Education – School Field Trips

field trips

General Information

Students from all over our community participate in guided field trip tours at the Museum each year. The Museum’s educators, all certified teachers, facilitate experiences that support 21st-century skills and core academics as well as creative problem solving and critical thinking. Educators can choose from a variety of grade level appropriate programs on math, science, financial literacy, literature and much more.

Reservations are required for all guided field trip tours. Tours may be scheduled Tuesday through Friday throughout the school year. Tours may also be scheduled on Mondays during the months of December, April and May.

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

Tour TImes
9:00 am and 9:45 am
9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am
9:15 am and 9:45 am
9:15 am and 10:15 am
9:30 am and 10:30 am
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Field Trip Rate

The field trip rate is $5.75 per person for students and adults.
One teacher per classroom is admitted free of charge. Regular admission is $10.00 per person. Because adult interaction is an integral part of every tour, one adult for every five students is required. Groups that would like a self-guided tour of The Magic House may visit after noon, Tuesday through Friday. Groups of 15 or more that include one adult for every five students will receive the group rate of $5.75 per person.

Target Title 1 Field Trips

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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 5th grades! Take aim soon to reserve your space for this limited opportunity!

Education Program Scholarships

FREE field trip programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to schools that serve 50 percent or more free and reduced lunch students. Thanks to our generous donors who contributed to The Magic House Education Program Fund, which enables all students to have access to free learning experiences.

To inquire about Education Program Fund Scholarships, please contact the Education Department at educationinfo@magichouse.org or call 314.288.2513.

Standards

The content of all education programs at The Magic House aligns with the national and state academic standards identified in the Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Math (CC); the Next Generation Science Standards (NGS); the Grade Level Expectations outlined by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (GLE); and the Missouri Early Learning Standards (MEL), as noted in program descriptions.


A Little Bit of Magic – Preschool ages 3 to 5

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On A Little Bit of Magic tours, groups explore an area designed especially for our youngest visitors. This space was developed to enhance a young child’s understanding of cause-and-effect relationships, to refine gross motor skills and encourage exploration.

School groups are greeted by a museum teacher who introduces the exhibits and escorts children through A Little Bit of Magic. Each one hour and 15 minute tour includes an hour in the hands-on exhibit area before moving to a classroom where a children’s literature program is presented with an accompanying hands-on learning activity designed to build basic skills. Favorite A Little Bit of Magic exhibits include the Puppet Wall, Light Brite, Texture Tunnel, Sand Play and a wet and wonderful playground, WaterWorks.

Missouri Early Learning Standards (MEL)
III. 1.b., III. 1.a. (listening); II.1.b. (speaking)

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


Special Discounts

Field Trip Special – September and October 2014

The Magic House is offering a $3.00 admission rate for every student and accompanying adult on a reserved field trip tour during the months of September and October 2014. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.

New Year Special – January 2015

Ring in the new year at The Magic House and start the semester with a bang! Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during January 2015 will be admitted for a special admission rate of just $3.00 per person.

Bring a Book – February 2015

Donate a NEW picture book for children under 5 and receive FREE admission when visiting on a
A Little Bit of Magic
February 2015 reserved 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.


Children’s Village – Early Elementary Grades

In the Children’s Village, exhibits spark the imagination of 5- to 9-year-old 21st-century learners and provide a world of opportunities about math, science, financial literacy, literature and much more.

School groups are greeted by a Museum teacher who accompanies them through the Gatehouse entrance and gives a brief introduction to the Children’s Village. Each one hour and 30-minute tour includes an exclusive exploration of the exhibit space and concludes with an educational program. Favorite Children’s Village exhibits include the Super Service Center, Pizza Parlor, Market, Walker Fishing Pond, Hospital, Bank and our new Pet Clinic!


Children’s Village Field Trip Programs

Community Workers K to 2nd grade

Students explore the concept of a community as they take on the roles of bankers, electricians, mechanics, librarians and other community members. After students visit the Children’s Village, Museum educators will guide them in creating a model community of their own, determining what roles and institutions are necessary for it to function. They will also sharpen their map skills as they become city planners and create a map of their own community.

Community Workers Support Materials

GLEs: Social Studies K-2: Geography 4A; Institutions and Traditions 6A, 6B

Small Change, Big Money K to 2nd grade

The Magic House is on the money with this program about U.S. coins. The program begins in the Children’s Village, where students role play earning and saving in a kid-sized community. Children then participate in a coin hunt relay game and decide how to wisely spend their newfound fortune. Count on a fun and engaging financial literacy experience!

