Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena is one of the area's top children's museums. It is a great way to keep the kids occupied for a few hours. The exhibits are educational, but, for the most part, they don't hit you over the head with it. Kids can have fun playing in the miniature Arroyo Seco without knowing or learning anything about the Arroyo Seco, but the information is there if you want the added educational value.
There are activities at Kidspace to inspire, educate and entertain infants through middle school kids. Parents are required to supervise kids, but there are staff on hand to assist and interact with children in all activity areas.
Location: 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103, in Brookside Park, across from the Rose Bowl
Hours: See website
Closed: July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and for some Rose Bowl events
Cost: $13 adults and children, free for infants under 1, Free Family Night 4-8 pm the first Tuesday of the month. EBT Card Holders/Kidspace for All w/ valid card & ID, (up to 4 guests in party), price will be $3 in 2017; $10 Military - Active Duty & Veteran w/ valid ID, (up to 4 guests in party) -FREE on 11/11 Veterans Day; AAA, KCRW, KPCC discounts.
Info: (626) 449-9144, www.kidspacemuseum.org
Getting to the Kidspace Museum
Kidspace is pretty well hidden in Brookside Park across from the Rose Bowl. Fortunately there is good Kidspace signage directing you from surrounding streets into Lot 1 and along the walkway to the museum. There is plenty of free parking in Lot 1.
Google Map to Kidspace Museum
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Highlights of the Kidspace Museum
Southern California weather allows for outdoor activity most days of the year, so it's no wonder that one of the area's preeminent children's museums has many of its exhibits outside. The Kidspace Museum in Pasadena has plenty of indoor activities if the weather is bad, but kids are welcome to wear swim suits in warmer weather to play outside in the Water Play area and the Interpretive Arroyo. Footwear is required.
The Early Childhood Learning Center is an indoor padded playground with slides and toys exclusively for the pre-K set. There are also eight-week Mommy and Me classes available. The outdoor playground, Kirby's Kid's Corner is also fun for little kids.
In the outdoor I-Play Zone, kids can construct their own world out of giant Imagination Playground connector blocks.
The expanded Arroyo Adventure includes the Flood and Erosion Plain, The Hawk's Nest, the Pepper Tree Music Jam, Hidden Forts, a mud play area and more.
The Galvin Physics Forest has 13 hands-on physics-inspired exhibits from the bottle rocket that launches plastic bottles into the air with water and air pressure to the tennis ball launcher, sun spotter and lots of things to roll, pull and build.
Inside Roberts Pavilion, the Storytellers Studio allows kids to explore their creativity through dramatic play, puppets, costumes, storytelling and art making; The Ant Hole allows kids to crawl around giant ant tunnels and the Climbing Towers let them explore the heights. In The Dig, future archaeologists can use brushes to uncover fossils and dinosaur bones. The Nature Exchange is a separate room where the geologically inclined can trade examples of rocks, soil, and other natural objects.
In the Imagination Workshop, kids 4 and up can use everyday items and real tools to build, make and create their own art and contraptions. On Technology Tuesday, projects involve circuits, electronics and robotics.
In the Wisteria Courtyard kids can race tricycles around the Trike Track.
The Layout of the Kidspace Museum
There are three main buildings to the museum. You enter by passing through Building 1, which houses the Early Childhood Development Center, Busy Bee Learning Store, Kidspace Café and the Celebration Center to arrive at the Ticket Booth in the Central Courtyard.
The Partridge Pavilion, on your left, houses offices and the First Aid Station and Lost and Found.
The Central Courtyard contains the patio of the Café and additional tables in the courtyard.
Building 3 (Roberts Pavilion), straight across the courtyard is the main exhibit hall. It contains the Storyteller Studio, Imagination Workshop, and the Climbing Towers.
The outdoor exhibits are currently larger than the indoor space. The Wisteria Courtyard is a paved area immediately behind the buildings. Beyond that is the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. The rest of the hillside is landscaped as a miniature version of Pasadena's Arroyo Seco with eight activity and learning areas.
Kidspace - Eat - Shop - Amenities
The Kidspace Café by Modern Art Catering
The Kidspace Cafe has the typical burgers, hot dogs, pizza, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese and peanut butter that you would expect for kids.as well as some more healthy and sophisticated offerings for adults and kids. Prices are reasonable for museum fare.
The Busy Bee Learning Store
This gift shop has a wide array of educational toys, games and activities as you would expect in a children's museum. They seem to stay up to date with the latest and greatest learning toys and will make recommendations for specific ages. They try to carry products that relate to the museum's exhibits, but have other things as well.
Restrooms and Drinking Fountains
There are three sets of Restrooms with changing tables in all of them. They are located near the Café and near the Early Childhood Development Center in Building 1 and a separate building outside to the left of the Wisteria Courtyard.
Drinking fountains are located in the Central Courtyard and to the right of the Amphitheater in the Gardens.