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.
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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.

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Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween!  Trick or treat with our mascots Art and Play in costume by coloring in our late...
10/31/2020

Have a safe and spooktacular Halloween! Trick or treat with our mascots Art and Play in costume by coloring in our latest activity page! Download the PDF here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Halloween-Coloring-Page.pdf

10/30/2020
Toddler Time from Home: Banana Bread

Make delicious and healthy banana bread with your little ones and learn the Banana Cheer song in this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home! 🍌 🍞

Attention educators! We've added more classroom sets and pick-up dates in 2021 for our Virtual School Visits program tha...
10/29/2020
School Visits | The New Children’s Museum | The New Children's Museum

Attention educators! We've added more classroom sets and pick-up dates in 2021 for our Virtual School Visits program thanks to Cal Arts Council! Each kit includes an online video tour of the Museum's art installations with standards-based art activities and supplies. Register today to secure your classroom set: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/school-visits/

Ready to think, play and create? We offer tours for schools and other groups from pre-kindergarten through high school and beyond.

Around this time of year, the Museum hosts our annual Studio 200 Gala, in which guests are invited to “party with a purp...
10/28/2020

Around this time of year, the Museum hosts our annual Studio 200 Gala, in which guests are invited to “party with a purpose” and raise funds to support our arts access and outreach programs. Faced with challenges of hosting events this year, we’ve decided to forgo a physical or virtual fundraising event, and instead, focus our efforts on serving the community through The UnGala version of our Studio 200 event.

During our closure to the public, we are working tirelessly behind the scenes with our community pARTners and social service organizations to provide Think Play Create Learning Kits, including art supplies and tools to aid with children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. We are currently on track to assemble and deliver over 17,000 kits by end of year but need your help to extend our reach!

In lieu of buying a Gala ticket this year, we ask that you consider making a donation to help us serve more children, educators and families with learning kits. In return, our Board of Directors will match your contribution dollar for dollar, up to $120,000, doubling your impact! Plus, for every $10,000 raised, we will insert a FUN Pass into one of the learning kits going to our pARTner organizations - good for 4 hours of private family FUN in the Museum! With your support we can connect more students and families to creative tools to help process the events in our world today! Learn more about our access programs and kits, and donate here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/ticketed-events/annual-benefit/studio-200-on-island-2020/donate-to-arts-access-programs/

Join the following corporate sponsors in bringing more arts access to our community: San Diego Gas & Electric, Kaiser Permanente Thrive, Cox, The Hampstead Companies, San Diego Padres, Professional Maintenance Systems, U.S. Bank

Design a postcard that reminds you of a friend, family member or loved one and write a note to them! They’ll be thrilled...
10/27/2020

Design a postcard that reminds you of a friend, family member or loved one and write a note to them! They’ll be thrilled to get it in the mail! 💌📬This week’s DIY is inspired by one of our Lindsay Community School projects for pregnant and parenting teens made possible by Cal Arts Council. Access the tutorial and try it with your own kids or teens at home here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Who-Are-You-Thinking-Of-Lesson-Plan-CAC-version.pdf

November is National Native American Heritage Month! In honor of the upcoming month, we are partnering with Barona Cultu...
10/26/2020

November is National Native American Heritage Month! In honor of the upcoming month, we are partnering with Barona Cultural Center & Museum to celebrate the ancient traditions and customs of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Learn about San Diego’s first inhabitants through bilingual story time for toddlers, engaging culture talks and a basket weaving art project as we honor their heritage all month long. Get more info on the full programming here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Connecting-Cultures-Digital-Flyer.pdf

Starting next week, tune in to our social media channels for a video introduction from Barona Tribal Members on Nov.2 at 1pm PST.

This programming is made possible with support from California Humanities.

Yesterday we socially-distant-celebrated the unveiling of our new window mural, Energized by artist Regan Russell! Thank...
10/23/2020

Yesterday we socially-distant-celebrated the unveiling of our new window mural, Energized by artist Regan Russell! Thanks to CBS 8 - San Diego News and 10News – ABC San Diego KGTV for coming out to capture this positive moment for our downtown community!

