Jody Newman and Barbie Freund founded this non-profit organization in 1975 with the goal of creating an interactive museum ... More
Magic House (The)
Jody Newman and Barbie Freund founded this non-profit organization in 1975 with the goal of creating an interactive museum that attracts, educates, and entertains both children and adults. First Impressions is one of the world's largest movable sculptures, standing over eight feet tall. Lean against it for fun and make an impression of yourself. Learn about magnets, electricity or about the environment through hands-on activities such as the Oil Spill Cleanup project, or be a star on the KIDS-TV station.
The magic house was lots of fun. It is generally more for the younger children.
My 12 year old was a little bored. The ten year old liked to see her hair stand out
straight. It would have been better if we would have a tour guide. That is probably something you do for school groups. We were there about three hours and enjoyed the garden areas too. It was a little loud.
This is an outstanding sensory learning space for children and parents. There are science and counting and art and everyday living spaces to explore. It is carefully organized. You are not going to find a better child-centered museum in the St. Louis metro area.
Call to learn when the crowds thin out. Leave enough time.
All though the magic house is a great place, they allow too many people in. The line for the slide snaked in and out of two rooms (and the exhibits were blocked by those waiting in line), we then gave up and tried the stairs. We had to wait (literally) 5 minutes to even get near the stairwell. We tried other areas and the amount of field trips and groups was overwhelming. Every room was packed and to get to use any of the exibits required waiting in a long line of kids pushing and shoving.
Magic House, great place for kids!! We went with our family and it was a great experience. The kids loved the Grocery Store, LIbrary, Pizzaria, and the Bank best of all! I truly loved it myself, 23, it was neat watching the kids working a cash register, depositing and withdrawing money from the bank, reading and checking out the books in the library, and serving customers in the pizzaria! Great experience!! Kids ages 1-15 will love it! All families should take children there! The $7 admission is kinda pricy, but i think its well worth it!
This place is great! To the people who complained, you did read this was an interactive..meaning you have to get off your rearend and do things...this is set up for children to learn...my son LOVED it and he is 4! However, he can read and we like him to learn...so there are lots of things that make you think here...Also you don't really have to chase your children around let them do what they want and explore to learn. Let them do what they want to find out what they like...Go there if you are involved with your children, great place!
My kids were 6yrs and 3yrs when we went for the first time. I had heard so many good things about the Magic house being sooo much fun for kids and I thought itwas a bit disappointing. The items for them to do are time consuming and to me boring for the price you pay to get in. Its was also very crowded. We will probably never go back!!
My husband & I brought my granddaughter to the Magic House.It was our first outing with her. We had an spectaculor time. Its was so wonderful to see the joy and excitement on the childrens faces.You can sense excitement in the air as soon as you enter the doors. She really enjoyed the slide, and we enjoyed her watching all the other "lil people". I really enjoyed it because it is their own little world.We will defiantly take her again. We had a blast!
My mom used to take my sister and I to the Magic House when we were little, and I absolutely adored it. I was probably around 6 or 7 at the time (now I'm 20), and I remember so much about it. I remember the exhibits seeming just that-- magical! It's so much for a child to look at and take in, there's a good chance they'll remember it when they're older! I've never found a place quite like it, and I'd love to go back someday. =)
Ok I liked that I could find "buy one get one free" admissions online, saved me some money, they had some good ideas there but I was just overall disappointed in it.
I took an 8 yr old, and two 2 year olds. the 8 yr old enjoyed it the most, as most of the museum was geared toward the older children. mostly my kids played in the sand area, went magnet fishing, and played in the water we do all these things at home on a regular basis for free!! There were no hand held maps (only on some walls) so i wasn't sure where we had been and where we should go? there were lots of climbing ladders, etc going from floor to floor which were not intended for adults so it was hard to let the kids go and still not lose them (good idea, bad execution) Many of the activities did not have instructions, or just did not work (like when u push the button it was supposed to talk but didnt) we were there for about 2 hours and it was also uncomfortably warm.
Overall, the kids had an ok time, parents were bored and disappointed trying to keep up with everyone and keep kids entertained, do not think it was worth the time or money for this trip MIGHT return when the kids are older, but probably not. Sorry, would not recommend this for your trip, go to the zoo!
Very safe and fun for all ages. It had things for my daughter 2 years old who absolutely loved it as well as for older kids/adults on the upper floors. A bit pricy, but will absolutely go there again. Well worth the money for a fun vacation day.
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