Kirkwood, Missouri

Kirkwood, Missouri

Kirkwood Train Station

Kirkwood:  A History of Our Community

Kirkwood, Missouri, was established in 1853 and today is a 9 square-mile community with a population of over 28,000 people.  Located in West St. Louis County, Kirkwood boasts high property values, quality public and private schools, safe neighborhoods and exceptional city services.  Over 300 acres of park land can be found throughout the community, from a large central park that includes an aquatic center, ice rink, outdoor amphitheater, ball fields, tennis courts, picnic sites, and playground areas to smaller neighborhood parks.

It's called "Queen of the St. Louis Suburbs," an honor Kirkwood has proudly accepted since the later 1800s.  As the first planned suburb west of the Mississippi River, Kirkwood owes its very existence to the railroad.  The city was even named after James Pugh Kirkwood, the engineer in charge of locating, surveying and building the railroad.  From the beginning, it's been a love affair between citizens and trains, as evidenced by the beautiful, historic train station located in the heart of the city.  Built in 1893, the station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a favorite subject of local and national photographers.  Today Kirkwood Station is the only suburban AMTRAK stop in the St. Louis area and visitors can board the train there for a short hop downtown or to nearby Washington, Missouri for a day trip as well as for longer AMTRAK trips.

The City of Kirkwood presently employs approximately 250 people who work in a variety of departments.  The annual budget of Kirkwood is approximately $45 million.  The city operates under a council/manager form of government with the mayor and six council members elected at large.  The city has its own water and electric departments, making it unique from other St. Louis County municipalities.  The city also has its own sanitation department.  A police department of 55 commissioned officers patrol the streets and have a very active and involved public - residents and businesses participate in annual crime prevention programs as well as a Citizens Police Academy and Neighborhood Crimewatch.

The city's fire department has three separate fire houses located strategically throughout the city.  Fire house #2 was built in 1929 and is the oldest operating fire house in St. Louis County.  Its unique architecture, including a turret, makes it a visual standout in Kirkwood.

Kirkwood is a city rich in history, with a progressive business attitude.  Two of the primary reasons families settle in Kirkwood are the quality and characteristics of the homes and the safety and comfort of the area.  Kirkwood has historic homes, churches, quaint shopping districts, and progressive shopping centers.  With large, beautiful stately old homes with broad, open lawns framed by mature trees and sidewalks lining its streets, Kirkwood is the picture of small town America.  But while its lifestyle follows much of the stereotype of comfortable, small-town life where neighbors know each other, children walk to the business district to buy ice cream and trinkets and life is quiet and laid back, Kirkwood's origins veer from the stereotype.  Despits its appearance of a quiet, small Midwestern town, Kirkwood is actually a suburb just 14 miles from downtown St. Louis.

Each year, more and more citizens and visitors flock to Kirkwood's many tourist attractions, including Powder Valley Nature Center, The Magic House Children's Museum, downtown Kirkwood, plus our parks, community center, and community festivals.

Kirkwood schools offer an education experience that is unmatched.  The Kirkwood School District has one of the highest graduation rates in the country.  This is due not only to the high quality of education, but also to the spirit of cooperation and continued teamwork for the commitment to excellence by parents, teachers, administrators, and residents.


Kirkwood - Economic Development

Kirkwood Landmarks Commission

On March 5, 1981 the Kirkwood City Council established a Landmarks Commission "to make a continuous study of all the buildings and structures in the City, taking into account the age, design, period of construction, aesthetic value, past use and historical significance and to consider such buildings for designation as historical landmarks."  The commission has actively pursued its charge from inception to the present.  Almost eighty structures and sites have been designated landmarks.  While most of the landmarks are residences, others include businesses, schools, churches and a cemetery.  In addition, the Commission has advised property owners on exterior renovations in order to preserve the character of the landmarks.  In 1988 the Commission declared Kirkwood's first historic district, honoring the Meramec Highlands are, followed by the Central Place Historic District in 1998.

