The New Children's Museum

The New Children's Museum We’re called The New Children’s Museum because there’s always something new to experience! From intriguing new exhibitions, hands-on art projects and engaging artworks, kids of all ages will always find a new source of wonder.
(504)

The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts. As a San Diego non-profit, our Museum empowers children to think, play and create through engaging exhibitions, art-making activities, artistic performances, and educational opportunities. Serving all ages, from toddler to preteen, The New Children's Museum inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

Operating as usual

Our latest coloring page is of Art, one of the Museum's mascots! Art is a creative and colorful bird inspired by The Rai...
07/18/2020

Our latest coloring page is of Art, one of the Museum's mascots! Art is a creative and colorful bird inspired by The Rain House installation and you may have noticed this character in our All About Art virtual experience video series. Download the coloring page here to color in Art: https://buff.ly/30mkI2c

Our reNEWing Hope Artist Series wraps up with Brisk One, a San Diego-based graffiti artist and designer who has been pai...
07/17/2020

Our reNEWing Hope Artist Series wraps up with Brisk One, a San Diego-based graffiti artist and designer who has been painting walls and canvases for over 30 years. Specializing in abstract graffiti letter forms, both his canvas and mural work is a combination of traditional wild-style graffiti and loose abstract paint gestures. Brisk One has contributed to several live-art installations for community events at The New Children’s Museum and has displayed paintings at Studio by the Bay in Seaport Village (see last image).

For Collection 2 of our online art auction, Brisk One has contributed Color Dance, a painting that plays on colors and letters. Each “exploded” marking on the canvas is a different layer of Abstracted Graffiti, which captures the fluidity of a dance or the movement of wind. The bold colors are a combination of markers, acrylic brushstrokes and spray paint. Color Dance is the result of 30 years of traditional graffiti pushed into extreme abstraction. To learn more about Brisk One and to bid on his artwork, go here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

Bidding on this item ends July 20. Proceeds from this artwork support the artist as well as the Museum’s reopening efforts.

07/17/2020
Toddler Time at Home: Story Time with Words Alive

Join us for bilingual Story Time with Words Alive! This week's ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home program features Amanda Bonds from Words Alive reading the children's book, "How Do I Love You?" written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Caroline Church. Tune in to listen to the story read in both English and Spanish.

As part of our virtual Accessibility Mornings program, we're providing creative resources for children with disabilities...
07/16/2020
Accessibility Mornings | The New Children's Museum

As part of our virtual Accessibility Mornings program, we're providing creative resources for children with disabilities and their families. We recently added an illustrated story called, "Masks, Face Shields and Gloves, Oh My!" by the Autism Little Learners blog, that can be helpful for talking to kids about wearing masks. Check out more resources like this one on our Accessibility Mornings page.

Accessibility Mornings gives children with disabilities and their families exclusive access to the Museum and provides virtual art resources.

The creator of this unique porcelain sculpture is French Artist Irène de Watteville, who currently lives and works in Sa...
07/15/2020

The creator of this unique porcelain sculpture is French Artist Irène de Watteville, who currently lives and works in San Diego. Introduced to ceramics in 1978 by Erik Gronborg, de Watteville’s sense of aesthetics has been influenced by French decorative arts, to which she adds a discreet dose of absurdity. She is an active supporter of The New Children’s Museum and has generously contributed to art installations, including tikitiko and Clay Studio.

For Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction, de Watteville has contributed Carrot Mobile, a moving porcelain sculpture and re-imagined toy. Often creating ceramics that are playful and humorous, de Watteville fabricated this piece that “one can rev up” as part of her table installation titled Ludicrous Food, with Beliz Iristay, at the Athenaeum Music and Art Library in 2019. De Watteville’s rabbits are a familiar persona in her artwork along with elements of food – an important aspect of her life and a nod to her French culture. To learn more about de Watteville and to bid on her artwork, go here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

Bidding on this item ends July 20. De Watteville has generously donated her portion of the proceeds to support the Museum’s reopening efforts.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 19 by making your own homemade ice cream...in a bag! All you need are 5 simple ...
07/14/2020
DIY: Homemade Ice Cream In a Bag | The New Children's Museum

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 19 by making your own homemade ice cream...in a bag! All you need are 5 simple ingredients, ziploc bags and some of your favorite toppings! Plus, kids will enjoy learning the science behind making ice cream in our DIY guide.

Grab a sandwich bag and create some ice cream! Make your own delicious homemade ice cream using ice, salt, vanilla and sugar in this DIY guide!

