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

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 five of Eric Carle’s very favorite books. Students can:

  • Become The Very Hungry Caterpillar and eat their way through a tunnel of foods on the transformational journey to become a butterfly.
  • Create a one-of-a-kind musical composition with The Very Quiet Cricket and his friends, then harmonize with other insects to compose a symphony of nature sounds.
  • Help The Very Lonely Firefly attract new friends by moving hands, bodies or wands to lure a firefly toward the light.
  • Practice dexterity like The Very Clumsy Click Beetle as they rummage through piles of pebbles, crawl through tall blades of grass, and balance on a poppy flower stem in this unique and playful landscape.
  • Work just as hard as The Very Busy Spider as they spin their own webs and climb on the large, web-like hammock.

Students can also create artwork using many of Eric Carle’s materials and techniques, and enjoy a gallery of prints from the “Very” series and works in progress.

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.

Super Kids Save the World

Super Kids Save the World

Preschool through Grade 4
Available February 16, 2015 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!

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.

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.

New Year Specials – January 2016

Free First Week!

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!

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.

Bring a Book – February 2016

Donate a NEW picture book for children under 5 and receive FREE admission when visiting Wonder Works February 2016 reserved field trip tour. One book per person is required. Books will be donated to Ready Readers, a program for young children from low-income communities. Please note: NO board books, chapter books, textbooks, activity books, workbooks, sticker books or coloring books can be accepted for FREE admission.


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