Saturday, November 3, 2018

Family Concerts at Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis City

Location: 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108


I took my kids here when they were 6 and 8 and it was so much fun. On select Sunday afternoons, the 3-concert Family Series offers a mix of fun, thematic orchestral music to engage and entertain children ages 5-12 and their families. Each concert is 45 minutes in length showcasing a one-of-a-kind live musical experience to share and create magical memories together. The concerts start at 3:00, but get there early for the instrument playground. You can explore, touch and play instruments of the orchestra. Starting at 2:00 p.m. before each family concert, families can discover many different orchestral instruments in this hands-on experience located throughout Powell Hall.

We saw Lemony Snicket's the Composer is Dead. Coming up in 2019 they have Cinderella and Carnival of the Animals. Tickets start at just $8 per person! Powell is a beautiful old building and if your kids can't sit still it's always nice to walk around in the halls and take in the beauty of the old place.

Strings section included a violin, a viola, and a cello. 

Woodwinds area included a clarinet and a flute. 

Percussion area with cymbal, triangle, and drum

Brass area- don't worry they sanitize the mouth pieces after each child. 

They color coordinate all the musicians to show the kids where each section is located in the orchestra. Strings in front, brass and woodwinds in the middle, and percussion in the back.

We were in the very back and the seats were still great. My kids loved learning about the symphony!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Magic House, Kirkwood

Location: 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122


The Magic House is a mostly indoor children's play museum, good for toddlers from the time they are walking up thru school-aged children. Admission is currently $12 for everyone over age 1, but there are membership opportunities for local families and their facebook page sometimes offers special admission deals.

The Magic House fills up quickly, especially on weekends, so arrive early. During the school year, the areas for toddlers and preschoolers are open in the mornings for kids under age 6. They also have special exhibits that are on display for a few months at a time that are fun for the kids.

Highlights of the Magic House include an area just for kids 2 and under, a water table, children's village (pretend play in a child-sized city, including a bank, restaurant, grocery store, auto mechanic, library, baby hospital and more), 3-story slide, hair raising experience (as seen in all their ad material), kid construction zone, 3-story Jack and the Beanstalk climbing structure, the Star Spangled Center (pretend oval office), preschool area, science experiments, an art center, and musical instruments galore. Outside in front of the house is a small outdoor play area with a man-made creek that the kids can play in - bring a change of clothes if you plan to play here!

There is a cafe inside the Magic House - you cannot bring in outside food but there are picnic areas adjacent to the parking lot to eat your own picnic.

I don't recommend a stroller as there are lots of places you'll want to go up and down stairs and not have to seek out an elevator.

Below is a sampling of photos from different areas of the magic house.

"For Baby and Me" Exhibit for Ages 2 and Under

"For Baby and Me" Exhibit for ages 2 and under
"A Little bit of Magic" Exhibit for ages 6 and under

"Waterworks" Exhibit for ages 6 and under

"Waterworks" Exhibit for ages 6 and under

"The Bubble Room" Exhibit - Photo Credit:The Magic House

"Leave an Impression" Exhibit - photo credit:

"Children's Village" Exhibit

"Children's Village" Exhibit

"Children's Village" Exhibit

"Children's Village" Exhibit

"Jack and the Beanstalk" Exhibit

"Art Studio" Exhibit

Outdoor nature play area added in 2018

Wonder works, the STEM focused early childhood area is totally amazing. It was redone in late 2015 and has so many cool things to do. "Dig in the sand, crawl through tunnels, race a car down an inclined plane, suspend balls in midair, examine creatures under a microscope, climb aboard a submersible, draw a fish and watch it swim."

Shadow wall area on the 3rd floor

 3 story slide