.  For Baby and Me is an area to take your toddlers 2 and under. The Bubble Room is a room full of bubbles and bubble makers! Solve the Mystery is upstairs and is good for preteen children to try to reason through a mystery.  In the attic, is Balls in Motion where kids can construct ball ramps and marble mazes.  This was also a favorite of my 7-9 year olds.  In Children’s Village, the kids get to pretend to work at different jobs including a hospital, restaurant, or library. This area was a favorite of my youngest who was 5.

Kids Construction Zone is an amazing area where kids can dig or build.  Just a note, it looks like it is inside but it is outside so remember to bring a coat in cold weather.  The next two places are outdoors and seasonal.  The Outdoor Play Garden  has activities for kids to do in the sun. Sunshine Classroom is only open April through October and has learning activities about plants and how they grow.


Getting There and Cost

The Magic House’s address is 516 S. Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122.  The Museum is on Historic Route 66, also called S. Lindbergh or US HWY 61.  It is in Kirkwood, MO which is just outside of St. Louis.  And a map to the museum can be found here.  Parking is free.

Admission is $11.00 for everyone over 1.  Or $6 for groups of 15 or more.  There are discounts for seniors.  And military and foster children get in free.  Every third Friday the museum is free for 2 parents and 4 children.  And every 1st Friday, if the children, age 12 and under, participate in an activity, they get in free.  There is a food shop with healthy food available and a room for nursing mothers.

The museum has membership available and birthday party and rental information for a party.


The Magic House’s Hours forSummer 2017 are:

Summer Hours
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Monday: 9:30 am  –  5:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:30 am  –  5:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:30 am  –  5:30 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am  –  5:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am  –  9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am  –  5:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am  –  5:30 pm
School Year Hours
Labor Day through Memorial Day
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 12:00 pm  –  5:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 pm  –  5:30 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm  –  5:30 pm
Friday: 12:00 pm  –  9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am  –  5:30 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am  –  5:30 pm

During the school year, special areas of the Museum open at 10:30 am, Tuesday through Friday for preschool children.

(This information comes from the Magic House website, here.)