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I.D.E.A. Museum

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The I.D.E.A. (Imagination, Design, Experience, Art)  Museum was known as the Arizona Museum for Youth, but “rebranded” last year with this name. They redesigned and came up with a beautiful format. I wasn’t in the area before it rebranded, but I think they did a great job making it visually appealing to all ages. Check out this article from the East Valley Tribune on their transformation.

We parked behind the museum in the parking lot off of Pepper Place .

 

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As we walked in, there were a lot of musical xylophones and drums for the kids (and adults) to play on. Yes, Munchie is wearing his fireman hat from Surprise Safety Day .

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Luckily there was more than one mallet per station so giggles could get in on the musical action too.

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These were huge pipes that had a very heavy mallet, but Giggles handled it well!

IMG_3155Don’t forget the drums!

And this fun was all BEFORE we got inside!

So when you enter the I.D.E.A. museum, you can either go left or right. The right side of the museum is completely for children four and under, so that was perfect for all of us (and of course parents too).

We visited “Artville” (the section for children four and under) and the kids had a blast. It was a bit busy there because it was the First Free Sunday, but the kids were able to get to see and experience everything. I did carry Dimples in his Bjorn carrier as strollers are discouraged from this area.

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This was a huge, soft building block area for the little kids to build whatever they could imagine. Giggles and Daddy spent most of their time here.

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IMG_3131Munchie had a blast playing inside the train. There is a television screen that makes it feel like you are going down a track, with a button to “stop” the train from moving. Unfortunately Giggles did not like the dark so much.

IMG_3135This area of artville was the best for Munchie. It had the huge wall sized light bright (that he is front of) and a lego area along with other hands on items.

IMG_3136There was also a puppet theater and a place to dress up, as well as a little house that you can play house in.

IMG_3132This was the nice “fenced in” area for pre walkers. Unfortunately Dimples didn’t get to try it out since I was chasing Munchie.

There is also three bathrooms behind the Puppet area, as well as a “nursing/family room”. Two of the bathrooms are more kid sized and one is more for the adults and the baby changing.

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Then we headed to the “left wing” of the museum, called the “hub”. This area was more for the older kids, but Munchie and Giggles did a little exploring as well.

IMG_3141This was the “Robot” exhibit where the kids could either draw robots or put velcroed pieces onto the robots. Munchie and Giggles had fun “dressing” the robots.

IMG_3145We Walked around a bit and Munchie found the “campout room”. It’s a dark room lit with black lights. Because I didn’t want to ruin the experience for the other museum goers with my flash, this is the only picture I took. You will have to go and experience it for yourself!

IMG_3151On this side of the “hub” there was also another set of restrooms (across from the campout room) and the “snackery” which is an area that you can eat your own brought in food or buy food from the vending machines. They also had huge bean bag chairs to sit on (or throw around!).

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IMG_3148The Hub area had a lot of craft type activities for older kids. Well, I’m sure my kids could have done it but there was glue-and glue sometimes just doesn’t go well for anyone, so we skipped that part. But it looked like a lot of older kids were having a blast creating all sorts of things.

IMG_3149We had a really fun time at the museum and hope to go back again soon.

The Basics

I.D.E.A. Museum

150 W. Pepper Place

Mesa, AZ 85201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14 Comments

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  4. Avatar Jazzy bea on May 2, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Can you please update this we went yesterday expecting for it to free from reading on your site and they said that they no longer do the free first Sunday due to no longer being sponsored by target.

    Thank god for the nice cashier she was very considerate that we drove from Buckeye AZ so they let us in free for the last 2 hours.

    • Vicki Vicki on May 2, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks for letting us know, Jazzy. That must have just happened recently and sorry for the inconvenience. Glad you got to enjoy the museum anyhow.

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