5 Kid-tastic Children’s Museums in SoCal
Hurry! Let’s go to a magical place where kids can learn through play and explorations in environments designed just for them.
Children’s Museum at La Habra, La Habra
Play in the STEAM Lab, learn about trains in the Model Train Village, ride an authentic, hand-carved carousel, uncover dinosaur fossils, learn about environment conservation, and then dress up in costume and perform on a stage. Enjoy this and more, plus themed family programming on the weekends throughout the year. New exhibits this year include “If I Lived in a Castle”, an imaginative trip to the past where kids can practice archery, swordsmanship, dress up in the Queen’s Gallery and more, January 22 – August 25, 2019. Admission: $9-10. Closed Mondays.
Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena
Hands-on exhibits, both indoor and outdoor, designed to encourage a child’s growth in development through exploration of the environment, investigation in science, and artistic expression. Exhibits include water and mud features, digging for fossils, outdoor climbing and more. Plus, they offer classes, camps, family nights, workshops and special events. Recommended for children ages 10 and under. Admission: $14. Discounted rates available. Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.
Pennypickle’s Workshop Temecula Children’s Museum, Temecula
Home of Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle, filled with hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments that encourage children to discover science through play. Workshops, Kids Only Club events, birthday party packages, and other special events offered. Admission: $5 (except for special events).
Pretend City Children’s Museum, Irvine
An interconnected city designed for children (infant-8). The city is comprised of a grocery store, farm, doctor’s office, art studio, amphitheater, beach, marina, construction site and many other exhibits. At Pretend City, children learn through role play based on real-world experiences as they dress up as a police officer, deliver the mail, create art, compose music or put out a fire. Admission: $13.75. Discounted rates available. Click here for a virtual tour!
Southern California Children’s Museum, Pasadena
Early-childhood educational exhibits, pretend and dramatic play area, and weekly events including bilingual story time, clay corner, fun foodie Friday, open mic Mondays and more! New exhibits include “Imagination Dwells Here”, a Bob Baker interactive experience where children can explore puppetry and play, January – May 2019. Admission: $8. “Twosdays” Special: 2-for-1 admission on Tuesdays after 2 p.m.
The museum also has a collaborative workspace for parents offering child care, desks, community tables, presentation capabilities, coffee, printing and other amenities. Drop-in rates and monthly memberships available. Restrictions apply, visit website for full details.
Zimmer Children’s Museum (Cayton Children’s Museum by Sharewell)
The Zimmer Children’s Museum in Los Angeles will close its doors on February 10, 2019 and is scheduled to reopen in Santa Monica Place as the Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell in late Spring 2019. Visit their website to stay updated.
This post was written by Liz Davis