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We are visiting California to see my family but none have gone to kidspace

http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/site/PageServer?pagename=index

 

Any suggestions? Must see? worth it to go?

 

We'll be staying in Irvine so it's gonna be about a 45 min drive there. Should we go?

 

We also want to go to the American Girl in LA? My dd is 3. When is the best time to go.

 

TIA

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Hey there! I've been to Kidspace... it is pretty cool, but I would say that 45 minutes is optimistic... I guess it depends on when you do it. To clarify -- I drive that far all the time, but if I was on vacation or visting, I might look for closer things. I'm not sure it's a "destination", if you know what I mean. Pasadena is a great place to hang out and there are other things to do (the children's garden at the Huntington is wonderful!) in addition but with kiddos those ages, they will probably be exhausted already! My ds really liked all the opportunities for climbing (the tower, and the bug warren especially...)

 

Have you already visited the science center that's right there off the 5 in Santa Ana?

http://www.discoverycube.org/

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Hey there! I've been to Kidspace... it is pretty cool, but I would say that 45 minutes is optimistic... I guess it depends on when you do it. To clarify -- I drive that far all the time, but if I was on vacation or visting, I might look for closer things. I'm not sure it's a "destination", if you know what I mean. Pasadena is a great place to hang out and there are other things to do (the children's garden at the Huntington is wonderful!) in addition but with kiddos those ages, they will probably be exhausted already! My ds really liked all the opportunities for climbing (the tower, and the bug warren especially...)

 

Have you already visited the science center that's right there off the 5 in Santa Ana?

http://www.discoverycube.org/

 

Haha 45 minutes :auto: is optimistic. :D We're suppose to visit some family in Arcadia. Anyways I think we might just go to the discoverycube, we went there last year when they had Elmo on the top for the Human body (it was perfect because we had just studied the human body). They have grossology and Bob the Builder this time so I won't mind bringing them there again. Thank you for telling me about the Huntington garden - never heard of that, it looks GREAT.

 

I'm trying to do my itinerary because everyone wants to see us (the kids), but we want to do stuff, not just visit :tongue_smilie:. Where in So. Cal are you (if you don't mind saying).

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but I would say that 45 minutes is optimistic... I guess it depends on when you do it.

 

Have you already visited the science center that's right there off the 5 in Santa Ana?

http://www.discoverycube.org/

 

I was going to say the same thing! ;) Who told you it would only take 45 minutes to get to Pasadena?:001_unsure: I go to church in Irvine and live further north in Orange County. In order for it to take a mere 45 minutes to Pasadena, the conditions must be perfect as in: you're the only car on the road.:lol:

 

The Discovery Science Center recommended by Kay is a great science center and will take you 15 minutes or so from Irvine (20-25 in traffic).:thumbup1:

 

Obviously, I was posting at the same time as you.;)

 

Have a great vacation!

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Who told you it would only take 45 minutes to get to Pasadena?:001_unsure: I go to church in Irvine and live further north in Orange County. In order for it to take a mere 45 minutes to Pasadena, the conditions must be perfect as in: you're the only car on the road.:lol:

 

 

:smilielol5::smilielol5::smilielol5: I've been gone TOO long. hahaha.

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I have not been to Kidspace but heard it was fun,

 

The Huntington is wonderfully awesome. The kids garden is a lot of fun, and there is a "maze" of sorts the kids have a blast running around.

 

hmmmm... I wonder if I could add that as well. So many places to go, so little time.

 

Did I mention we are also going to vegas, YEah baby. Just to visit my dad, I'm not a gambler (I'm too cheap). We're also watching Ultimate Fighting at MGM. (dh is soooo excited!)

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I haven't been to Kidspace, but if you're going to the AG store, there are several other great kid things less than a mile from there.

 

http://www.zimmermuseum.org/ is a quiet little children's museum in the Jewish Federation building right nearby. It's generally (on weekdays, anyway) relatively empty, if you're just looking for some gentle "down" playtime. It's been a few years since we were there, but there's a small cafe to play in, a stage with video cameras and costumes, a water table, a market, etc, etc.

 

http://www.tarpits.org/ The La Brea Tar Pits aren't to be missed! :) And they share a small park with LACMA. Depending on when you're there, there may be something fun at the Boone Children's Gallery at LACMA as well.

 

If either of your kids happens to be car-obsessed, there's the Petersen there as well.

 

I haven't been to the LA AG store -- it opened just after we left. But if it's anything like the other stores, I highly recommend you make reservations in the cafe. You may not be able to get in otherwise, and it's worth going just for desserts. Take your AG doll with you, and she can sit at the table (and have her own menu and perhaps even drinks, etc). If you don't have one or leave yours at home, they'll have several loaner dolls that can visit at your table during the meal or dessert.

 

And while your there at the Grove (where the AG store is), try to catch a ride on the trolley and perhaps wander around the farmer's market.

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http://www.tarpits.org/ The La Brea Tar Pits aren't to be missed! :) And they share a small park with LACMA. Depending on when you're there, there may be something fun at the Boone Children's Gallery at LACMA as well.

 

And while your there at the Grove (where the AG store is), try to catch a ride on the trolley and perhaps wander around the farmer's market.

 

Definitely gonna check out La Brea Tar Pits! Haven't been there since I was in 3rd or 4th grade. :tongue_smilie:

 

The LACMA looks sooooo cool. Since AG is at the Grove, we will be shopping and walking around there. I can't wait. Just not looking forward to the traffic.:auto:

 

Thanks for the great places and links.

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