"Kings, Queens & Castles" will be on display this summer at Gary Gore Elementary in North County.Photo courtesy The Magic House.
This summer, the Magic House will bring the wonder of another continent into the museum, while also sharing a little of its own learning and fun offsite.
Kids can learn more about what life is like for children in Kenya in the museum’s new cultural exhibit, “Kenya’s Kids.” The exhibit allows visitors to compare and contrast their own lives to those of families in the East African country through five immersive environments: a rural home, a school, an outdoor market, a national reserve and an elephant orphanage. Children can dress as a Maasai, “shop” in a duka, study the animals that live in a savanna as they drive a safari vehicle and learn about the role of a keeper caring for abandoned baby animals.
“We are excited to open ‘Kenya’s Kids’ in our new ‘World Traveler Gallery’ at The Magic House. We hope that this new exhibit, as well as future exhibits, will encourage global awareness and cultural appreciation,” said Beth Fitzgerald, President of The Magic House. “A special thank you to the St. Louis Kenyan community for their input and guidance during the creation of ‘Kenya’s Kids.’ It is because of their support that our new exhibit reflects the vibrancy of the Kenyan culture.”
“Kenya’s Kids” is the first of several cultural exhibits that will be housed in the museum’s new World Traveler Gallery, which is designed to promote global literacy.
“The ‘Kenya’s Kids’ exhibit is a true reflection of understanding that in diversity there is beauty and strength,” said Kenyan Advisory Committee member Sebastian Gaitho. “This is a wonderful opportunity to see a Kenyan child’s daily life, it is like a virtual trip to Kenya. The exhibit is right on the mark in representing the life of a Kenya’s kid and the Kenyan culture in general.”
“Kenya’s Kids” was made possible by the Crawford Taylor Foundation and The Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank Trustee. The exhibit, which is geared to kids ages 3-12, is free with museum admission. It will be on display at The Magic House June 11, 2018, through Jan. 21, 2019.
The Magic House has also announced plans to open a satellite location beginning June 11 at Gary Gore Elementary, located in north St. Louis County at 2545 Dorwood Dr., St. Louis. “Kings, Queens & Castles,” an exhibit co-created by The Magic House and the World Chess Hall of Fame, will be on display free of charge at the school 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, June 11-July 27. The exhibit introduces children to chess by bringing the game to life. Visitors can cross a drawbridge to a medieval castle where they will find turret slides, a giant chess board, costumes and more.
The satellite location is part of The Magic House’s mission to provide all children in the St. Louis area with access to hands-on, educational experiences. This is the second summer the children’s museum has hosted a satellite location in north St. Louis County. This year’s satellite location is made possible with support by Jody Tromblee Young and a special partnership with the Jennings School District and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis. Admission is $11.