New and Special Exhibits

Forts and Clubhouses

July 1 – October 11, 2015

This summer, kids will put their creativity and engineering skills to the test as they transform an enormous pile of everyday items into the ultimate fort at The Magic House's newest exhibit Forts & Clubhouses. At this unique exhibit, the timeless childhood tradition of fort building is taken to new levels as children work together to create one-of-a-kind, whimsical play spaces using a variety of engaging materials including cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes, colorful blankets, fluffy pillows and more! Whether they are building a little pup tent or erecting a giant fortress, children will be encouraged to use their best defense against boredom — their imaginations!

Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet,
Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit

October 10, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Step into the pages of your favorite books by Eric Carle!

• Become the Very Hungry Caterpillar by following his path
• Weave a web with the Very Busy Spider
• Find your light with the Very Lonely Firefly
• Make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump
• Compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket
• Create artwork using Eric Carle's materials and techniques

Co-organized by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

A Little Bit of Magic Update

Re-opens December 20

A Little Bit of Magic is about to become a lot more! The thirty-year-old space is being updated beginning August 31. This important renovation will allow The Magic House to offer even more unique and engaging activities for young children.

Children can look forward to seeing their old favorites return (only new and improved!) such as the slides, crawl tunnels, balance beam, discovery doors, light table, ball ramp, sand table and mouse house as well as look forward to discovering some soon-to-be new favorites.

Our early childhood exhibit is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Harry Edison Foundation, Eric & Evelyn Newman Foundation, Crawford Taylor Foundation, Beth & Larry Lenke, Monsanto Fund, Employees Community Fund of Boeing, Ron Cameron and Ameren.

While A Little Bit of Magic is closed for renovations, there will still be exhibit areas open for our preschool visitors. For Baby & Me, WaterWorks, the Art Studio and Make-It Workshop will all open as usual at 10:30 am. In addition, Forts and Clubhouses and the Children’s Village will open at 10:30 am from September 8 through October 9. Then our traveling exhibit, Very Eric Carle, will open at 10:30 am beginning October 13 through the end of the year.