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Kidspace Children's Museum: A Place for Kids to Create and Innovate

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Brookside Park borders its Kaleidoscope entrance near the Busy Bee Learning Store. If you thought this was a place for children 10 and under, you guessed right. Welcome to Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena.

Its mission: "Nurturing the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences. Inspiring them to become joyful, active learners." Kidspace was founded in 1979. Marketing Manager Tim Scheidler tells us, "Not only has the community helped shape the programs and exhibits the museum has developed over the last 35 years, but it is through the generosity of the community that the museum continues to operate."

The Robert and Mary Galvin Physics Forest provides hours of innovative science fun with 13 hands-on exhibits. Children learn about kinetic energy through the Wheel Roll, gravity and centripetal force with the Roller Coaster and other physics facts by touching and putting into the action the other amazing exhibits.

Just remodeled, The Early Childhood Learning Center has is a nature-based place of wonder. Young children can feel, see, sort, stack and snuggle to its many learning adventures. Geared toward interaction with adult family members, this is the place for the age 3 and under crowd.

Digging Deeper Gallery teaches about bugs, insects and dinosaurs. Youth will learn what a bug eats for dinner, crawl through an ant tunnel exhibit, or check out Bugs Inn to gain a perspective of what it's like to live a bug's life, among other cool stuff. Art work creations can be made here, too.

"For me and my family, we love the Imagination Workshop," exclaims Scheidler! "It's a maker's space filled with tools and materials of a wide variety and encourages kids to create something new from common items working with step-by-step instructions, to take something apart to see how it works or repurpose what they find, and to build whatever they can imagine out of the parts available."

Kidspace welcomes everyone. For $15, home-schooled kids get full museum access and a 45-minute group Discovery Program workshop where they can learn and meet other homeschooled kids. Better yet, accompanying adults get in free if one or more children are registered for one of their Discovery Programs.

Be aware that the museum plays host to all types of school groups in the morning. Afternoons provide a more relaxed exploration time. Check the website to see if the day will be a high, low or moderate group day to better plan your visit. Or come in the evening, as the first Tuesday of each month is free from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Kidspace is a place to explore concepts in math, science, engineering, technology and arts. "My hope is that all of our guests will walk away eager to learn and do more," Scheidler says. "I hope they would become enthusiastic about learning and discovering, about experimenting and exploring, about asking questions and trying something new."

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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