The Commission is very proud of its efforts to preserve the rich heritage of Kirkwood and to insure that its unique character continues. 

 


Meramec Highlands Historic District


Central Place Historic District



                                       Bethany Deaf Church
                                       Christian Science Church
                                       Church of Christ
                                       Community Covenant Church
                                       Concordia Lutheran Church
                                       Douglas Memorial Church of God
                                       Eliot Unitarian Chapel
                                       Epiphany Episcopal Church
                                       First Baptist Church
                                       First Presbyterian Church
                                       Grace Episcopal Church
                                        Impact Ministries
                                        Kirkwood Road Christian Church
                                        Kirkwood Seventh-Day Adventist
                                        Kirkwood United Church of Christ
                                        Kirkwood United Methodist Church
                                        Korean Presbyterian Church
                                        Lutheran Church
                                        New Covenant Full Gospel Church
                                        Olive Chapel African Methodist
                                       Praise Fellowship Assembly
                                       Reorganized Church of Jesus
                                       St. Matthew's Cme Church
                                       St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
                                       St. Peter's Catholic Church
                                       Trinity Lutheran Church
                                       Unity Baptist Church

 

St. Louis Community College at Meramec 


Established April 3, 1962

Today, with a service area that spans 718 square miles, St. Louis Community College is Missouri's largest and one of the nation's most noted community college systems.  Nearly 65,000 persons of all ages and educational backgrounds enroll for credit and non-credit courses each semester.  Approximately one-half the households in the St. Louis are have at least one person who has attended the college.

The campus offers freshman and sophomore level college transfer, career and developmental programs, plus non-credit continuing education courses.  The campus was designed to serve an area population of 400,000 to 600,000.  Because the campus primarily serves local students, the site was chosen on the basis of commuter access, availability of public transportation, cost, size, utilities, environment, projected population growth and community interest. 

As a public coeducational institution created by area voters in 1962, the college is supported by local taxes, the State of Missouri and student fees.

St. Louis Community College recognizes the dignity and worth of all human being and believes that postsecondary education should be available to all who can benefit from it.  The college further believes that education should be a rewarding experience offered in an environment that fosters the growth and well-being of all members of the community it serves.



Midwest Institute for Medical Assistants

Located at 10910 Manchester Road in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Phone:  314-965-8383 or 800-695-5550

Midwest Institute for Medical Assistants has been successfully helping men and women achieve their goals for 37 years.  Our objective is to provide a strong educational program for persons with a sincere interest in the paramedical field.  Midwest Institute has earned an excellent reputation in the medical community and solid job placement record for its students.

Programs:

          - Medical Assisting
          - Dental Assisting
          - Massage Therapy
          - Med Office Computer
          - Pharmacy Technician
          - Veterinary Assisting


 

Other Colleges/Universities with over 2,000 students near Kirkwood:

     Webster University (about 5 miles, 8252 students)

     Maryville University (about 7 miles, 2,094 students)
    
     Washington University (about 9 miles, 10,939 students)

     St. Louis Community College-Forest Park (11 miles, 3,441 students)

     University of Missouri (about 12 miles, 9,715 students)

     St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley (14 miles, 3,749 stu)

     St. Louis University (about 15 miles, 10,286 students)



Kirkwood School District

     Kirkwood Senior High School:  Grades 9-12  1,810 students

     St. John Vianney High School:  Grades 9-12 Boys Only  824 students

     Keysor Elementary School:  Grades K-5  416 students

     North Glendale Elementary School:  Grades 1-5  342 students

     Robinson Elementary School:  Grades K-5  393 students  

     Tillman Elementary School:  Grades K-5  538 students

     Westchester Elementary School:  Grades K-5  396 students

     Nipher Middle School:  Grades 6-8  612 students

     North Kirkwood Middle School:  Grades 6-8  608 students

     P.A.T. Parents As Teachers Program

     Early Childhood Care  622 students

 

Hospitals in Kirkwood


St. Joseph Hospital (525 Couch Avenue; 314-966-1500)

