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!

Love this post? Don’t want to miss a thing? Click here to get Two Little Grasshoppers right in your inbox!