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Special Events

Kids' Flea Market

September 21, 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Magic House is looking for enterprising kids 16 years and younger to sell their handmade craft items, outgrown toys, books, baseball cards, games and more at the Museum's Annual Kids' Flea Market. Not only is this a great opportunity for kids to make their own money, but they can also earn extra points with their parents by cleaning out their rooms! This event is great for bargain hunters as well and is open to the public for shopping. There will be all kinds of hidden treasures to discover. In addition to the great bargains, there will be music and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy while visiting.

The Kids’ Flea Market will take place at Kirkwood School District’s Nipher Middle School track located next to The Magic House, rain or shine.


$15 per table
Reservations are not required to shop.

Confucius Day

September 27, 2014
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Magic House is gearing up for the grand opening of our new exhibit, Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius, with a very special observance of Confucius Day. This festive event honoring China's great teacher will feature special performances of the Chinese Lion Dance as well as demonstrations of other popular Chinese art forms in the Museum's Play Garden. Children are also invited to create their own magnificent lion headdresses, make panda sculptures and participate in a variety of traditional Chinese crafts including lantern making and calligraphy. Hosted in partnership with the Confucius Institute of Webster University, Confucius Day at The Magic House will be one of 400 celebrations taking place across the continent.

Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius opens at The Magic House on February 21, 2015.


Free with regular Museum admission.

Worldwide Day of Play

Saturday, September 20, 2014
9:30 am – 5:30 pm

We're inviting visitors of all ages to a giant playdate! This worldwide, annual event encourages families to turn off the television and explore the world around them! Sponsored by the Isaac Bruce Foundation, The Magic House will playfully participate by offering half-priced admission to all children 12 and under and by featuring a variety of active outdoor opportunities in the Museum's Play Garden. Plus, from noon – 2:00 pm, Isaac Bruce and members from the St. Louis Rams join us to help in celebrate by moving and playing together!

Children 12 and under receive half-price admission all day.


Free with Museum admission

Big Truck Day

October 4 – 5, 2014
10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Big trucks will be a big deal at The Magic House on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5! Visitors can register to attend the Big Truck Day celebration where they can get up close and personal with some very big trucks including a cement mixer, crane, fire truck and more! Big Truck Day includes a meal, decorating a construction hat to take home and all-day admission to The Magic House.


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

Not-So-Haunted House

October 17 – 19, 2014
October 24 – 26, 2014
Museum Hours

It's the Not-So-Haunted House that is oh-so-fun! Kids of all ages are invited to dress in their most "boo"tiful Halloween costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick or treating and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters. This year’s Halloween event will include a special visit from more than 15 storybook characters from favorite children’s tales such as The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter; Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and more.

Each child attending this spooktacular event will receive a trick-or-treat bag and an autograph book for the not-so-spooky characters to sign as they trick-or-treat throughout four levels of the more than 100-year-old Not-So-Haunted House. While the Not-So-Haunted House won’t be scary, our Electro-Static Generator will make your hair stand on end!


Free with regular Museum admission.

Happy, Healthy Halloween

October 31, 2014
9:30 am – 9:00 pm

New this year, The Magic House is hosting a Happy, Healthy Halloween sponsored by St. Louis Children's Hospital. This all-day, candy-free celebration includes half-price admission for children in costume, a trick-or-healthy-treat scavenger hunt throughout the Museum where children can collect active play treats, as well as a cardio dance party and hands-on fitness activities with St. Louis Children's Hospital scheduled throughout the day.


Free with Museum Admission

Fairy Tale Tea

November 8 – 9, 2014
11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Once upon a time, The Magic House will host a special Fairy Tale Tea party where aspiring princes and princesses will have the opportunity to sip tea or apple juice, dine on assorted pastries, make a bejeweled crown to take home and enjoy a short, live production of Cinderella inside the Whitaker Theater at The Magic House. Following the play, kids can see their favorite characters up close as Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother visit with guests and sign autographs.


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

Kids Can Help

November 15 and 16, 2014

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 22 and Sunday, November 23, 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. Helping others can be a magical experience.

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 7, 2014
8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 14, 2014
8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am

Parents and their little short stacks are sure to "flip" over The Magic House's Annual Breakfast with Santa. On Sunday, December 7 and December 14, families can make their morning (or evening) sizzle with a yummy pancake breakfast cooked by a pancake flipper extraordinaire. This isn't any normal pancake breakfast as kids will catch their pancakes as they are tossed through the air by Chris Cakes Catering's master chef. The kids can also have a special photo taken with Santa, enjoy playtime in the Museum and even have the opportunity to make a fun holiday craft to take home.


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

Holiday Toy Drive

Saturday, December 13

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

This holiday season, The Magic House is teaming up with the Kirkwood Fire Department and Toys for Tots for a special opportunity to give back and spread cheer. The Kirkwood Fire Department's ambulance will be pulling into the Museum's parking lot and doubling as Santa's sleigh as visitors fill the empty truck with new presents. These gifts will be delivered to children throughout the community who would not have had a holiday present otherwise. Please join us as we help create the magic and joy of the holiday season for all children.


Admission to the Museum not required to attend this event.