In the heart of Brookside Park in Pasadena, CA, Kidspace Children's Museum offers a venue for children to explore and interact with the arts, sciences, and humanities.
The museum originated in 1979 as part of the California Institute of Technology with an aim to enrich the lives of local children. After several changes and moves, the museum at the current location opened in 2004 with a goal to be a major attraction in southern California. Today Kidspace hosts about 250,000 visitors annually.
The indoor exhibits include a life-sized kaleidoscope, an early childhood learning center for guests 4 years of age and under, fossil-digging space, and climbing towers. Outdoors, guests can enjoy the gardens, tricycle track, an amphitheater, water play feature, and climbing equipment.
During summer months, the museum opens from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. From September through May, Kidspace closes on Mondays, but keeps the same hours on the remaining days. Groups with 15 or more children require advance reservations, prepayment, and a minimum number of chaperones.
Kidspace Children's Museum is located about 45 minutes by car northeast of Los Angeles International Airport. Other nearby tourist sites include the Pacific Asia Museum, McDonald and Washington parks, and Huntington Botanical Gardens.