SSM Rehabilitation Institute (525 Couch Avenue; 314-966-1550)

Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (525 Couch Avenue; 314-966-1513)

Hospitals nearest Kirkwood


Des Peres Hospital (about 4 miles; St. Louis, MO)

Des Peres Dialysis Center (about 4 miles; St. Louis, MO)

Missouri Baptist Medical Center (about 4 miles; St. Louis, MO)

Ranken Jordan A Pediatric Rehabilitation (about 7 miles; Creve Coeur, MO)



Airports nearest Kirkwood

Lambert St. Louis International Airport (about 12 miles; St. Louis, MO)

Spirit of St. Louis Airport (about 17 miles; St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis Regional Airport (about 34 miles; St. Louis/Alton, IL)



           Kirkwood Parks & Recreation


Kirkwood has more than 300 acres of parkland.

Kirkwood Park -- 72 Acre Site

Kirkwood Park is located at the intersection of Adams & Geyer Road.  The most heavily used of all Kirkwood's parks, Kirkwood Park features an outdoor amphitheater, 19 picnic sites, 2 pavilions, 5 softball fields, 10 tennis courts, 2 handball courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard courts, a playground, and a spray fountain.  Walker Lake provides fishing year-round including participation in the Missouri Department of Conservation trout program over the winter.  Over 42,000 people utilize picnic sites and the amphitheater annually through reserved events.  Thousands more visit the park each year without reservations.  Annual events held in the park include the Freedom Fiesta in July, the Greentree Festival in September, and summer concerts.

The annual July 4th fireworks display at Kirkwood Park promises breath-taking fireworks, preceded by great good and family entertainment.  Bring blanket or lawnchairs to Kirkwood Park.


Greentree Festival

In 1961, Kirkwood was recovering from a long period of drought, Dutch Elm blight had taken a great toll on some of the city's beautiful trees.  The Festival's creation came about as a way to replace the stricken trees.  It was the brainchild of then Mayor Pfitzinger and Council Members Robert Reim, Ninian Edwards, and Robert Staed. 

In the weeks leading up to the first Festival, as well as throughout the event, the City offered Pin Oaks, Sweet Gum, Thornless Locust, White Birch, and Tulip trees for sale for just $1 each.  Thousands of these trees were purchased and planted and to this day, many still flourish, lining a number of Kirkwood streets.

Some of the events in this three day Festival include a Book Fair, Kids' Dog Show, Canine Frisbee Contest, Green Teen Competition, Kutest Kirkwood Baby Contest, and, of course, the 1.7 mile parade which begins at Kirkwood High School.  Visitors and residents also enjoy over 200 arts and craft vendors.  This past year the special Folklife area welcomed 32 artisans to display their wares and crafts, share stories, and re-enact various aspects of life from the 1700 and 1800s.  Festivalgoers also enjoy the wonderful shaded Wine Garden featuring great wine from Grapevine Wines, appetizers, and free live musical entertainment.  The Greentree Festival is held annually in September at Kirkwood Park.

Depot Park -- .5 Acre Site

Depot Park is located at the intersections of Clay & Madison just west of the Kirkwood Police Department.  The park offers an excellent vantage point for viewing trains that use the Union Pacific tracks to the north of the park.  A recently remodeled playground is a popular attraction for children while the picnic tables, Optimist Club gazebo, and benches offer a place for adults to relax.

Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park -- 124 Acre Site

The Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park is a 94 acre nature park located by I-270, I-44 and the Meramec River.  Emmenegger became a Kirkwood park on March 6, 1975, when the land was dedicated the Russell E. Emmenegger Nature Park at a city council meeting.  Russell E. Emmenegger donated half of the land and the other half was purchased with a grant from the Department of Interior Bureau of Outdoor Recreation Secretary's Contingency Fund.  The public dedication and official opening of the park occurred on June 1, 1975.  The goal was for the natural beauty of the park to be the primary attraction.

