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 and discover! From intriguing new art installations, hands-on art projects and engaging artworks, kids of all ages will always find a new source of wonder.

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 pr***en, The New Children's Museum inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.

Operating as usual

We recently added a “rain shower” of pompoms to our Brian and the Bugs mural by artist Katie Ruiz Art! Thank you to our ...
10/01/2021

We recently added a “rain shower” of pompoms to our Brian and the Bugs mural by artist Katie Ruiz Art! Thank you to our visitors, members, volunteers, Valley Elementary School students, Girl Scouts San Diego and the Rock Church who helped create these pompoms. We now have over 500 colorful pompoms hanging above the mural because of you! 💜💛💙❤️ #communityart

We recently added a “rain shower” of pompoms to our Brian and the Bugs mural by artist Katie Ruiz Art! Thank you to our visitors, members, volunteers, Valley Elementary School students, Girl Scouts San Diego and the Rock Church who helped create these pompoms. We now have over 500 colorful pompoms hanging above the mural because of you! 💜💛💙❤️ #communityart

A new workshop starts today in our Innovators LAB! Create your own maze game and play with the forces of friction and gr...
09/30/2021

A new workshop starts today in our Innovators LAB! Create your own maze game and play with the forces of friction and gravity. Workshops take place Thurs-Mon at 10:30am and 2:30pm!
View the schedule here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-studios/innovators-lab/

A new workshop starts today in our Innovators LAB! Create your own maze game and play with the forces of friction and gravity. Workshops take place Thurs-Mon at 10:30am and 2:30pm!
View the schedule here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-studios/innovators-lab/

This November, a mysterious pop-up theatre caravan is coming to the Museum! Behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems....
09/28/2021

This November, a mysterious pop-up theatre caravan is coming to the Museum! Behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems. This is the world of Teatro Piñata, our upcoming art installation by artist-in-residence David Israel Reynoso in collaboration with his theatre company, Optika Moderna.

Teatro Piñata will celebrate the magic of theatre by becoming a portal to an expansive and surreal backstage world that sparks imagination and play. 🎭

Learn more about this new immersive installation and how you can help support its coming to life here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/teatro-pinata/

This November, a mysterious pop-up theatre caravan is coming to the Museum! Behind its curtains, nothing is as it seems. This is the world of Teatro Piñata, our upcoming art installation by artist-in-residence David Israel Reynoso in collaboration with his theatre company, Optika Moderna.

Teatro Piñata will celebrate the magic of theatre by becoming a portal to an expansive and surreal backstage world that sparks imagination and play. 🎭

Learn more about this new immersive installation and how you can help support its coming to life here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/teatro-pinata/

We’re participating in Visit San Diego's “Kids Free San Diego!” Get one free child admission with the purchase of one fu...
09/24/2021

We’re participating in Visit San Diego's “Kids Free San Diego!” Get one free child admission with the purchase of one full priced adult ticket when visiting the Museum throughout the month of October! Check out our newest installations, including the giant 40-foot slide that transports kids to the colorful world of El Más Allá!

Use code KIDSFREE2021 when purchasing tickets online or mention the code when purchasing tickets as a walk-up at the Museum. Offer valid Oct.1-31. #kidsfreesandiego
https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

We’re participating in Visit San Diego's “Kids Free San Diego!” Get one free child admission with the purchase of one full priced adult ticket when visiting the Museum throughout the month of October! Check out our newest installations, including the giant 40-foot slide that transports kids to the colorful world of El Más Allá!

Use code KIDSFREE2021 when purchasing tickets online or mention the code when purchasing tickets as a walk-up at the Museum. Offer valid Oct.1-31. #kidsfreesandiego
https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

UPDATE: Registration is temporarily unavailable for Grades 1-5 and Pre-K-K classroom kits due to high volume of requests...
09/21/2021

UPDATE: Registration is temporarily unavailable for Grades 1-5 and Pre-K-K classroom kits due to high volume of requests. Check back for updates on this post. The downloadable long distance version is still available for registration.

🚨Attention educators!🚨 Our Virtual School Visit classroom kits for grades 1-5 are back for the 2021/2022 school year! This year’s version includes an updated video tour and kit featuring new installations and hands-on, standards-based projects inspired by the Museum’s spaces. Plus, there’s a new virtual tour package for Pre-K-K classrooms and a downloadable option for long distance educators too!

