Children's museum in Pasadena by the Rose Bowl, free parking and $10/person admission. 6-Month and 12-Month Memberships are also available.
Located on nearly 3.5 acres in Pasadena, California, Kidspace Children’s Museum has more than 40 hands-on exhibits, in addition to its outdoor spaces, programs, and activities that are designed to encourage a child’s growth and development through exploration of the environment, investigation in science, and artistic expression.
Labor Day to Memorial Day:
Open Tuesday through Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day:
Open Monday through Friday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
We had a great day here! There was so much to do. Lots of things to look at (lots of bugs and creepy crawlers for my son), displays (seashells for my daughter) and many other things to do. There is hands-on learning (demonstrations about water vortex, erosion and art). There is outdoor play including a water table outside which both of kids loved; it's hot in the summer - bring a hat and sunscreen. There are also some physical activities to get the kids moving - tricycle track, outdoor climbers, walking through different gardens. There's a splash pad as well. So, much to do in a day...mine were exhausted!
My grandson (3 yrs old) spent the remainder of the day in the Watermill area. Loved playing in the rocky water cove just his size with the buckets. He collected all the loose rocks by the water & enjoyed walking around the water & climbing the rocks. He hasn't stop talking about it since. Every evening & morning he brings it up.
There is so much to do here, it would take a very long time to wear this place out. The outdoor area is amazing, my son loves the river and spraying water on the drums. The trike track is very entertaining to watch, but don't get run over. The indoor exhibits are all interesting and interactive, we especially love the dinosaur excavation area. Really well thought out and great for kids of all ages. It gets crowded with field trips, but still worth the price. Wish it was less expensive since you pay adults and children, but not bad for a once in awile adventure.
I came here with my 9 month old and 2 year old. The museum is definitely best for older, exploring kiddos. My girls liked it here, but they actually liked the (free) playground outside the grounds slightly better.
Take older kids who will enjoy the learning aspect of the museum.
Our first year membership (2007) was a flop. The museum was dirty, toys broken, exhibits broken/off limits. They have finally spruced up the place and hired friendly energetic young people to guid the kids. The forest/park area above is awesome. Though they still can't take their shoes off to go in the river? Should be a swimming hole I say... Still not perfect inside, still useless exhibits (bug restaurant? Iv never seen anyone actually enjoy that area)
It took me three visits to this place before we finally discovered its hidden gem – some 2.2 acres of outdoor learning space perfect for little nature adventurers.
My 2-year-old is fascinated with water. Every time he’s anywhere near it, he wants in (regardless of whether it’s safe or practical!). Kidspace offered plenty of options for his enjoyment – from one of the coolest water tables I’ve ever seen at Kirby’s Kids’ Corner (just for kids 4 and under) to a feature called “Water Symphony,” where kids aim squirt guns at drums to create different sounds based on which drums they hit.
My oldest (5 years old) loved the “Spider Web,” a human-sized web made from rope. He couldn’t help but pretend to be a spider once he got into place.
We strolled the gardens beyond for even more treasures – including a vegetable garden, pond and covered bridge. (Although we didn’t, plenty of kids were playing in the stream below the bridge and loving every minute of it!) We took a nature walk through the “Bumpy, Fuzzy Garden,” complete with fun, textural plants that the kids loved to touch.
You could spend your entire visit at Kidspace outside – provided you visit during the right time of year and bring a towel and change of clothes.
Then to cut costs, enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds just outside the museum. There’s also a play structure there to explore – if your kids still have the energy!
We visited Kidspace at the beginning of the month and I must say, it's my least favorite children's museum that I've been to (and I've been to 6 in the past 6 months!)
It was $10 per person (including adults) which seemed rather pricey, especially considering the entire outside portion was closed due to rainy weather. The indoor museum is small and we were in and out of there in less than an hour. Perhaps the outdoor spaces would've made the experience better?!
The main highlight for my children were all of the climbing towers (Raindrop, Wisteria and InterAntics.) I found the actual design of the exhibits to be pretty advanced visually, but there was nothing else that stood out and there weren't any exhibits that drew the children in for any length of time.
This place is a gem. I would say the age range is 3-10. This place has great interactive play areas. My kids personal favorites are the grocery store where they shop, checkout and push the carts around. I love the news room and post office. YOu can't go wrong here. They offer a free day once a month and don't go during school hours because it can become really crowded and a little hard to keep track of your kids.
