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Virtual Vacations at Children's Museums

As we continue to honor "stay at home" recommendations to control the spread of COVID-19, we want to offer a look at other children's museums to provide new and innovative activities and also suggest vacation destinations – when we are finally FREE to travel!

Each Thursday, as our "sheltering" continues, we'll introduce a children's museum that is located relatively nearby or in a major metropolitan area you might be visiting for other reasons. Of course, ALL of these museums are also closed but their websites show photos of their exhibits and special programming.

Oklahoma offers four well-known children's museums and we're providing links to the other three below the highlight museum. Since many Oklahoma families may have already visited these museums, we're keeping this information concise.

(NOTE! All links will open a new window so when you want to return to our site, you can just close the new window and you'll see the WONDERtorium page still open):

Previously Highlighted Museums
April 9, 2020 - Scott Family Amazeum - Bentonville, Arkansas
April 16, 2020 - Exploration Place - Wichita, Kansas
April 23, 2020 - Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas
April 30, 2020 - Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History

May 7, 2020 - Thinkery in Austin, Texas
May 14, 2020 - The DoSeum, San Antonio, Texas
May 21, 2020 - Children's Museum of Houston

Highlight Museum - May 28, 2020

The Magic House logoThe Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum will engage all children with hands-on learning experiences that spark imagination, pique curiosity, enhance creativity and develop problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic. The Magic House is located in Kirkwood, MO, a charming city filled with shops and restaurants. As a special welcome, the website offers a link to special offers from Kirkwood community restaurants 

MADE for Kids is a satellite activity center of The Magic House (read more about it below).

Exhibits

With 20-plus exhibit areas (temporary exhibits vary), The Magic House features interactive exhibits designed to pique curiosity, spark imagination and foster a lifelong love of learning. Aligned with national and state academic standards, the Museum’s exhibits engage children in a variety of hands-on educational experiences and promote important 21st-century skills such as creativity, critical thinking and collaboration.

We're highlighting just 3 of these exhibits – in three age categories:

0 - 2 years 
For Baby and Me
  Hop aboard a toddler-sized boat, sing the Wheels on the Bus, discover the peek-a-boo house, climb on the baby gym and learn important child development information in a space for infants, toddlers and their special grown-ups.

3 - 5+  years
Kids Construction Zone 
Construct a firehouse, learn what’s behind the walls of a building, design architectural plans, load up a wheelbarrow and drive a real construction vehicle.

6+ years
Future Play 
In collaboration with teamLab, creativity abounds as children work and play together using technology, art and their imagination in Future Play!

GREAT AT-HOME ACTIVITIES, TOO!

Magic At Home - 25 hands-on learning activities you can do at home - all with directions you can download. Here are just a few:

Muffin Tin PrintmakingMuffin Tin Printmaking
Static Electricity
Baking Soda Painting

DETAILS: LOCATION, ADMISSION, ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The Magic House 
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO  63122
(314) 822-8900

The Magic House is located in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard north of Highway 44 and south of Manchester Road.

From the Lindbergh exit, The Magic House is located one mile north of I-44 or four miles south of I-40/64.

From Stillwater to The Magic House is a drive of approximately 7 hours using Cimarrow Turnpike (US-412 East) to Tulsa. Then continuing on I-44 E all the way to St. Louis, take exit 227B and continue north on Historic U.S. 66 W (or the parallel 67) to West Woodbine Avenue (take a right on Woodbine) and you will see The Magic House on the right.

Admission
General admission is $12.50 (ages one and above)
Active-duty U.S. military and immediate family: FREE admission
Senior citizens (65+) $11.50
Foster families with current foster license: FREE admission

Hours (when re-opened)
Tues -Thurs: 11:00am-5:30pm
Fri: 11:00am-8:00pm
Sat: 9:30am-5:30 pm
Sun: 11am-5:30pm

MADE for Kids (a satellite activity center of The Magic House)The Magic House, MADE for Kids is a hands-on makerspace where kids ages 4-14 and their families play, explore, create and collaborate! Located in St. Louis City between the Central West End and the Loop, kids discover new interests and passions as they paint on a digital easel,  sculpt a clay creation, design for a 3D printer or laser cutter, build robots and circuits, launch a rocket and more.

Here's a 3D Virtual Tour of the space!

Admission
General Admission: $5.00 (ages one and above)
Active-duty U.S. military and immediate family: FREE admission
Foster families with current foster license: FREE admission

MADE for Kids
5127 Delmar Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 53108
Phone: 314-328-0561


Oklahoma Children's Museums

Leonardo's - located in Enid ?at 200 E. Maple Avenue (map link)

  • Exhibits
  • Cost: $9.99 per person; under 2 years old: Free; after 3pm admission: $4.99; Military discount is 10%. 
  • In addition to their 8 exhibits, Leonardo's offers Adventure Quest, a fantastic "outdoor science playground."

Jasmine Moran Children's Museum - located in Seminole at 1714 Highway 9 West (map link)

  • Exhibits
  • Cost:  Ages 3 to 59, $10 (plus tax) per person; under 2 years old: Free, with adult; 60 and over, $9 (plus tax).
  • The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum has 42,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and a large outdoor play area, complete with miniature houses and a riding train, the SuperSONIC Express. The museum offers children an opportunity to explore the world of work through many of their career-based exhibits. 

Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab - located in Tulsa at 560 N Maybelle Ave (map link)

Plan your visit.