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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.

2019 – 2020 School Year Registration
Now Open!

Interested in participating in our scholarship program?
The Magic House provides free field trip programs to Title 1 schools as well as schools that serve 50 percent or more students that qualify for free and reduced lunch. If your organization qualifies, please enter the code ACCESS at check out or contact us
at educationinfo@magichouse.org to schedule your
FREE field trip.

View our 2019-2020 Education Program Guide

General Information

Plan a field trip your students won’t forget! Field trips are offered throughout the school year, Tuesday through Friday and select Mondays during April and May.

  • 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.
  • 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

Your school may be eligible for a free field trip or outreach program from The Magic House! Thanks to generous donors who contribute to Access for All, The Magic House provides free learning experiences to Title 1 schools, as well as schools with 50 percent or more students that qualify for free and reduced lunch. If your organization qualifies, please enter the code ACCESS when making your online field trip reservation.

For more information about our Access for All scholarships, contact the Education Department at educationinfo@magichouse.org
or call 314-288-2513.


Fall Field Trip Special – September and October 2019

Reserved field trip admission rates are falling to $3.25 per person for schools visiting during September and October 2019. Make your reservations early before this good buy sells out.


Fall Outreach Special – September 2019

Half-price rates are available for daytime outreach programs scheduled for the month of September 2019.


Kids Can Help – November 2019

It is better to give than to receive. During November 2019, 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 2020

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.

What’s New

Additional Museum Exploration

New this year, school groups are invited to explore The Magic House following their guided field trip! Available from 11:00 to noon, schools groups will have the opportunity to enjoy free play in some of their favorite exhibits including the Children’s Village, Bubble Room, Wonder Works
and more!

STEAM Center Field Trip Program
Grades 1 – 5

Our new STEAM Center has taken over a whole floor of the Museum and is now available for a brand new field trip program! Students experiment, create, calculate, invent and make important discoveries as they explore the Science Lab, technology-infused Future Play, Make It Workshop, Art Studio and Math Path. The morning culminates with a grade level specific design challenge.

Argentina’s Niños Exhibit
Kindergarten – Grade 5
Available beginning November 12, 2019

“¡Bienvenido a Argentina!” Take your students on a trip to the second largest country in South America with a visit to our newest exhibit, Argentina’s Niños. Through a variety of immersive environments, students will experience what life is like for Argentine niños (kids) in this vibrant culture. 

Good Food For You Outreach Program
Kindergarten – Grade 5

Empower students to be healthy and smart from the inside out as they learn to make healthy choices in four portable interactive
environments: a grocery store, farmers market, restaurant and home kitchen, all without leaving school. Good Food for You encourages students’ decision-making, self-management, teamwork and collaboration as they learn to choose nutritious foods and create
healthy meals.

Wonder Works (Preschool – Kindergarten)

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Wonder Works

Preschool groups will enjoy a one hour and 15-minute Wonder Works field trip program.
Young children will engage in a developmentally appropriate and discovery-based approach to learning
within the STEAM-focused exhibit space designed to support and nurture children’s natural curiosity in
their world.  

Questions about field trips? Click here.
Schedule a field trip here
.

2019-20 Featured Educational Programs
First Semester

All groups visiting first semester will have the opportunity to enjoy the nationally traveling STEM-based exhibit Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails as part of their field trip experience! 

September – December
Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails
Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends™, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) –
focused exhibit engages children, ages 2 through 7, and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.


December

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.

Second Semester

January
Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes

Expressive paintings capture the beauty of winter as snow falls, animals burrow, and children prepare for this chilly, joy-filled season!  Following the story, young ones will take part in a discovery of the wonders of winter1

 

February-March
Circle Rolls by Barbara Kanninen

“Circle rolls, oval rocks, square sits like a box. Circle rolls, rectangle stands, triangle points without any hands.” A busy story-line of rhyming text calls out a collection of shapes and their physical characteristics! After the story, little learners will travel full-circle through an exploration of everything shapes!

 

April
Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins

A mother bird uses the forces of physics as she pushes and pulls to engineer the perfect, cozy nest for five speckled eggs! Following the story, preschoolers will spread their wings in an investigation of these favorite feathered friends.

 

May
What Will Grow? by Jennifer Ward

This lyrical picture book explores the wonders of seeds from the ground up! The magic and excitement of planting seeds of all shapes and sizes invites curious children to dig in and learn. A garden of activities sparking their innerbotanist will complete the visit!

 


Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from the Union Pacific Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in Wonder Works field trip programs free of charge.

Children’s Village (Kindergarten – Grade 5)

Children’s Village

In the Children’s Village, an immersive learning environment sparks the imagination of students as they explore a child-sized community that provides a world of 21st-century learning opportunities in math, science, social studies and more. Each one hour and 30-minute program includes an exclusive exploration of the exhibit space and concludes with an educational program.

Questions about field trips? Click here.
Schedule a field trip here.

 


See our Children’s Village Field Trip programs below.

Community Workers (Kindergarten – Grade 2)

Students explore the concept of community as they take on the roles of bankers, engineers, mechanics, doctors, veterinarians and other community members. After students visit the Children’s Village, Museum educators guide them in creating a model community of their own, determining what roles and institutions are necessary for it to function. Students 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 is a prerequisite for teachers new to the program.

