Education – What’s New!

New Field Trip Programs

Forts and Clubhouses

Kids Construct!

Available September 16, 2015 through October 2, 2015

This limited engagement field trip invites preschoolers to explore the Kids Construction Zone along with our newest exhibit, Forts and Clubhouses!

The Kids Construction Zone, a covered outdoor play space, welcomes students to “wear the hat” of every worker in the industry, as they try their hand at plumbing, painting, carpentry, masonry and equipment operation!

Forts and Clubhouses, a captivating universal rite of childhood, calls students to put their brains into building and work collaboratively as they erect their very own
one-of-a-kind creation:

• How big, how small?
• How high, how low?
• Roof, window, door, secret door?

See ideas come to life as little architects exercise engineering in this unstructured play experience that fosters creativity, teamwork and other 21st-century skills.

Very Eric Carle logo

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

Available October 13, 2015 through January 22, 2016

Step into the pages of your favorite books by Eric Carle! This play-and-learn exhibit features activities inspired by Eric Carle's quintet of "Very" books. Students can:

• Become the Very Hungry Catepillar following his winding "food" path on a journey toward becoming a butterfly and at the end, manipulate acrylic pieces of various colors and shapes to create their own beautiful butterfly wings.

• Work as hard as The Very Busy Spider stepping through a giant, web-like structure testing dexterity, strength and flexibility as they move across the challenging surface. Then make their own web—big or small—experimenting with a variety of stringy materials.

• Students can move their hands and bodies to lure a firefly to them and work with others to attract multiple fireflies and form a group of the beautiful lit insects. Everyone wants to find a friend, just like The Very Lonely Firefly.

• Test their balance climbing a pile of pebbles, crawling through tall blades of grass, stepping from stepping stone to stepping stone and walking across the stem of a poppy flower in this unique and playful landscape, challenging themselves to master new skills, and persevere like The Very Clumsy Click Beetle.

• Touch The Very Quiet Cricket and his friends in this interactive, relief mural to trigger a sound and create a one of a kind musical composition. The various insect sounds harmonize together to make a unique symphony comprised of rhythms and sounds found in nature.

• Students can also create artwork using many of Eric Carle materials and techniques, and enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle's "Very" book series.

This exhibit is co-organized by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Major sponsorship of Very Eric Carle is generously provided by Wells Fargo Advisors.
Support for educational programming is generously provided by the Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation.

Wonder Works

Preschool through Grade 2
Opens December 20, 2015

This fall our 30-year old early childhood area, A Little Bit of Magic, will be closed to the public while it is being renovated. When it reopens in late December, it will be transformed into Wonder Works, a new STEM-infused play space for children ages 2 to 8 years.

Young children are natural scientists. They are curious and creative with an inner drive to investigate the world around them. Wonder Works is an immersive learning environment designed to support and nurture children’s curiosity in their world. Through play and exploration, children will expand their interest and increase their understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Super Kids Save the World

Super Kids Save the World

Preschool through Grade 4
Available February 16, 2016 through May 13, 2016

This powerful nationally traveling exhibit designed and built by The Magic House encourages students to become eco-friendly superheroes in their own communities. Based on the British children’s book, George Saves the World by Lunchtime written by Jo Readman, students can visit a farmers’ market, research lab, recycling center and thrift shop to learn simple steps they can take to preserve our planet.

Designed with “green” materials and practices, this super exhibit gives students real superhero training starting with the four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle.

Students will leave feeling empowered to make a difference in their world!

New Professional Development

Full STEAM Ahead

Preschool through Kindergarten
Available January – May 2016

Discover how creativity is the basis for learning and problem solving.  This workshop opens the door to hands-on learning using integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics content, allowing students to make real-life connections through inquiry, collaboration and
project-based learning.

Workshop Cost: $300 per session
Workshop Length: Two hours
Size Limit: Maximum 50 teachers

MELGs: Physical Science 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 1.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d; Life Science 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d; Earth Science 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c, 4.d; Technology 1.a, 1.b, 3.a, 3.b; Music and Movement 1.a, 2.b, 2.c, 2.d; Visual Arts 1.a, 1.b, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c; Drama 1.a, 2.a, 2.c, 2.d, 2.e; Counting and Cardinality 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 1.d, 2.a, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 4.a, 4.b; Operations and Algebraic Thinking 1.a, 1.b, 2.a; Number and Operations in Base Ten 1.a, 1.b; Measurement and Data 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c; Geometry 1.c, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 2.d
CCSS: Math K.CC.A.1, K.CC.A.2, K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4, K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.OA.A1, K.MD.A.1, K.MD.A.2, K.MD.B.3, K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2, K.G.A.3, K.G.B.4, K.G.B.5, K.G.B.6

NGSS: K-PS2-1, K-PS2-2, K-PS3-1, K-PS3-2, KESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2K-2-ETS1-3

New Outreach Program

Binary, Bits and Bytes...Oh, My!

Grade 1 – 5

Binary code is as easy as 01, 10, 11!  Unlock the mystery of binary code and explore how computers send and receive information using just 1s and 0s. Students will also learn the (not-so-secret) code to transform letters of the alphabet into binary numbers as they each make a binary code bracelet.

Size Limit: Maximum 25 students

Target Title 1 Field Trips


The Magic House is honored to team with Target to provide Title 1 schools throughout the bi-state region of Missouri and Illinois with free field trip tours for students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. Take aim soon to reserve your space for this limited opportunity!

Special Discounts

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees – September 30 and October 6, 2015

(FREE Teacher Workshop and Field Trip)
This fall workshop is designed to assist teachers in preparing students to participate in the Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees financial literacy field trip tour and provide ideas on integrating economic education into the classroom. Attendance at the FREE teacher workshop grants each teacher a FREE field trip! Find more details in Professional Development.

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors.

Fall Field Trip Special – September and October 2015

Reserved field trip admission rates are falling to $3 per person for schools visiting during September and October 2015. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out. (Regular field trip price is $6.00). Review the many tours available by visiting School Field Trips.

Fall Outreach Special – September 2015

Half-price rates are available for daytime outreach programs scheduled for the month of September 2015. Review the many programs available by visiting Outreach Programs.

Kids Can Help – November 2015

It is better to give than to receive. During November 2015, students and adults who donate a can of food will receive FREE admission when visiting on a reserved Classic or Science Detectives field trip tour. All canned foods will be donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

Free First Week! – January 2016

Kick off 2016 with a FREE field trip to The Magic House, January 5th-8th! School groups visiting on a reserved field trip tour the first week of January will receive FREE ADMISSION for all students, teachers and one chaperone per five children. Be the first to call for this limited opportunity!

Ring in the New Year! – January 2016

Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during January 12-29, 2016 will be admitted for a special admission rate of $3.00 per person.


For further information or to make a reservation, please contact the Education Department at or call 314.288.2513.