It’s free for educators at designated Title 1 schools only. Fees apply for non-Title 1 schools. Register to get kits for your classroom here:
https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/school-visits/virtual/

UPDATE: Registration is temporarily unavailable for Grades 1-5 and Pre-K-K classroom kits due to high volume of requests. Check back for updates on this post. The downloadable long distance version is still available for registration.

🚨Attention educators!🚨 Our Virtual School Visit classroom kits for grades 1-5 are back for the 2021/2022 school year! This year’s version includes an updated video tour and kit featuring new installations and hands-on, standards-based projects inspired by the Museum’s spaces. Plus, there’s a new virtual tour package for Pre-K-K classrooms and a downloadable option for long distance educators too!

It’s free for educators at designated Title 1 schools only. Fees apply for non-Title 1 schools. Register to get kits for your classroom here:
https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/school-visits/virtual/

We want to see your moves and skills on our newest outdoor installation, In The Balance, created by artist Risa Puno! Ta...
09/15/2021

We want to see your moves and skills on our newest outdoor installation, In The Balance, created by artist Risa Puno! Take a snapshot of your family on In the Balance, then tag us and #InTheBalanceNCM in your posts! Winner of the most creative photo will get two free guest passes to the Museum! Let’s see how you balance!

📷: @___cattree___

We want to see your moves and skills on our newest outdoor installation, In The Balance, created by artist Risa Puno! Take a snapshot of your family on In the Balance, then tag us and #InTheBalanceNCM in your posts! Winner of the most creative photo will get two free guest passes to the Museum! Let’s see how you balance!

📷: @___cattree___

We’re bringing back our quarterly Family Day workshops at our Studio by the  Bay location in Seaport Village! Starting t...
09/15/2021

We’re bringing back our quarterly Family Day workshops at our Studio by the Bay location in Seaport Village! Starting this Saturday, 9/18 from 11am-1pm, pick up a free Woven Pencil Cup kit for ages 4+ and make your own cup holder design out of yarn. It’s perfect for holding back-to-school supplies!

Learn more about our Studio by the Bay Family Days: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-studios/studio-by-the-bay/

We’re bringing back our quarterly Family Day workshops at our Studio by the Bay location in Seaport Village! Starting this Saturday, 9/18 from 11am-1pm, pick up a free Woven Pencil Cup kit for ages 4+ and make your own cup holder design out of yarn. It’s perfect for holding back-to-school supplies!

Learn more about our Studio by the Bay Family Days: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-studios/studio-by-the-bay/

We love our grandparents! Celebrate Grandparents' Day with FREE admission to the Museum this Sunday for all grandparents...
09/11/2021

We love our grandparents! Celebrate Grandparents' Day with FREE admission to the Museum this Sunday for all grandparents! Mention you're a grandparent at our welcome desk when checking in to receive the discount. Valid on 9/12 only.

We love our grandparents! Celebrate Grandparents' Day with FREE admission to the Museum this Sunday for all grandparents! Mention you're a grandparent at our welcome desk when checking in to receive the discount. Valid on 9/12 only.

In the Balance by Risa Puno is now open in the Museum Park! And it’s free to the public!⠀Walk (or balance) on the maze o...
09/10/2021

In the Balance by Risa Puno is now open in the Museum Park! And it’s free to the public!

Walk (or balance) on the maze of wooden beams that represent the twists, turns and pivots we make in life when facing change. The intersecting paths also remind us to consider our shared experience with other beings, especially when we are focused on our own goals.

Learn more about this new outdoor play structure in the park: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/in-the-balance/

Thanks for stopping by and balancing with us Allie Wagner! Watch the full K**I News coverage and learn more about our ne...
09/10/2021

Thanks for stopping by and balancing with us Allie Wagner! Watch the full K**I News coverage and learn more about our newest outdoor installation, In the Balance by artist Risa Puno, in the Museum Park: https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/c38be912-732d-4598-abd3-824b5f4da59f?token=195250eb-6959-4e5b-870d-47edf14b9c8e

Thanks for stopping by and balancing with us Allie Wagner! Watch the full K**I News coverage and learn more about our newest outdoor installation, In the Balance by artist Risa Puno, in the Museum Park: https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/c38be912-732d-4598-abd3-824b5f4da59f?token=195250eb-6959-4e5b-870d-47edf14b9c8e

After 4 years at the Museum, we’re saying goodbye to Sketch Aquarium! We're closing our interactive digital aquarium to ...
09/03/2021

After 4 years at the Museum, we’re saying goodbye to Sketch Aquarium! We're closing our interactive digital aquarium to make room for a new immersive installation coming later this fall. This Labor Day weekend is your last opportunity to color in a sea creature, scan it and watch it swim around in Sketch Aquarium before it closes. 🐠🦑🐡🐙🐬

More details to come soon about the exciting new installation that will take its place!

