Itty Bitty Magic City

Welcome to Itty Bitty Magic City!

McWane Science Center is happy to welcome you to our newest addition, the Birmingham Children’s Museum Itty Bitty Magic City.  This new section of McWane Science Center caters to our youngest visitors, Kindergarten and younger, and encourages young children’s love of learning through the four major types of play:

Physical Play — Exploratory Play — Constructive Play — Imaginative Play
Early Childhood Programming in the Itty Bitty Magic City


Early Childhood Education
Itty Bitty Magic City is excited to offer daily programming and special classes that focus on science, movement, and creative and constructive play.

Daily Programming Schedule
Itty Bitty Magic City is excited to offer programming and special classes that focus on science, movement, and creative and constructive play. Join us daily for educational programming like Little Labs and Science in the City! See our program descriptions and a link to our monthly calendar to plan your visit. These programs are free and open to all visitors.

Little Labs
Little Lab programs are 20-30 minute of hands on activities that allow your child to experience “STEAM.” “STEAM” is the foundation of learning and stands for learning through science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
Little Lab Program Descriptions

Little Labs LIVE!
Little Labs in Itty Bitty Magic City have been a fixture in Early-Childhood Education for several years, and now they’re going virtual! Join us as we introduce young learners (ages 2-6) to a variety of science concepts in fun, interactive, and digestible segments. Each Little Lab will showcase a different activity, experiment, demonstration, or story about the world around us. After all, science is EVERYWHERE!

Got a science question? We want to know what you’re interested in! Post it to our event page and we will find a way to incorporate it into future programming.

Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am and enjoy McWane Science Center’s Little Labs LIVE!

Little Labs LIVE! is presented online via Facebook and Instagram.

Curiosity Cart
Curiosity Cart programs are short 2-3-minute teaching activities that are presented on the floor of IBMC throughout each day. Times vary.  Activities range from seasonal activities to favorites such as making slime, mini reactions, static electricity, weather bottles, magnets, or sink and float activities.

Itty Bitty Teacher Guide PDF
This guide will serve to assist you and your class in getting the most out of your visit to the Itty Bitty Magic City. It is a collection of questions, ideas, and activities that can be used to foster children’s exploratory thinking and connect the educational themes found in the Itty Bitty Magic City to your curriculum before, during, and after your visit.

Itty Bitty Magic City is a vital resource for parents, grandparents and teachers as they try to equip children to become both ready for school and to become life-long learners.  This new space is  9,300 square feet, more than triple the size of our current early childhood exhibit space.

Itty Bitty Magic City features:

  • Main Street: Capturing the look and feel of a downtown main street complete with storefronts, sidewalks and street­ lights, Main Street includes a fire station, a farm, a veterinarian clinic, a market, a diner and a garage.
  • Tot Spot: The toddler area provides a secure space for McWane’s youngest visitors to explore and play.
  • Water Play: Water domes, ball vortices, squirters, pumps, damming activities, and an observation dome are all elements sure to engage fascination in the Water Play area.
  • Climbing Structure: Designed to engage early learners at every skill and developmental level, this configuration encourages children to safely challenge themselves physically.