This week’s reNEWing Hope Artist Series begins with the work of San Diego-based artist and photographer Philipp Scholz R...
07/13/2020

This week’s reNEWing Hope Artist Series begins with the work of San Diego-based artist and photographer Philipp Scholz Rittermann. Rittermann has been included in more than 100 public, private and corporate collections, from The Museum of Modern Art, New York to the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. Rittermann also shares a long history with The New Children’s Museum, having captured dozens of our art installations over the past decade, including the cover image for the Museum’s first catalog published in 2019 (see last two images).

For Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction, Rittermann has contributed a photograph that captures both the summer and winter landscape in Telluride, Colorado. The photograph titled, Summer and Winter, 625 Road, Telluride, CO, USA is the result of his desire to capture day and night, summer and winter, the presence and subsequent absence of something in a single gaze. To learn more about Rittermann and to bid on is artwork, go here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

Bidding on this item ends July 20. Proceeds from this artwork support the artist as well as the Museum’s reopening efforts.

We love seeing the creativity of our member families! Read this Union Tribune article about how one of our member famili...
07/13/2020
Relaunch into summer adventure with a family-focused backyard

We love seeing the creativity of our member families! Read this Union Tribune article about how one of our member families, interior designer Traci Taylor and her husband Joe Metcalf of Arise Interiors transformed their backyard into a family play space with some inspiration from the Museum!

Skip the molded plastic and set your sights on long-term, fun-friendly space that all can enjoy

Meet Noé Olivas, the artist behind this print of an air filter from a 1967 Chevrolet bread-truck and one of our reNEWing...
07/10/2020

Meet Noé Olivas, the artist behind this print of an air filter from a 1967 Chevrolet bread-truck and one of our reNEWing Hope featured artists. Olivas is an artist-gallerist-organizer and co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart. He also teaches a course on art and healing as the inaugural professor for the Social and Environmental Arts Practice at Prescott College. In 2014, Olivas was awarded the Creative Catalyst grant by The San Diego Foundation and partnered with The New Children’s Museum to create the mobile art installation and “rolling social sculpture,” Low and Slow (see last image).

For Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction, Olivas has contributed this print made of motor oil and brake dust on paper titled, 1967 bread-truck: air-filter, edition 3 of 67 in his print series inspired by the overhaul of a 1967 bread-truck. Olivas utilized materials such as gaskets, air filters, brake pads and motor oil to make a series of prints. The collection functioned as a form of documentation and a way to raise funds for the project. The series of 67 represents the year the bread-truck was fabricated. To learn more about Olivas and to bid on his artwork, go here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

Bidding for this item ends July 20. Proceeds from this artwork support the artist as well as the Museum’s reopening efforts.

As part of the free online talk series, Becoming an Empowered Parent, host Debbie Zeichner, LCSW-Parent Coach interviews...
07/10/2020

As part of the free online talk series, Becoming an Empowered Parent, host Debbie Zeichner, LCSW-Parent Coach interviews Dr. Dana E. Crawford on Raising Children to Become Antiracist. Tune in to the conversation today by signing up for the series here: https://becominganempoweredparent.com/

We hope this talk and series is a helpful resource for our families!

It's Day 4 of the Becoming an Empowered Parent Series! 🥳

Today we're joined by the incredible Dana E. Crawford, Ph.D. and Tony and Liz Orozco of Disciplina Positiva.

Dr. Crawford joins us to share her wisdom and expertise around raising antiracist kids and teens.

Tony and Liz Orozco discuss how to get on the “same page” with your spouse or partner.

Join us for these powerful, insightful discussions by visiting www.becominganempoweredparent.com/dz and be sure to share your biggest take-away's and "aha" moments. ❤️

07/10/2020
Toddler Time at Home: Backyard Scavenger Hunt

On this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home, we’re going on a scavenger hunt! Using simple household items, we’ll show you how to create your own binoculars with your little ones and look for items around the backyard or in your house. This activity helps toddlers practice identifying objects and creates a fun adventure! Read the full blog post here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/blog/toddler-time-at-home-backyard-scavenger-hunt/

Last week we asked you to submit your kids’ science questions to be answered by a Thermo Fisher Scientific scientist! Re...
07/09/2020

Last week we asked you to submit your kids’ science questions to be answered by a Thermo Fisher Scientific scientist! Read through some of the winning questions and answers that we received! Plus, check out Thermo Fisher Scientific’s STEAM virtual activities in our Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-studios/innovators-lab/

The artist behind this painting, Matthew Bradley, utilizes various media and materials to explore notions of myth, belie...
07/08/2020

The artist behind this painting, Matthew Bradley, utilizes various media and materials to explore notions of myth, belief and identity in his work. As The New Children’s Museum Exhibitions Coordinator in 2009-2017, Bradley worked with over 40 artists to design and create interactive art installations. In 2017, he contributed an original painting titled, I Know What I Saw – Museum Display, a 20-foot-long mural in the Museum’s terrace garden that illustrates flying objects hovering silently above hazy landscapes.

For Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction, Bradley has contributed this acrylic painting on canvas titled, I Know What I Saw #5. The painting is part of his ongoing series inspired by unexplained aerial phenomena. Derived from photographs and video stills of urban and rural scenes with flying objects, Bradley’s work removes any clues about the authenticity of the images.To learn more about Bradley and to bid on his artwork, go here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

Bidding on this item ends July 20. Bradley has generously donated his portion of the proceeds to support the Museum’s reopening efforts.

How high can your kite fly? Try making your own kite at home with the kids and test out its flying skills! Our DIY creat...
07/07/2020
DIY: Homemade Kites | The New Children's Museum

How high can your kite fly? Try making your own kite at home with the kids and test out its flying skills! Our DIY creatively uses everyday items like wrapping paper, drinking straws and yarn to make a homemade kite! Read our latest blog post for the step-by-step guide and additional learning activities:

Step outside and fly a kite! Construct a playful homemade kite using a cereal box, thin paper and yarn in this DIY guide!

Bidding for Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction opens today! Every week we’ll be featuring each of the ...
07/06/2020

Bidding for Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction opens today! Every week we’ll be featuring each of the individual contemporary artists that have contributed to Collection 2. First up: Marisol Rendón! Rendón is an artist, designer and educator who works with sculpture and drawing as tools to explore her questions about our relationship to the world and everyday objects that surround us. In 2013, Rendón was commissioned by The New Children’s Museum to create Wobbleland, a toddler installation that resembles a giant kitchen sink with oversized soft food sculptures for little ones to explore and develop their motor skills.

For our online art auction, Rendón has contributed a one-of-a-kind Guava Ottoman made of marine vinyl, wood and foam. This piece was handmade especially for the reNEWing Hope art auction and conveys Rendón’s interest in creating work for toddlers that stimulates the fluid and creative ways that they observe and define everyday objects. To learn more about Rendón and to bid on her artwork, go here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

Bidding on this item ends July 20. Rendón has generously donated her portion of the proceeds to support the Museum’s reopening efforts.

07/04/2020

Learn how to draw fun imaginary characters in this tutorial series with Mass Creativity artist-in-residence Panca! This week we're learning how to draw her character, Chelo! Grab a pen, pencil, marker and paper and let's draw!

Get a preview of Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction! Collection 2 features artwork by contemporary art...
07/03/2020
reNEWing Hope Art Auction | The New Children's Museum

Get a preview of Collection 2 of our reNEWing Hope online art auction! Collection 2 features artwork by contemporary artists who have helped shape the Museum's history, including Matthew Bradley, Brisk One, Irène de Watteville, Noé Olivas, Marisol Rendón and Philipp Scholz Rittermann. They have generously contributed beautiful works of art from imaginative paintings and prints to one-of-a-kind sculpture and handmade furniture. Auction proceeds go toward funding the Museum's reopening efforts and to the participating artists.

Bidding for artwork in Collection 2 opens on July 6! Preview the collection here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/renewing-hope-art-auction/

The New Children’s Museum’s reNEWing Hope Art Auction is a fundraising initiative in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with more than a dozen artists who have shaped our history over the last decade, the Museum is launching an online art auction to raise funds toward reopening efforts and...

07/03/2020
Toddler Time at Home: (Almost) Ready-To-Go Instruments

In this week's ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home, we're making instruments at home with our little ones! Using pots, pans, tupperware and other simple household items, create your own instruments and learn how to develop a toddler's sound recognition and fine-motor skills! Watch the tutorial and read the full blog for additional early learner education opportunities with this activity: https://thinkplaycreate.org/blog/toddler-time-at-home-almost-ready-to-go-instruments/

Thermo Fisher Scientific loves to help kids learn about science in the Museum's Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB! ...
07/02/2020
Innovators LAB | The New Children's Museum

Thermo Fisher Scientific loves to help kids learn about science in the Museum's Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB! This week, ask a scientist your questions by posting them in the comments, and their scientists will answer! We'll be posting your questions with their answers next week. Plus, five lucky kids who submit a question will also be selected to win a STEMcredible Lab Safety Kit!

