The Mission & History of Kidspace Children's Museum

Our mission at Kidspace is to promote education and enrich the lives of children, families, and the community through interactive experiences in science, art, and the humanities.

To help us achieve this, we live by the following core values:

  • Respect—We respect our guests by asking their opinions and listening. We also respect our guests and embrace diversity.
  • Integrity—We do what we said we will do even when it is not the easy thing to do. We want to be transparent with our finances so our investors know how they are making a difference.
  • Safety—The safety of our guests comes first. We have a safe environment where young minds of all ages can explore, learn, and have fun.
  • Experiential Learning—Education is the core of who we are. We believe that when learning becomes fun, the learner does so willingly.

An incredible seed bed of learning and discovery, the purpose of a children’s museum is to inspire children to learn and grow, equip parents and teachers, and to be a safe place where learners of all abilities can do so at their own pace and focus on topics of interest to them. This is often refered to as “Free Range Learning.” What makes us different from a school is our approach to informal education. We believe in giving our guests hands-on experiences that are relevant and inspiring.

In Dr. Howard Gardner’s book, Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, he points out the value of children’s museums in helping a child discover their learning style. Kidspace provides a learning environment filled with the wonder and joy of the natural world.

A definition from the Association of Children's Museums:

A children's museum is a nonprofit institution that provides children with hands-on learning experiences and interactive activities, because children learn through exploration and play. The first children's museum, called the Brooklyn Children's Museum, was founded in the year 1899. LEARN MORE about children's museums.

2010 Public Disclosure 990 Return

2011 Annual Report

2012 Audited Financial Statement

2012 Public Disclosure 990 Return

History

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The historic Fannie Morrison Horticultural Center building at Brookside Park in the Arroyo Seco before restoration

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Roberts Pavilion before restoration

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2012 will be one of the most exciting years in our history.  We are returning to our roots and putting education at the forefront of everything we do. To accomplish this, we are working hard to bring our guests unique educational exhibit experiences.  This summer we will open our new Physics Forest exhibit where guests can interact with over thirteen experiences that will bring physics to life.  With this major step of expansion, we also look forward to updating our galleries and gardens.  Kidspace will continue to grow and develop new experiences for learning and play.

Thank you for being a part of our community!