Small Change, Big Money Support Materials

GLEs: Mathematics K-2: Measurement 1D Social Studies K-2: Economic Principles 4A
CCSS: Mathematics: MD.K-2.8

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees 2nd to 3rd grade

This financial literacy program helps students make connections between everyday living and finances. Students earn paychecks, make consumer choices, use teamwork at their job sites and learn how members of a community depend upon each other. They also form a “family” and demonstrate the ability to make appropriate personal economic choices about their wants and needs. Attendance at a FREE teacher workshop on October 1 or October 7 is a prerequisite for teachers new to the program. See the Professional Development page for details on the workshop.

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees Support Materials

GLEs: Social Studies 2-3: Economic Principles 4A Mathematics 2-3: Measurement 1D
CCSS: Language Arts: MD.K-2.8

Thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo Advisors, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

New Biz on the Block 2nd to 4th grade

This financial literacy and entrepreneurship program provides the basic building blocks of economics and inspires students to become active citizens who create their own opportunities and strengthen their communities.

Young entrepreneurs-in-training begin with an exploration of the Children’s Village, taking on the role of business owners and community workers to “learn the ropes” of business from the ground up! Next, miniature moguls will participate in a small group activity to develop a plan for a "new business on the block." Utilizing kid-friendly tools, students will:

• brainstorm possible business ventures
• weigh the pros and cons of each and come to a consensus
• develop a simple business plan, motto and logo
• find the best location for their business on the map

At the end of the program, each new venture will receive their business license from the town mayor, a.k.a. their teacher! The Magic House is sure New Biz on the Block will prove to be a profitable experience for your students!

New Biz on the Block Support Materials

GLEs: Social Studies 2-3: Economic Concepts 4A, 4B; Geography 5A
CCSS: Language Arts: SL.2-3.1
National Standards for Entrepreneurial Education: A.07, A.10, A.16, A.30

Thanks to a generous grant from MasterCard, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Special Discounts

Field Trip Special – September and October 2014

The Magic House is offering a $3.00 admission rate for every student and accompanying adult on a reserved field trip tour during the months of September and October 2014. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.

New Year Special – January 2015

Ring in the new year at The Magic House and start the semester with a bang! Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during January 2015 will be admitted for a special admission rate of just $3.00 per person.

Target Title 1 Field Trips

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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 5th grades! Take aim soon to reserve your space for this limited opportunity!

Education Program Fund Scholarships

FREE field trip programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to schools where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Thanks to our generous donors who contributed to The Magic House Education Program Fund, which enables all students to have access to free learning experiences.

Special Holiday Offering

Winter Wonderland – December 2014

This special holiday tour begins in the Children’s Village, transformed into a winter wonderland complete with snowmen! Young ones enjoy exclusive exploration of the exhibit space before moving to a classroom to hear a special story told by Mrs. Claus herself. The Magic House Mouse, written specifically for the Museum, is a touching tale of a group of mice who live in The Magic House and learn about the true spirit of giving. A surprise visit from a very special guest will follow the story. Interested school groups should request this option when making a reservation.


Classic – Elementary Grades

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During Classic Tours, elementary students will discover dozens of exciting and challenging hands-on exhibits that encourage 21st-century learning skills. The adventure begins with the exploration of math, magnetism, shadows, sound, the power of air and more than 50 other educational exhibits that enhance creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and scientific literacy.

School groups are greeted by a Museum teacher who introduces the exhibits and escorts students on their Classic Tour. Every two-hour tour includes an exploration of the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibits and an educational program of your choice. Available programs include an investigation of electricity, a journey through the new Math Path, a visit to the traveling exhibit Magic Tree House (October 4, 2014 – February 1, 2015). Favorite Classic exhibits include the Math Path, Electrostatic Generator, Bubble Room, Shadow Wall, Pulleys, Rams' Training Center and three-story slide.


