The house started out as old Victorian home in Kirkwood with a prime location on
S. Lindbergh, er, S. Kirkwood Road. (Kirkwood likes to rename things, or maybe it’s just part of their rivalry with Lindbergh High School.)
The Magic House opened in 1979, and somewhere around here I’ve got a button to prove it. It’s grown phenomenally since then, adding on wings and a huge backyard. It started out with fun science lessons for middle schoolers and now covers every kid: babies, pre-schoolers, little kids and big kids! If your kid likes science, art, sports, engineering, problem solving, music, climbing, politics, trains, construction, business, bubbles or just romping in puddles…the Magic House has a spot for you to explore.
Now the Magic House is well worth the $10 admission fee, but it gets a little expensive if you have a big family. I know of a couple ways to get in the Magic House for free, and couple more places where you can find coupons.
Free Family Night Fridays
Sponsored by Emerson, the Magic House offers one free admission night a month. The house is free from 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
There is a limit of two adults and four (of their own!) children per “family.”
The free Fridays are always the 3rd Friday of the month.
Here’s the dates for 2016:
January 15, 2016
February 19, 2016
March 18, 2016
April 15, 2016
May 20, 2016
June 17, 2016
July 15, 2016
August 19, 2016
September 16, 2016
October 21, 2016
November 18, 2016
December 16, 2016
Centene Fit Kid: Free Kid
The first Friday of the month also offers a free KIDS ticket event, but you need to RSVP in advance. The Fit Kid events are from 4 to 7pm on the first Friday of every month. Kids under 14 are invited to complete a fitness challenge when they arrive to earn their free admission. Anyone over 15 will still need a regular ticket. Register here for Fit Kid tickets.
2016 Fit Kid: Free Kid events
• August 5 – Health Kick
• September 2 – Hockey Hat Trick
• October 7 – Basketball Bonanza
• November 4 – Fitness Games
• December 2 – Fitness Fair
If you can’t wait for a Free Friday, or you’re worried about a crowd, here’s link to the St. Louis Family Attraction’s card which currently has a buy one, get one half off coupon to the Magic House. You can also find these cards (which look more like brochures) at Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save or Schnucks.
The fabulous folks at Drury Hotels has a coupon page with a buy one, get one half off for the Magic House. They have coupons for a lot of St. Louis fun, so check them out!