The nature Park is located between the Possum Woods Conservation Area, a 14-acre tract, and the Emmenegger Nature Park Staging Area, also a 14-acre tract located at 11991 Stoneywood.  Kirkwood Parks Department and Missouri Department of Conservation worked together to develop the park.  Russell E. Emmenegger park includes 1.5 miles of trails frequented by hikers and nature lovers, part of which is a .5-mile accessible, paved trail.  Disabled parking and year-round restroom facilities are available at the trailhead, located near the Staging Area, where a bridge connects the Russell E. Emmenegger Staging Area to the park.  Emmenegger Nature Park provides visitors with picnicing opportunities, peaceful nature walks, and a sheltered area.  A variety of nature programs are led in the park by Powder Valley Nature Center staff.

Fillmore Park -- 2.5 Acre Site

Fillmore Park was expanded in 1985 when the city purchased two properties at the intersection of South Fillmore & East Clinton.  The park was initially designed as a passive park; there were no ball fields, basketball courts or other such facilities.  In 1991 playground equipment was installed.  The equipment was replaced in 1995-96 with more modern equipment that met safety and ADA standards.

Fireman's Park -- 4 Acre Site, Undeveloped

Located at 11700 Big Bend.
Fireman's Park, located near fire house #2, was defined as a park in 1983.  It is a 3.4 acre undeveloped area.

Greentree Park -- 86 Acre Site

Greentree Park is situated along the Meramec River off of Marshall Road.  The park features a picnic shelter, remote controlled car track, boat ramp, and lighted soccer and football fields.  The location along the Meramec River offers recreational opportunities unavailable in other parks.  However, due to its close proximity to the river, the park is subject to seasonal flooding.  The remote controlled car track is currently operated by the Dirt Burners Remote Control Car Track club.

Meacham Park -- 1.25 Acre Site

Located in the 300 block of New York Street.
Pavilion, Restrooms, Basketball Court, Spray Fountain, Playground, Accessible Walking Paths

Meramec Highland Quarry at Dee Koestering Park -- 9.5 Acre Site

Located at 1703 Marshall Road.
This site is a nature park with walking trails; site of the historic Meramec Highlands Quarry.  Many large quarry stones on site.  Acquisition was partially funded by a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Trail, Accessible Parking, Paved Bluff Trail, No Services.

Mitchell Park -- .3 Acre Site

Located in the 100 block of Mitchell.
The playground equipment was replaced in 1995-96 with equipment that met safety and ADA standards.

Recreation Station Aquatic Center -- 4 Acre Site

Located at 111 S. Geyer Road; South of Kirkwood Community Center.
The 4 acre Kirkwood Recreation Station Aquatic Center is a state-of-the-art aquatic facility consisting of a competitive pool, leisure pool, family play pool, lazy river, slides and plunges.  The pool is open from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and is open to residents of Kirkwood, Glendale and Oakland.

Walker Park -- .5 Acre Site

Located at 135 E. Washington.
Kirkwood's newest park, acquired through a generous donation from the Myrtle and Earl Walker family, Walker Park is a .5 acre park site located across the street from the Kirkwood YMCA at the corner of Taylor & Washington.  Currently the site has park benches, walkways and two decorative bronze turtles also donated by the Walkers.  Additional amenities proposed in the park's conceptual plan include a gazebo, child's play equipment, paved walkways, game table area, water feature and additional landscaping.

Ken Connor Park

Located at Argonne & Kirkwood Road.
Ken Connor Park is in the heart of Kirkwood Junction.  This vest pocket park was donated by Connor, former resident and Kirkwood business person of the year in 1992.



Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center


Powder Valley Nature Center is a 112-acre oasis in an urban area.  It includes a center with a variety of exhibits on the botany and wildlife of Missouri including a wildlife viewing area and a 3,000 gallon freshwater aquarium.  There are three hiking trails of varying difficulty.  A library in the center has books on nature and the geology of the area and is open for public use.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center is located at 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122.  Phone:  314-301-1500.  Admission is free. 

