No sleight of hand here: The Magic House is considered one of the best children’s museums in the country, offering 50,000 square feet of sheer fun. It’s well worth the 20-minute drive from downtown St. Louis to southwest suburban Kirkwood. If you're traveling with kids, one of the top things to do in St. Louis is the Magic House. Allow kids two to four hours to explore the 50-plus hands-on galleries. Climb a two-story beanstalk that connects a replica Oval Office to a whodunit mystery manor. Make your hair stand on end at the Electrostatic Generator and your shadow dance to a psychedelic groove on the Shadow Wall. You might want to bring a change of clothes; the toddler-friendly Bubble Room, Sand Play and Waterworks, in particular, can get messy. Plan your visit for right after lunch; this non-profit museum reserves weekday mornings for school field trips. Entry: $8.75 (age 1 and up).
- Open Hours: Tuesday to Thursday from 12:00 PM to 05:30 PM, Friday from 12:00 PM to 09:00 PM, Saturday from 09:30 AM to 05:30 PM, Sunday from 11:00 AM to 05:30 PM
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