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When 7-year-old Kade visits the i.d.e.a. Museum with the group Special Need Services, you’ll almost always find him creating in the museum’s exhibition gallery. With a big imagination and a love for making colorful art, Kade looks forward to bringing his ideas to life at the museum.
“The i.d.e.a. Museum gives our group one place that we can enjoy over and over again.” – Lisa Hunemuller, Special Needs Services
For 9-year-old Hana, the i.d.e.a. Museum has always been a second home. Her first visit was just at 9 months old, and the museum has been a big part of her life since. Hana’s mother, Mayumi, says that the museum provides a meaningful creative space for both Hana and her younger brother.
“My daughter grew up at the i.d.e.a. Museum. There were times when we would come every day. It’s a very special place for our entire family.” – Mayumi Gerstberger
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Both Ava, 3, and her twin brother Ben have been visiting the museum since they were babies. They most recently started attending the museum’s new early childhood learning program, ArtVille Academy, and their mother, Sarah, says they are more interested in reading and creating.
“The i.d.e.a. Museum is a safe and happy place that allows my children to grow and develop right in front of me. It’s a special place for our family.” – Sarah Ercole
Pretending to be a vet, a cook or a builder are some of Jonas Williamson’s favorite things to do while he’s exploring ArtVille. For this almost 2-year-old, navigating the world around him through sensory experiences is important to his mother, who says the i.d.e.a. Museum serves as a wonderful place for imaginary play.
“As a mom I love nothing more than to see my kids get creative together, and the i.d.e.a. Museum is the perfect place to do just that." – Amy Williamson
Kathrine Blomquist and her family have been connected to the i.d.e.a. Museum since their youngest son, Jensen, was 3 months old. After just their first visit, the family became members. That was 10 years ago. And they’re still members today. Jensen is in two art clubs at school, and Kathrine says his immense love for art began at the museum.
“We always knew the i.d.e.a. Museum was something special. It’s a place where we can move and create freely.” - Kathrine Blomquist
Spending quality time is important for the Lopez Family. And for Stephanie Lopez, that means visiting the i.d.e.a. Museum with her daughters often. Whether Stella, 4, is creating new art in the gallery, or Julia, 2, is exploring in ArtVille, Stephanie says it’s all valuable time for their family.
“My girls play and learn in new ways at the i.d.e.a. Museum. We’ve made so many memories here, and that’s priceless.” – Stephanie Lopez
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Miguel Rubalcava, 4, loves creating art, and with plenty of practice during his visits, he’s even recently learned how to master the use of scissors – a milestone that both he an his mother are very proud of.
“Miguel looks forward to his weekly visits. And I look forward to seeing him create many new colorful memories at the i.d.e.a. Museum.” – Andrea Rubalcava
She wants to be an artist when she grows up, and for the last five years, the i.d.e.a. Museum has been her family’s go-to place to nurture that creativity. Her mother says 7-year-old Olivia has always been artistic and the museum has fostered a whole new world of imagination within her daughter.
“Through what she’s experienced at the museum, Olivia’s art at home has become much more three-dimensional. She constantly comes up with pieces that amaze me.” – Anna Webb-Schmidt