Blue Star Voices: The Magic House
Nestled in a quaint section of St. Louis, Missouri, The Magic House is an interactive children’s museum designed to provide a hands-on learning experience for kids of all ages. With both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the museum captures the wonder of childhood and the imagination of visitors. Located just off of I-44, the museum is an easy drive for families located at Scott AFB. And thanks to Blue Star Museum status, military families can enjoy free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
We began our visit at the seasonal outdoor exhibit called Sandcastle Beach, which was open through June 30, 2013. After admiring the giant, professional sandcastle, kids could kick off their shoes and search for seashells and build castles of their own. Once inside we set out to explore the Children’s Village, a pretend community for kids. Highlights included fishing in the pond and watching the fish swim downstream under our feet, shopping at the grocery store, and caring for babies at the hospital nursery. Next we made our way into the young children’s play area (designed for ages six and under) and enjoyed slides, a sand table, and water play.
Because it was a beautiful day, we set off for the rooftop Sunshine Classroom exhibit next. On the way there, the kids enjoyed climbing a three-story beanstalk while I took the stairs because I’m claustrophobic and didn’t want to embarrass my kids by hyperventilating. The Sunshine Classroom offers a beautiful view and a chance for kids to practice their gardening and cooking skills by planting pretend vegetables and then preparing pretend meals in the play house. The classroom also includes living plants that kids can touch and observe as well. After climbing back down the beanstalk, we played some larger-than-life musical instruments. As little legs began to wear out and stomachs began to rumble, we decided the perfect finish to our morning would be a ride down the three-story tornado slide. We were almost out the door when we had to make one last stop to observe the kinetic sculpture.
It isn’t always easy to keep four kids, ranging from age 3-11, happy. Thankfully, a day at The Magic House never disappoints. Thanks to their Blue Star Museum status, we’ll definitely be visiting again.
Lindsay Tallman is a freelance writer who writes about family and faith at www.lindsayntallman.com. Her work has been featured in Thriving Family and Family Fun magazines. Lindsay has been married to an Air Force pilot for 15 years and they are raising a quirky crew of four kids outside of St. Louis. Together they are working hard to keep the suburbs interesting.