Beginning Friday, April 12, The Magic House will have a special place for visitors who are looking for a little quiet time. Located on the lower level near the Star-Spangled Center, the Calming Corner is the perfect place for nursing mothers and children with special needs and other visitors who could use a soothing space away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the museum.
The Calming Corner is designed to meet the health and safety needs of children with developmental and physical challenges-especially those on the autism spectrum-who may need a respite during their visit. There are a multitude of quiet activities to not only soothe, but also to engage and entertain children such as books, sensory games and toys and a six-foot bubble tube. The room is also equipped with a glider for nursing mothers, a child-sized rocker, bean bag chairs and a soothing sound machine.
The Calming Corner is made possible by the "It's Our Region Fund" of the Regional Business Council. The Magic House received the "Small Change-Big Impact Grant" for $6,500 to create this unique space within the museum to help better serve the needs of visitors. The Calming Corner project is designed to improve the quality of life for families in St. Louis by ensuring that every visitor is comfortable and welcome at the Museum.
About the Regional Business Council The RBC is composed of 100 CEOs representing some of the region's largest employers. These companies have a tremendous impact on the economic health of the region, employing over 100,000 people and generating over $50 billion in revenue annually. The collective effort of RBC members is dramatically expanding the breadth and depth of involvement and investment in the community.
The Regional Business Council's It's Our Region Fund is a philanthropic initiative that invests in short-term capital projects that show the St. Louis region the RBC's commitment to improving the quality of life for all community members. The Regional Business Council's Small Change-Big Impact Grants support one-time capital improvement projects for non-profits in the bi-state region. More information can be found on our website: www.stlrbc.org/bigimpact
About The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum The Magic House is a not-for-profit participatory museum that provides hands-on learning experiences for children and families that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic. Regular museum admission is $9.50 per person. Children under the age of one are free.
The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, one mile north of Highway 44 in historic downtown Kirkwood, Missouri. Hours during the school year are Tuesday through Thursday, 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm, Friday 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays during the school year. Parking is always free at The Magic House. For more information, please call 314.822.8900 or visit The Magic House online at www.magichouse.org.