On Tuesday at about 4:50 p.m., a pine tree fell in Brookside Park outside of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena. At the time of the incident there were Kidspace staff, volunteers, and campers, as well as the general public, in the vicinity. Pasadena Fire Dept. reported that there were six children who were treated for minor injuries and two children were transported to the hospital with critical injuries.
Immediately after the incident, Kidspace staff evacuated children from the area and notified emergency services personnel who arrived within minutes.
Before emergency personnel had arrived on the scene, Kidspace staff was able to account for all campers, staff and volunteers.
The injured parties were participating in a Kidspace day camp for children ages 5 to 9 and were awaiting pickup from their parents at the time of the incident. After all campers were accounted for Kidspace staff notified the parents and guardians of the children attending the day camp program.
“Our hearts go out to the families of those injured as well as all those who witnessed this frightening incident. We wish everyone a speedy and complete recovery,” said Michael Shanklin, Kidspace CEO. “We are constantly reviewing our safety protocols and procedures and I am confident that diligence helped minimize injuries and save lives.”
As of press time, Pasadena City Officials secured the area and are investigating the cause of the incident. Kidspace is working with the City of Pasadena as it continues its investigation. The incident has not compromised the safety of any part of the Kidspace campus.
Kidspace is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as usual.