Children's China Exhibit at the Magic House

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Photo by Deborah O'Brien

Along with the hundreds of permanent attractions for kids, the Magic House in Kirkwood also features several temporary exhibits each year. The newest addition, Children's China, gives kids (and adults too) the chance to learn about Chinese customs and traditions. It also shows what life is like for kids living in China today.

Dates, Admission, Location
Children's China is open through September 7, 2015. Admission is included with regular Magic House tickets which are $10 a person for everyone ages one and older. During the school year, the Magic House is open Tuesday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend hours are Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the summer, the Magic House opens Monday through Saturday at 9:30 a.m., and at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

On the third Friday of each month, the Magic House offers free admission from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Exhibit Highlights
The Children's China exhibit covers a broad range of topics. There's a panda preserve where kids can learn about efforts to save the Giant Panda. Kids can also visit a Chinese version of a playground, complete with exercise equipment and a ping pong table. In another area, there's a "typical" Chinese apartment showing the different kinds technology families might use. And, kids are invited to make Chinese lanterns and paper flowers. They can also dress up in costumes and participate in a dragon parade that's held several times each day.

Also at the Magic House
While at the Magic House, don't miss the chance to check out some of the other permanent exhibits as well. The Magic House is all about hands-on learning and fun. Some of the most popular exhibits are the three-story beanstalk, giant pin screen and oversized musical instruments.  Kids and parents can also have a the hair-raising experience with the static ball and work out like member of the St. Louis Rams.

For younger children, there's A Little Bit of Magic, a fun area designed just for those six and younger. It includes a texture tunnel to crawl through, a sandbox for digging, slides, a sand table and other exhibits appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers. For additional details about upcoming exhibits and events at the Magic House, check out the Magic House website.