One of my most favorite memories of when I was a kid was exploring Kidspace. It was a world of creativity and imagination, all on a child’s level. I drew; I dressed up; I climbed around a human sized ant farm (sans actual ants); and felt free to be a kid. Which makes this museum’s mission spot on: to “nurtur[e] the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners.” Check and check.
The museum first opened in 1979 at California Institute of Technology, relocated to McKinley School in 1981, and finally settled at its current site in Brookside Park in 2004. Today, more than 200,000 gusts visit Kidspace each year. Programs are designed for children 1-10 and can keep kids entertained anywhere from 30 minutes up to 8 hours a day. Can we say, fun?
And its no wonder why. The museum offers various exhibits (on bugs, gardens, ants, etc.), food and shopping, free family nights (first Tuesday of every month from 4pm – 8pm) indoor and outdoor play, and birthday party packages. Kid Workshops introduce kids to science and art and are only $7 per class (with accompanying adult). And Kid Camps occur throughout the summer from morning until afternoon and explore the animal kingdom, inventors, nature, archaeology, space, even water (we’re talking wet and challenge water adventures, oh my!).
As admission is $11 for adults and children (kids under 1 are free), acquiring a membership might be worth it, if you plan on visiting the museum often. There are 3-, 6-, and 12-month memberships available, which allow you 10% off on classes, early renewal on your membership, free admission for up to four members, and more.
Hours & location
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
- Tuesday – Friday, 9:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. (Open Mondays March 16 – September 7, 2015)
- Saturday & Sunday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
- *Closed Mondays during Fall & Winter after Labor Day unless otherwise promoted for special events
Holidays & Closures
- Open: Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, LaborDay, Veterans Day, & New Year’s Eve
- Closed: New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and select Saturdays to accommodate UCLA football games at the Rose Bowl See other Closure Dates for Rose Bowl Events & Adjusted Exhibit Hours for Special Programs