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Santa, puppies and more at i.d.e.a. Museum Family Day


Kids of all ages will want to stop by the i.d.e.a. Museum for Family Day tomorrow, Dec. 10. Several extra special activities are planned. Plus, Santa will stop in for a light breakfast with members and photos with museum guests!

“We’re looking forward to a fun day where families can discover art, learn about service dogs, and spend quality time building happy memories,” said i.d.e.a. Museum Executive Director Sunnee O’Rork. “And for our members, we’re providing some exclusive perks.”

Current museum members will be able to enter the museum starting at 8 a.m. to visit with Santa in the atrium. Santa will make his way into the museum at 10 a.m. to sing carols and take pictures with all visitors.

Other special guests stopping by include K-9 Jesse from the Mesa Police Department, the Cuddle Bunch from the Arizona Humane Society, adoptable dogs from Indy’s Wish, veteran David and service dog Caleb, and East Valley Children’s Theatre. All 4 Paws will be demonstrating training techniques. Hands-on activities include making dog tags and bandanas.

Visitors are encouraged to check out It’s a Dog’s Life, featuring art and hands-on activities to help children of all ages learn more about the world of canines and celebrate our relationships with dogs. Also, they can enjoy designing and building within popular exhibits, such as Rigamajig, iArt and Design Our World, in the HUB Gallery.

Younger guests will like playing pretend and creating in ArtVille, a socks-only space aimed at ages 4 and younger. All ages can appreciate the Alice in Wonderland-inspired black light room in the HUB.

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Family Day. A schedule of activities – included with museum membership – can be found online. Regular museum admission is $8 for ages 1 and up; free for members.

The It’s a Dog’s Life exhibition is sponsored by the i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors Inc., the city of Mesa and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other financial contributions come from the Gila River Indian Community, Thunderbirds Charities and The Steele Foundation.

The i.d.e.a. Museum is located at 150 W. Pepper Place in downtown Mesa. For more museum special events, visit: www.ideamuseum.org/special-events.html.

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