Beat the Heat at the St. Louis Magic House

The Magic House in St. Louis is the perfect place to play in the summer. The Future Play exhibit runs until September 5.

The heat in St. Louis is no joke, and now that summer is here, we are looking for ways to cool off. One of our favorite places is The Magic House, the children’s museum here in St. Louis.

When St. Louisans rave about The Magic House, they are not joking. This place is amazing. There are two buildings with multiple floors, and an outside garden. We are still finding areas in the magic house that we didn’t know existed, and we’ve lived here for three years!

The Magic House is the perfect place to stay warm in the winter, dry in the rain, and, right now, escape the heat and humidity of the St. Louis summer.

A few weeks ago, the Grasshopper and I met up with my blogging friends Denise of stlMotherhood and Jen of And Hattie Makes Three to explore the newest exhibit, teamLab’s Future Play: Art + Technology, which is here until September 5th.

 

I liked the cool and the dark, but the Grasshopper loved the interactive hopscotch screen and seeing the spaceship she created fly across the giant screens.

Magic House STL Future Play

 

After we finished exploring FuturePlay, we had to head straight up the beanstalk to her favorite part of the magic house: the mystery room. Here, kids are challenged to solve the mystery of an art theft using logic, physical evidence, DNA evidence, and their powers of exploration. There are secret passages, duct-work to crawl through, and a slide. Some kids prefer sneaking (or thundering) through the ductwork and sliding over and over again, but the Grasshopper enjoys solving each piece of the mystery to find the art thief.

magic house mystery

Of course, there’s the Bubble Room, the Math Path, and the three story beanstalk to climb (Protip: If you’ve got a little one like Cricket who isn’t quite ready to tackle the beanstalk, but still wants to climb, head over to the Wonder Works area for a smaller version they can explore.)

Magic House Collage

By the time we had done all of that, we were ready to meet back up with all of our friends in the garden. Yeah, I know. Outside. The heat. But there’s a creek to play in! And seriously, who doesn’t love splashing in a creek. If you plan to do this, it might be a good idea to bring dry clothes to change into. And if you don’t plan to do this, and you end up doing it anyway like we did… Well, they’re only kids once!

magic house outdoor play garden

These are just the things we saw during the morning. It’s easy to spend an entire day at The Magic House and not see everything there is to see.

The Magic House is one of our favorite spots in St. Louis. Admission is $10 per person (free for kids under 1 year) and their hours right now are:

  • Mon-Thurs, and Sat: 9:30am – 5:30 pm
  • Fri: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sun – 11:00 am – 5:30 pm

Today, I’m teaming up with And Hattie Makes Three and stlMotherhood to give away four free passes to The Magic House (a $40 value!) so you can escape the heat too! We’ve each got a set of passes, so three families will win! This post is sponsored by the Magic House, who provided the free tickets for you to win.

Be sure to follow both And Hattie Makes Three and stlMotherhoodHattie Makes Three blogs about fashion, food (check out her recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread! OMG YUM!), and fun things to do in St. Louis with her adorable daughter Hattie. stlMotherhood writes about St. Louis happenings, minecraft, and kids crafts. She even has this awesome tutorial on how to make a pool noodle catapult because every home needs siege weapons, amIright?

{Thanks to all who entered! The giveaway is now closed, and the winners have been contacted.}

 

What are your kids’ favorite things to see and do at The Magic House? Do you have another spot you think we should explore? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

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Revisiting Oil Cleansing and a Fabulous Give Away!

Remember way back in February of last year when I wrote about oil cleansing?  Remember how much I loved it at the time?  Ah, but now. Now, my friends, I have found a better way and my skin is loving it!

First of all, let me back up and explain why I left oil cleansing behind and went through an angstful period of trying different natural soaps and creams that never quite did what I wanted.  Quite honestly, the oil cleansing became too fiddly.  I didn’t love what the castor oil did to my skin.  I always felt either too dried out or too oily.  I didn’t love that I had to steam my face all the darn time with kids climbing over me and jumping into the middle of my stomach while I was laying flat on my back.  What started out like a pampering facial every day eventually became anything but.  Sometimes my skin would feel rough and I would try to exfoliate with baking soda (too irritating) or ground flax (too scratchy) or oatmeal powder (too goopy).  I just could never get the right balance.  I had it.  For one brief and shining moment I had it, but I never could get it back and the whole thing just got really annoying.  And don’t get me started on stinky wash cloths!  The oil would go rancid and the whole laundry would smell.

