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Guide To Los Angeles’ Kidspace Children’s Museum

April 4, 2014 6:00 AM

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(credit: Kidspace Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Museum)

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(credit: Kevin D./Yelp)


Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena (mentioned in this previously published CBS article) is an interactive kingdom of enchantment for growing kids and their families. Experience what life has to offer through various kinds of interactive activities and exhibits that serve as fun teaching tools in experiences that will last a lifetime. For more information about hours and admissions, check in here. And for more about what you’ll find at Kidspace, considering the following five options.

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144
www.kidspacemuseum.org

(credit: Kidspace Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Museum)


Nature Exchange
www.kidspacemuseum.org

Before setting out for your Kidspace adventure, pack up a few goodies, like plants, rocks, fossils, dead insects, shells or other natural wonders, all of which you will be able to barter with at the Nature Exchange. When you do choose your arsenal, be sure to pick the most extraordinary specimens you can gather because all will be put under the microscope to determine everything from how rare your object is to how good the condition your offering is to where this specimen originally comes from. From there, you’ll earn points so you can trade for other equally fascinating items at the Nature Exchange.

(credit: Kidspace Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Museum)


Caterpillar Adoption Days
www.kidspacemuseum.com
Date: Through May 4, 2014
Price: $4

From now through the beginning of May, kids can adopt their very own caterpillar in the Busy Bee Learning Store. After the metamorphosis is complete, all of the adopted Painted Lady butterflies will be released on May 3 and May 4. On those days, the flights and fluttering will be celebrated by everyone who participated in this living lesson on what happens when the caterpillar becomes its more beautiful self.

(credit: Kidspace Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Museum)


Bugsy’s Diner
www.kidspacemuseum.org

Just like kids, bugs need to eat too. Put those two concepts together and your growing youngsters will realize who dines on what during their visit to this particular venue within Kidspace. All of this discovery is done via improvisation and an interactive screen featuring a hungry creature asking for his or her ideal meal. Little tykes even get to dress up by wearing giant insect arms while playing with their “food” and, in the meantime, learning what these little guys choose to eat and where they go to do so.

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(credit: Kidspace Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Museum)


Water Play
www.kidspacemuseum.org

Plenty of outdoor opportunities involving water abound at Kidspace. If you’re game for some splashing around during your visit, be sure to bring along a couple of towels and a change of clothes. Then get ready to do everything from encountering a rain shower just like what you might experience in the Arroyo Seco (while learning about water conservation in the process) to conducting a water symphony by playing drums with water guns to blast out different sounds. There’s also the splash dance water fountain in the museum’s central courtyard where underground jets are the foundation for all of the fun.

(credit: Kidspace Museum)

(credit: Kidspace Museum)


Kidspace Cafe
www.kidspacemuseum.org

No need to leave the premises if you’re looking for some grub as fuel to keep on going at this children’s museum that is worthy of at least a day’s worth of adventure. Simply take time off to visit the happy-go-lucky, on-site cafe operated by the Spot Gourmet. There, you’ll be privy to all sorts of food — like hamburgers, pizza, salads and such — as you dine al fresco in the Central Courtyard and in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater.

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.

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