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i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa

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#12 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Arizona
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  • I have taken my 3 yr old grandson here several times as my daughter bought a pass. If you go early when they first open at 9am it's not crowded, but around 10am, it gets PACKED! It would be nice if th...  more »
  • It's an interesting museum my kids had an okay time. I thought it was over priced. Not planning to go again.  more »
  • The IDEA museum for us seemed to be more of an craft building/play center than a 'museum', with the ideal age between 2 and 7. The museum is split into two areas, one for ages 4 and under the other fo...  more »
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  • This is just pure fun with creativity. So much to do. Purchased a membership today, so we can go free everyday, if I wanted to. My 4yr old has a blast making art projects, painting. Today we made a little funny monster. Goooooo, & have a blast. ****Be sure to take socks for EVERYONE, & you can even take your lunch in.
  • We can't get enough of the IDEA museum! I am continually amazed at the creative ideas they have for activities. We spent 4 hours there today in one section! I love that the activities are all STEAM based.
  • My 3 year old loved it! I would caution if you have a younger child to keep watch over them because the older kids can play rough. I won't lower the star number though because the museum can't control every kid's actions. We will be back! :)
  • Awful place. Four school buses came in and they totally ran amuck and took over entire place. In the under 4 area too many kids over 4 not being supervised and allowed to just run over the young kids. Once the bus loads of kids got done with the art projects there was no way we could do any because the tables of supplies were trashed.
  • We could have easily spent 5-6 hours just playing and creating here - the only reason for the less than "average" rating is due to an immediate need for them to address some safety issues, proper storage of banquet tables and lack of professionalism shown by one particular employee. We were in the room with the Dry-Erase board, near the Snackery Room, playing with the wood blocks on the mat when my 1yr old nephew got up and toddled over to the wall -about 3' away - where 3-4 banquet tables were leaned up on the wall - he did nothing more than just barely touch the first table and it came down on top of him pinning him to the floor, legs underneath and the back of head hitting the hard concrete floor - all this in a matter of a few seconds and before I could get up to get to him - This easily could have resulted in broken legs or a cracked head, and I truly thank God, it did not. Accidents WILL happen in an environment like this, but this one was totally preventable and should not have happened. A female employee entered the room shortly after and asked if there was a problem. I told her what happened and suggested how dangerous it was to have tables propped up like that in a room full of children playing, to which she replied "it's never been a problem before" in a not-so-very-nice manner, as if reprimanding me or making me feel like this was my fault - to which 2 other adult women in the room also very kindly, yet firmly, advised her this should not have happened. The employee, unwillingly, moved the tables behind the black curtain "storage area", where they stuck out and was another accident waiting to happen - PLEASE, IDEA Museum Management, address the safety issue of your storage issue IMMEDIATELY before another incident happens and a little one is seriously hurt. Not once did this staff member show concern for my little guy or suggest reporting this or doing anything further. Even though we discovered later that my camera broke when I dropped it trying to get to him quickly, it's replaceable and of no concern. Of GREAT concern is the safety of all children visiting the IDEA museum, and knowing your staff has their best interest at heart - the employee involved in this definitely did not. It was not until another employee, with a super pleasant attitude, asked us how our visit was just before our departure much later - that it was suggested we complete an incident report after telling her what happened. Though requested at the front desk, the cashier was unable to find a form. It's not my nature to file a public complaint, especially when the IDEA Museum is someplace I can see bringing my little nieces and nephews for creative time for a few years to come. But not having the ability to reach anyone in person on the phone, I feel no other option, as I want all little ones to be safe as possible while playing and learning in this super neat creative environment.

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