Use Your Imagination

Kidspace Museum hosts traveling Imagination Playground on Friday and Saturday

Area children will find an extra level of fun this weekend when the Imagination Playground makes the first two-day stop amid its 17-city Learn & Play Tour at the Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena.

The portable playground set allows children to create their own play spaces by using big blue blocks, and teaches them that creative play can break down walls and build bridges.

Educators are eligible to receive teaching credit for their attendance as well as Small Block Sample Pack. Meanwhile, families will receive a pop-out Mini Playground for attending. 

Representatives from Imagination Playground will be available to discuss the block’s several benefits, which include developing the kinds of skills that support later learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); emotional, physical and social development; language skills; and creativity. The hope is that children will be inspired to return to creative and interactive play, rather than the current societal obsession with IPads and other electronic devices.

The Imagination Playground will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $14. Call (626) 449-9144 or visit kidspacemuseum.org. Visit imaginationplayground.com.

Never Too Old

Pasadena Senior Center helps seniors find romance at annual Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dance Saturday

Local seniors can find friendship and romance at the Pasadena Senior Center when it hosts its annual Valentine’s Day Lunch and Dance at its Scott Pavilion from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tables will be beautifully decorated and the room will be adorned with red and white ornamentations as attendees enjoy a buffet before hitting the dance floor.

The Great American Swing Band will perform music geared to bringing back memories, as dancers sway cheek to cheek to romantic songs and kick up their heels to the fast-paced rhythms of upbeat numbers. 

Registration is $10 for members and $12 for non-members, with pre-paid reservations required to be received at the center’s Welcome Desk no later than Friday. The Pasadena Senior Center is located at 85 E. Holly Street. Call (626) 795-4331 or visit pasadenaseniorcenter.org.

Smell the Roses

Tournament of Roses’ Wrigley Museum opens for free Thursday tours

Guided tours inside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses’ iconic Wrigley Mansion headquarters have opened to the public. Free tours are offered at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. every Thursday in February. Last year, over 5,000 guests toured the house and gardens.  

Visitors enjoy the rich history of the 21-room, Italian-Renaissance-style mansion designed and built in 1906 by architect G. Lawrence Stimson and his father George W. Stimson. The interior of the house features richly paneled rooms, inlaid marble floor and an ornate molded plaster ceiling.

Upstairs, areas originally used as bedrooms, have been transformed into historical displays of the Rose Bowl Game, Rose Queen and Royal Court, Grand Marshals and Tournament Presidents throughout the years. Tournament of Roses volunteers from the Heritage Committee conduct the tours.                                                      

Wrigley Mansion serves as the official headquarters of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, its staff and the 935 volunteer members who work year-round to organize the annual Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

Located in Pasadena, the mansion was once the home of chewing gum mogul William Wrigley Jr. and his wife, Ada.  After Ada’s death in 1958, the Wrigley family presented the property to the city of Pasadena, with the request that it become the base of operations for the Tournament of Roses.

Groups of 10 or more may call (626) 449-4100 for tour reservations.