Kidspace Children’s Museum Brings Back ‘Free First Fridays’ This Week

Offers Bubble Planet and other outdoor exhibits for free amid the continuing pandemic
Published on Aug 3, 2021

Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena will restart its wonderful Free First Fridays this on Friday, August 6, which means free admission on the first Friday of every month. Young museum-goers who will get a chance to experience all of the outdoor exhibits and try their hand at bubble wand making and slime making at Bubble Planet.

For sweet treats, Kidspace will be hosting King Kone, and Hey Mr. DJ will be playing some dancing tunes for everyone on Friday.

Erik Bertellotti, Kidspace Children’s Museum Chief Experience Officer, said Free First Fridays, for many, kids and adults alike, will be like taking a well-deserved break.

“The pandemic has been tremendously challenging for families with young children,” Bertellotti said. “Now, more than ever, families need opportunities to smile and play together, and we’re so excited to re-launch Free First Fridays and open up Kidspace for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their means. Access is a vital part of our mission to provide joyful educational experiences to families in Pasadena and communities across the Los Angeles region.”

On ordinary days, regular admission at Kidspace, which includes Bubbler Planet, is $14.95 for children and adults. Seniors 62 and over enjoy discounts at $12.95, military and veteran families pay $10.95 each for up to four guests, and EBT cardholders pay $3 a ticket for up to four guests. Other than First Friday, tickets for the extended summer evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays, 4 to 7 p.m., are $10 for children and $12 for adults.

“We have a calendar of programming that lists all of the free programs that are included with admission,” Bertellotti said. “Recent programs include a presentation from Saving Wildlife International showcasing some of the exotic animals they have rescued and providing more information on the importance of animal conservation.”

Throughout the pandemic, Kidspace has also partnered with local schools to create free STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) programming for elementary classes.

It is important, however, that parents always remind their kids aged 2 and above to wear face coverings, even outdoors, since a large number of children who visit the Museum are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Since capacity will be limited, advanced ticket reservations are required and will be especially important on Free First Fridays. Tickets are released two weeks prior to the date of visit, Bertellotti said.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and cultural institution, Kidspace Children’s Museum hosts nearly 380,000 guests each year on their 3.5-acre outdoor campus with more than 40 hands-on exhibits, a live animal collection, and a variety of creative play spaces and water features. Kidspace offers a wide array of free and discounted programs, and digital resources for schools to maximize access for children and educators. Most Kidspace exhibits and programs are designed for children ages 10 and under.

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