The i.d.e.a. Museum (formerly known as the Arizona Museum for Youth) is a fine arts museum dedicated to displaying, educating, and engaging with the arts. On February 6, 2014, it changed its name to i.d.e.a., which stands for “imagination, concept, experience, art.” The i.d.e.a. Museum is geared toward children, but there are displays, workshops, and programs for people of all ages.
The Arizona Museum for Youth, the original, entertaining, inspiring, and educational hands-on art museum for children and families in the United States, has a strong and prosperous 36-year history. They have almost 90,000 annual visitors and 1,400 member families. The i.d.e.a. Museum will continue to provide traditional art and art-inspired activities while also incorporating science, engineering, and design-thinking into the multi-sensory experiences offered, as well as providing more opportunities for families to create together.
The museum encourages children of all ages to see the world in new ways by using art, creativity, and imagination. They have a play area for preschoolers and younger children, as well as games for older children on the other hand. They have different themes, so the activities aren’t all the same. Kids can collect stamps, learn about new things, and make items that correspond to what they’ve learned. The other part of the museum, children can make houses out of recycled material, dress up like construction workers (hard hat and tool belts) and build things and become engineers. Every part of this museum allows children to explore and be kids.
Fine arts courses for children aged 6 months to 12 years are held during the year. Family programs, summer camps, Girl Scout Badge courses, and special Saturday drop-in sessions focusing on art and museum exhibits are also available. During school visits, the three spaces are also used for similar art events guided by professional Gallery Educators.
Cleanliness is a top priority at the museum. Clean toys and supplies are rotated in regularly, and both staff and volunteers clean up events and scrub down common areas and toys multiple times a day. When they’re locked, a competent cleaning team comes out every day for more extensive cleanings, which include sanitizing the bathrooms and drinking fountains. Deep cleaning and larger exhibition maintenance projects takes place when the museum is closed and between timed ticket visits.
Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be the home of so many amazing landmarks. Here’s a short list of our favorites:
- Mesa Arts Center
- Schnepf Farms
- Vertuccio Farms
- Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
- Queen Creek Olive Mill
- Mesa Amphitheatre
- Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre
- The Rose Garden At MCC
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!
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