After 4 years at the Museum, we’re saying goodbye to Sketch Aquarium! We're closing our interactive digital aquarium to make room for a new immersive installation coming later this fall. This Labor Day weekend is your last opportunity to color in a sea creature, scan it and watch it swim around in Sketch Aquarium before it closes. 🐠🦑🐡🐙🐬

More details to come soon about the exciting new installation that will take its place!

Have you visited our new Art + Play Space location at Del Mar Plaza? Similar to our downtown location, there’s a makersp...
09/02/2021

Have you visited our new Art + Play Space location at Del Mar Plaza? Similar to our downtown location, there’s a makerspace for kids to explore and create open-making art projects! 🎨

Starting today, the Art + Play Space has updated its open hours to be the same as our downtown location: Thurs-Mon, 9am-12pm + 1-4pm (closed Tues + Wed). Visit https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/art-play-space-del-mar/ for more info.

Plus, sign up for our Art + Play Space newsletter to get the latest updates on programming and classes for this space here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/mailing-list/

Have you visited our new Art + Play Space location at Del Mar Plaza? Similar to our downtown location, there’s a makerspace for kids to explore and create open-making art projects! 🎨

Starting today, the Art + Play Space has updated its open hours to be the same as our downtown location: Thurs-Mon, 9am-12pm + 1-4pm (closed Tues + Wed). Visit https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/art-play-space-del-mar/ for more info.

Plus, sign up for our Art + Play Space newsletter to get the latest updates on programming and classes for this space here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/mailing-list/

Something new is coming to the Museum Park next week! 👀 In the Balance by artist Risa Puno is an outdoor installation in...
09/01/2021
In the Balance | The New Children's Museum

Something new is coming to the Museum Park next week! 👀 In the Balance by artist Risa Puno is an outdoor installation in which children will be able to walk on different balancing beam paths that intersect one another. The challenge is not only to stay balanced on the path but to also consider others who may cross your path.

In the Balance by artist Risa Puno is a sculpture of balancing beams that challenges visitors to walk the intersecting paths. Coming soon.

How we slide into the latter half of the week and into the weekend! ✨ Have you experienced the colorful, imaginary world...
08/25/2021

How we slide into the latter half of the week and into the weekend! ✨ Have you experienced the colorful, imaginary world of El Más Allá yet? 🌈

Reminder that the Museum is opening an hour later at 10am tomorrow, 8/26. Check our website for open hours before visiting.

#newchildrensmuseum #childrensmuseum #thinkplaycreate #elmasalla #downtown #sandiego

How we slide into the latter half of the week and into the weekend! ✨ Have you experienced the colorful, imaginary world of El Más Allá yet? 🌈

Reminder that the Museum is opening an hour later at 10am tomorrow, 8/26. Check our website for open hours before visiting.

#newchildrensmuseum #childrensmuseum #thinkplaycreate #elmasalla #downtown #sandiego

Our first satellite location, Art + Play Space, at Del Mar Plaza is now open! We received a warm welcome from the Del Ma...
08/20/2021

Our first satellite location, Art + Play Space, at Del Mar Plaza is now open! We received a warm welcome from the Del Mar Mayor and Deputy Mayor and the neighboring Del Mar Plaza stores at this morning's opening celebrations.

Come think, play and create with us in North County! Open Thurs-Mon, 11am-6pm. https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/art-play-space-del-mar/

Make a Fruit-Filled Friendship Yogurt bowl with your little one in this week's Toddler Time at Home sponsored by First 5...
08/20/2021
Toddler Time at Home: Fruit-Filled Friendship Yogurt | The New Children's Museum

Make a Fruit-Filled Friendship Yogurt bowl with your little one in this week's Toddler Time at Home sponsored by First 5 San Diego! This simple recipe helps develop fine-motor skills and introduces counting and color identification for toddlers.

Engage in a healthy and artful snack-making experience with your early learner in this week’s Toddler Time at Home!

Our new Art + Play Space location in Del Mar Plaza opens tomorrow! 🎉 Doors open to the public at 11am!⠀Come check out th...
08/19/2021

Our new Art + Play Space location in Del Mar Plaza opens tomorrow! 🎉 Doors open to the public at 11am!

