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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