Don’t forget to check out Thermo Fisher Scientific’s STEAM activities on our Innovators LAB page and share your creations with us by including #thinkplaycreatefromhome and tagging us in your posts.
#steameducation #diystem #kidsinstem

The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB is our Museum’s very own makerspace!

Being a parent and/or caregiver can be extra challenging during this time. So we're sharing this incredible and FREE onl...
07/01/2020

Being a parent and/or caregiver can be extra challenging during this time. So we're sharing this incredible and FREE online series, Becoming an Empowered Parent hosted by Debbie Zeichner, LCSW-Parent Coach that starts on July 7! Debbie will be interviewing 29 top-rated parenting experts who are offering their practical, research-based tips, tools and insights to support you in parenting with more ease, joy, presence and connection. Learn more about the series and sign up to access the pre-recorded interviews when they become available here: https://becominganempoweredparent.com/

Our Becoming an Empowered Parent FREE online series officially begins in 1 week, Tuesday, July 7th and I couldn't be more excited!
Join me as I interview 29 top-rated parenting experts who are offering their practical, research-based tips, tools and insights to support you in parenting with more ease, joy, presence and connection. Whether you have a baby, toddler, preteen or teen, this series has something for you! Visit www.becominganempoweredparent.com/dz to see our incredible line-up of speakers and the wide variety of parenting topics being covered. The interviews are all pre-recorded, so you can watch or listen whenever is most convenient for you. Don't miss out on this free, life-changing parenting series, which is only available for a limited time and please feel free to share with any friends or family members who you feel could benefit. Visit https://becominganempoweredparent.com/dz to learn more and get access now!

Address

200 W Island Ave
San Diego, CA
92101

The New Children's Museum offers underground parking in our garage for $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, which can be accessed from Union Street. Metered parking and numerous public parking lots are available throughout the surrounding neighborhood.The Museum is close to the Convention Center Trolley Station and Amtrak Station at Santa Fe Depot. For information on public transportation, visit www.sdcommute.com and www.amtrak.com.

General information

Adults and Children: $14 Members: FREE Children under one year: FREE Seniors 65+: $10 Military w/ID: $10 Pricing as of 1/1/2018

Telephone

(619) 233-8792

Website

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when The New Children's Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to The New Children's Museum:

Videos

Nearby museums


Other Modern Art Museums in San Diego

Show All

Comments

When you can’t go to the children’s museum…
A big thank you to The New Children's Museum for supporting the recent fundraiser for Assistance League of Greater San Diego. Your donation to our silent auction helped make our event a wonderful success.
We love The New Children's Museum! I've taken all of my kids here, ages 10 and younger, they all have a blast and leave tired.
Is there a monthly membership option? Thanks!
I just bought a membership for me and my son last week. the duo. this week he started preschool, is the duo membership can we go on the weekend? Like Saturday?
Do adults have to pay to get in?
You saved us today- heavy rainy day ☔️ So glad to discover this wonderful place while visiting San Diego! Highly recommend it rain and shine!
A sweet little narwhal, Norman, has just succumbed to the problem of trash in the ocean. Lucky for him a mermaid, Muirenn, comes to his rescue! Find out how these two become friends even though they are very different; and how they teach you what happens with trash in the ocean. Written by Nikki Pride, and illustrated by Jen Hodge of The Grumpy Unicorn. Come join Poor Norman’s pre-sale event! AND EVERY PLEDGE I RECEIVE I SEND A DONATION TO THE SURFRIDER FOUNDSTION!!! #poornorman #pacificcoastmermaids #mermaids #narwhals #childrensbook #helping #makingfriends #recycle #trash #ocean #sea #diversity #savetheplanet #savethemermaids #magical #unicorn #thegrumpyunicorn #author #illustrator #crowdfunding #kickstarter #shorebuddies #nonprofit #notforprofit #donatetocharity #thesurfriderfoundationsd
TODO MUY LINDO LOS NIÑOS ESCURSIONARON TODA LA AREA SON POCAS MAMÁS SUVEN ALA CASITA Q ESTA SERCAS DELA ENTRADA ASÍ QUE ARRIBA ES PELIGROSO X LAS ESCALERAS Y AHÍ ESTÁ UNA VENTANITA MALA IDEA PONER UNA MESA Y UN BANQUITO LOS NIÑOS SON MUY EXPORADORES Y PUEDE AVER UN ACIDENTE, LO ÚNICO Q VEO MAL LO DEMÁS INCREÍBLE
Our visit to the The New Children's Museum!
Another successful & fun wedding highlight to share! Reception taken place at The New Children's Museum. :)