How has the i.d.e.a. Museum directly impacted you and your family?
The i.d.e.a. Museum has been a creative, safe, and educational place for us to visit. It has something for each member of the family. I also appreciate the snack room – many museums do not have a place for kids to eat, surprisingly, given the amount of nutrition growing kids need. The i.d.e.a. Museum has always been a comfortable place, where kids can feel free to explore and learn.

How often do you find yourself coming to the museum with your family?

We try to get to the i.d.e.a. Museum to see each different exhibit. The varied subjects are presented in such a fun and creative way that I would hate to miss one!

Where do you spend most of your time when you’re here? What activities do you enjoy the most?

We spend most of our time in Artville since it’s so active. All of the kids can have fun together in this colorful and interactive exhibit. The story times and art classes really keep things entertaining for all ages.

In your opinion, how does the museum…

Nurture creative thinking? – Complex subjects are presented in such a creative and fun way. It really opens that box for kids. The presentation shows kids what they can have with education. It’s not all screens or even books. It’s building, drawing, dressing up, and using technology to learn something new about the world (or the galaxy).

Support early learning? – The i.d.e.a. Museum caters not only to school-age kids but to the littlest ones as well. Starting kids off with creative play, from the time they can crawl, really impacts how they learn. And often these ideas cannot be executed in the home environment either due to cost, skill level, or straight up exhaustion. It’s wonderful to have a reliable place where kids can safely play while learning.

Engage families in spending quality time together? –  Adults just can’t sit on the sidelines as their children dress up as astronauts! It’s too much fun to just watch. Activities at the i.d.e.a. Museum are always engaging, getting parents to really interact with their children. And when you see your 18-month old decorating a cotton ball cloud, how could you not get into it yourself?