Museums for children feature loads of fun for Valley kids

I.D.E.A. Museum has exhibitions, classes and activities for all ages in Mesa.

On 7th street and Van Buren in Phoenix you will find the Children's Museum.

What was once a school, many years ago, now has three floors of entertainment for children of all ages.

But museums in the Valley with kids in mind don't stop there.

Head out towards Tempe and you will find Halle's Heart Museum on 48th street just north of Southern Avenue.

There, you will find a plethora of information about how your heart and organs function inside your body at a level where kids will understand and have fun at the same time. 

In Mesa, there's the I.D.E.A. Museum, where themes take over the main floor. The exhibits are an explosion of color and visuals for the eyes.

During the month of July, the museum features the "My Favorite Monster exhibit where you can see, create and become your favorite monster while at the same time learning how to draw, animate and explore.

With pieces created by talented artists -- some of them well-known local artists like Zarco Guerrero -- there's no other word than amazing to describe some of these sculptures on display. 

All three of these museums have events happening throughout the summer. On Aug. 26, you can celebrate a special night out from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Children's Museum. The museum opens the door for families of children with special needs to a less crowded fully-staffed museum.

At Halle's Heart museum you can learn how to apply CPR on Saturday July 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and every second Saturday of the month as well.

At the I.D.E.A. museum you can drop off your kids between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to enjoy a "parent's night out. Parents can go out and enjoy a movie, a dinner and get the kids after in what we call a win-win situation. 

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