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i.d.e.a. Museum

35 E. Robson Street, Mesa, Arizona 85021
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Type: Museums & Monuments and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $

formerly Arizona's Museum for Youth


6 Reviews for i.d.e.a. Museum

May 28 2015
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Violetwhite_word
"Perfect place for creative kids"

I went here for the first time yesterday and thought it was great. All my kids are into art projects and crafts. This museum was full of them. I was just with my three younger kids (4, 2, and baby) but I know the older two would love it as well. The little ones really enjoyed the Artville area. The baby even had fun in the baby area they have. We were lucky enough to get a membership on a groupon deal. If you bring lunch to eat in the snack area you could spend a whole day here with the little ones. Older kids would probably finish quicker since they don't have the "Artville" area. I can't wait to take the older ones.

Update: I took the older two with us today (ages 9 and 6) and they had a great time. The rotating exhibit was in transition so we only had the permanent exhibits and were still there for three hours. Kids who aren't so into crafts would not last anywhere near as long, though.

The black light room has been updated. It is now Mad Hatter's Tea Party. There are awesome murals on the walls, a neon painted picnic table, and dishes and play cakes painted with fluorescent paint. Everything glows! There are also Alice and Wonderland themed costumes for kids to wear.

This is a great museums for kids who like to create. If you have an Entertainment Book, you can find BOGO admission coupons on the app.

April 14 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun for families with little ones"

Our family loves this little museum. I have three kids ages 8, 4, and 3. We started going when my daughter was 4 and I had a crawler. This is a great morning activity you can do with your crawler and your toddler/preschooler. The exhibits are interactive and change on a regular basis. My favorite part of the museum is Artville. There's a spot for crawlers (make sure you have socks) to work on their motor skills and there are little play houses that surround it for the toddler/preschooler to roam through. When the kids are done exploring, the museum has a snack room. There's vending machines or you can pack a snack from home. They have story time and crafts on occasion, too. You can check their schedule online. If you wear the kids out enough and go with a friend. You and your friend can walk over to downtown Mesa for lunch and hopefully the kids have used up all their energy. Downtown Mesa has several yummy restaurants with patio seating (kids always seem quitter outside). My favorite place to eat after the museum is Sweet Cakes. They have great sandwiches.

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sarahjo
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May 21 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun little museum"

This a fun, affordable way to spend an afternoon with kids.   I took my toddler on a weekday morning and it was not crowded and we got in free with a culture pass from the public library.   Though admission is only $7 for adults and kids under 2 are free.    We stayed in the artville area of the museum, which is small enough so you don't lose track of the little ones but big enough to keep them busy with a large block play area, theater, kitchen, art room etc.     They have several options for membership, which I thought was nice too.  Will definitely go back on a hot day!

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February 18 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Art for little ones!"

I think the name ‘museum’ was a bit misleading, cause this museum was WAY more hands-on that any I’ve ever seen. Granted, it’s a kids’ museum, but I was still super impressed with everything inside. It’s divided into 2 areas: a hands-on play area to the right (‘ArtVille’) and the more ‘museum-y’ section to the left (‘ArtZone’), with rotating installations. In ArtVille (for kids under 5), my kids participated in a storytime (a book about colors), and did some staff-led painting with tempura paints (there’s a drying rack to put your kids’ special project while you enjoy the rest of the museum). There is also a play kitchen (tons of mini appliances, shopping carts & play food), living room (with mini couches, books & a dollhouse), and garden (where you can ‘plant’ and 'pick' fake veggies & fruit). In the center of the area are tons of large foam blocks (wanna build a castle?) and a soft, enclosed area for tots up to age 2. The other side of the museum had different art techniques (rubbings, iPad art, markers, time-delayed video, music) that you not only observed on the wall, but then got to sit down and try out- we came home with lots of art samples! When we went there was a large display dedicated to NASA, and the kids’ spacesuit (3-4 different sizes) my daughter got to dress up in was a highlight! Some of the upcoming themes for the rotating gallery area are Baseball (starting around the time as major league spring training) and Fairytales. No cafeteria on-site & no eating allowed in most of the museum, but you’re welcome to use the lunchroom (we brought snacks), which has vending machines & its own little play area. We liked it so much that we became members!

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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Ideal for young children"

This is definitely one of the best museums when you have children as young as toddlers and even babies in tow.  For one thing, it has a whole separate area for the younger set where they can crawl, play house, read books, dress up, do art, build things and simply have a marvelous time.  It even has a peaceful room with rocking chairs where you can relax, feed and change your baby.

The other side of the Museum is where you'll find the exhibits.  They always display several exhibits at the same time and change them regularly.  A few which have been particularly memorable for my family were about Japanese culture, Baseball, Recycling, Jim Henson.  The museum also organizes regular free festivals with artists and live performances. Each section also has lots of creative, artistic, hands-on activities.

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Mom to 3
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December 23 2010
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Violetwhite_word
"Hands on Museum"

While this is an art museum, it has hands-on activities that my kids LOVE!  Artville, the enclosed activity room for kids ages 5 and under, is one of our favorites.  The rest of the museum has art exhibits combined with individual art projects and collaborative hands-on exhibits for kids of all ages.  Look in the Entertainment Book for coupons and call ahead to see if there will be school groups there when you plan your visit.

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