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Special Events

Kids' Flea Market

September 25, 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enterprising kids 16 years and younger will be selling their outgrown toys, books, CDs, baseball cards, games and DIY projects. There are all kinds of hidden treasures to discover! The Kids’ Flea Market is scheduled to take place on Nipher Middle School’s track located next door to The Magic House. In the event of rain, the Kids’ Flea Market will be moved to The Magic House’s parking lot.

Cost:

Admission to the Kids’ Flea Market is free for shoppers.


Kids' Beginner Chess Tournament

Friday, September 30
6:00 to 9:00 pm

The Magic House is hosting a low-stakes introduction to tournament play! Designed for players looking to gain experience with tournament play, students from first to eighth grade will play in an unrated tournament. Participants will play in up to four rounds, 15 minutes per side, using a chess clock.

How do you know when your child is ready to play in a first tournament? A player should know how to play the game of chess, including how to check and checkmate as well as when to call a draw.

Registration includes medals for all participants. First place winners will also receive a Family Membership to The Magic House. Opponents will be selected by grade level.

Cost:

$10 entry fee



Big Truck Day

October 1 – 2
10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Get your motors running and head out to The Magic House for a truckload of fun for Big Truck Day! Spend a constructive day getting up close and personal with some big trucks including a cement mixer, crane, fire truck and more! Big Truck Day includes picnic lunch, decorating your very own construction hat and admission to The Magic House. Reservations are recommended.

Cost:

$18 per person for non-members
$12 per person for members



Cardboard Creation Showcase

October 8

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

This September, kids will be challenged to take an ordinary cardboard box and build something extraordinary! The recycled masterpieces will be displayed at a Cardboard Creation Showcase on Saturday, October 8. Inspired by the short film, 'Caine’s Arcade,' this event is part of a Global Cardboard Challenge created by the Imagination Foundation. Reserve your spot in the showcase and receive free admission on the day of the event!

Cost:

Free with Museum admission



Once A Pawn A Time

Sunday, October 16
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Celebrate our new chess exhibit Kings, Queens & Castles with a Once A Pawn A Time event! Visitors of all ages are sure to have a royally good time as they explore this limited engagement exhibit, marvel over the spectacular feats of Juggling Jeff and even have the opportunity to meet a real knight in shining armor!

Cost:

Free with Museum admission.


Not-So-Haunted House

Friday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 23
Friday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 30

It’s the Not-So-Haunted House that is oh-so-fun! Children of all ages are invited to dress in their most "boo-tiful” costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick or treating and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters at this candy-free celebration.


Cost:

Free with Museum admission.


Happy Halloween Party

Friday, October 28

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join us for a special happy Halloween celebration where kids can participate a cardio dance party, make a healthy snack with St. Louis Children's Hospital’s resident chef and even complete a scavenger hunt for candy-free treats!


Cost:

Free with Museum Admission


Kids Special Election

Tuesday, November 8
9:30 am to 5:30 pm

This Election Day, The Magic House is inviting kids to take part in the electoral process at a Kids Special Election in the Museum’s Star-Spangled Center. It’s not just politics as usual as kids step into the voting booth and cast their ballot. All pint-sized voters will receive a special “I voted at The Magic House” sticker and can further show their civic pride by participating in some all-American crafts. 

Cost:

Free with Museum admission.


Fairy Tale Tea

November 12 and 13
11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Aspiring princes and princesses will have the opportunity to dine on assorted pastries and fruit and enjoy a short, live production of Cinderella. Following the play, kids can meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother. Reservations are required.

Cost:

$20 per person for non-members
$15 per person for members
Reservations are required.



Kids Can Help

November 12 and 13

Children can help those less fortunate and get into The Magic House for FREE during the Museum’s annual canned food drive. On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, children under the age of 12 who bring in three canned goods per person will be admitted to the Museum free of charge. The collected food will be donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank to help families in need. Last year, The Magic House donated nearly 3,000 pounds of food, providing 2,448 meals for the area hungry. Helping others can be a magical experience


Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 4
8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm or 5:00 pm


Sunday, December 11
8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am or 12:30 pm

You and your little short stack are invited to join us on for our Annual Breakfast with Santa! Make your morning (or evening) sizzle with a yummy pancake breakfast cooked by a pancake flipper extraordinaire, a fun holiday craft to take home, admission to The Magic House and the chance for little ones to sit on Santa’s lap. It’s sure to “stack” up to your expectations! Reservations required.

Cost:

$20 per person for non-members
$15 per person for members

Reservations are required.



Noontime New Year's Eve

Saturday, December 31
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Happy New Year! Ring in the new year a little bit early with a Noontime New Year celebration at The Magic House. New Year's revelers of all ages (even those with a bedtime!) are invited to join in the festivities as they make noise makers and wish wands, strike a pose in a photo booth with fun 2017 themed props and dance the day away to some rockin' tunes.

Cost:

Free with Museum admission.