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School Field Trips

The Magic House offers a variety of grade level appropriate programs designed to encourage 21st-century learning skills in science, math, social studies and more.

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Be sure to select the appropriate field trip category, month and date.  Field trip offerings range in size and times, scroll through the full list to find the right fit for your class.  Request more information about our field trip programs here.

2018-2019 Education Program Guide and details coming soon!

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General Information

Plan a memorable field trip experience for your students! The Magic House educators, all certified teachers, facilitate guided field trip experiences that support core academics and encourage creative problem solving, communication and critical thinking skills. The Magic House is open exclusively for school groups during reserved field trip hours.

  • Field trips are offered Tuesday through Friday mornings throughout the school year as well as select Mondays during April and May.
  • Field trip admission is $6.50 per person for students and adults.
  • One teacher per classroom is admitted free of charge.
  • A minimum of one adult chaperone is required for every five students.

The content of all field trip programs at The Magic House aligns with national and state standards.

Special Discounts

Access for All
Free field trip programs are available on a limited basis to Title 1 schools as well as schools that serve 50 percent or more of students that qualify for free and reduced lunch. Thanks to generous donors who contribute to Access for All, The Magic House is able to provide these free learning experiences.

Request more information about Access for All by contacting the Education Department at educationinfo@magichouse.org or call 314-288-2513.


Fall Field Trip Special – September and October 2018
Reserved field trip admission rates are falling to $3.25 per person for schools visiting during September and October 2018. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.


Fall Outreach Special – September 2018
Half-price rates are available for daytime outreach programs scheduled for the month of September 2018.


Kids Can Help – November 2018
It is better to give than to receive. During November 2018, students and adults who donate a can of food will receive FREE admission when visiting on a reserved Classic Magic House field trip tour. All canned foods will be donated to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.


Ring in the New Year! – January 2019
Schools visiting on a reserved field trip tour during the month of January will be admitted for a special admission rate of $3.25 per person.

Limited Engagement: Splash and Bubbles (Preschool – Grade 2)

Splash and Bubbles
Preschool through Grade 2
Available January 29 through May 10, 2019

Students will dive into the incredible world of ocean exploration as they visit the early childhood STEM-based exhibit, Splash and Bubbles! Like the popular PBS Kids TV series, this unique exhibit builds science and social-emotional skills as kids become Reef Town Rangers learning to protect the ocean and all its creatures. As they navigate through four different ocean habitats, kids will make discoveries that build awareness and appreciation for the amazing diversity of life, both in the ocean and in their own communities.

Splash and Bubbles was developed by The Magic House in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Family Entertainment.

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.

Wonder Works (Preschool – Kindergarten)

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Wonder Works

Wonder Works takes curious young minds and busy bodies on a STEAM learning adventure!

Designed to support and nurture young children’s curiosity, each one hour and 15-minute tour includes exclusive use of Wonder Works by your group for one hour before moving to a classroom where a children’s literature program is presented with accompanying hands-on activities.

Tour times: 9:00 am and 9:45 am

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.


Hands-On Literacy Programs

September 4 – November 30, 2018

The Little Raindrop
by Joanna Gray

Join the Little Raindrop on an adventure through the water cycle! Fly through a rainbow, splash in a puddle, float down a river, and surf in the ocean before soaking up some sunshine to prepare for the next rainy day. Following the read aloud, little ones can enjoy a water-filled challenge.

Schedule a field trip here.


December 4 – December 20, 2018

The Magic House Mouse

Mrs. Claus tells the touching tale of a group of mice who live in The Magic House and learn about the true spirit of giving. A surprise visit from a very special guest will inspire little ones to Ho-Ho-Ho all the way home!

Schedule a field trip here.


January 8 – March 14, 2019

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
by Bob Barner

Flutter on by to check out the hopping, creeping and buzzing insects and get to know the colorful world of bugs! This brightly colored book will introduce friendly crawlers to little readers. Wriggle into a bug-filled challenge following the story.

Schedule a field trip here.


