Officials from Lambert, The Magic House and Rally St. Louis recently announced plans to begin construction on "The Play Port," a 1,500-square-foot transportation hub that will feature climb-in and climb-out venues, including a plane, a train and multiple automobiles. The play area will also include a child-sized air traffic control tower, car rental counters and an airport screening area.
"Traveling with young children can be challenging, and our goal is to create a fun and welcoming experience in St. Louis and convey what a wonderful place the metro area is for families," said Beth Fitzgerald, president of The Magic House. "This has been a longtime dream to use The Magic House's unique interactive play and learning concepts to welcome and entertain visitors to our airport."
The planned play space, which will be located in the C Concourse, is scheduled to open in late May.
Magic House fusing Chinese tradition, modern culture in traveling exhibit
The Magic House also recently announced plans to develop a traveling exhibit, "Confucius' China," scheduled to be completed in February 2015. The new exhibit will encourage hands-on discovery of the lives of children in contemporary China through the lens of Confucius' writings. "Confucius' China" will show how modern Chinese values of tradition, family and education are rooted in the philosopher's teachings.
The Magic House exhibit is inspired by Confucius' words, "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand," which also were the original inspiration for The Magic House. It is one of five exhibits being developed by children's museums across the nation as part of an Asian culture series that is funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children's Museums. After opening at The Magic House, the exhibit will be shared with several other museums throughout the country.
The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, 63122. Call 314-822-8900 for more information.