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Childrens Creativity Museum San Francisco

Where is it at?

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Childrens Creativity Museum
221 Fourth Street,
San Francisco
CA
94103
Tel: 415 820 3320

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Children’s Creativity Museum is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown San Francisco at the corner of Fourth and Howard Streets in Yerba Buena Gardens.

Where are we going today?

At the Children’s Creativity Museum, we go beyond the conventional environment of play by inspiring kids to imagine, create and share in our multimedia environment. With every visit, kids walk away with a unique media or art project that reflects and celebrates their creativity.

Children’s Creativity Museum is a hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids. We envision a world where the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – inspire new ideas and innovative solutions.

Studios include Animation, Design, Music, Innovation, Imagination and Community.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$11
  • Children$11
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 4pm Wednesday through Sunday

Teachers corner

Discover the exciting world of multimedia arts and technology with your school group! Field Trips provide a clear, complete experience from beginning to end: from planning the project, through a collaborative implementation of the plan using state-of-the-art technology tools, to a wrap-up discussion with the group. Childrens Creativity Museum's educational programs are centered around project-based learning, media literacy, and constructivist theory. .

Need a little extra help?

For visitors with limited mobility or strollers, please take the ramp up (on the right side of the Children’s Creativity Carousel, facing 4th and Howard Streets), which will lead to the Museum’s main entrance. If an elevator is required, you may also enter at 4th and Folsom Streets (near the Childcare Center). Take the elevator to the 2nd level and follow the walkway to the Museum..

Can I get one of those?

Located next to the museum, the Children’s Creativity Store carries a wide selection of toys, games, books, and other items to spark the imagination. Offerings include marionettes, masks, stuffed creatures, and arts and crafts projects from around the world. The Store also carries goods that feature the Creativity Critters. T-shirts, tote bags, and stickers are just a few of the items starring Zump, the Birdles, and the rest of the gang, allowing you to continue to create with the Critters from the comfort of your own home..

What people are saying?

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    My 10-year-old and I enjoyed the claymation area. This area is definitely more appropriate for older kids since it requires building the clay figures, planning a 10 second video, and carefully animating the still figures over time. As another reviewer mentioned, all the other activities are much too simple for late elementary school kids.

    This incarnation of the Children's Creativity Museum is almost identical to the original Zeum back in 1998 - same activities, same layout, same festive wall murals. I wish great success to the CCM's efforts...Read More

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    This place was not a great fit for my kid's ages (18 months and 3.5 years), at least not compared to Bay Area Discovery Museum. They did enjoy the moon dough, giant chalk boards, and magnatiles, but those are all things we can do at home.

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    I used to go there everyday when I was little and I loved it! This place is amazing

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    Great Children's playlabs, different take on Children's Museums

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    I have to disagree with the reviews that say the Zeum is for older kids. I was hoping that was true, since I was traveling with a 10-year-old, and it's often hard to find things for that age group. But the kids having the most fun in the zeum were 5-7 years old. The facilities for making an animation movie looked interesting, but there wasn't any information on how to get started, and no one around to help. The biggest disappointment was the karaoke, make your own video area, which I had thought was going to be the big hit. But the minute I saw...Read More

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by Brendan Creane

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My 10-year-old and I enjoyed the claymation area. This area is definitely more appropriate for older kids since it requires building the clay figures, planning a 10 second video, and carefully animating the still figures over time. As another reviewer mentioned, all the other activities are much too simple for late elementary school kids.

This incarnation of the Children's Creativity Museum is almost identical to the original Zeum back in 1998 - same activities, same layout, same festive wall murals. I wish great success to the CCM's efforts to fundraise and update the museum - a lot has changed in the past 16 years!

by A Google User

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I have to disagree with the reviews that say the Zeum is for older kids. I was hoping that was true, since I was traveling with a 10-year-old, and it's often hard to find things for that age group. But the kids having the most fun in the zeum were 5-7 years old. The facilities for making an animation movie looked interesting, but there wasn't any information on how to get started, and no one around to help. The biggest disappointment was the karaoke, make your own video area, which I had thought was going to be the big hit. But the minute I saw that it was a big public area, with parents and kids watching, I knew it wasn't going to work. The costumes were all for younger kids, and they didn't seem to mind dancing around and singing in front of everyone. I had hoped for private booths- we used to have something like that in Nashville. We played for a while with the digital art equipment, but the teenage girl working there wouldn't let us print out our creations- although we saw the boy take things out of the printer and hand them to people. So we have nothing to take away from the experience. I tried to ask about it, but the two kids were too busy goofing around with each other to be of any help. Overall, a big disappointment.

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