Learn more: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/energized/

10/23/2020
Toddler Time from Home: Silly Rock Painting

Paint silly rock creatures with us and your little ones and place them around the neighborhood in this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home! #thinkplaycreatefromhome #toddlertime #toddlers

10/22/2020

For our new mural, Energized, artist Regan Russell studied the movement of the sunlight coming through the windows to support his design process.☀️ Over the course of several hours as the sun moves from east to west, Energized will create a vibrant color dance around the Museum.🌈 Here’s a time lapse video of the install process with SpeedPro Imaging - Mission Valley. Walk or drive by the Museum on Front Street to get a look at the mural and feel energized! Learn more about the mural here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/energized/

Special thanks to National Endowment for the Arts and The Rosso Family Foundation for making this mural possible.

We’re so excited for our new vibrant and transparent mural, Energized, by local artist Regan Russell! Energized is locat...
10/21/2020

We’re so excited for our new vibrant and transparent mural, Energized, by local artist Regan Russell! Energized is located on the Museum’s east-facing windows on Front street and explores how sunlight filters through each color to create a color dance of light around the Museum space. Swipe to see magical rainbow light photos inside the Museum! ☀️🌈 This mural project is part of Regan’s artist residency in The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB and is a source of positive energy and light for the downtown San Diego community during our closure. ✨ Special thanks to National Endowment for the Arts and The Rosso Family Foundation for making this mural possible.

Learn more about Energized: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/energized/

We’re excited to be partnering with One Paseo to celebrate Halloween! Stop by One Paseo for a little shopping, a bite to...
10/20/2020
DIY: Mini Pumpkin Art | The New Children's Museum

We’re excited to be partnering with One Paseo to celebrate Halloween! Stop by One Paseo for a little shopping, a bite to eat and pick up a Museum-created DIY Mini Pumpkin Kit! 🎃 Kits include a mini pumpkin and materials to transform it into a creepy crawler or silly creature! Or access our blog post on how to do this spooky-themed activity at home!
#thinkplaycreatefromhome #halloween #minipumpkins #diyforkids

Transform a miniature pumpkin into a creepy crawler or silly creature to celebrate the Halloween season!

In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month with Americans for the Arts, we’re highlighting our recent launch of Thin...
10/19/2020

In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month with Americans for the Arts, we’re highlighting our recent launch of Think Play Create Learning Kits! These kits include standards-based lesson plans, links to instructional video tutorials and art supplies for kids and families to do at home. Our kits are being provided to social service organizations, community centers and schools in San Diego for FREE through our access programs, and we anticipate creating, assembling and delivering over 17,000 kits by the end of this academic year to inspire hope through art and creativity during these uncertain times.

Support our efforts by making a donation on our website or purchasing a kid’s learning kit for sale on our online store: https://the-new-childrens-museum-gift-store.myshopify.com/

Learn more about our access programs here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/access-programs/
#thinkplaycreatefromhome #learningkits #ArtsCreateHope #ShowYourArt2020 #nationalartsandhumanitiesmonth

It's complete! Our new transparent mural, Energized, by Regan Russell on The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB wind...
10/16/2020

It's complete! Our new transparent mural, Energized, by Regan Russell on The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB windows facing Front Street.

Special thanks to National Endowment for the Arts and The Rosso Family Foundation for making this mural possible!

Learn more: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/energized/

10/16/2020

In this week’s @ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home, play with shadows by cutting out fun shapes and designs with your little ones!

