If the Magic House had existed 200 years ago, Lewis and Clark would have never left St. Louis. Instead they would have just explored the wonders within the perennial kids' favorite (located at 516 South Kirkwood Road, 314-822-8900), probably spending scads of time with the static ball, waiting for photography to be invented so they could leave with their dandelion-hair photos.
Fortunately for Manifest Destiny, the Magic House followed Meriwether and William by a few decades and not the other way around, so we now have the Magic House's Lewis and Clark Adventure. This new hands-on exhibit features an obstacle-course rendition of the Corps' journey, complete with a teepee, a giant grizzly bear and the Pacific Ocean waiting at the end. Admission to the Magic House is $6.50, and there's no additional charge for the Adventure exhibit. -- Paul Friswold
Free Books and Music
And no late fees
Members of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra receive special dispensation this weekend to get a little loud in the University City Public Library (6701 Delmar Boulevard, 314-727-3150). At 2, 2:40 and 3:30 p.m., they provide musical accompaniment for beloved children's stories in Li'l's Tree House. While the event is nominally for the entertainment of the kiddies, perhaps if you asked very nicely, they would whip up a little something for your dramatic reading of Robert the Rose Horse. Imagine those cacophonous sneezes as tuba blasts. The musicians will also accept donations of musical instruments for the Music For Life Alliance, and all donated instruments will go to the U. City Public School System. The event is free. -- Paul Friswold
Sisters of the Sky
In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license. She flew sporadically for five years, attempting to save enough money to start her own aviation school, but she was killed in a tragic flying accident before she realized her dream. Many other African-American women soon followed Coleman's lead, and in 1992, Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman in space. Members of the Griot Theater present "Gimmie Wings: A History of Black Aviatrix," at 4 p.m. at the St. Louis County Library-Lewis and Clark branch (9909 Lewis and Clark Boulevard, 314-868-0331). Admission is free, and the presentation is recommended for ages twelve and older. -- Paul Friswold