Circle of Friends | Kidspace Museum



Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends is a philanthropic group of more than 90 women from Pasadena, Altadena, San Marino, La Cañada and surrounding areas who are dedicated to supporting the operations of Kidspace Children's Museum through fundraising and volunteer hours. There are also more than 40 Founders Circle members; past Circle members who were active for five years and continue to support the Museum on a more limited basis.


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Established in 1991 as a small group of active community volunteers the Circle of Friends remains a volunteer organization whose sole mission is raise funds for Kidspace. The Circle of Friends does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion or national origin.


The Circle of Friends is now in its 29th year and is currently under the leadership of Circle President Hayley Boaz.


What We Do

Check presented by 2017-2018 Circle of Friends President, Claire Marco to Michael Shanklin, Kidspace CEO, Kidspace Board Members Kevin Kohorst and Michele Hall, and Kidspace Board President Mike Bryant.



The Circle of Friends organizes two fundraising events each year to benefit Kidspace Children's Museum, the Pumpkin Festival in the fall, and a benefit dinner and auction in the winter.



Pumpkin Festival

The annual Pumpkin Festival is held every October in Pasadena’s Brookside Park. Families from all over the Los Angeles area are invited to enjoy a safe, family-friendly carnival including bouncers, games, a pumpkin patch and free entertainment. What started as a small event in 1994 to give kids a safe alternative to trick-or-treating has grown into a not-to-be-missed, two-day festival attended by 20,000 people.

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Annual Benefit


The annual benefit is an evening of fun with proceeds going towards Kidspace Children’s Museum. It features a silent auction during cocktail hour, dining, dancing and live auction with exclusive items, all while decked out in themed costumes. Held the first Saturday in February, it’s an event not to be missed!

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