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Celebrating 40 Years

Kidspace Children's Museum is celebrating 40 years of play and experiential learning. Founded in 1979 by members of the Caltech community and Junior League of Pasadena, a space for families was developed with tactile, interdisciplinary experiences to bridge the arts, humanities, and sciences. Launching first at Caltech with a pilot exhibit called "Making Senses" and then graduating to Rosemont Pavilion with additional elements provided by ArtCenter and JPL. Finally, Kidspace found a home at McKinley School from 1981 to 2002. The location was only 13,500 square feet, but packed with innovative exhibits and programs that helped form the building blocks of lifelong learning.




Several years and 1.8 million guests later, Kidspace embarked on a new adventure expanding to Brookside Park in the heart of the Arroyo Seco. With a significantly larger campus and beautiful facility with existing structures, the Fannie Morrison Horticultural Center and a pergola wrapped in 150-year-old wisteria vines, the museum was poised to have outdoor and natural learning environments unlike any other children's museum. 


Kidspace's current location in Brookside Park opened in 2004 with exhibits that inspire kid-driven learning and family experiences that create lasting memories. The museum has continued to grow with the opening of Galvin Physics Forest in 2012, Imagination Workshop in 2014, and Arroyo Adventure in 2016. Kidspace has now welcomed over 5 million guests and is proud to have over 5,000 members. We look forward to seeing how we can grow over the next 40 years!


Help us celebrate 40 years of play throughout 2019 with special campaigns and activities:

  • Raise $40,000 in 40 Days - COMPLETE! Thank you for your support!

  • Blast from the Past Spirit Days - June 29 & 30

  • 40 Days of Fun! - July 6 through August 16

  • Birthday Bash Event - July 13 & 14

  • PLAYDATE: Celebrating 40 years of Kidspace - September 19

  • Special '40' Sales and Promotions throughout the Year!

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What does Kidspace mean to you and your family? Thanks to everyone who has reached out to us with their memories, including current and former members, staff, and Kidspace founders. We could not have gotten here without you!





Take a look back at Kidspace in the 90's with Brianna Cutts when she worked at Kidspace! HERE






A Look Back with the Cousins Robledo Family: Growing Up with Kidspace HERE