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Family Vacations in Missouri

Family Vacations in Missouri: The Magic House

Kids play with a wall of pins, one of the educational attractions at the Magic House. Mixing learning with fun is one of the key goals of the museum.

This enchanting 1901 three-story Victorian house in St. Louis is jam-packed with hands-on learning disguised as fun. Ranked by U.S. Family Travel Guide and FamilyFun magazines as one of the top family destinations in the country, it has more than 100 exhibits, and most of them encourage children to touch, poke, push, pull, or play.

Kids can glide down a three-story slide, make their hair stand on end with static electricity, record their own music, and become a news anchor on the KIDS-TV news station. Children under the age of two have their own play area, For Baby and Me, complete with a peekaboo house and a toddler-size bus.


The Magic House's interactive exhibits show kids how to lift themselves off the ground with pulley power and demonstrate the powerful force of air as they launch an air rocket and spin a wind generator. They can change their shadows into a multitude of colors, tap out messages in Morse code, and crawl through tunnel mazes. It's all fun in the name of science.

The Magic House Information

Address: 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO

Hours of Operation:

  • Sept. - May, 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tues. - Thurs., and open until 9 p.m. on Fri. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sun.
  • May - Sept. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Mon., Wed. - Thurs., Sat., and open until 9 p.m. on Tues. and Fri. 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sun.

Admission: $7.50 adults and kids

Check out the next page for information on the Gateway Arch, one of America's tallest and most famous landmarks.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Missouri State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Missouri, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.