Classic Field Trip Programs

Magic Tree House K to 4th grade

Available October 4, 2014 through February 1, 2015

Magic Tree House

The Magic Tree House® Exhibit is spinning into The Magic House to whisk students away on an adventure exploring American history! Based on the best-selling children’s book series written by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca and published by Random House Children’s Books, this limited engagement exhibit invites visitors to join Jack and Annie as they travel back in time to a way of life only read about in books. Magic Tree House® selections featured in the exhibit include:

  • Thanksgiving on Thursday, challenging students to climb Plymouth Rock and prepare a Thanksgiving feast the Pilgrim way!
  • Civil War on Sunday, offering students a bumpy ride in a horse-drawn ambulance and a job helping Clara Barton tend to wounded soldiers in a field hospital!
  • Twister on Tuesday, calling students to become the conductor of a steam locomotive, experience life on the prairie in a one-room school house and crawl into a storm cellar to escape a twisting tornado!

To enhance the exhibit experience, students will participate in a hands-on learning lab exploring the STEM behind the stories.


Children's China K to 5th grade

Available February 24 through May 21, 2015

Children's China

This spring take a field trip to China, no passports required! Children’s China transports students halfway across the globe to experience what life is like for children in China today – a country where timeless traditions endure amidst a modern lifestyle. From caring for pandas in the Panda Reserve to participating in a Chinese New Year celebration to exploring a contemporary classroom, six engaging and immersive settings bring Chinese culture to life. Children’s China integrates the time-honored teachings of Confucius, China’s great teacher, with a focus on the importance of education and family values.

Created by The Magic House in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Webster University and Character Plus, Children’s China is a nationally traveling exhibit designed to increase understanding of the Chinese culture. Plan your trip to China at The Magic House today!


Bright Ideas 2nd to 6th grade

This exploration of electricity and magnetism features a visit to a Museum classroom where students will participate in electrifying activities! Included is an investigation of conductors, insulators and circuits. Students will light up as they make their own working switches, electronic games, magnet mazes and transform ordinary pencils into magic wands. This program enables students to explore the processes of scientific inquiry and learn firsthand about the forces that power our world.

Bright Ideas Support Materials

GLEs: Science 2-6: Matter and Energy 2A, Force and Motion 2D, Scientific Inquiry 1A
CCSS: Language Arts: RI.2-6.3, RI.2-6.9
NGSS: PS3.B

Special Discounts

Field Trip Special – September and October 2014

The Magic House is offering a $3.00 admission rate for every student and accompanying adult on a reserved field trip tour during the months of September and October 2014. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.

Kids Can Help – November 2014

It is better to give than to receive. During November 2014, 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 Special – January 2015

Ring in the new year at The Magic House and start the semester with a bang! Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during January 2015 will be admitted for a special admission rate of just $3.00 per person.

Target Title 1 Field Trips

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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 5th grades! Take aim soon to reserve your space for this limited opportunity!

Education Program Fund Scholarships

FREE field trip programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to schools where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Thanks to our generous donors who contributed to The Magic House Education Program Fund, which enables all students to have access to free learning experiences.


Science Detectives – Elementary Grades

science detective

This tour begins in the Can You Solve the Mystery? exhibit where young investigators use 21st-century learning skills to discover how forensic experts do their job! Science Detectives tours include participation in a science exploration challenging students to unravel the Mystery of the Missing Masterpieces and crack an art forgery case. An examination of evidence revealing the secrets of investigative science proves there is no such thing as “disappearing without a trace!”

School groups are greeted by a Museum teacher who introduces the exhibits and escorts students on their Science Detectives tour. Each one hour and 45-minute tour includes an exclusive exploration of the exhibit space and concludes with an educational program promoting scientific inquiry. Favorite Science Detectives exhibits include Can You Solve the Mystery?, Ductwork Crawl, Hidden Forensic Lab and Disguise Room. Last but not least, each visitor on a Science Detectives tour is challenged to conquer the ever-popular Jack and the Beanstalk Climber!


Science Detectives Programs

A scientist’s work never ends! After the mystery is solved, students head to the Curiosity Classroom to perform a Kitchen Detectives lab. Teachers may choose one of two labs:

Dusting Dilemma Lab (3rd to 6th grade): Students test kitchen spices as fingerprints powders.
Clean Green Lab (3rd to 6th grade): Students test green cleaners to clean up a crime scene.

Students practice the skills of science inquiry and the scientific method as they pose questions, make observations, gather and analyze data, construct explanations and communicate results.

