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Family Friday 2021

Family Friday 2021

Family fun and engagement helps to support, encourage and inspire early learning for children. At the i.d.e.a. Museum, we support families as a child’s first and most important teacher! For Week of the Young Child, we have a few in-person activities in our HUB Gallery...

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Artsy Thursday 2021

Artsy Thursday 2021

Art is an integral part of the development of young children. It promotes creative expression, fine motor development, problem solving and even early math skills! During Week of the Young Child, we are planning a few special activities in our HUB Gallery near the...

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Work Together Wednesday 2021

Work Together Wednesday 2021

Wednesday's theme focusing on working together. When you work together, you learn social skills, teamwork and problem solving. You also develop language and communication skills because to really work together you need to talk to each other. We love building together...

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Tasty Tuesday 2021

Tasty Tuesday 2021

Tuesday’s delicious activities are tied to Week of the Young Child (WOYC), taking place through Friday, April 16. Tasty Tuesday is a fun day that’s about more than just food. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. Also, today presents...

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Music Monday 2021

Music Monday 2021

Love music? We do, too! We especially love seeing families play with our musical instruments as they walk up to the entrance of the i.d.e.a. Museum. It's a fun way to start your museum adventure. Today, as it's Music Monday - one of five themed-activity days during...

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Crafty ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021

Crafty ways to celebrate Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021 is almost here!  At the museum, we'll have a special upcycle challenge for our visitors - while supplies last - on Thursday, April 22. It will be a seed starter! Buy your timed admission tickets here. How will you celebrate on April 22? At the i.d.e.a....

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Draw an Ox & Year of the Ox Activities

Draw an Ox & Year of the Ox Activities

We're coming up on the Year of the Ox, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. Did you know the ox represents diligence and reliability? To get ready for the Chinese New Year - also known as Lunar New Year - on Feb. 12, try drawing an ox. It can be a cartoonish one...

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Paint scrunched foil hearts

Paint scrunched foil hearts

Scrunch Foil Heart Painting is a process-art activity from one of the i.d.e.a. Museum's Messy Creations classes. Our packaged Messy Creations kits will be available soon for you to experience messy art making from home! You'll need a few things to get started:...

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Create an artful adventure

Create an artful adventure

Let's take our museum mascot - currently known as "i-Guy" (or your own paper doll) - on an adventure in 2021! Just have a little imagination and plan some fun. Remember to take pics of our mascot, and don't be shy about sharing them on social media. Find us at...

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Roll dice & write a sci-fi story – updated

Roll dice & write a sci-fi story – updated

This fun writing process encourages kids of any age to exercise their imagination. Writing activities help build vocabulary, problem solving and communication skills. This activity has been adapted from an interactive from the Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality exhibition....

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Make desert flowers

Make desert flowers

Got plastic? We have an art project for you! What’s special about this particular project is that is is part of a collaborative flower mural right outside the front doors of the i.d.e.a. Museum! So next time you’re in downtown Mesa, we hope you stop by and attach the...

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Create an art gallery at home

Create an art gallery at home

Noelle, a gallery educator at the i.d.e.a. Museum, shares a few ways you can create your own unique art gallery at home. This can also turn into its own fun family project. The activity is part of the Mesa Family Take Out Night, supporting our downtown Mesa...

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