Category: Kids Activities

Kidspace Children’s Museum

A trip to the Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena is the perfect outing for parents and children. Spend quality time with your children at the museum while they enjoy learning about science, art, nature, and more. The museum spans three-and-a-half acres and offers activities and programming for children between one and ten-years-old.

Kidspace Children’s Museum facilitates Free Range Learning in over 40 interactive exhibits in a safe space. By creating a friendly and fun environment where safety and diversity are valued, children are given the opportunity to learn about the world and develop an affinity for learning of all types. Children under one-years-old are admitted for free, gift cards are available for purchase, and events and classes are offered.

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According to the Association of Children’s Museums, “children learn through exploration and play.” Both of these are offered in multiple forms at the Kidspace Children’s Museum. It opened in 1979 at the California  Institute of Technology. The museum relocated to Pasadena in 1981 and moved to the Brookside Park location in 2002. Since 2004, in Arroyo Seco, the museum runs out of the historic Fannie Morrison Horticultural Center. As of 2009, more than one million visitors have been admitted to the museum.

The Physics Forest Exhibit opened at the museum in Pasadena, featuring 12 interactive exhibits like the Bottle Rocket, the Wheel Roll, and the Giant Lever. There are 8 more exhibits in the Arroyo Adventure in the Kidspace Gardens, which opened in 2016. The Storyteller Studio recently opened in the Roberts Pavilion. The creative space — where children play dress up, practice with puppets, act out stories, and create art — is designed for three to six-year-olds, but it is open to other ages as well.

The Early Childhood Learning Center is a space for children ages three and under to explore and learn with their parents. These younger children will encounter different textures and spaces to learn about in the Shiny Stream, Twisty Tunnels, Tinker Tables, Shapes and Shadows mobile, and Nuzzle Nests. Private nursing areas for mothers are available in designated spaces in the museum.

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Children ages four and up can use tools to build and learn about technology in the Imagination Center. In Arroyo Adventure, The Hawk’s Nest involves a fun climb; the Flood & Erosion exhibit allows children to play with sand to learn about water flow; and the Infant & Toddler Area offers sand, quiet time, and a seating area. In the Harvest Corner, children learn about food, agriculture, health, and the plant life cycle. Tricycles are available for riding with helmets on the Trike Tracks, music events take place regularly, and children in The Dig practice early introductions to paleontology.

The Kidspace Children’s Museum is located at 480 N Arroyo Blvd, Pasadena, California near the Rose Bowl. Check their website for the hours and ticket prices. Free Family Nights are available on the first Tuesday of each month between 4 pm and 8 pm in the evening. (These free nights are first come, first serve for admission.) While there, check out the Kidspace Cafe and the Busy Bee Learning Store. The space is also available to rent for events and for birthday parties. Birthdays may be held in the Celebration Center, Galvin Physics Forest, Arroyo Adventure, Exhibit Pavilion, or the Stone Hollow Amphitheater with a reservation made ahead of time. Look out for annual events like the Caterpillar Adoption Days and the Pumpkin Festival.

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Top Activities for Kids in Eagle Rock

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Eagle Rock has also become a popular neighborhood for younger couples purchasing their first homes, which means that the area is extremely family friendly. Sunny weather year round makes it easy to plan outdoor fun, and Eagle Rock’s proximity to Downtown Los Angeles means a busy events calendar. If you’re looking for exciting activities for your little ones, Eagle Rock has plenty on offer. In this post, we’ll give you the rundown on the top activities for kids in Eagle Rock!

Eagle Rock Recreation Center

The Eagle Rock Recreation Center has it all – three baseball diamonds, a basketball court, a gymnasium, two football fields, a tennis court, a children’s play zone, and two picnic areas with barbecues. Whether you’re planning a birthday cookout or just want to give the kids a chance to run around outside, Eagle Rock Recreation Center has got you covered.

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Peekaboo Playland

Looking for an indoor spot on one of SoCal’s rare rainy days? The Peekaboo Playland is an inventive indoor play space where your kids can run around for hours. In addition to craft tables and plenty of Peekaboo Playland’s own eco-friendly toys, the space holds a ball pit and pretend play area that will spark kids’ imaginations on even the dreariest of rainy afternoons. There’s also unlimited coffee and wi-fi access for parents hoping to catch up on work while kids play.

All Star Lanes

This family-friendly bowling alley boasts twenty-two lanes, pool tables, an arcade filled with newer and vintage games, and a cocktail lounge to provide a classy parental retreat. Staff members are happy to provide bumpers for smaller kids who need an assist.

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The Awesome Playground

Just like the name says, this indoor-outdoor playspace offers playground rides, climbing structures, hands-on learning exhibits, kid-size ride-on vehicles, playhouses, and towering bouncy slides. Kid-friendly entertainment also includes “Guitar A Tots,” a spirited weekly Friday sing-a-long, “Arts and Crafts,” and “Painting Time.” The indoor-outdoor setup is perfect for bringing your own picnic lunch.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland

If your kids want to get crafty, there’s no better place than Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Pint-size jewelry makers can string beads into their own unique creations, which can then be strung by staff. Kid-friendly layout trays make it easy for even small children to create colorful earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

Eagle Rock Canyon Trail

This trail offers you a winding mile-long walk through one of Southern California’s most stunning landscapes, including a perfect vista from which to see all of the Los Angeles city and skyline. Best of all, you can show your kids the neighborhood’s eponymous “Eagle Rock,” a local landmark said to resemble an eagle. Pack a picnic or some snacks and enjoy the day outdoors!

Interested in more hikes and nature walks?  Visit Elysian Park’s Wildflower Trail!

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Purple Twig

Purple Twig is an art exploration studio with a range of course offerings, including “Mommy and Me” classes for young children. At drop off classes running throughout the week, kids ages three to nine can enjoy hands-on practice with a variety of media, including painting, clay sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and collage. Saturdays from ten to four, kids can visit an “open studio” session and work one-on-one or in supervised groups with an art docent. Open studio classes focus on a new technique every week, and past entries have included mural painting, sewing, and papier maché.

The Little Beast

If you’re looking for a culinary upgrade from Chuck E. Cheese, The Little Beast is sure to please both parents and progeny – this stylish Echo Park bistro offers tasty Mediterranean fusion cuisine like sautéed scallops and braised short ribs with mustard greens for adult palates, but they’ve also got a healthy-yet-delicious kids’ menu including comfort food like mashed potatoes, roasted chicken, and tasty broccoli, as well as a Little Beast Jr. Burger and fries.

Fosters Freeze

Established in 1946, Fosters Freeze is California’s first fast food chain, and one of the oldest franchises in the nation. If you grew up anywhere in the Golden State, you’re probably already familiar with the signature vanilla soft-serve cone logo. Their famous soft-serve ice cream is available in cups, cones, sundaes, and banana splits. They also sell burgers, fries, and other drive-in fare for customers in need of a more substantial lunch.

As you can see, there’s a lot on offer in Eagle Rock for families in search of kid-friendly entertainment and activity. Check out one of these neighborhood destinations for a fun-filled excursion!

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