If you can imagine it, you can build it, at the new Imagination Workshop for kids at Kidspace. That’s right, they said it, and they’re standing by it – whatever a kiddo can dream, they can find a way to make some version of it here in this new space for kids of all ages. Here they can put together, take apart, assemble, disassemble and re-purpose just about anything, all while learning, tinkering and thinking.
It’s like Willy Wonka’s factory, but it is creations not candy that are being invented at every station. All kinds of projects can be happening at the same time – it’s all up to the whims and whimsy of each thinker/tinker who comes to build and play. The workshop has a wide variety of tools and materials, display cases and shelves to allow kids to gather and work and then to showoff their creations. No need for intimidation, though (or relying on Mom or Dad being handy and project oriented) – there will be educators from the museum present to help kids figure out what they want to do and lead them through 4 types of projects.
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- Directed Projects – These will be led by educators to help kids create the project of the day.
- Lead in Projects – Kids will be presented with a problem or materials and asked to solve, build or create using that situation or materials.
- Take Aparts – It’s their chance to dismantle a real world object, without getting in trouble!
- Open Ended – Kids can also just come wander, explore, think, imagine & create using anything they can find that inspires them.
Then kids can leave their creation (if they want) and become part of the museum curation team, helping co-create the exhibits and inspirations that the next kids will find. The workshop is filled with cubbies to stuff with stuff, and kids can find their muse in the amazing things that other kids have managed to imagine.
One of the things that will have you thanking the bright people behind this new spot (besides the joy you get watching your kid get crazy creative) is that it extends the age of appropriateness of the museum. Everyone has had that rough afternoon when you’ve got kids of various ages to entertain. Could be a range in ages of your own kids or visiting friends or relatives – whatever the reason, you’ve got to keep the 1 year old happy and the 10 year olds interested. Adding the Imagination Workshop to last summer’s new Physics Forest means that kids of all ages can all truly spend hours here, lost in thought, play and exploration. So bring the clan, spend the day, and see where your imagination takes you.
Now open weekdays from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm and weekends from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Prices: $10; free for infants under age 1
Parking: Free parking is available in Rose Bowl Parking Lot I.
Snacking: Kid Friendly food is available for purchase at the The Kidspace Café, or bring your own food (just remember, no glass bottles or aluminum cans).
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Blvd.
Phone: (626) 449-9144
What’s your favorite thing to do at Kidspace? And do you have other favorite Children’s Museums, in LA or other cities? We’d love to know in the comments below.