New and Special Exhibits

Children's China:
Celebrating Culture, Character
and Confucius

February 21 to September 7, 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!

Prepare for your visit to Children's China by downloading "The League of Extraordinary Bloggers" – an app developed as a pre and post visit activity for families looking for a content rich, age-appropriate introduction to four Asian cultures.
The League of Extraordinary Bloggers App was created to build on and extend the exhibit experience and connect all visitors with a broader realm of resources for exploring Asian cultures. The App can be downloaded at

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.

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.