Children’s exhibits give your whole family something to look forward to, and offer you the chance to stimulate your kids’ intellect and imagination. Here are some of the biggest things happening in St. Louis right now and in the immediate future. Don’t miss a minute of the fun.
Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius
The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900

Through September 7, 2015

This exhibit at St. Louis’ beloved Magic House Children’s Museum brings Chinese culture to life for kids with six interactive settings. Children can enter the Panda Reserve to take care of pandas, celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year event (complete with a dragon) and explore modern Chinese environments like a restaurant, park and classroom. The exhibit incorporates Confucian teachings with a focus on education and family values.

Forts And Clubhouses
The Magic House

Through October 11, 2015

Building forts and clubhouses is a timeless childhood activity that teaches teamwork, engineering skills and experimentation while exercising kids’ visualization and problem-solving skills. This exhibit, also at the Magic House, provides cardboard boxes, blankets, pillows and other classic childhood fort-building materials and lets kids go at in teams. Hopefully, your kids will be inspired to continue this activity at home, where building and inhabiting playhouses will fortify their imaginations and offer hours of whimsical, imaginative play.

Senufo: Art And Identity In West Africa
Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072

Through September 27

Older children are mystified by the masks and ceremonial costumes of West Africa. The best time to bring younger kids to the Art Museum is on Sunday afternoons when the Museum offers free Family Programs. At these events, kids are invited to participate in hands-on art activities and enjoy a quick, lively 30-minute guided tour of a specific exhibit.  In September, the Family Programs will feature the African exhibit, and on September 6 there will be a free family-oriented African drum and dance performance by Afriky Lolo in the Farrell Auditorium at 2:00.

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History Clubhouse
Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 746-4599

Opened June 27, 2015

Much to the delight of area parents, the History Museum has recently created a hands-on learning environment for kids. With input from area families, the Museum has set aside a space for immersive, interactive play. Kids can steer a steamboat on the Mississippi, put together an ancient Cahokian meal, sell ice cream at the 1904 World’s Fair and walk among the buildings of historic downtown St. Louis. Educational programming, weekly storytelling and make-and-take workshops are planned for the new space. Stop by on Tuesday evenings between 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. to enjoy family nights in the History Clubhouse with music, face painting and craft activities.

The Grand Tour: 19th Century Travel At Its Finest
St. Louis Public Library Central Library
1301 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-2288

Through August 22, 2015

The library’s big summer exhibit showcases a travel tradition from the 1800s, when aristocrats would make a grand tour of the European continent as part of their education. The tour could take months or years, and usually included cities like Rome, Paris and Venice.  The library is combining its extensive collection of postcards, photographs and maps with the archives of the Campbell House to focus on a Campbell family grand tour. Be sure to check the Library’s calendar of events for family-friendly activities connected with the exhibit, like making your own travel journal from upcycled materials.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Visit her blog at