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 magichouse.org/beach.
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:
Complete details on the new safety protocols and modifications, including the Code of Conduct, can be found at magichouse.org
Reservations for The Magic House, MADE for Kids, and Sandcastle Beach can be made at magichouse.org/reservations
In-person story times are on hold, but children can still enjoy virtual story times from the expert storytellers at the St. Louis County Library!
Make art. Go on a guided tour, DIY a time capsule. Peek behind the scenes. Watch the Cassily Crew at work. Help inspect the slides. All from home! Every Monday through Friday the staff, crew, artists and historians at City Museum are going LIVE on Facebook to share stories, offer free art classes, and entertain kids and families in all the ways they know how (read: mischief, mayhem and making).
Enjoy the Saint Louis Zoo online! Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo educators is a live, free presentation that allows families to learn more about animals and how amazing they are. Themes vary, and registration in advance is required. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email letting you know how to join.
If you can't join the live presentation, the recordings are available on the zoo's web site at stlzoo.org/STLZOOms
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.
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.