Kidspace Museum, Pasadena California
Located in Pasadena’s historic Arroyo public recreation area the Kidspace Museum embodies a unique collection of exhibits and programs designed to actively engage children in relevant experiential learning about our natural world. As part of the Museum’s continuing efforts to offer new engaging and exceptionally differentiated learning experiences, we collaborated with Hands On, an exhibit design firm widely respected for their creativity and innovation. Working in concert, we developed a site plan to choreograph children’s experiences in a safely configured natural setting that incorporates 13 distinct and unusually dynamic learning exhibits. These innovative and engaging exhibits include interactive “magnetic pendulums”, “giant levers”, “bottle blasters” and “kid-powered fans”. Encompassing approx. an acre, this new “Forest” introduces individually sourced, large scale California native trees and shrub plantings including specimen Oaks, Sycamores and Alders. In addition to the new extensive tree canopy that creates sheltering shade, the site and landscape plan incorporates proactive water management strategies that not only minimize irrigation water use but promote on site water recharge and retention. For example, all storm water is collected and retained on site within a newly configured meandering “dry creek” or stream. This inviting new addition to the Museum is certain to become one of the most popular and active destinations for children and parents alike.