Schedule a field trip here.

 


Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from Wells Fargo Advisors, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in Children’s Village field trip programs free of charge.

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
World Traveler Gallery takes students on a one hour and 30-minute program to build global awareness
and cultural understanding.  Students will experience immersive environments and explore the daily lives
of children from another part of the world, compare similarities and differences, then draw knowledge
about families across the globe!


Questions about field trips? Click here.
Schedule a field trip here.

 


See our World Traveler Field Trip programs below.

Children’s China (Kindergarten – Grade 5)
Available through October 24, 2019

This fall, take a 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 complete with a Dragon Parade, to exploring a contemporary classroom, six engaging and immersive settings bring the Chinese culture to life. 

Children’s China 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.

 


Argentina’s Niños (Kindergarten – Grade 5)
Available beginning November 12, 2019

“¡Bienvenido a Argentina!” Take your students on a trip to the second largest country in South America with a visit to our newest World Traveler Gallery exhibit, Argentina’s Niños. Designed to encourage global awareness and cultural appreciation, students will explore a variety of immersive environments important in children’s lives around the world, including a traditional school, home, marketplace and more. During their visit, students will experience the vibrant culture and traditions found throughout the Argentine community.  

Argentina’s Niños was created by The Magic House in partnership with the St. Louis Argentine community. 

Schedule a field trip here.

 

From 11:00 am to noon, school groups are invited to enjoy free play in the rest of the Museum.


Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from Kent Family Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in World Traveler Gallery field trip programs free of charge.

Classic Magic House (Grades 1 – 5)

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Classic Magic House takes students on a path of discovery with dozens of exciting and challenging hands-on exhibits including magnetism, light and shadows, the five senses and force and motion and more. Every one hour and 30-minute program features exclusive exploration of the Museum’s original three floors of interactive exhibits and a classroom educational program. 


Questions about field trips? Click here.
Schedule a field trip here.


Forces in Motion (Grades 1 – 5)

Featuring the Electrostatic Generator, Bubble Room, Pulleys, three-story Super Slide and more, the Forces in Motion field trip includes a classroom investigation of magnetism, static electricity, forces and more that will cultivate students’ creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Schedule a field trip here.

 


Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from Access for All donors, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in Classic Magic House field trip programs free of charge.

Star-Spangled Center (Grades 1 – 5)

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Support your social studies curriculum with a field trip to the Star-Spangled Center featuring the Oval Office, Legislative Chamber and Courtroom. This one hour and 30-minute interactive program offers students the opportunity to explore the three branches of government, turning students into educated young citizens!


Questions about field trips? Click here
Schedule a field trip 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, like lowering the voting age. 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 Law (Grades 3 – 5)law-or-no-law

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, like receiving PE five days a week or allowing skateboarding on sidewalks, to
a bill, discussion, a vote, and finally to the president’s desk to learn how our laws are made.

Schedule a field trip here.

 


Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in Classic Magic House field trip programs free of charge.

STEAM Center (Grades 1 – 5)


STEAM Center

Our STEAM Center 
has taken over a whole floor of the Museum and is now available for an updated field trip program! Students experiment, create, calculate, invent and make important discoveries as they explore the new Science Lab, technology-infused Future Play, Make-It Workshop, Art Studio and Math Path as well as complete a grade-level specific program.  Each field trip lasts one hour and 30-minutes.

 

Questions about field trips? Click here

Schedule a field trip here.

 


Turn up the Volume
Grade 1
Sounds like fun! Design and build a device that makes sound in two different ways

Roll with It
Grade 2

Driver’s license not required! Design and build a device that can move a car 6 inches without touching it.

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

No Wire Circuit
Grade 4

Go wireless! Create a circuit using household objects, anything but wire, to light an LED bulb.

Hole in One
Grade 5
Fore! Build a machine that can hit a ball into a stationary cup.

From 11:00 am to noon, school groups are invited to enjoy free play in the rest of the Museum.


Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from Emerson, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in Classic Magic House field trip programs free of charge.

Non-Guided Field Trip (Public Hours or Summer Visit)

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.

The Magic House @ MADE Guided Field Trip (Kindergarten – Grade 8)

The Magic House @ MADE Guided Field Trip Program

Kindergarten through Grade 8
Available September through May, Tuesday through Friday 9:30 to 11:00 am

5127 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108

The Magic House has opened a cutting-edge makerspace with a STEAM education focus in the City of St. Louis, between the Central West End and the Loop. The Magic House @ MADE features 7,000 square feet of interactive space including four areas: a Makers Workshop, an Artists Studio, a Designers Lab, and an Entrepreneurs Marketplace. Students are invited to this new STEAM-infused exhibit space where they will explore, create and collaborate, plus participate in a special grade-level specific design challenge, inviting students to sharpen their problem-solving skills.

Each one hour and 30-minute program includes an exclusive exploration of The Magic House @ MADE plus a grade-level
specific program. 

Admission is $5 per person. 

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Access for All Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to generous grants from Cortex Innovation Community, Boeing and Cardinals Care, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in The Magic House @ MADE  field trip programs free of charge.