Science Detective Support Materials

GLEs Science 3-6: Scientific Inquiry 1A, 1B
CCSS Language Arts: RI 3-6.3, RI 3-6.10
NGSS: ETS1A

Special Discounts

Field Trip Special – September and October 2014

The Magic House is offering a $3.00 admission rate for every student and accompanying adult on a reserved field trip tour during the months of September and October 2014. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.

Kids Can Help – November 2014

It is better to give than to receive. During November 2014, 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 Special – January 2015

Ring in the new year at The Magic House and start the semester with a bang! Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during January 2015 will be admitted for a special admission rate of just $3.00 per person.

Target Title 1 Field Trips

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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 5th grades! Take aim soon to reserve your space for this limited opportunity!

Education Program Fund Scholarships

FREE field trip programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to schools where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Thanks to our generous donors who contributed to The Magic House Education Program Fund, which enables all students to have access to free learning experiences.


Star-Spangled Center – Elementary Grades

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Star-Spangled Center Tours include visiting the Presidential Rotunda, Oval Office, Legislative Chamber and Courtroom. These interactive environments offer students the opportunity to practice 21st-century skills as they learn about our government of the people, by the people and for the people. Focusing on civic literacy, students are invited to take on the roles of Executive, Judicial and Legislative government officials acting out governmental processes.  This engaging experience is sure to turn students into educated young citizens.

School groups are greeted by a Museum teacher who introduces the exhibits and escorts the students on their Star-Spangled Center Tour. Each one hour and 30-minute tour includes an exclusive exploration of the exhibit space and a grade level-specific program. Favorite Star-Spangled Center exhibits include Famous Phrases, You Can Be President Too, Sign the Declaration and the Liberty Bell. Last but not least, each visitor on a Star-Spangled Center tour is challenged to conquer the ever-popular Jack and the Beanstalk Climber!

Star-Spangled Center Programs

Thanks to a generous grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in each of the following civic education field trips free of charge.

Oh Say Can You See? K to 2nd grade

From the bald eagle to the Liberty Bell, American icons represent important concepts and events in our nation’s history. This program introduces 10 prominent American symbols: the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Great Seal, the rose, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the flag and Lady Justice.

Oh Say Can You See? Support Materials

GLEs: Social Studies K-2: Principles of Democracy 1D
CCSS: Language Arts: SL.K-2.1, SL.K-2.2, SL.K-2.3

Majority Rules! 1st to 3rd grade

Cast your vote! Students register to vote, cast their ballots and evaluate election results on issues that matter to kids. This program illustrates how voting is one of our most important rights and responsibilities and demonstrates democracy in action.

Majority Rules! Support Materials

GLEs: Social Studies 1-3: Governance Systems 3B; Principles of Democracy 1B
CCSS: Language Arts: SL.1-3.1, SL.1-3.2, SL.1-3.3

Law or No Law 3rd to 8th grade

All in favor say “aye” for this hands-on civic education program designed to help students identify Congress as the primary law-making body of the United States government. This experience invites young representatives to follow the law-making process from an idea for a bill to discussion, vote and finally to the president’s desk how our laws are made.

Law or No Law Support Materials

GLEs: Social Studies 3-8: Principles of Democracy 1A; Governance Systems 3B, 3C
CCSS: Language Arts: SL.3-8.1, SL.8.3

Mock Trial 4th to 8th grade

All rise for a civic education opportunity that’s sure to have the jury deciding in favor of a field trip to The Magic House! The Star-Spangled Center Courtroom serves as the stage for students to act out their very own mock trial. Preparation is key ensuring participants arrive ready for trial to learn firsthand how the American court system helps solve disputes. Contact us soon to have your students added to the Courtroom docket.

GLEs: Social Studies 4-8: Governance Systems 3B
CCSS: Language Arts: SL.4-8.1, SL.4-8.2, SL.4-8.


Thanks to a generous grant from the Jordan Charitable Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in civic education field trips free of charge.

Special Discounts

Field Trip Special – September and October 2014

The Magic House is offering a $3.00 admission rate for every student and accompanying adult on a reserved field trip tour during the months of September and October 2014. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.

New Year Special – January 2015

Ring in the new year at The Magic House and start the semester with a bang! Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during January 2015 will be admitted for a special admission rate of just $3.00 per person.

Target Title 1 Field Trips

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

Education Program Fund Scholarships

FREE field trip programs are available on a first-come, first-served basis to schools where 50 percent or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Thanks to our generous donors who contributed to The Magic House Education Program Fund, which enables all students to have access to free learning experiences.