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The New Children's Museum San Diego

Where is it at?

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The New Children's Museum
200 West Island Avenue
San Diego
CA
92101
Tel: 619-233-8792

Where are we going today?

If you want to take the kids to a place where they can learn, have fun, and get creative all through unstructured play, then you might want to head to the New Children's Museum in San Diego!

The New Children's Museum was created so kids can play in an environment that encourages healthy bodies and active minds, so kids AND parents will love that!

The museum is filled with fun exhibitions and installations that will entertain even the most curious. The exhibitions change throughout the year, so there will be something new to go back to each time! 

Each exhibit teaches them something new, and feature some fun and creative installations. Examples of exhibitions including Feast, where this interactive exhibitions features installations and projects from artists all about food, and Eureka! features a 40ft climbable tower.

Kids will learn from the installations too, such as TRASH, where they can learn all about reducing, reusing and recycling trash.

The New Children's Museum commissions great contemporary artists to creative one of a kind projects, to open the world of art to kids. 

For those little ones under 4 years, the museum has their very own Tot Studio, complete with a sensory driven space. 

Don't miss the summer camps and events that the museum holds throughout the year! Great creative kids fun!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$12
  • Free Under: 1 year
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

4pm close. 10am open Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat / 9:30am Fri / 12pm Sun

All year round. Closed Tuesdays

Teachers corner

They have great camps, and educational programs perfect for kids to enjoy a day of learning out of the classroom .

I'm Hungry!

All that thinking and playing works up that appetite, so the cafe sells tasty lunches and snacks!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe has healthy dishes for those growing kiddies!.

Any Top Tips?

Visit the second Sunday of the month and admission is only $1!.

Need a little extra help?

The building has elevators and wheelchair friendly floor space throughout! There is a Welcome Desk that can help if you have questions.

Can I get one of those?

If you want to create, play and think when you leave the museum, check out the store where you can pick up a number of puzzles, toys and books!.

More information

There is a limited parking garage for $10. Or there is metered parking in the area. .

What people are saying?

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    To be honest a lot of the criticism some parents review on here, are flimsy. Your reviews only project the attention you actually put into the museum. Museums are not to just pass some time to play and jump around in. Museums are meant to EXPLORE, LEARN, AND CREATE! READ why the exhibits are there. TEACH your child why they are there. We as parents implement our learning capacities on our children. Therefore, your reviews are nothing but bitter experiences if you didn't apply any of what I just said. I take my daughters every time there's a different...Read More

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    Our kids had a lot of fun in this place. It is worth the visit!

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    Great place for toddlers, not much for elementary kids. Got board pretty quick. Loved the reading nook downstairs though.

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    Not many options for kids to play and explore to keep kids busy going. Clay, butterfly-making, paper making can keep kids busy for an hour but not longer than that. Other city kids museum offers a lot at 10$ entry ticket.

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    Wonderful times with 20 month old granddaughter... from story time to the bubbles and jumpy house!
    All the family enjoys the membership!

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by Michelle Caro

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To be honest a lot of the criticism some parents review on here, are flimsy. Your reviews only project the attention you actually put into the museum. Museums are not to just pass some time to play and jump around in. Museums are meant to EXPLORE, LEARN, AND CREATE! READ why the exhibits are there. TEACH your child why they are there. We as parents implement our learning capacities on our children. Therefore, your reviews are nothing but bitter experiences if you didn't apply any of what I just said. I take my daughters every time there's a different exhibit. I ask them to explain what they learned and how will it affect their lives. I am very proud of my daughters because what I didn't catch, they did. So, give the museum another chance. Keep in mind that it isn't Disneyland. Though the prices may seem as it is, just remember education for your children, makes every penny worth it. :)

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