March 26 – May 23, 2019

Plants Can’t Sit Still
by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Plants may not have feet or fins or wings, but that does not stop them from moving! Enjoy the beauty of many different plants in their natural habitats and learn why plants can’t sit still. A challenge inviting little ones to explore plants and movement will follow the story.

Thanks to generous grants from Ameren, Express Scripts Foundation and Mastercard, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Schedule a field trip here.

Classic Magic House (Kindergarten – Grade 5)

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During Classic Magic House Tours, elementary students will discover dozens of exciting and challenging hands-on exhibits. The adventure begins with the exploration of math, magnetism, shadows, sound, the power of air and more than 50 other educational exhibits that enhance creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and STEM.

Every two-hour tour includes an exploration of the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibits. Favorite Classic exhibits include the Math PathElectrostatic GeneratorBubble RoomShadow WallPulleys and three-story Super Slide.

Tour times: 9:15 am and 9:45 am

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.

See our Classic Magic House Field Trip programs below.


Forever Forest (Grades K – 2)
Available September 25 through December 20, 2018

Student will discover how their lives are connected to forests through the ways they live, work and play. Forever Forest features hands-on activities focused on forest life and sustainable harvesting; lumber transportation with a realistic kid-sized replica of a Union Pacific engine and mini grapple skidders that students can operate; a tree-top climber; and a mini home under construction.


Splash and Bubbles (Grades K – 2)
Available January 29 through May 10, 2019

Students will dive into the incredible world of ocean exploration as they visit the early childhood STEM-based exhibit, Splash and Bubbles! Like the popular PBS Kids TV series, this unique exhibit builds science and social-emotional skills as kids become Reef Town Rangers learning to protect the ocean and all its creatures. As they navigate through four different ocean habitats, kids will make discoveries that build awareness and appreciation for the amazing diversity of life, both in the ocean and in their own communities.

Splash and Bubbles was developed by The Magic House in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company and Herschend Family Entertainment.


bright-ideasBright Ideas (Grades 3 – 5)

This exploration of electricity and magnetism features a visit to a Museum classroom where students participate in electrifying activities! Included is an investigation of conductors, insulators and circuits. Students will light up as they make their own working switches, electronic games, magnet mazes and transform ordinary pencils into magic wands. This program enables students to explore the processes of scientific inquiry and learn firsthand about the forces that power our world.

Schedule a field trip here.

Children’s Village (Kindergarten – Grade 5)

Children’s Village

In the Children’s Village, an immersive learning environment sparks the imagination of five- to nine-year-olds as they explore a child-sized city that provides a world of 21st-century learning opportunities in math, science, social studies and more.

Each one hour and 30-minute tour includes an exclusive exploration of the exhibit space and concludes with an educational program. Favorite Children’s Village exhibits include the Super Service CenterPizza ParlorMarket, Walker Fishing Pond, HospitalBank and Pet Clinic!

Tour times: 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.

See our Children’s Village Field Trip programs below.


Community Workers (Kindergarten – Grade 2)

Students explore the concept of a community as they take on the roles of bankers, electricians, mechanics, librarians and other community members. After students visit the Children’s Village, they create a model community of their own, determining what roles and institutions are necessary for it to function. They will also sharpen their map skills as they become city planners and create a map of their own community.

Schedule a field trip here.


Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees (Grades 2 – 5)

This financial literacy program helps students make connections between everyday living and finances. Students earn paychecks, make consumer choices, use teamwork at their job sites and learn how members of a community depend upon each other. They also form a “family” and demonstrate the ability to make appropriate personal economic choices about their wants and needs. Attendance at a FREE teacher workshop on September 26 or October 2 is a prerequisite for teachers new to the program.

Thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo Advisors, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Schedule a field trip here.

World Traveler Gallery (Kindergarten – Grade 5)

World Traveler Gallery

Invite your students on an educational journey to study abroad, no passport required! The Magic House’s NEW World Traveler Gallery takes students on a 90-minute tour introducing them to a diverse culture and an opportunity to discover the daily lives of children in other parts of the world. Students will experience immersive environments, compare similarities and differences, then draw knowledge about children across the globe!

Thanks to a generous grant from The Employees Community Fund of Boeing, The Kent Family Foundation and the Union Pacific Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.

