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How to Visit the Magic House in St. Louis for FREE

UPDATE: Summer 2020
The St. Louis Magic House will reopen on June 15th, 2020

You will need to RSVP online to purchase a timed ticket (or to reserve a spot if you’re a member). They are offering THREE 2 hour sessions for visiting.

And yes, this means your visit will be limited to 2 hours so staff can clean between sessions. (You’ll want to arrive promptly!)

When you RSVP you’ll get a QR code ticket that staff can scan upon your arrival — no need to exchange money or slow things down.

All visitors over nine years old are required to wear a mask — if you don’t have one you can buy a really fun looking cloth mask handmade by staff artists!

They’ve made a lot of improvements to the house while waiting to reopen, including touchless faucets and toe kicks for bathroom doors. Exhibits have been spaced out, while some that are too difficult to make germ safe have been closed. Some areas have also been made one way.

The good news/bad news is that temporary safety regulations have limited their visitor capacity to 150 people per session. This means tickets could go super fast, but also that there will be no crowds.

Click here to make Reservations for the Magic House.

The Magic House Children’s Museum in St. Louis started out as old Victorian home in Kirkwood with a prime location on South Kirkwood Road, otherwise known as Lindbergh. Now it’s 55,000 square feet of fun for children ages 1 to 12!

Kid peeking out behind the red Magic House sign

The children’s museum 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.

They started with fun science lessons for middle schoolers back in the day, and now they cover all ages: 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.

kid in lab coat doing STEAM activities at the Magic House lab

Psst: The Magic House is one of SEVEN family-friendly “children’s” museums in St. Louis. What to know what the other six are? Click here!

The Magic House is well worth it’s $12 admission fee, but this 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 at the Magic House

Sponsored by Emerson, the Magic House offers one free admission night a month. The museum is free from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

NEW: Free Family Nights are also happening at the Magic House’s satellite location on the Delmar Loop: Magic House @MADE!!!

Visit MADE for kid sized Maker Crafts and STEM fun

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 upcoming dates for 2020:

January 17, 2020
February 21, 2020
March 15, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 15, 2020
June 19, 2020
July 17, 2020

BONUS: Free night also apply to the Magic House @MADE!!!

This is part of our Summer Bucket List!
>>> Click here for More Fun Ideas! <<<

kid in giant bubble machine at the Magic House

St. Louis Children’s Hospital 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 12 are invited to complete a fitness challenge when they arrive to earn their free admission. Anyone over 12 will still need a regular ticket. You’ll need to RSVP online, so here’s the link.

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!

The Magic House exterior in St. Louis

Group Rates

Grab all the neighborhood kids–or your local youth group–and you can have tickets for just $6! You need 15 people to get the group rate, with one adult for each 5 kids you bring.

Senior Discount

Senior citizens (65+) receive $1.00 off admission per person.

Military Discount

Active-duty U.S. military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members) receive free admission!

Foster Family Discount

Foster families receive free admission with proof of a current foster home license!

Magic House Summer Camp

Want to have a super awesome summer camp…without tents and bugs? Check out the Magic House Camps!

Psst: Have you heard about the new STEAM Center & Science Lab?