Annual Attendance:  150,000

Highlights:

  • In the Nature Center, exhibits explain the flora & fauna of the area
  • Follow the "trackways" around the Nature Center to learn more about the animals of Missouri.  Pick up a fold-out brochure at the reception desk to help follow track clues and find out who was the predator and who was the prey.
  • Also in the Nature Center is a wildlife viewing area that looks out onto a wooded corner where visitors can observe songbirds, wild turkeys and small mammals in the feeding areas outside.
  • Three miles of paved trails varying in difficulty from easy to strenuous take the visitor into sloping, rocky woods and through towering trees and tangled vines.
  • Sections loaded with colorful wild flowers abound throughout the conservation area.
  • An underwater viewing area allows visitors to view bass, bluegill and catfish in their native habitat.
  • The "St Louis: Founded With Wildlife" exhibit demonstrates the role of wildlife trade in the development of St. Louis.

Especially for Kids:

  • A Discovery Room has puzzles, games and exhibits to explain nature to children.
  • A two-story "tree factory" in the nature center helps visitors understand basic tree structure and physiology as well as how trees manufacture food.
  • Kids enjoy watching real live bees as they bustle about the hive on the upper level.
  • Live and model amphibians and reptiles on the lower level are also a hit with most kids.
  • Parents can pick up activity sheets for their children at the reception desk.
  • Many special events are planned for children throughout the year.

The Missouri Department of Conservation bought the land the Nature Center is located on in 1986.  Construction on the building began in 1989 and took 15 months to complete.  Trails, exhibits and programs developed over the next four years.  Powder Valley opened in October of 1991.

Local residents tell of a nearby cave on the Meramec River that was used to stash a large amount of blasting powder during the Civil War to be used to demolish a bridge should Confederate troops invade the area.  In later years, E.I. Dupont de Nemours manufactured and stored explosives near the site during World War I.  The name Powder Valley reflects this history.

Annual Special Events:  Powder Valley presents a variety of nature programs which are conducted on a regular basis.  "Marking Tracks", the Center's monthly newsletter, available at the nature center, has information and dates on special events.

Gift Shop:  The gift shop has a variety of books, videos, stuffed animals, caps, and nature-related items. 

The Nature Center is handicapped accessible and the paths on the trails are paved.



Athletics:  Senior Sports          Facilities:  Recreation Station Com Ctr
                  Softball Leagues                        Park System
                  Tennis Leagues                          Picnic Site
                  Turkey Day Run                        Aquatic Center
                  Volleyball Leagues                     Recreation Station Ice Rink
                  Youth Soccer                            Tennis Center

Programs:  Preschool Programs
                   Youth Special Events
                   Summer Camps
                   Theater Programs
                   Youth Programs
                   Park Photo Contest
                   Program Guide
                   Senior Programs
                   2005 Greentree Festival

Kirkwood Recreation Station Ice Rink Programs:

Public Skating Schedule           
Youth Hockey Association
Gateway Speed Skating Club
Stick 'N Puck
Freestyle Session
Party Room
Group Rates
Skating Lessons
Summer Figure Skating Camp
Northern Edge Elite Hockey School



Kirkwood Restaurants

Amici's Italian Restaurant                 Kirkwood Farmers' Market
Blue Water Grill                               Kirkwood Ice & Fuel Company
Brew Pub                                        Long John Silver's
Cafe Provencal                                Massa's
China Country                                 McDonald's
Citizen Kane's Steak House             Mike Duffy's Pub & Grill
Culpepper's                                     Pizza Hut
Custard Station, The                        PJ's Tavern in Kirkwood
Dewey's Pizza                                 Quizno's Classic Subs
Domino's Pizza                                Racanelli's New York Pizzeria
Einstein Brothers Bagels                  San Sai Japanese Grill
First Watch                                     Spencer's Grill
Fortel's Pizza Den                           Starbucks
Frank 'N Patty's                              Subway
Imo's Pizza                                      Sunset 44 Bistro & Banquet Center
Johnny Rockets                               Taco Bell
Kaldi's Coffee House


Kirkwood Theaters

Stages St. Louis

Founded in 1987 by Michael Hamilton and Jack Lane, Stages St. Louis is a professional not-for-profit theater company dedicated to producing the indigenous American art form of musical theater.  Stages is also firmly committed to the employment and development of St. Louis artists and, through numerous education and outreach programs, enriching the cultural milieu of our community.

