by: KHickey
Wednesday 6th , 2018
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Kidspace Children's Museum completed their $13 million Campaign for the Future of Kidspace. This transformative capital campaign was launched by the 3293 board of directors in 2011. It introduced several new exhibits and programs, upgraded technology and infrastructure, and retired the $4 million construction debt dating back to 2004, when the museum moved to their current location in Brookside Park. Kidspace held a dinner to honor key supporters of the campaign. CEO Michael Shanklin took the opportunity to recognize the Popovich family for their dedication to the museum by unveiling a new sign for the museum entrance, which will read Kidspace Children's Museum, Popovich Campus.

3296 Many generous individuals, corporations, and foundations came together to provide the funds needed to introduce the following new exhibits: Robert and Mary Galvin Physics Forest; Milias Imagination Workshop; S. Mark Taper Foundation Early Childhood Learning Center; Kidspace Greenhouse; Arroyo Adventure; Storyteller Studio; and the soon to be re-opened Splash Dance Fountains.

The extensive improvements made it possible for the museum to serve over 371,000 guests in 2017 – a 60% increase compared to 2011. Over 80,000 of these guests visited through the museum’s Kidspace for All free and reduced cost admission programs such as EBT cardholder discounts, veteran discounts, Kidspace on the Road outreach programming, Free Family Nights, events for families with special needs, and more. Kidspace delivers its mission every day: to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners.

"I am proud of what we have accomplished and I am thrilled that we are serving more people. The museum is unique because we have a great deal of outdoor space, giving our guests the opportunity to explore and be active in a natural setting. We encourage curiosity and imagination throughout the museum - there is something for everyone,” said Michael Shanklin.

Kidspace provides kid-driven experiences through innovative exhibits, play-based programs, and interactive events which support STEAM principles (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) as well as music, literacy, and cultural awareness. The museum's informal education environment pairs hands-on enrichment activities with self-directed play and learning, emphasizing 21st century skill building such as communication, collaboration, citizenship and critical thinking.

Michael went on to say, "I am thankful to all of our donors for choosing to make Kidspace a priority. The support received allows the museum to continue being a much needed, early childhood development resource for our entire community."

Kidspace is grateful for the capital campaign support received from the following foundations: The Ahmanson Foundation, The Ann Peppers 3295 Foundation, California Cultural and Historical Endowment, The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Confidence Foundation, The Eisner Foundation, W.M. Keck Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Rose Hills Foundation, and S. Mark Taper Foundation.

ABOUT KIDSPACE

Kidspace Children's Museum is located at 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA on 3.5 acres of both indoor and outdoor, interactive environments. The museum features over 40 hands-on exhibits with daily programs and monthly events for children ages 1 to 10. The mission of Kidspace is to nurture the potential of all children through kid-driven experiences, inspiring them to become joyful, active learners.