If you said that it took rocket scientists to create Kidspace Children’s Museum (kidspacemuseum.org) 40 years ago, you would be rather on target. In 1979, some folks from the Caltech community partnered with members of Junior League of Pasadena to design a space where families could enjoy hands-on educational fun.
The museum launched on the Caltech campus, then resided for a while at Pasadena’s Rosemont Pavilion (currently a Rose Parade float staging site) before spending two decades on the McKinley School campus.
In 2004, Kidspace opened at its present home in Brookside Park, where it has flourished and grown with the additions of Galvin Physics Forest in 2012, Imagination Workshop in 2014 and Arroyo Adventure in 2016.
The museum celebrates turning 40 with a big birthday bash July 13-14. Families can create birthday hats, play classic birthday party games and join an interactive dance party with DJ Bree that includes a confetti blast at 1 p.m.
This celebration is just part of the museum’s “40 Days of Fun” happening July 6-Aug. 16. The fun includes explorations and scavenger hunt challenges with prizes. “Nature” is the theme for July 6-12, then it’s “Slime” time July 15-21. “Water” is celebrated July 22-Aug. 2, followed by “Bubbles” Aug. 3-16. The fun is included with the $14 admission price.
Kidspace has additional birthday plans brewing, including a 21-and-over, after-hours “playdate” Sept. 19. This “fun-raiser,” which benefits Kidspace’s annual fund, lets adults play like kids in the museum while also enjoying cocktails and tasty treats.