Mitch and I recently visited the Magic House in Kirkwood and the upstart Myseum over in Chesterfield, both on holiday Mondays.
First, if you want to go to either, maybe a holiday isn’t such a good idea. The crowd at Myseum wasn’t as annoying–maybe because older kids are better at taking turns and don’t just elbow you out of the way like the 3-yr-olds who were swarming the Magic House.
Myseum is cool for older kids, by which I mean kids over 5 up to maybe 10 or 12. There’s a jump house and this crazy sea of pool noodles (you have to go look at it) and a maze that I wouldn’t let my kindergartener go into because neither of us like getting lost in the dark.
The good old Magic House still has some tricks up it’s sleeve for the big kids, but my oldest got bored with it around 4th grade. Though there are science and mystery displays perfect for older kids to study, it’s hard to enjoy it when a toddler is next to you just slamming all the buttons with his grubby little fingers. This may explain why so many exhibits are always broken at the Magic House.
I wrote up a comparison between the two venues over at Patch.com. Check it out: Magic House vs. Myseum: Where To Go