Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years

Kidspace Children’s Museum
Photos by Christian Leonard / OUTLOOK
Anima Murade, 6, experienced firsthand Kidspace Children’s Museum’s recent bubble week, part of the “40 Days of Fun!” program held to celebrate the non-profit’s 40th anniversary.

By Christian Leonard
The Outlook


When Anne McCurdy first took her children to Kidspace about 35 years ago, the Pasadena children’s museum was located in the McKinley School gym. It was a fun experience — McCurdy recalled that her youngsters’ curiosity was piqued by an ant farm — but the museum’s power to fascinate was somewhat affected by its size, a mere 13,500 square feet.
This summer, Anne and daughter Kelly McCurdy returned to Kidspace at an eventful time for the institution that strives to entertain while it educates. Just as Kelly has grown up — she watched her own daughters spend a recent morning in the museum courtyard, chasing bubbles — so, too, has the museum. Continue reading “Kidspace Museum Celebrates 40 Years”

Circle of Friends Benefit This Saturday

Photo courtesy Circle of Friends Members of the Circle of Friends benefit committee include (front row, from left) co-chairs Amy Hasquet and Stacy Armillei, Anna Hasbun, Shelly Lapsi and Kimberly Church. Back: President Jennifer Kennedy, Jennifer Etienne, Tess Henderson, Debbie Barsom, Allison Maginn, Brandi Mathisen and Christina Trauber. The group’s “Kidspace Adventure”-themed benefit will be held this Saturday night, Feb. 3.
Photo courtesy Circle of Friends
Members of the Circle of Friends benefit committee include (front row, from left) co-chairs Amy Hasquet and Stacy Armillei, Anna Hasbun, Shelly Lapsi and Kimberly Church. Back: President Jennifer Kennedy, Jennifer Etienne, Tess Henderson, Debbie Barsom, Allison Maginn, Brandi Mathisen and Christina Trauber. The group’s “Kidspace Adventure”-themed benefit will be held this Saturday night, Feb. 3.

The Circle of Friends is planning a “Kidspace Adventure”-themed benefit for Saturday, Feb. 3, to support Kidspace Children’s Museum. The benefit will be held at a local private club where guests will be treated to dinner, dancing, and a silent and live auction.
“We aim to celebrate Kidspace with a fantastic event and raise money for all the Kidspace initiatives,” said Circle of Friends President Jennifer Kennedy. “The benefit chairs, Stacy Armillei and Amy Hasquet, and their dedicated team have done a great job on planning this year’s exciting evening. With live and silent auction items, one of a kind entertainment, and incredible patron and community support, it truly is the best party of the year.”
“It is our hope that we raise much-needed funds to support the museum in its goal to bring educational services and activities to all children in our community,” said event co-chair Amy Hasquet.
Committee chairs are Debbie Barsom, Marissa Bell, Karen Chou, Kimberly Church, Jennifer Etienne, Anna Hasbun, Tess Henderson, Neha Jesperson, Shelly Lapsi, Katy Lukes, Allison Maginn, Brandi Mathisen and Christina Trauber.
Live auction items include travel packages to Hawaii, Deer Valley, Cabo, Paris, Palm Springs as well as Italy. In addition, there are concert tickets in the auction to Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez and Celine Dion. There are opportunities to ride on the Goodyear Blimp and a California Speedway Experience.
Raffle tickets will be sold with chances to win either custom-designed diamond and sapphire earrings or a two-night stay at the Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas.
For more information about the benefit, visit kidspacemuseum.org.

Large Crowd Expected at Kidspace’s Annual Pumpkin Festival

Photo courtesy Kidspace Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.
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Pumpkin Festival committee members include (kneeling) Amy Lee and Nicole Moreau. Back: Leslie Lopez, Kathleen Pastre, Laura Berns, Cristina Romero, Chelsea Hermez, Tina Price, Jamie Zapata, Hayley Boaz and Rachel Criswell.

The public is invited to Kidspace’s 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival on the weekend of Oct. 14-15 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Brookside Park. Last year, the free event drew almost 20,000 people from across Southern California.
The festival, hosted by the Circle of Friends, features complimentary crafts and live musical performances from acts such as GEM Sisters, BARK, The Alana Banana Show, Revolution Dance Center, Rumbling Rhythms, Cleary Irish Dance and the Hollow Trees.
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