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 $7 per student.  If you want to enhance your visit by adding an educational program your cost will increase to $9 or $10 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:

 

  • Art & Culture

  • Health & Nutrition, 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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ART & CULTURE DISCOVERY PROGRAMS

Abstract Rhythms—Pre-kinder to Kinder
30 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Using various instruments, children experiment with rhythm and explore how our bodies move to various tempos.  Students will then explore non-traditional ways to create art by painting their own group mural to the beat of these rhythms.

Abstract Rhythms—Kinder to 4th
45 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Students experiment with the dynamics of rhythm and how it relates to bodily movements, as well as how tempo can even influence the act of painting. This program helps students connect the dots between innovation, collaboration and creativity.  Students will be able to take their own collaborative painting back to class as a keepsake of their creative journey.

Chumash Cave Painting—Kinder
30 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Children are challenged to think of a world where they have to make their own art supplies just as the Chumash Native Americans did.  Students will try to decode the meaning of ancient Chumash cave painting symbols, and will grind raw earthen materials into paint to create their own pictorial stories.

Chumash Cave Painting—1st to 4th
45 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Students decipher what the Chumash were trying to communicate through their cave paintings.  They will investigate how these Native Americans lived and produced cave paintings using natural materials. Students will take what they've learned and crush rocks to make their own paint, and conclude the program by making their own "cave paintings".

Storytelling Through Murals—3rd to 5th
60 Minutes, $10
Available Year Round
Students will learn how to transform a concept into a visual reality through collaboration, planning and sketching.  Students will choose a group mural concept, and create individual interpretations by sketching their personal visions.  The full group mural will be created back in their school classroom, where teachers will use the pre and post visit materials to complete the project.

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HEALTH & NUTRTION, PHYSICS AND S.T.E.M. DISCOVERY PROGRAMS

Physics Play-Motion & Force—Kinder & 1st
30 Minutes, $10
Available Year Round
Experience the physical world through the eyes of a scientist.  Examine why and how things move or don't 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.

Physics Play, Motion & Force—2nd to 4th
45 Minutes, $10
Available Year Round
Children explore real-world physics concepts that support the discoveries they are making in the science classroom.  Children will learn how motion & force shape our everyday life through hands-on activities, experiments, and interaction with specific exhibits in the Galvin Physics Forest.

Physics Transformed-Energy, Mechanical Advantage & Simple Machines—5th to 8th
60 Minutes, $10
Available Year Round
The exhibits in the Galvin Physics Forest bring 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.

Food's Fantastic Journey—1st to 4th
50 Minutes, $10
Available September 16, 2013 to January 31, 2014
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 gross anatomy as they discover the body parts that convert food to fuel and then into bi-products.

Imagination Workshop Discovery—5th to 8th
60 Minutes, $10
Available Year Round
Utilizing ideas from our new Imagination Workshop, students will be challenged to think creatively about the materials they are given to complete a group project.  Teamwork, compromise, and problem solving will push the participants through a sculpture/engineering project that will bring their imaginations to life.

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LIFE SCIENCE DISCOVERY PROGRAMS

Amazing Arthropods—Pre-kinder
30 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Students are guided through a comparison of insect and arachnid anatomy, as well as an examination of how their own five senses relate to those of insects.  Using their "scientist eyes," children will meet some of our live specimens

Amazing Arthropods—Kinder to 4th
45 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Students uncover how insects and arachnids compare to each other and relate to the environment they live in.  The investigation will continue with a close encounter with several of the arthropods from Kidspace's live collection.

Digging Up the Tyrannosaurus Rex—Pre-kinder to 4th
45 Minutes, $9
Available Year Round
Discover the truth about this predator and how it impacted the dinosaur world.  Students will become apprentice paleontologists, uncovering the mysteries of prehistoric life as they work together to dig up this incredible creature

Caterpillar to Butterfly—Pre-kinder & Kinder
30 Minutes, $10
Available February 25, 2014 to May 31, 2014
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 compare and contrast the five senses of a human to those of a butterfly.

Caterpillar to Butterfly—1st to 4th
45 Minutes, $10
Available February 25, 2014 to May 31, 2014
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.

Inside an Ecosystem—Kinder to 2nd
30 Minutes, $10
Available May to November
Explore the Kidspace wildlife pond and learn about how the plants and animals are all connected.  Students will discover how the world around them affects the ecosystem they see every day.

Inside an Ecosystem—3rd to 6th
45 Minutes, $10
Available May to November
Students explore what roles 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.

 

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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

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.

Questions?

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

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