Stages St. Louis operates year round with a staff of twenty.  A full-time seasonal company operates from May to October and presents 120 performances in the 380-seat Robert G. Reim Theater at the Kirkwood Civic Center.  Performers are cast from auditions in both St. Louis and New York.  Stages is the top employer of local union actors and provides more annual workweeks than any other St. Louis theater company.

The mission of Stages St. Louis is to become the leading company for musical theater performance and education in the Midwest.

Stages Performing Arts Academy

The Stages Performing Arts Academy opened in March, 2004 and offers a year-round comprehensive musical theater curriculum of dance, voice, drama and theory for students of all ages and skill levels.  Classes are taught by a team of professional artists and educators.  All classes are held at our beautiful new facility at 444 Chesterfield Center in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Kirkwood Theatre Guild

House lights out!  Curtain going up!  Those first words echoed backstage for the Kirkwood Theatre Guild on June 9, 1931, with the presentation of Tillie of Bloomsbury, an English comedy.

In the fall of 1967, Kirkwood Theatre Guild found a home -- the newly built Kirkwood Community Center.  The Kirkwood Guild presented its first play of the 1967-68 season in the Center's beautifully designed 400-seat theater.  The play was Sunday in New York.

As Kirkwood Theatre Guild begins its 75th season, it takes pride in the fact that it is one of the oldest amateur theater organizations in continuous operation in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Our membership has grown from those first "twelve persistent souls" to approximately 1,200 and attracts wonderful talent for each production.


Kirkwood - The Magic House Children's Museum

The Magic House is a hands-on Children's Museum located in a three-story Victorian Home in suburban Kirkwood.  The Museum is a not-for-profit organization, which specializes in providing creative learning experiences for children.  That has translated into "fun" for children for over 25 years.  More than 400,000 people visit The Magic House each year.  It was voted best children's museums in the country by Family Fun Magazine in 2001, and it was on the magazine's list of top 12 family destinations.

Jody Newman and Barbie Freund, two St. Louis women, created the museum in 1975.  They devoted several years of their time to raise funds from 60 donors including foundations, corporations and individuals to renovate the building, which had been a private home.  The house was built in 1901 for George Lane Edwards, first president of his family brokerage firm, A.G. Edwards and Sons.  He was also a director of the 1904 World's Fair.

The Museum was designed to handle 30,000 visitors a year when it opened in 1979 but some 165,000 visitors toured the museum during its first year.  The Magic House's popularity made it a favorite with local families and a "must visit" attraction for visitors to St. Louis.

In the years that followed, the museum's popularity led to several expansions.  In 1985, the Magic House opened a new 4,000-square-foot addition, which included an exhibit called "A Little Bit of Magic" designed to refine gross motor skills and build self-esteem in children aged 1 to 7.

Four years later, another addition enlarged the Magic House and added a wrap-around porch and an expanded lobby and reception area.  An elevator was also added to make the Museum handicap accessible to all visitors.

Another expansion in 1997 more than doubled the size of the Magic House.  The addition included a Children's Village, Math Path, a Fitness Center and an area for children under two and their parents.