I feel like calling this place "Kidspace" is a bit misleading. We visited with my daughter's school and the moms that went with us agreed we expected a museum that had a bit of fun ways to learn about space and science. The kids arrived to take turns riding tricycles (they didn't have enough for more than 5 kids and there were several classes and schools there plus other people with smaller kids visiting). Then they had a show that didn't keep the kids attention at all. It was one girl speaking with no speaker system ...the kids started talking amongst themselves towards the end because they got bored. Finally, we went inside to a bug themed playground..this was the funest for the kids. For $9 it's not bad, but we won't be going on our own time again. BTW, the class was a group of 1st graders.
The biggest downfall is that its not too big when compared to some other children's museums, however it is certainly built with kids in mind! My 6 year olds favorite part is the bug diner, she gets a kick out of that. My 3 year old would spend all day on the climbing structures if we let her. Also, the outdoor area is really great with a big area to ride trikes and a place to walk through the gardens and waterfalls. Very cool childrens museum and right next to the Rose Bowl. I would say its best suited for children 8 and under.
This weekend I took my daughter to the Kidspace Museum as they released over 500 Painted Lady Butterflies into the Kidspace Gardens. It was our first visit to Kidspace and we found it to be a great family friendly outting, especially if you have children between the ages of one - 10 years old. Upon arriving, we stopped at the crafts table to make our "butterfly wings". Then we made our way to the amphitheater for the butterfly release. My two year old was in aww of the hundreds of butterflies taking flight. It was a spectacular site to behold.
Once the main event was over we took the time to explore the rest of the museum. We particularly enjoyed the wading pool/streams located behind the museum. This was a refreshing way to cool down on a warm day. Be sure to bring spare clothes and water shoes or sandals as you are not allowed in with bare feet.
Our next stop was the Digging Deeper Gallery where we learned about bugs, painted, climbed and explored nature. There were a ton of activities for children of all ages.
Some additional highlights of Kidspace include: Outdoor and indoor climbing areas, Tricycle Tracks, Gardens and water play areas. The Inside the Early Childhood learning Center for children four and under. You will find rubber matts, building blocks, balls, climbing equipment and more. Perfect for those with younger children.
I live in the always cool Southbay, so visiting oppresively hot Pasadena in the summer seemed ridiculous. That was until I found Kidspace. This museum has all the interacative stuff you find at all kids sciene museums - bugs, earthquake machine, fossil finding, etc. But it also has three very tall climbing structures within the airconditioned comfort of the museum. Then outside they have a stream that they allow the kids to get right in. It's hours of cool fun for them. Climbing up the mini-waterfalls, wading in the pool at the bottom. And they have a tricycle freeway that they can zoom around on. The cafe within the museum is a Wolfgang Puck enterprise, so there are delicious, healthy things to choose. Of course, there is also ice cream and cookies.
All of this fun tucked right in there next to the Rose Bowl - who would have figured!
My kids are 4 and 3 and I figure we have at least 3 more summers of enjoying this little gem.
I went to KidSpace with my daughter last year when she was 1 yr old, and my 3 year old cousin. They had a lot of fun! I think their favorite part was the outside water area. They would have stayed there all day if we would let them! This is a neat place, good for all ages! We had a fun time, and I'm sure we'll go back :) Oh and don't forget to bring water shoes for the kids if they plan on playing in the water outside, shoes are required or they make you get out, and who wants to get their sneakers all wet and then have to walk around in them for the rest of the day? Yuck!
It's so different than how it was when I was younger. I used to love the sand bottles, the cool paint designs, and the star room, but I really enjoyed the new design also :)
My children love Kid Space. My youngest could spend all day in the toddler room. My older kids beg to go back over and over. Inside the kids can climb multiple-story climbers, learn about insects, dig for dinosaur bones, play in the bug-themed kitchen (poo poo platter anyone?), or do an art project. Outside there are two great water-play area, a bike track, a climbing wall, rope spider-web, and more. Get a pizza and split it to save some money on lunch. The only downside is that kids and adults are the same price.
The Kidspace museum has been around for years, and used to be in an old elementary school in downtown Pasadena. They have always had great rotating exhibits and community events, parades, trike races, and a butterfly release. You can join their e-mail list and see the monthly calendar for a variety of classes and free with admission exhibits. A one day visit is only $9 per person with children under one visiting free. The water play during the summer is a place your children will ask to visit again and again! It's a great place to go as a family or as a playdate! Visit the website here: http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/