As if getting their own gallery in 2015 weren't exciting enough, kids have been asked to help build the gallery, too, by visiting an "under construction" section of the Missouri History Museum through Oct. 6, 2014.
When the History Clubhouse opens in the museum's Piper Gallery in 2015, St. Louis families will have had ample opportunities to leave their fingerprints on the permanent exhibit via "Let's Build the History Clubhouse," a temporary "under construction" exhibit.
"Let's Build the History Clubhouse" provides a forum for kids to draw, leave photos and write about their favorite places in St. Louis. Parents are encouraged to share their comments and feedback at stations located in the gallery.
Visitors also get a sneak peek at what the new gallery could look like. Kids can shop in the Soulard Market, play games like the Mississippian people did, camp out in a primitive shelter or build skyscrapers and towers. A room in the back of the exhibit provides a quiet area for reading (check out the reading tents!) and pretend play. Kids can also grab a seat at the drawing tables and participate in the museum's art contest. Kids can enter their drawings and paintings of their favorite St. Louis places, and 10 works of art will be selected for display on the exterior of the building.
While the clubhouse is open daily through Monday, Oct. 6., to get the most out of your visit, consider dropping in during a "Let's Build the History Clubhouse" weekend. These weekends include special family activities related to a St. Louis place. Forest Park is the subject of the next weekend on June 20-21. Visit the exhibit between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday for make-and-take crafts, a photo booth, music, movement and other events. Soulard Market is the focus July 18-19, and Cahokia is the focus Sept. 6-7.
Also check out "250 in 250," an exhibit celebrating the 250th birthday of St. Louis with stories about 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects. "250 in 250" is open through February.