Kidspace Children's Museum is an interactive, must see children's museum next to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, located on four acres inside Brookside Park (480 N. Arroyo Boulevard).
Kidspace has over 25 interactive exhibits, in addition to gardens, arroyo streams, and frequent daily/weekly activities. Designed for kids between 12 months and 12 years old, Kidspace provides children the opportunity to explore the physical, natural and environmental sciences while having a lot of fun. While at Kidspace they can dig for fossils, climb 40 foot towers, see a real bee hive, or even start an earthquake.
Visit www.kidspacemuseum.org or call 626.449.9144 for more information. During the months of September through May, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 9:30am to 5pm and weekends 10am to 5pm. Open Mondays from mid-March to early September.
Closed on New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and usually on days UCLA plays football at the Rose Bowl. Admission is $11 per person (including kids) as of March 2015. Children under age 1 are free.
Free Family Night is the first Tuesday of each month from 4pm to 8pm.
While making the trek to Pasadena with 2 young kids can be a haul, it is definitely worth it. There are so many things to see and do both inside the museum and in the large outdoor area, your kids will have fun for several hours...climbing, crawling, playing, feeling, discovering, tinkering, etc. The cafeteria has a decent selection of food too and the museum store has a large assortment of neat learning items. And on your way back home in Ventura County, stop by Griffith Park for some kiddie train rides!