i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa
Categories: Children’s Museums, Museums
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We drive 50 minutes each way to visit this museum. My son and I went to the new dog exhibit today. What we like most about this place is that it is relatively quiet, smaller, and less crowded than som... read more »
Drove into Phoenix from California and this was the first place we took the kids. We had 2 families with 4 young ones with lots of energy (from a long car ride). Though they closed one of their main e... read more »
Especially during hot Arizona summer days, this is a wonderful place for young children. There is a room where they can climb and build with padded geometrical "pillows". Both my 8 yo granddaughter an... read more »
Really hands on. A little over priced. Should be more like $5 IMO. There should be a discount for adults at least, my wife just nursed our infant but we still had to pay for her to just be there. My 3 yr old LOVED the projects FYI, bring socks for the east side of the building play area. If you CCW or OC they have lock boxes while you're there. Ask for the key at the front desk. They just need to hold your DL. I wish more GFZ's were this easy.
Called before ahead of time to ask questions about the museum not once did they tell me I had to have socks to go into the toddler section. Yea you can purchase socks there for $2 thats a good way to get people money! Live 30min away have to go back home to get socks, yea I could have bought the socks but the point is I was never told over the phone.
My 3 year old loves it here, dress up pretend, iPads with drawing games, a whole soft play room with so much to do! I think I enjoyed myself as much as the kids. Would definitely recommend to people with kids under 8
This place is Amazing! If you want a break from chasing your kids around the house or from a hot park this is the place to go. We signed up when our daughter was 18 months old because she needed to interact with more little people her age, glad we did, she loves other kids now and is not so timid around strangers anymore, her speech has improved as well as being nice to kids The building is split into 2 areas, older kids and small ones, we have gone to the older kids side a few times however it is not the reason we signed up, if you were to just come for the big kid side with projects and learning exhibits a once a month visit would suffice. They change the theme on the big kid side every few months, currently underwater themed, they even Bring in Moon Mermaid to interact with the kids and show them that magic is real :) last exhibit was trains and that was a big hit with the thomas the train kids, I think creativity, doodling was the previous theme. Its always changing and a great place for the kids The little people side is like what grandmas house is but larger and filled with more awesome toys. Its gated and a socks only area with cubby holes for shoes and space to stick diaper bags. The large entry area has foam blocks to build forts with, practice your climbing techniques on and to jump into. The outer rooms are split, reading room, kitchen, garden, building room/lite bright, hand puppet room, dress up room, arts and crafts room, and a baby pen. The baby pen is a 20x20 area with walls and padded floor to stick small ones while their toddling counterparts play. The building room has a 5 ft tall light bright by 15 feet long, some sections are tough to insert the pegs but if you move to another area you should find a small child friendly location. Wooden building blocks, legos, lots of fun for the small builder to play with. The Kitchen is awesome, lots of food and cooking implements for pretend food, We were going twice a week for 6 months and we would see them cleaning the stuff at least once a week, they probably cleaned it on other days, Its nice to know they sanitize with so many little hands everywhere. I support this place and everything they do for the little people, I will continue to bring my daughter here until she tells me she doesn't want to go anymore. If you get there at opening its super nice and relaxing and families start to trickle in, about 10 its super busy and children are flying around like madmen, it slows down around noon for lunch break and picks back up around 1 to 130, in my experience its nicer when its quieter and slowly builds up so you can handle it and the energy of 50 kids running around
The idea museum is a bad idea for smaller children. I have a 2 year old and A 4 year old and we were scolded several times just for them playing. I'm not one of those parents who think my kids are perfect but they might have told me at the front that this place is not for little kids. Also, there is a huge part of the very small Museum that everyone must have socks to enter. The only way I would have known that is by looking closely at their website before I came. Sure you can buy socks in the gift shop but I don't need socks thank you very much. The only good thing was they did give me my money back when I asked for it. I thought it was a little strange that they didn't even ask why I wanted my money back. We won't be going back here.
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