Highlights:

  • One of the Magic Houses's oldest and most popular exhibits allows visitors to touch an electrostatic ally charged ball and see their hair fly wildly on end.  They can even purchase a button with a photo of them in their hair-raising state as a sourvenir of their visit.  Visitors can slide down a three-story slide for a quick trip from the top floor of the Magic House to the main floor.
  • Face Blender is an exhibit, which allows you to be two-faced.  Mirrors create the optical illusion of blending half of your face with half of your friend's face.
  • A giant gear wall allows visitors to make a simple machine and see how one gear turns tham all.
  • Fitness Safari is a fitness adventure for children age 7-14 where they can swing on a vine like Tarzan, leap from log to log across a river of balls, cross a rope bridge and make their way through a dark diamond mine.
  • At the Children's Village, kids can learn about daily life through a number of hands-on activities.  They can work in a grocery store, be a teller in a bank, make or serve pizza in the pizza parlor or work for a construction company among other things.  Children can also dress up in costumes from around the world and play various musical instruments in the Village's travel agency.  Children can also put a "fish" into a nearby stream and watch as the stream carries it.
  • At Math Generation, children can learn about various math concepts through hands-on play.
  • First Impressions, one of the country's largest moveable art scuptures, contains more than 75,000 plastic rods and is more than eight feet tall.  Visitors can make an impression of their hands, head or body in the sculpture.
  • Visitors can make their own buzzing burglar alarm at the Electric Company exhibit.
  • At KIDS-TV, the Magic House's television station, kids can forecast the weather and experience what it's like to be a news anchor.
  • At the Shadow Wall, another popular exhibit, visitors can jump or move their bodies against a wall in a darkened room.  After a flash, the visitors' movements are frozen in a picture on the wall.
  • Edward's Attic, a third floor exhibit, recreates what life was like for the Edwards Family, the home's original occupants who lived in the house from 1903 to 1919.  Children can dress up in period clothing, have a tea party, "study" at an old school desk and play with kitchen items from that time period.
  • For Baby and Me is a unique area especially designed for children under 2.  Parents can interact with their babies in a peek-a-boo house, help their child play on a baby gym and watch their toddler drive a toddler-size school bus while learning important child development information.

What's New at The Magic House?

The Magic House's newest addition is a patio and outdoor area called Backyard Magic.  The outdoor facility includes a Children's Sculpture Garden, a 1,600-square-foot Education Pavilion, the Sunshine Classroom, an open-air exhibit patio and 125 additional spaces of free parking.  School groups can picnic before or after field trips in the Education Pavilion or explore the kid-friendly sculptures in the Children's Sculpture Garden.

Annual Special Events at The Magic House

Visiting artists come to the Magic House the first weekend of the month from September to May and visitors can learn from them as they demonstrate various techniques in workshops that run throughout the day.  Children have an opportunity to work with the artists on projects, which include everything from painting to theatrical works.

No registration is required but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Visiting Artist Series is made possible with the support of the Regional Arts Commission and Artmart, a local art supply store.

Each year in September, children can bring toys and other items they no longer want to the Magic House and sell them at the community-wide Kids' Flea Market.  During the weekend before Halloween, children under 12 get into the Magic House free of charge if they come in costume.  Children can also trick or treat at the various Magic House exhibits that weekend.  During the holidays, the Magic House is decorated as a winter wonderland, and children can enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus.

Free Family Night, sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, is held on the third Friday of every month.  Families can visit the Magic House free of charge from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Magic House also holds adults-only nights occasionally where admission to the museum is limited to adults only.

February is Scout Month at the Magic House.  Scouts are admitted for $2.50 and special activities are planned to help them work on their badges.

The Magic House also offers Scout programs, parenting classes, outreach programs which are presented at schools.


Museum of Transportation

Located at 3015 Barrett Station Road

Phone:  314-965-7998

The Museum of Transportation has over seventy locomotives making it the most complete collection of American rail power anywhere (ranging from elevated cars from Chicago to the last steam locomotive to operate in Missouri).  The collection of automobiles, busses, streetcars, aircraft, horse-drawn vehicles and river boat material paints a vivid, fascinating picture of the evolution of transportation, of technology, and of our ever-shrinking world.

Guided walking tours, a slide presentation on transportation, and free rides on the Abbott Railroad are all part of the fun.