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Kidspace's new Arroyo Adventure exhibit lets tykes play in the mud

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2016-04-30

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<b>April 30, 2016</b> - The Arroyo Adventure exhibit at Kidspace Children's Museum gives kids a serious dose of nature.

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Claudia Palma, The Pasadena Star-News

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Pasadena Star-News

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In the Hawk’s Nest Girl Scouts from troop 3795 do a hawk dance in the new Arroyo Adventure exhibit at Kidspace Children’s Museum Saturday in Pasadena. The new nature-based exhibits, part of the museum’s $13 million capital campaign, has areas where kids can take their shoes off, get their hands dirty, climb and build forts. Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff Photographer

PASADENA>> Whether it was 18 feet high or deep down in the mud, kids were treated to new experiences as Kidspace Children’s Museum officially opened its new Arroyo Adventure exhibit on Saturday.

In the exhibit in the enhanced Kidspace Gardens, kids had the chance to climb up to a giant Hawk’s Nest and look out from above, explore the Mud & Clay outdoor studio and the Flood & Erosion Plain, build forts, explore plant life and more.

With eight new immersive exhibits centered around nature, the museum hoped to give kids and accompanying adults an appreciation for the Arroyo.

“Nature inspired us to use the land in a specific way,” said Michael Shanklin, Kidspace CEO. “We felt we could really work with the Arroyo.”

Shanklin said all the museum’s activities are research-based and educational. They’re targeted to give kids different types of experiences and to help them learn while playing.

“We want to give them exposure to art, culture, science, through the means of nature to really engage them,” he said.

The $2.2 million exhibit took about two years to complete from the first concept to the final ribbon cutting.

The new exhibit is part of the museum’s $13 million capital campaign, The Campaign for the Future of Kidspace. Two more projects are in the works as part of the campaign and the museum’s master plan, to be completed by the end of the year and early next spring.

The museum wants to impress visitors when it hosts the International Children’s Museum Conference in May 2017.

“Through it all, we’re providing experiences for kids to get their vitamin ‘N’ - vitamin nature,” said Shanklin.

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