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Circle of Friends

IThe Circle of Friends is a philanthropic group of more than 90 women from Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, La Cañada and surrounding areas who are dedicated to supporting, with funds and volunteer hours, the operations of Kidspace Children’s Museum. There are also more than 40 Founders Circle members: women who were active in the group for five years and continue to support the Museum on a more limited basis.


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Established in 1991 as a small group of active community volunteers with a mission of creating an environment for children to receive enhanced access to the arts, humanities, and sciences led to today’s Circle of Friends. Today, the Circle of Friends remains a volunteer organization whose sole mission is raise funds for Kidspace. Since the beginning, its purpose has been exclusively charitable. The Circle of Friends does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion or national origin.


The Circle of Friends is now in its 27th year and is currently under the leadership of Circle President Claire Marco.


What We Do

Check presented by 2016-2017 Circle of Friends President, Jennifer Kennedy to Michael Shanklin, Kidspace CEO, and Kidspace Board Members David Ulick and Kevin Kohorst.



The Circle of Friends raises funds every year for Kidspace Children's Museum through two annual events organized by the Circle, the Pumpkin Festival in the fall, and a benefit dinner and auction in the winter.


Pumpkin Festival

The annual Pumpkin Festival is held every October in Pasadena’s Brookside Park. Families from all over the Los Angeles area are invited to enjoy a safe, family-friendly carnival including bouncers, games, a pumpkin patch and free entertainment. What started as a small event in 1994 to give kids a safe alternative to trick-or-treating has grown into a not-to-be-missed, two-day festival attended by 20,000 people.

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Pumpkin Festival


The annual benefit is an evening of fun with proceeds going towards Kidspace Children’s Museum. It features a silent auction during cocktail hour, dining, dancing and live auction with exclusive items, all while decked out in themed costumes. Held the first Saturday in February, it’s an event not to be missed!

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