Check out this “Hello My Name Is” drawing activity created for pregnant and parenting teens at the Lindsay Community Sch...
10/15/2020

Check out this “Hello My Name Is” drawing activity created for pregnant and parenting teens at the Lindsay Community School made possible by California Arts Council. The activity has teens reflect on their name and explore freestyle art and design by drawing illustrations around their name. Access the full lesson plan and try it at home here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Hello-My-Name-Is-Drawing-Lesson-Plan.pdf

A behind-the-scenes look at this morning's install of our new mural, Energized, by artist Regan Russell! Energized will ...
10/14/2020

A behind-the-scenes look at this morning's install of our new mural, Energized, by artist Regan Russell! Energized will be a 28' by 13' transparent mural on the Innovators LAB windows. Tomorrow it'll be complete! Stay tuned for a finished reveal!

Learn more about the mural here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/art-installations/energized/

This week, we’re featuring a conversation between Deputy Museum Director Tomoko Kuta and artist Perry Vásquez as part o...
10/13/2020

This week, we’re featuring a conversation between Deputy Museum Director Tomoko Kuta and artist Perry Vásquez as part of our StoryCorps interview series made possible by Institute of Museum and Library Services. Tomoko leads the Museum’s exhibition, programs and education teams in creating interactive, hands-on and accessible contemporary art experiences for families. Perry was commissioned to create Animal Aktion, an art installation for the Museum’s 2009 exhibition, Animal Art (see second photo), and was the first artist and educator to join the Museum’s Board of Directors. Over the years, these longtime friends and colleagues have helped shape the direction and mission of the Museum.

Listen to Tomoko and Perry discuss their roles at the Museum and how their childhood memories have informed their approach to designing art for children here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/about/storycorps-interviews/

Join us and 11 other San Diego institutions for a FREE Virtual Educator Hour hosted by Friends of Balboa Park on Oct. 13...
10/12/2020

Join us and 11 other San Diego institutions for a FREE Virtual Educator Hour hosted by Friends of Balboa Park on Oct. 13 at 3:30pm PST! Educators will learn about new remote/distance learning programs, resources and funding opportunities. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/3ixJLXl

Calling all educators and parents! The Balboa Park Educator’s Council has brought together 12 institutions to share resources, funding opportunities, and programs to increase student engagement in a virtual "Balboa Park Educator Hour" on 10/13 at 3:30 p.m. Whether you are a parent teaching from home or an instructor back at school, get a sneak peak of free new programming, field trips, remote workshops, and funding sources. Enter to win FREE t-shirts, materials, and virtual field trips or workshops for your class! The event is FREE to attend, but RSVPs are required. We are here to help! https://bit.ly/3ixJLXl #BalboaPark #Education #RemoteLearning

It’s officially pumpkin season time! In this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at H...
10/09/2020
Toddler Time at Home: Paper Bag Pumpkins | The New Children's Museum

It’s officially pumpkin season time! In this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home, we’re making pumpkins out of paper bags with our little ones! 🎃
Watch the video tutorial and access additional and related learning activities on our blog post:

Celebrate fall and make paper bag pumpkins with your little ones in this week’s ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time at Home!

We are very excited for our new mural, Energized, by artist Regan Russell coming later this month! Energized will be a v...
10/08/2020
Energized | The New Children's Museum

We are very excited for our new mural, Energized, by artist Regan Russell coming later this month! Energized will be a vibrant and transparent, 28’ by 13’ mural, exploring how sunlight shines through and reflects each color onto the Museum’s surroundings. It’s also a part of Russell’s artist residency and project in The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB to create STEAM-based learning kits for our community partners (more details to come soon!).

Learn more about this mural and get a sneak peak of the fun and energetic design here:

A vibrant 28′ by 13′ mural on the windows of the Innovators LAB that explores color, light and visual communication.

Inspired by the spooky season, our DIY Name Monster Drawing activity let’s kids get creative with their names! Make a mi...
10/07/2020

Inspired by the spooky season, our DIY Name Monster Drawing activity let’s kids get creative with their names! Make a mirror image of the name and then transform it into a monster of their creation. Can you spot the original name in this monster drawing? Read the blog for a tutorial here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/blog/diy-name-monster-drawing/

Send friends and family a digital gift card to the Museum's online store! Gift card amounts of $10, $25, $50 and $100 ar...
10/05/2020
Museum Store Digital Gift Card

Send friends and family a digital gift card to the Museum's online store! Gift card amounts of $10, $25, $50 and $100 are available for purchase. Members get an additional $5 gift card when purchasing $50 worth of gift cards!

