More than just a play space!

ArtVille is an engaging environment designed with the unique requirements of children birth to age 4. Young crawlers to curious toddlers will interact in a town built to cultivate exploration, imagination and creative expression. Imaginative play in the town encourages social-emotional and language development.

Exhibitions listed below will be updated prior to our reopening. Click here to learn more.

Visiting ArtVille with older children?

Older children may visit but only as helpers, as a consideration to our younger visitors. Ask a museum staff person for an ArtVille Explorer activity guide for visitors 5 and up.

Please note: Children may be asked to relocate to another area of the museum if they are playing rough or become disruptive to the safe play of others.

ArtVille is a "Socks-Only" Space.

ALL visitors (adults and children) are required to wear socks while present to help maintain the cleanliness of the space. If you forget socks, we offer some for purchase in the i.d.e.a. Shop.

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ArtVille Library

Check out books, read and relax together in this comfortable play space.

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ArtVille Café

Children can order, prepare and serve healthy meals as they imagine operating a café.

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Garden Patio

Enjoy your Café meal in this whimsical, interactive garden.

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Art's Studio

Enjoy a different creative, art-making experience each day and build fine motor skills.


Please note: Art’s Studio is closed for programming periodically.

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Performing Arts Center

Dress up, make music, and perform your own story on the performing arts center stage. Visit this area each day at 11:00 a.m. for Artful Tales, an interactive story time.

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Wee Design

Build, create and design using a variety of gears, blocks and more, which promotes early problem solving and critical thinking skills.

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City Block Center

Work together to design and build a town of soft, colorful blocks to call your own.

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Vet Clinic

Children can look at animal x-rays, groom and feed life-sized stuffed animals, and even practice using a stethoscope, just like a veterinarian.

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Tot Square

Infants and non-walkers can roll, climb and explore in this safe, soft-matted space.

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AMY the Train

All aboard! Be the engineer on board AMY the train. Step inside and watch AMY chugging down the track.

Early Learning Programs

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Artful Tales/Artful Tales Experience

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ArtVille Academy

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i.d.e.a. Museum
150 W. Pepper Place
Mesa, AZ 85201



Admission: $9/person

Free for members and those under age 1

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480-644-idea (4332) (recorded)

480-644-2468 (live)

480-644-2466 (fax)

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New Hours

Starting Oct. 31

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday - Saturday

12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Monday - Wednesday and most holidays

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