Kidspace Museum in Pasadena (CA), has been on my must visit list for well over a year. We finally had the right window period to squeeze it in today, despite the 100 degree heat wave! It was well worth the wait for us because Kingston was able to fully enjoy it just as much as Kaitlyn!
Kidspace is a children’s museum specifically designed for younger children (ideally 10 y/o and younger) and their caregivers. CAREGIVERS. I kid you not, this is exactly how it is worded at the museum and on their website. The live up to that claim. Shade. Air conditioning. Comfortable seating. They really took into account the giants that accompany the littlest visitor.
My little monkeys could spend hours climbing the various climbing structures at Kidspace. Was I surprised my kids had zero apprehension about the heights and racing up and down alone? Not one bit.
The outdoor space is what I had seen tidbits of and the bait for my visit and it lived up to its promises.
Reminder, this museum is designed for younger children. I could see older children steamroll through all the little wonders Kidspace offers in a flash, but for the toddlers, oh my. This was heaven! Play structures, tricyle paths, watering cans and garden planters, a treehouse, musical instruments under the trees, a greenhouse, fishing, and THE RIVER. I mentioned in my IG Stories how I wish I could have been a toddler at that moment. I was serious. Who wouldn’t love to just splash, climb, and roll around in this adorable water feature? Too bad it would have looked foolish for a 30-something y/o woman to do that. lol
The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and would have stayed longer had we had the time! Kaitlyn was begging to come back before we even walked back through the mosaic hall!
Info: The museum is located in Arroyo Seco valley, right next to the Rose Bowl stadium. Brookside Park is also next to the museum with a great play structure, and parking is free! The museum is shut down on certain dates related to Rose Bowl events, so be sure to check before you go. Admission for adults and children 12 months and older is $13/pp. I couldn’t find any coupons on our date, but I noticed there have been Groupons in the past, and locals might love the family annual pass package!
Tips: You can bring in your own food and beverages. I suggest bring an insulated cup with lots of ice! Waterproof shoes for the kids (and advisable for yourself to fish out wet kids), swimming clothes, change of clothes, and a towel. Hats, sunscreen, coins for the spinning donation thing (Kingston was enthralled), and of course, a camera! 🙂
Let me know if you decide to check it out, or if you’re a fan!