Digital gift cards are perfect for holidays, birthdays, prizes, appreciation and so much more. Plus help support the Museum at the same time! No cash value.

Our community outreach to pregnant and parenting high school students at the Lindsay Community School made possible by t...
09/30/2020

Our community outreach to pregnant and parenting high school students at the Lindsay Community School made possible by the California Arts Council continues! We’re featuring an art project we provided this group called Me Poem created by educator Kristina Mananquil (aka Miss Piggy). In this project, students are prompted to write/draw a poem about themselves and then use chalk to add color and texture. Access the lesson plan of this self-reflective project and try it at home with your teens here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Final-Me-Poem-Lindsay-Lesson-2.pdf

For one night only, we’re opening our doors for a socially-distanced wine and paint experience at the Museum! Each parti...
09/29/2020
Wine + Paint Night | The New Children's Museum

For one night only, we’re opening our doors for a socially-distanced wine and paint experience at the Museum! Each participant will be seated at their own personal table with paint supplies and complimentary wine. Join us on Oct.14 from 6-8pm and enjoy a creative evening painting an installation-inspired piece while still keeping a safe distance from others! Masks are required and participants must be 21 and up to attend. Limited seating is available, so make sure to get tickets in advance! Ticket purchases help support our creative online programming and additional art kits for our community partners!

Get tickets here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/ticketed-events/wine-paint-night/

Enjoy complimentary wine, snacks and a step-by-step painting demonstration at our Wine + Paint Night!

We are now selling Think Play Create Learning Kits through the Museum’s online store! These kits are specially curated b...
09/28/2020
Think Play Create Art Kits

We are now selling Think Play Create Learning Kits through the Museum’s online store! These kits are specially curated by our arts education team for kids ages 4 and up, inspired by our DIY blogs. Choose between 4 kits, each including a lesson plan, video tutorial link, art supplies, a Museum 3D Paper Model kit, stickers and 2 coloring pages. Or get the 4-pack bundle of all kits! A portion of every Think Play Create Learning Kit purchased helps fund art kits we are providing to our community partners!

Get yours today here: https://the-new-childrens-museum-gift-store.myshopify.com/products/think-play-create-art-kits?variant=34641116397612

Bring home The New Children's Museum with the Think Play Create Art Kits curated by our Museum Educators. Each kit includes a lesson plan, video tutorial link, all the supplies needed to complete the project PLUS a Museum 3D-Model Paper Kit, Branded Pencil, Museum Stickers and 2 Different Coloring P...

09/25/2020
Toddler Time at Home: Padres Story Time | Pig the Pug

In celebration of the San Diego Padres going to the MLB post-season playoffs, we’re reading “Pig the Pug” by Aaron Blakey with our favorite baseball mascot, the Friar! Join us for story time for this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home!

Watch more Toddler Time videos here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/toddler-classes/toddler-time/

For this week's ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time at Home, the Padres are joining us again for Story Time! They will be reading a fun book called Pig the Pug by ...

Making art can be a tool for self-reflection and sharing different world perspectives with one another. This Eye See Dra...
09/23/2020

Making art can be a tool for self-reflection and sharing different world perspectives with one another. This Eye See Drawing project created by educator Kristina Mananquil (aka Miss Piggy) is part of the Museum’s residency with the Lindsay Community School made possible by the California Arts Council. The program is part of our efforts to provide more access to arts education to organizations and schools in our community.

Through this art activity high school students reflect on their experiences and illustrate their ideas with text, lines, shapes and color. Try this with your teenage kids or students at home and download the Eye See Drawing lesson plan here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Final-Eye-See-Drawing-Lindsay-Lesson-3.pdf

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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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