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Kansas City, Missouri
September 4, 2005
The main problem is that there need to be a LIMIT on how many kids are allowed in the facility at once, and I'm not talking about fire codes here either. I am talking about the kids-to-available-activities ratio.
We went on a Thursday around noon and paid our $24 dollars to get in, and the place was a freaking madhouse--the lack of parking should have been my first clue that we needed to find something else to do. There were so many kids there that it was impossible for my children to experience anything other than frustration and disappointment. We often found ourselves waiting extended periods of time for different activities to open up and then have some kids there on a field trip bull-rush an activity while rude parents and childcare workers on field trips let them.
With large groups of kids in there, the "science" of the activities is lost. All they want to do is see it light up, make noise, or whatever it is in 20 seconds or less and move on--they don't care how it works. Just make it work.
Save your hard-earned money and pay the 6 bucks for parking at Grant's Farm. You and your kids will enjoy it much more than seeing how many bratty kids you can stuff in a 3-level house, although maybe that's the science part?
From journal Save your money and your sanity!!
August 1, 2002
It's a great place to take kids because they have several hands-on exhibits. Our favorite is what we call 'the hair raiser'. It's a huge static electricity ball and when you touch it, no matter how long your hair, it will stand straight up on end. Be sure to take your camera because it makes quite a great picture memento!
There's an exhibit dealing in the power of using a pulley. There are 3 pulleys set up next to each other and a wooden seat at each one. Each has a different tension assigned so when you sit down and try to pull yourself into the air, some are harder to maneuver than others. Don't cheat and keep one of your feet on the ground to help you push, really try to use the pulley no matter how difficult! There's a room that uses your shadow and the effects of a kaleidoscope to form beautiful images on the wall. Once you reach the top floor, there's an easy way down to the bottom - with a 3 story high slide that's sure to put a smile on your kids face.
The Magic House is a fun place to take your youngsters and allows them the opportunity to run around and touch the exhibits without worrying about breaking anything!
From journal Much to do in St. Louis
Overland Park, Kansas
October 19, 2000
I remember starting out on the first floor and thinking this was the whole place. My mom told me we'd better hurry up because there was a lot more to see. I'm sure my eyes were big. The Magic House seemed very big to me, probably because there was so much to do and see.
Almost everything is hands on. It's not too crowded so you'll get a chance to try everything. One of the exhibits has a large metal ball on a pole. You touch the pole and your hair stands on end. I had to get a pin with my picture. I still have it. Too cool.
The best part is taking the slide out of the house. When you're finished at the museum, you'll end up on the top floor. To get down, kids can slide through the tunnel and meet their parents at the end.
From journal All American Fun
March 17, 2003
If you have a really young one, he or she will enjoy all the different play areas located throughout the Magic House. My husband is a big kid so I took him there.
The first floor is kinda humdrum although we played with the 3D pegs for a good 10 minutes. The WaterWorks section will be fun for the young ones. There is also a three-story house that's been shrunk down to tot size alongside a mock grocery store and bank.
The second floor is also cool, with a shadow freezer, optical illusions, and this freaky exhibit where you take a picture of yourself and it shows you what you'd look like if both sides of your face were exactly the same.
The third floor had a neat gravity section dealing with golf balls but the best part was the generator! The generator is this huge steel ball which you place your hand on to make your hair stand up straight on end! They take your picture ($3.50 but they make it into either a keychain, pin, or magnet for free!) and it's just really funny--my hair is long so it didn't stand up very far but my husband's was hilarious!
All in all, if you have kids this is a great attraction . . . if not you may wanna skip this one!
From journal Spontaneous St. Louis
park city, Kansas
March 4, 2010