Discovery Programs

When you visit Kidspace with your group of 15 children or more your experience through the museum will be a Self-guided adventure.  The museum is designed for guests to explore at their own pace.  The cost of this Self-guided visit is $8 per student.  If you want to enhance your visit by adding an educational program your cost will increase to $10 or $11 depending on the program you select.  These Discovery Programs are short educational programs that are done exclusively for your group at a scheduled time during your visit.  Before and after the program your group is free to explore the museum on their own. All teachers and five chaperones are free when visiting with their group.   The Discovery Programs are divided into three general subjects arranged here from upper grades to lower grades:


  • Art

  • Physics and S.T.E.M.

  • Life Science



Below you will see a description for each program along with how long each lasts and when they are available.

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The Anatomy of Impressionism—Grades 3 to 6
60 Minutes. $11 per student.
Available Year Round
Learn about Impressionism, what came before and after it, and what made this artistic movement so important.  Students will explore the anatomy of the human face, and how to break it down into simple shapes, and understand its proportions.  Different shading techniques will be explored, as well as the difference between positive and negative space.  Students will compare colors and see how the Impressionists used them, culminating in take-home drawings.

Chumash Cave Painting—Grades 1 to 4
45 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Explore what the Chumash Native Americans were trying to communicate through their cave paintings.  Students will investigate how the Chumash lived and produced cave paintings using natural materials, and will crush rocks to make their own paint.  The program will conclude with students making their own "cave paintings."

Abstract Rhythms— Grades K to 2
45 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Experiment with the dynamics of rhythm and how it relates to movement, as well as how tempo can even influence the act of painting.  Through a music-led group mural project, this program inspires students to connect the dots between innovation, collaboration and creativity, and discover that art consists of so much more than just visual art.

Abstract Rhythms—Pre-K Only
30 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Using various instruments, experiment with rhythm and explore how our bodies move to various tempos.  Students will explore non-traditional ways to create art by painting their own group mural to the beat of these rhythms.


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Physics Transformed-Energy—Grade 5 to 8
60 Minutes.  $11 per student.
Available Year Round
Using exhibits in the Galvin Physics Forest this program brings Newton's Three Laws of Motion to life.  Students will learn how energy is transformed from potential energy to kinetic energy, experience the power of air pressure, observe resonance frequency and even interact with simple machines to understand the concept of mechanical advantage.

Nanotechnology—Grades 4 to 8
60 Minutes, $11 per student.
Available Year Round
Delve into the world of nanotechnology and explore how miniscule science is changing the world around us.  Play with and manipulate strange materials to discover how nanostructures influence the way a material acts on a human scale.  Through a series of experiments, students will discover how nanotechnology is being used in different devices and systems that make up modern life, and ponder what this means for the future of technology and human development.

Physics Moves—Grades 2 to 4
45 Minutes. $11 per student.
Available Year Round
Explore real-world physics concepts that support the discoveries being made in the science classroom.  Students will learn how energy shapes our everyday life through hands-on activities, experiments, and interaction with specific exhibits in the Galvin Physics Forest.

Squishy Electricity—Grades 1 to 4
45 Minutes. $10 per student.
Available Year Round
In this exploration inspired by our new Imagination Workshop, students will be challenged to think creatively about the materials given to them while learning the ins and outs of building circuits in a fun and safe manner.  Participants will create fabulous sculptures that light-up, beep, and spin.  Problem solving, critical thinking and experimentation will "light up" students' imaginations.

Physics Play—Grades K & 1
30 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Experience the physical world through the eyes of a scientist.  Examine why and how things move or do not move.  This program introduces basic concepts of motion and force through the use of hands-on activities, interaction with exhibits in the Galvin Physics Forest and exciting ideas for experiments to do at home or in the classroom.


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Eco Friends & Enemies—Grade 3 to 6
50 Minutes.  $11 per student.
Available Year Round
Explore the roles of different living and non-living parts of an ecosystem play in creating environmental balance.  Students will learn about symbiosis and how some organisms can change their own ecosystems to suit their needs.

Caterpillar to Butterfly—Grades 2 to 4*
45 Minutes.  $11 per student.
Available March 2, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Learn how caterpillars and butterflies use naturally selected adaptations such as cryptic coloring, stinky smells, mimicry and false heads to defend themselves against predators and survive in diverse environments

Caterpillar to Butterfly—Grades Pre-K to 1*
30 Minutes. $11 per student.
Available March 2, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Explore the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly through art activities, stories and interactive play.  Students will be introduced to the primary parts of a butterfly's anatomy, and will create an art piece as a group.

*Receive 20% off your purchase of live caterpillars available only from March 21 to May 4, while supplies last.

Food's Fantastic Journey—Grades 1 to 4
50 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Discover the epic journey food takes from the cropland to the dinner table and through our bodies.  Using USDA guidelines for healthy eating, students will investigate the science behind which foods are most useful to their bodies and why, and how staying active supports a healthy lifestyle.  They will also dive into anatomy as they discover the body parts that convert food into fuel and bi-products.

Exploring an Ecosystem—Grade K to 2
30 Minutes. $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Explore the Kidspace wildlife pond and learn about how the plants and animals are all connected in a food web.  Students will take an in-depth look at the ecosystems around them, and discover the ways in which different organisms are all interdependent.

Amazing Arthropods—Grades 1 to 4
45 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Uncover how insects and arachnids compare to each other and how those differences make them well adapted to their particular lifestyles.  Students continue the investigation with a closer encounter with several of the arthropods from Kidspace's live animal collection.  Students will then create art that showcases what they have learned.

Amazing Arthropods—Grades Pre-K & K
30 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
While guided through a comparison of insect and arachnid anatomy, explore the key traits that help us distinguish even the trickiest of bugs.  Using their "scientist eyes," students will meet, observe, and touch some of our live animal specimens.

Digging Up the Tyrannosaurus Rex—Grade Pre-K to 4
45 Minutes.  $10 per student.
Available Year Round
Become apprentice paleontologists, and journey back in time by examining prehistoric clues.  Students will discover what dinosaurs ate, and how they hunted by studying fossil remains.  They will work as a team to dig up and piece together a model of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.


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Click here to download the Field Trip Logistics Packet, which includes:

  • What to expect before and during your field trip
  • Lunch options and where to eat
  • Museum rules
  • Weather considerations
  • Directions to Kidspace
  • Parking information

All Field Trips are booked on a first-come first-served basis.  Please fill out a Group Reservation Request Form if you would like to visit with your group.


Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or by check. Admission passes, discount coupons or Kidspace memberships may not be applied towards group visit payment. Kidspace does NOT accept Purchase Orders (POs). Mail payment with invoice to: Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103.

Full payment must be received no later than 14 days prior to your scheduled visit date. If payment is not received at this time, your visit will be subject to cancellation. No payment or adjustment to your group count will be made on the day of your visit. Kidspace cannot refund groups for guests that do not arrive on the day of the visit.


Contact Marco Calderón, Education Manager, at or (626) 449-9144, ext. 5218.