Why Generations of Families Love The Magic House

 In Culture, Feature

Making little faces light up is pretty easy. Doing it while also sparking children’s imaginations, piquing their curiosity, enhancing their creativity and helping them develop problem-solving skills is a more demanding mission, but that’s exactly what The Magic House has been doing since 1979. Generations of children and parents alike love them for it.

The main attraction is the children’s museum itself, a multi-building complex with dozens upon dozens of activities for all interests and abilities. Some are age-specific, but many are open to children of all ages (and their adults, who often join in on the fun). The variety of room configurations and sizes can be confounding for first-timers to navigate, but children seem to have no trouble discovering new areas visit after visit.


Additionally, The Magic House organizes regular traveling exhibits and special events. This enriching programming ensures there’s always something new to explore, no matter how many times a family visits. Best of all, most of the add-on experiences are free with museum admission. The only extra costs are for the gift shop and the Picnic Basket Café, which offers healthy meal and snack options—some of them featuring ingredients grown on site.

This story originally appeared in GUIDED: Saint Louis Exploring Kirkwood. Read the full issue.
All photos by Carmen Troesser.

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