Magic House Opens Exhibit in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

In a true act of prestidigitation, Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum appeared at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Wednesday and unveiled the St. Louis International Play Port, a new transportation-themed children’s exhibit that came not through sleight-of-hand, but through RallySTL.org, the crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform where consumers submit, vote for, and help fund ideas that drive progress in greater St. Louis. The Play Port is the most significant Rally Saint Louis project to-date.

Magic House Play Port at Lambert Airport Courtesy RallySTL

Magic House Play Port at Lambert Airport
Courtesy RallySTL

The interactive exhibit occupies 1,500 square feet in Concourse C and features various modes of transportation, particularly air travel. The exhibit features a mini airport with a kid-sized plane for future pilots, car rental counters, a luggage conveyor belt, an airport screening area with a pretend x-ray machine, and an air traffic control tower with a slide, because air traffic controllers need a slide break sometimes. If airplanes don’t do the trick, other featured modes of transportation include a car, van, truck and a train.

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport called the Play Port “a welcome addition for the thousands of families who travel through Lambert each year,” while Beth Fitzgerald, President of The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum credited the community for “rallying around the idea of an interactive play and learning space at the airport.”

The exhibit is also designed to make a positive first impression on visitors arriving in St. Louis as well as those just passing through. To that end, the exhibit will feature St. Louis attractions throughout the exhibit to expose tourists and residents to many of the family events and destinations that St. Louis has to offer.

The exhibit was made possible by private donation made through RallySTL, as well as contributions by Carr Lane Manufacturing Co., Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Bi-State Development Agency/Metro, the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, and Jane and Dave Peacock.

Check out the short video tour below:

For more information, visit the RallySTL website.

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