Come check out the 2,000-square-foot space, bringing engaging art experiences to families in North County!

Get more details, hours and admission pricing: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/art-play-space-del-mar/

Our new Art + Play Space location in Del Mar Plaza opens tomorrow! 🎉 Doors open to the public at 11am!

Come check out the 2,000-square-foot space, bringing engaging art experiences to families in North County!

Get more details, hours and admission pricing: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/art-play-space-del-mar/

🎨 Our facilitated workshops inside The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB at the Museum are back! These workshops pr...
08/18/2021

🎨 Our facilitated workshops inside The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB at the Museum are back! These workshops provide opportunities for kids ages 6-13 to experiment with a variety of materials and hands-on techniques in our makerspace.

✂️ Create a mini window mural out of multi-colored cellophane sheets and learn about light reflection in our Color + Light Catcher workshop. Workshop times are 10:30-11:30am + 2:30-3:30pm, Thurs-Mon.

📐 Plus, open making opportunities are available in the LAB from 9-10am + 1-2pm every day we’re open.

Learn more: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-studios/innovators-lab/

Our new installation, El Más Allá by Panca, opens today! Thanks to Heather Lake from FOX 5 San Diego and Allie Wagner fr...
08/13/2021

Our new installation, El Más Allá by Panca, opens today! Thanks to Heather Lake from FOX 5 San Diego and Allie Wagner from K**I News for stopping by to check out this immersive, colorful imaginary world taking over the Museum's lower level! Check out the news segments.
FOX 5: https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/914911be-b05b-439f-a7f1-1c4d3112213d?token=659d8035-4d04-4464-bf4f-6b2213800512

K**I: https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#clip/view/130089f6-afe3-4b75-87a2-ae33b6575c8f?token=659d8035-4d04-4464-bf4f-6b2213800512

Today members only got to experience our new installation El Más Allá by artist Panca! Tomorrow El Más Allá opens to the...
08/12/2021

Today members only got to experience our new installation El Más Allá by artist Panca! Tomorrow El Más Allá opens to the public! 🎉

Slide down the 40-foot slide, explore the geometric sculptures, play with foam blocks and become immersed in this colorful imaginary world taking over the Museum’s lower level. 🌈✨

Learn more about El Más Allá: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/el-mas-alla/

We're thrilled to be 1 out of 4 museums in San Diego to receive this grant! The grant will help fund our multi-year proj...
08/11/2021
IMLS Awards More Than 200 Grants to Help Museums Meet Community Needs

We're thrilled to be 1 out of 4 museums in San Diego to receive this grant! The grant will help fund our multi-year project to develop and implement social and emotional learning arts education curriculum for students in grades 4 and 5 in collaboration with the San Diego Unified School District! Thank you Institute of Museum and Library Services!

Announcing the 208 grants awarded through the agency’s largest competitive grant program, Museums for America, and its special initiatives, Museums Empowered and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums.

We have exciting news to share! We’re opening our first satellite location in Del Mar later this month!The 2,000-square-...
08/09/2021
Art + Play Space | The New Children's Museum

We have exciting news to share! We’re opening our first satellite location in Del Mar later this month!

The 2,000-square-foot Art + Play Space will be a smaller version of the Museum’s 50,000-square-foot downtown location, bringing unique and engaging art experiences to families in North County San Diego. Located in the Del Mar Plaza shopping center, families will have the opportunity to play in a mini version of Wobbleland by artist Marisol Rendón, make hands-on art in the Makerspace and sign up for fee-based art classes and workshops for kids.

The new Art + Play Space is scheduled to open Aug. 20!

https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/art-play-space-del-mar/

Our 2,000-square-foot Art + Play Space is the Museum’s first satellite location bringing unique and engaging art experiences to families in North County!

For this week’s Toddler Time at Home sponsored by First 5 San Diego, we’re painting with chalk! This activity is great f...
08/06/2021
Toddler Time at Home: Chalk Painting | The New Children's Museum

For this week’s Toddler Time at Home sponsored by First 5 San Diego, we’re painting with chalk! This activity is great for toddlers learning to explore and mix colors.

Watch the video tutorial and try it at home with your little one: https://thinkplaycreate.org/blog/toddler-time-at-home-chalk-painting/

As part of our ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time at Home program, we’ll be showing you how to make chalk paint from household materials!

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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.

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

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Monday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm
Friday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm
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Sunday 9am - 12pm
1pm - 4pm

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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!
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