New and Special Exhibits

Magic Tree House™

October 4, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Climb the ladder to adventure with the latest traveling exhibit Magic Tree House™. Based on the best-selling children's book series written by Mary Pope Osborne and published by Random House, this novel exhibit allows visitors to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house. Join Jack and Annie, two ordinary siblings from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, as they are whisked away in time to experience three important periods in American history including a visit to Plymouth Bay at the time of the first Thanksgiving, a trip to a field hospital to help Clara Barton during the time of the Civil War, and a visit to a one-room school house to experience life as a pioneer.

Children choose their own adventure by selecting from three passageways inside the tree house, each leading them on an exciting, historical journey back in time. Let the adventure begin!

Math Path

The new and improved Math Path is almost double in size and adds a variety of new activities designed to illustrate key math concepts. Visitors can experience classic favorites like the Lego Runway and Giant Calculator, and soon-to-be new favorites including a giant Light Bright perfect for creating patterns, a mirrored experience for Kaleidoscope Symmetry, Tessellations and more. Through fun, family play and hands-on learning, children will explore math skills in a new way!

The updates to the Math Path support the Museum’s goal of incorporating STEM-focused topics within exhibits. These exhibits support math standards outlined by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Common Core.

The renovation to the Math Path was made possible by in part by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) with additional support from MasterCard and the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation.

Children's China:
Celebrating Culture, Character
and Confucius

Opening February 21, 2015

Take a trip to China – no passport required! Opening this February, Children's China transports visitors 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.

Experience six engaging and immersive settings that bring Chinese culture to life! Visitors will care for pandas in the panda reserve, participate in a Chinese New Year celebration with a Chinese dragon, explore a contemporary classroom, restaurant, park and more within this one-of-a-kind exhibit. 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!

Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children's Museums.