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!