See our World Traveler Gallery programs below.


Kenya’s Kids (Grades K – 5)
Available September 25, 2018 through January 17, 2019

This fall, encourage your students’ global literacy skills with a trip to Kenya! During a visit to Kenya’s Kids, students will discover what life is like for children in Kenya today, a country both technologically-advanced and filled with longtime traditions. From exploring a Kenyan home and school to learning about the country’s advanced mobile-based financial system at an outdoor market to taking on the role of a national reserve ranger or elephant orphanage keeper, students will compare and contrast the similarities and differences between their lives and those of children in the East African country of Kenya.

Kenya’s Kids was created in partnership with the St. Louis Kenyan community and is generously made possible by the Crawford Taylor Foundation and The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank Trustee.

Schedule a field trip here.


Children’s China (Grades K – 5)
Available beginning February 5, 2019

This spring take a field trip to China, no passports required! Children’s China transports students 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. From caring for pandas in the Panda Reserve to participating in a Chinese New Year celebration to exploring a contemporary classroom, six engaging and immersive settings bring the Chinese culture to life. 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.

Children’s China, Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius was created by The Magic House as part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Webster University and Hanban.

Schedule a field trip here.

Star-Spangled Center (Grades 1 – 5)

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Star-Spangled Center tours include visiting the Oval Office, Legislative Chamber and Courtroom.  These interactive environments offer students the opportunity to learn about the three branches of government – of the people, by the people and for the people. Focusing on civil literacy, students are invited to take on the roles of Executive, Judicial and Legislative officials acting out governmental processes. This engaging experience is sure to turn students into educated young citizens.

School groups are greeted by a Museum teacher who leads the one hour and 30-minute learning experience which includes an exploration of the exhibit space and a grade level-specific program.

Tour times: 9:30 am and 10:15 am

Thanks to a generous grant from the Edward Garvey Chase Memorial Foundaion, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in these programs free of charge.

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.

See our Star-Spangled Center Field Trip programs below.


majority-rulesMajority Rules (Grades 1 – 3)

Cast your vote! Students register to vote, cast their ballots and evaluate election results on issues that matter to kids. This program illustrates how voting is one of our most important rights and responsibilities and demonstrates democracy in action.

Schedule a field trip here.


law-or-no-lawLaw or No Law (Grades 3 – 5)

All in favor say “aye” for this hands-on civic education program designed to help students identify Congress as the primary law-making body of the U.S. government. This experience invites young representatives to follow the law-making process from an idea for a bill, to discussion, vote and finally to the president’s desk to learn how our laws are made.

Schedule a field trip here.

Design Challenge (Grades 3 – 5)

Design Challenge

Whether they are constructing a skyscraper or creating an electric circuit, budding inventors are encouraged to hone their problem-solving skills as they participate in, and learn more about, the design thinking process.  Through a process of creating, testing and recreating, students will experience STEAM-subjects as they participate in a discovery process to solve open-ended problems.  By tapping into student’s natural curiosity, the Design Challenge field trip allows students to get hands-on as they solve grade-level specific challenges.

Each one hour and 30-minute tour includes exclusive use of the Make-It WorkshopArt Studio and Future Play and a grade level-specific program.

Tour time: 9:30 am

Schedule a field trip here.

Questions about field trips? Click here.


Tower of Strength (Grade 3)
Bring in reinforcements! Build a skyscraper using a variety of non-traditional building supplies, to withstand the wind.

Schedule a field trip here.


No Wire Circuit (Grades 4 – 5)
Go wireless! Create a circuit using household objects, anything but wire, to light an LED bulb.

Schedule a field trip here.

Non-Guided Field Trip (Public Hours)

With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, The Magic House is the perfect place for a group visit that’s both educational and fun!

During public hours, The Magic House invites groups to visit for non-guided field trip experiences.

The Magic House offers special rates for groups of 15 or more. In order to receive this rate, a minimum of one adult chaperone is required for every five children. Reservations are not necessary for self-guided group visits during public hours. However, we request that you notify us of your group’s visit in advance to simplify the check-in process.  Please register your group’s visit here.