Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Little Bit of Magic!

Last week I traveled to St. Louis with the babes to see my parents, sbilings, and nephews for "spring break". My sister suggested that we go to the Magic House, which is this fabulous hands-on children's museum. I was a bit hesitant to agree as I remembered it being geared more towards grade-school age kiddos and for the price of admission was thinking my kids would get more out of the wonderfully FREE St. Louis Zoo. But, my sister had a surprise up her sleeve...the Magic House had recently expanded to create a TODDLER zone. A Little Bit of Magic is the hands-on zone for the wee ones ages 1-6. My kids had a blast. Without further ado, I present to you "A Little Bit of Magic":






Benjamin in the sand exploration zone.


Mary playing the "bubble" organ.




There was a "housekeeping" zone that included a full grocery store in addition to a home and auto zone. For any of you current and/or former St. Louisans, the grocery store is sponsored by Schnucks.







I thought the waterplay area was pure genius! I love how they have a tiled floor, large basins, running water, plastic smocks and BABY seats for the infants to also explore water!



Mary working on hoisting herself up using a pulley.


This is a picture of Mary Catherine climbing inside a life-size beanstalk. This beanstalk is designed with giant leaves and/or petals to climb on as you make your way to the top. My 4-year old has no fear! She got right in behind a group of 2nd graders and worked her way to the pinnacle! You go girl! (No, the giant bean stalk is not in the zone for wee ones!)


Floor artwork desgined to provide the climber with the illusion that they really were at the top of the giant's bean stalk!



In Fairy Tale Land they had a miniature version of Jack and the Bean Stalk that was the perfect size for Benjamin.






3 comments:

  1. That is fabulous! My girls would love something like that....wish it was closer!

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  2. Oh HOW fun! What a wonderful time for yall! That is truly something to take the kiddos to do! Wish we had something like this near us. The pictures are just too fun!
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Patty

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  3. This looks just like the Portland Children's Museum here in Maine. It is a lot of fun to take the kids places like that. Looks like your kids had a lot of fun.

    :) Valerie

    PS Thanks for visiting my blog the other day!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated! As Mother Teresa said, "Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."

Valerie