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IDEA Museum, Mesa

#12 of 18 in Childrens Museums in Arizona
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  • Love the hands on play area, exhibits and gift shop! The experience begins prior to entering with interactive musical delights! Each exhibit displays the staff's passion for children! Sunnee O'Rork, E...  more »
  • We took a 6 year old and a 3 year old and both found many activities that kept them there for hours. The staff supervision is lacking when it gets crowded but if you stay with your kids everyone will ...  more »
  • 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 »
  • We were visiting from out of town so decided to take our 3 year old for a fun activity place. Nothing is special about this place. It wasn’t free Sunday as other reviews posted and a late Sunday afternoon turned busy quickly. Most of the toys are wore out or broken. They have a variety of things to do but none is actually in good shape. Even lego blocks. Musical instrument section (performing arts) barely had three things. The place wasn’t super clean. But all in all it is just lacking. Not a lot of toys to play with. My biggest gripe was probably admission. It is $9 for a ticket and adults have to pay. We knew that going in but given the condition of the place, it is totally not worth it. My wife and I basically had to pay $18 for just me and her to watch our toddler (another $9) play with some broken toys. The arts and craft sections are also just a sham. One section is similar to what they do during the day at any decent day care so weren’t interested. The other section had cut card boxes which was basically junk. Just a waste of a day and money. Final advice, find something else to do.
  • I have 3 littles (ages 7, 6, and 1). We've been several times since living here, and so far, they've really enjoyed the i.d.e.a. Museum. Parking is a bit hectic, but that kinda comes with the location. Staff are hit and miss as far as professionalism and friendliness goes. But if you notice an area needs more supplies or you need help with something, just ask. Hopefully you get the friendly and professional ones! ;) You do need to have socks in the toddler area (even adults). And they recommend that you only take toddlers in...but I'm not going to let my older kids run around unattended elsewhere, so we just all go in together. I highly recommend going in a pair or group, that way kids can split up with adult supervision at all times and toddlers can stay in the toddler area where they have free reign. I also wouldn't recommend a membership unless you REALLY love it. We just use our 2 times a year with the POGO pass and that seems to work out just fine.
  • My nephew loved this place. He didn't want to leave and already asked to go back. It's not a big place but there are interactive things for the kids to do. I don't know how older kids would like it. My nephew is 6.
  • I and my kids loved it! My 8 year old said it was great, 6 year old said it was awesome and my 4 year old said YAY!
  • The parking was good, and the workers there were nice and friendly. The activities there were really fun, and I enjoyed my time there.

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