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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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Download the 2016-2017 Education Program Guide here.

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 $6.00 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.

Request a field trip here.


Ring in the New Year! – January 2017
All schools visiting on a reserved field trip during January 2017 will be admitted for a special admission rate of $3.00 per person.

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What’s New

kings-queens-castles-whats-newKings, Queens & Castles
Kindergarten through Grade 6
Available through December 16, 2016

Developed in partnership with the World Chess Hall of Fame, Kings, Queens & Castles brings the game of chess to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy.

This hands-on exhibit features an array of interactive elements including a drawbridge leading to a castle with a giant chessboard floor, a dress-up station that transforms children into royalty, life-sized chess pieces and more. Students can show their creativity as they make a fanciful crown, then build the walls of the castle with stackable bricks.

Kings, Queens & Castles was created by The Magic House in partnership with the World Chess Hall of Fame.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Request a field trip here.


daniel-tiger-logo-for-whats-newDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit
Preschool
Available February 11 – May 5, 2017

Based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark curriculum on social and emotional learning, this nationally traveling exhibit invites children to step into Daniel Tiger’s world and join him and his friends to explore some favorite places. Children will work together to solve problems, use their imaginations and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies to better understand and navigate everyday emotions.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company.

© 2016 The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved.

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Preschool Field Trips

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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

Request a field trip here.


Hands-On Literacy Programs

shape_shiftJanuary 3 – March 9, 2017

Shape Shift by Joyce Hesselberth
“Look around. What shapes do you see?” This playful picture book encourages imaginative thinking and endless creative shape-shifting possibilities. After the story, activities sparking geometric genius will help young ones become shape savvy and smart!

Request a field trip here.


when_spring_comesApril 4 – May 25, 2017

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
“Are you ready for Spring?” Bright illustrations set the stage for the magic of Spring and all its wonder. Activities inviting little ones on a sensory path of springtime discovery will follow the story!

Thanks to generous grants from the Ameren Corporation Charitable Trust, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing and the Graybar Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Request a field trip here.


daniel-tiger-logo-for-whats-newDaniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit
Preschool
Available February 11 – May 5, 2017

Based on the award-winning PBS KIDS television series Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark curriculum on social and emotional learning, this nationally traveling exhibit invites children to step into Daniel Tiger’s world and join him and his friends to explore some favorite places. Children will work together to solve problems, use their imaginations and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies to better understand and navigate everyday emotions.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company.

© 2016 The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved.

Request a field trip here.

Children’s Village (Kindergarten – Grade 4)

childrens-villageChildren’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

Request a field trip here. See our Children’s Village Field Trip programs below.


community-workersCommunity 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.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Build-A-Bear Foundation, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in this program free of charge.

Request a field trip here.


small-change-big-moneySmall Change, Big Money (Kindergarten – Grade 2)

The Magic House is on the money with this program about U.S. coins. The program begins in the Children’s Village, where students role play earning and saving in a kid-sized community then participate in a coin hunt relay game. Count on a fun and engaging financial literacy experience!

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

Request a field trip here.


money-doesnt-grow-on-treesMoney Doesn’t Grow on Trees (Grades 2 – 3)


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 30 or October 6 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.

Request a field trip here.


new-bizNew Biz on the Block (Grades 2 – 4)

This financial literacy program inspires students to become active citizens who create their own opportunities as providers of goods and services to consumers. Young entrepreneurs-in-training begin in the Children’s Village, taking on the role of business owners and community workers. Next, students will participate in a small group activity to develop a plan for a “new business on the block.” Utilizing kid-friendly tools, students will: brainstorm possible business ventures; weigh the pros and cons of each and come to a consensus; develop a simple business plan, motto and logo; and find the best location for their business on the map. At the end of the program, each new venture will receive a business license from the town mayor, a.k.a. their teacher!

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

Request a field trip here.

Science Detectives (Grades 3 – 6)

science-detectivesScience Detectives

This tour begins in the Can You Solve the Mystery? exhibit where young investigators use 21st-century learning skills to discover how forensic experts do their job! Science Detectives tours include participation in a science exploration challenging students to unravel the Mystery of the Missing Masterpieces and crack an art forgery case. An examination of evidence revealing the secrets of investigative science proves there is no such thing as “disappearing without a trace!”

Each one hour and 45-minute tour includes exclusive exploration of the exhibit space and concludes with an educational program promoting scientific inquiry. Favorite Science Detectives exhibits include Can You Solve the Mystery?, Ductwork Crawl, Hidden Forensic Lab and Disguise Room. Each visitor on a Science Detectives Tour is challenged to conquer the ever-popular Jack and the Beanstalk Climber!

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

Request a field trip here. See our Science Detectives Field Trip programs below.


science-detectives-programsScience Detectives Programs (Grades 3 – 6)

A scientist’s work never ends! After the mystery is solved, students head to the Curiosity Classroom to perform a Kitchen Detectives Lab. Students will practice the skills of science inquiry and the scientific method as they pose questions, make observations, gather and analyze data, construct explanations and communicate results.

Teachers may choose one of two labs:

  • Dusting Dilemma Lab: Students test kitchen spices as fingerprint powders.
  • Clean Green Lab: Students test green cleaners to clean up a crime scene.

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

Request a field trip here.

Star-Spangled Center (Grades 1 – 6)

star-spangledStar-Spangled Center 

Star-Spangled Center tours include visiting the Oval Office, Legislative Chamber and Courtroom. These interactive environments offer students the opportunity to practice 21st-century skills as they learn about our government and important American symbols.

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 Trio Foundation of St. Louis, a limited number of qualifying school groups will participate in these programs free of charge.

Request a field trip here. See our Star-Spangled Center Field Trip programs below.


oh-say-can-you-seeOh Say Can You See? (Grades 1 – 2)

From the bald eagle to the Liberty Bell, American icons represent important concepts and events in our nation’s history. This program introduces 10 prominent American symbols: the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Great Seal, the rose, the bald eagle, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. flag and Lady Justice. Children will participate in an American symbol scavenger hunt and an engaging game using interactive technology.

Request a field trip here.


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.

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law-or-no-lawLaw or No Law (Grades 3 – 6)

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.

Request a field trip here.


mock-trialMock Trial (Grades 4 – 6)

All rise for a civic education opportunity that’s sure to have the jury deciding in favor of a field trip to The Magic House! The Star-Spangled Center Courtroom serves as the stage for students to act out their very own mock trial. Preparation is key ensuring participants arrive ready for trial.

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Classic Magic House (Kindergarten – Grade 6)

classicClassic House

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 scientific literacy.

Every two-hour tour includes an exploration of the Museum’s three floors of interactive exhibits and an educational program of your choice. Available programs include an investigation of electricity or a visit to the traveling exhibit. Favorite Classic Magic House exhibits include the Math PathElectrostatic GeneratorBubble RoomShadow WallPulleys and the three-story Super Slide.

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

Request a field trip here. See our Classic Magic House Field Trip programs below.


bright-ideasBright Ideas (Grades 1 – 6)

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.

Request a field trip here.


kings-queens-castles-whats-newKings, Queens & Castles  (Kindergarten – Grade 6)

Available through  December 16, 2016

Developed in partnership with the World Chess Hall of Fame, Kings, Queens & Castles brings the game of chess to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy.

This hands-on exhibit features an array of interactive elements including a drawbridge leading to a castle with a giant chessboard floor, a dress-up station that transforms children into royalty, life-sized chess pieces and more. Students can show their creativity as they make a fanciful crown, then build the walls of the castle with stackable bricks.

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

Request 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, advance notification will simplify your check-in process. Please notify us about your group visit here.