Some St. Louis family attractions are re-opening with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Read more about family attraction re-openings and safety guidelines here. We invite our readers to enjoy virtual events and socially distanced events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. Public health experts recommend that when you do go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks (now required in St. Louis City and County), practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. To learn why social distancing is important and effective in lessening the spread of COVID-19, hear from Dr. Alexis Elward, Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

The Magic House, Made for Kids, Sandcastle Beach Will Reopen to the Public, Including Summer Camps

The Magic House has announced it will reopen to the public on June 15, open its St. Louis city satellite location – MADE for Kids – on June 9, and summer camps are proceeding as planned. The reopenings come with changes to buildings and exhibits, and "safety protocols that follow and exceed local, state and CDC guidelines and industry best practices."

At both locations, attendance will be limited to a fraction of capacity: 10 percent at The Magic House and 25 percent at MADE for Kids. Advance reservations are required, and visitors will receive an electronic ticket that will allow for touchless scanning for entry. Hours during which both locations will be open have been adjusted to allow for deep cleaning throughout the day. Families will be allowed to schedule their visit during one of three, two-hour visit times (9 to 11 a.m.; Noon to 2 p.m., and 3 to 5 p.m.). Face coverings will be required for all staff and all visitors over the age of 9.

Beth Fitzgerald, President at The Magic House, said staff is looking forward to welcoming visitors back. "We know how important learning experiences are for kids, especially as they have lost so much time in school this year," Fitzgerald added. 

Sandcastle Beach, a popular annual summer outdoor attraction at The Magic House main location in Kirkwood, is under construction and will also open to the public on June 15. While under construction, families can drive by and see sand sculptor Dan Belcher in action as he sculpts the 75-ton sandcastle. Guests will be asked to bring their own beach toys, and reservations are required for hour-long visits once the exhibit opens. The cost for Sandcastle Beach is $5 per person or free for Magic House members. Make reservations at

Summer camps at The Magic House are running as scheduled and opened on June 1. Safety protocols and modifications for Camp Magic House are extensive and include small group sizes, personal material kits for each camper with one-use only supplies, increased hand washing and hand sanitizer stations, daily staff screening and a requirement for staff to wear face coverings, social distancing floor markers, camp hour changes to allow for deep cleaning between sessions and more. Find all summer camp safety protocols here.

Additional modifications to both Magic House locations include:

  • All visitors over the age of 9 will be required to wear a face covering. Face coverings created at MADE for Kids will be available for purchase.
  • Personal material kits will be provided at entry, including one-user only supplies for experiences throughout the facilities
  • Increased hand sanitizer and wipe stations for personal cleaning and sanitation. Visitors will be asked to use hand sanitizer when they enter.
  • Daily staff health screenings. All staff will be requried to wear face coverings.
  • Social distancing floor markers and reminder signage have been placed in all spaces 
  • Exhibits have been divided into areas that provide for social distancing with most allowing for only one family in an area at a time.
  • Guests must follow the Code of Conduct or may be asked to leave. The Code of Conduct includes not visiting if anyone in your family or group is not feeling well, maintaining proper social distancing from others not in your family or group, washing hands and using hand sanitizer frequently, covering your mouth and nose, and following directional signage and instructions from staff. 

Complete details on the new safety protocols and modifications, including the Code of Conduct, can be found at

Reservations for The Magic House, MADE for Kids, and Sandcastle Beach can be made at


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Teaching in Room 9 from The Nine Network

The Nine Network is producing two hours of literacy and math instruction for prekindergarten through fourth grade weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The grade-appropriate instruction is taught by local educators at home, and is available on your St. Louis PBS station, channel 9. 

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Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Space is limited to 10 kids per session. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

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Explore Purina Farms: Responsible Pet Care

Purina Farms is bringing the best of the farm to your home every week! You can virtually explore Purina Farms through videos featuring the animals, dog trainers and others who work there, as well as the pets who work and play at Purina Farms every day. Each day of the week features videos on a variety of topics including animal connections, training tips and responsible pet care advice for kids. 


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Magic At Home with The Magic House
Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Magic House is bringing innovative, hands-on learning to you at home with its #MagicAtHome series of interactive, instructional online presentations. The Magic At Home series of activities includes lots of fun projects that you can make at home with common materials. The easy-to-follow directions mean your kids can make paper sculpture, do shaving cream marble painting, create make-your-own flowers, go "fishin," make TP roll animals, make salad spin art and more.

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Science @ Home with the Saint Louis Science Center
Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Science Louis Science Center is continuing to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning through its online Science @ Home series! Visit the Science Center's web site or social media channels for DIY science experiments that can be done at home, Amazing Science Demonstrations from the Science Center's Energy Stage team, connections to local scientists, astronomy updates from the McDonnell Planetarium, live chats and more. Content is designed for all ages. 

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