So then I went back to washing with soaps and my skin went back to looking tired and I thought it was all over with.

Then I remembered my friend Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is a master aromatherapist who helped me immensely in getting through the trauma of leaving Cricket to go back to work.  She worked with me to find the right essential oils to help balance my mood, help me with my grief (because I really did go through the 5 stages of grief), and to help stay focused at work when all I could think about was getting back to my little nursling.

Elizabeth owns a company called Lux Amare.  She sources all of her essential oils herself (no mid-level marketing here), and she has an unbelievable passion for helping mothers and babies.  She does all the blending and creating herself.  Right in her home.  No factories.  The amount of research she puts into her ingredients is astounding.  Every single one of her products is made with absolutely the best ingredients available.

So I was really excited when I found her Luxury Skin Care Oil.  I got a bottle and started using it.

Lux Amare Luxury Skin Care Oil
Lux Amare Luxury Skin Care Oil

Initially, I was using it in the same way I used my old oils.  I’d smear it on, walk around for a while, steam it off with a hot wash cloth, and wipe the rest off my face.  It was good.  I liked it.  Then Elizabeth and her daughter made a how-to video on youtube.  When I started following the instructions on the video, I realized that the Luxury Skin Care Oil wasn’t just good.  It was amazing and I loved it!  My skin was radiant, fresh, and it never got that rough feeling like I needed to scrub it.

Since then, I’ve kept up with using the Luxury oil, and it’s been fantastic.  No more rough, tired skin.  No more stinky wash cloths from the castor oil going rancid.  No more stripping old oil out of wash cloths with dawn and boiling water.  The Luxury Skin Care Oil washes out cleanly with the normal laundry.

The other really cool thing about the Luxury Skin Care Oil is that it’s not just for washing your face.  I love things that do more than one job.  Believe me, having worked at a high end cosmetics counter in my youth and using a 14 step skin care routine in the past, I am all about simple.  The Luxury Skin Care Oil works both as cleanser and moisturizer.  It also can be used as a bath oil, a shaving oil, an eye makeup remover, an oil for your hair (I rub the excess into my hair every night!), and it will even get rid of head lice in children safely and without the use of dangerous chemicals.  So basically, it’s pretty awesome stuff.

With the start of the Midwest winter, my skin started to freak out a little bit.  I called Elizabeth, and she recommended adding in her Pumpkin Jasmine Serum, which is part of her basic skin care line, although basic hardly describes this stuff.  It smells and feels like bottled luxury.  It’s really helped get me through fall without being too heavy.  And as winter progresses, I may switch over to the Acute Derma Soothe which is an ultra-rich, healing cream.  This is skin care I can handle.  It’s simple.  It works beautifully.  It fits with my busy lifestyle.  It leaves me feeling good about myself.

Lux Amare Skincare is simple, easy to use, and leaves me feeling beautiful.
Lux Amare Skincare is simple, easy to use, and leaves me feeling beautiful.

I spent a lot of time talking about the Lux Amare skin care, but that’s only a piece of what Elizabeth does.  Her Mama & Baby line is to die for.  If you are ever unsure what to give someone for a baby shower gift, look no further!  My personal favorite is the Chamomile Baby Rub (you will never, ever find chamomile like this! Believe me, I looked!), and the Fine French Lavender is some of the very best lavender you can buy.  Both are fantastic for fussy, gassy nights.

Now I know up in the title I said something about a give away.  Why yes!  We are doing a give away!  You can enter for your chance to win your very own bottle of Luxury Skin Care Oil.  We’re going into a stressful time of year, so it is a good time to remember to do some self-care.  We have to make sure our own cups are filled so that we can keep refilling everyone else’s.

To enter, please follow the link below to go to the Rafflecopter widget.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end at midnight on Wednesday, December 11!