The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum, has a special dedicated location. It is a three-story Victorian home that has been expanded and turned into an interactive museum targeted to children who need a place to play and be creative. Programming runs year-round, with special summer and school-hours programs changing seasonally.
The Magic House is closed Mondays and only open in the afternoons. There are no morning hours unless they are part of a special program offering. However, Tuesday - Friday the museum is open until 9 pm allowing for after-school visitors to have a full trip through the museum. Cost of admission is under $10 with seasonal packages available. Parking is free of charge at all times.
At the Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum is seeking to provide stimulation, the opportunity for creative expression, and education about science, communications and computers. Different areas of the museum have themes to separate them into skill sets and age appropriate challenges. The exhibits are designed to be touched and played with, and there are even dress-up clothes for those who enjoy role playing games.
Some of the other themed areas include A Little Bit of Magic, which targets gross motor skills, a young child's self-concept and self-esteem building. Other standing areas of the museum include the Children's Village, a Fitness Center and Math Path. Outside visitors will find an exhibit called Backyard Magic. This indoor/outdoor facility includes an Education Pavilion, Children's Sculpture Garden, and an open-air exhibit patio.
The museum is popular with local home-school associations, and is occasional available for private parties and events by prior arrangement. Group rates on admission and group tours are available, but the museum does mandate that there be one adult for each 5 children in a group. Watch on rainy or cloudy days in the summer as the museum can get a little hectic with masses of children all trying to play.