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

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Yesterday we celebrated our 2 millionth visitor since the Museum’s downtown opening in 2008! 🎉🎉⠀Congrats to the three lu...
07/09/2021

Yesterday we celebrated our 2 millionth visitor since the Museum’s downtown opening in 2008! 🎉🎉

Congrats to the three lucky moms (all San Diego educators!) and their children who arrived as a group to the Museum completely surprised! We welcomed the families with streamers and noisemakers, and each were presented with a gift bag including a free annual Museum membership, $25 gift certificate to the Museum store and a free lunch certificate to Bean Sprouts Cafe, along with a giant “🔑” to the Museum!

Read the full media alert here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/NCM-2-Millionth-Visitor-Media-Alert-7-9-21.pdf

Yesterday we celebrated our 2 millionth visitor since the Museum’s downtown opening in 2008! 🎉🎉

Congrats to the three lucky moms (all San Diego educators!) and their children who arrived as a group to the Museum completely surprised! We welcomed the families with streamers and noisemakers, and each were presented with a gift bag including a free annual Museum membership, $25 gift certificate to the Museum store and a free lunch certificate to Bean Sprouts Cafe, along with a giant “🔑” to the Museum!

Read the full media alert here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/NCM-2-Millionth-Visitor-Media-Alert-7-9-21.pdf

Join us for Story Time at this Friday’s in-person Toddler Time at the Museum sponsored by @first5sandiego! We’ll have tw...
07/08/2021

Join us for Story Time at this Friday’s in-person Toddler Time at the Museum sponsored by @first5sandiego! We’ll have two sessions at 10am and 11am. Plus, it’s free with Museum admission! Sign-up at our welcome desk when you arrive.

View our Toddler Time programming and schedule here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/toddler-classes/toddler-time/

Join us for Story Time at this Friday’s in-person Toddler Time at the Museum sponsored by @first5sandiego! We’ll have two sessions at 10am and 11am. Plus, it’s free with Museum admission! Sign-up at our welcome desk when you arrive.

View our Toddler Time programming and schedule here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/toddler-classes/toddler-time/

Say Their Names, the nationwide traveling memorial to honor Black lives lost to racial injustice and systemic racism wil...
07/07/2021

Say Their Names, the nationwide traveling memorial to honor Black lives lost to racial injustice and systemic racism will be on view in the Museum Park. The exhibit hosted by the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts (SDAAMFA) is free to the public and will be accessible daily from July 10-25. The opening celebration will be held this Saturday, July 10 at 11am.

In honor of the exhibit, we’ve partnered with SDAAMFA to provide hands-on art experiences on-site near the memorial. Join us in the park on July 17 and 24 from 1-4pm to reflect on the stories of the lives lost and make art. The free collaborative activities include creating a floral tribute and postcard message in remembrance of those honored in the memorial. (Featured in the photos are art tributes to Aiyana Stanley-Jones and Alfred Olango). 💐💌

Learn more about the art activities here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/event/say-their-names-memorial-collaborative-activities-museum-park/2021-07-17/

Learn more about the exhibit, rsvp to the opening ceremony, and learn their names here: https://www.sdaamfa.org/

#saytheirnamesmemorial #sdaamfa #memorial #exhibit #artmaking #Blacklivesmatter #sandiego

We’re close to welcoming our 2 millionth visitor since opening downtown in 2008! Visit us this week (Thursday or Friday)...
07/06/2021

We’re close to welcoming our 2 millionth visitor since opening downtown in 2008! Visit us this week (Thursday or Friday) and you could be our 2 millionth visitor and win a special Museum surprise package! 🎉

Plus, we no longer require advance reservations to visit. Tickets 🎟 can be purchased at the Museum or online here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

We’re close to welcoming our 2 millionth visitor since opening downtown in 2008! Visit us this week (Thursday or Friday) and you could be our 2 millionth visitor and win a special Museum surprise package! 🎉

Plus, we no longer require advance reservations to visit. Tickets 🎟 can be purchased at the Museum or online here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Starting today, we are no longer requiring advance reservations or tickets to visit the Museum! If you already made a re...
07/05/2021

Starting today, we are no longer requiring advance reservations or tickets to visit the Museum! If you already made a reservation or purchased tickets, we will honor those for the reserved date. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum or online for any day we are open.

Purchase tickets online, view our open hours + pricing, and plan your next visit to the Museum here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Starting today, we are no longer requiring advance reservations or tickets to visit the Museum! If you already made a reservation or purchased tickets, we will honor those for the reserved date. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum or online for any day we are open.

Purchase tickets online, view our open hours + pricing, and plan your next visit to the Museum here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Let’s make popsicles! This week’s Toddler Time at Home sponsored by First 5 San Diego features a simple, healthy and cre...
07/02/2021
Toddler Time at Home: Creamy Popsicles | The New Children's Museum

Let’s make popsicles! This week’s Toddler Time at Home sponsored by First 5 San Diego features a simple, healthy and creamy popsicle recipe that you can make with your little one. Plus, it’s a great activity for developing a little one’s senses and learning about healthy ingredients! Check out our blog and video tutorial:

For this week’s Toddler Time, we will be making creamy popsicles with our little ones at home!

During the pandemic closure, the Museum provided weekly virtual tutorials with lesson plans and art kits for pregnant an...
07/01/2021
Lindsay Community School Virtual Art Show

During the pandemic closure, the Museum provided weekly virtual tutorials with lesson plans and art kits for pregnant and parenting high school students of the Lindsay Community School, made possible by the California Arts Council. This 9-month-long program recently culminated in a virtual exhibition of the students' artwork. Watch the virtual art show and view the incredible artworks created!

Plus, access the lesson plans for teens here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/educator-resources/lesson-plans/

Friendly reminder: The Museum will be closed on 4th of July 🇺🇸 and open on July 5! And we’ll be open Thursdays starting ...
06/30/2021

Friendly reminder: The Museum will be closed on 4th of July 🇺🇸 and open on July 5! And we’ll be open Thursdays starting this week!

View the Museum calendar before visiting: https://thinkplaycreate.org/calendar/

Friendly reminder: The Museum will be closed on 4th of July 🇺🇸 and open on July 5! And we’ll be open Thursdays starting this week!

View the Museum calendar before visiting: https://thinkplaycreate.org/calendar/

Two new additions are coming soon! Starting July 1:⠀1. We’re opening access to Sketch Aquarium 🐟🦑🐡 on the lower level!⠀2...
06/28/2021

Two new additions are coming soon! Starting July 1:

1. We’re opening access to Sketch Aquarium 🐟🦑🐡 on the lower level!

2. And we’re adding another open day! We’ll be open 5 days/week, Thursday-Monday, 9am-12pm + 1-4pm.

Make sure to check our website at thinkplaycreate.org for open hours before visiting. (We’ll be closed July 4 🇺🇸).

Two new additions are coming soon! Starting July 1:

1. We’re opening access to Sketch Aquarium 🐟🦑🐡 on the lower level!

2. And we’re adding another open day! We’ll be open 5 days/week, Thursday-Monday, 9am-12pm + 1-4pm.

Make sure to check our website at thinkplaycreate.org for open hours before visiting. (We’ll be closed July 4 🇺🇸).

06/25/2021

We just reached 200 subscribers on our YouTube channel! 📺 🎉Thanks to those who’ve subscribed! Kids can watch 100+ creative videos on our channel, including DIY tutorials, design challenges and our All About Art series on our interactive installations like this one for Sketch Aquarium!

Subscribe and start watching: https://www.youtube.com/thenewcm

Explore music and movement with your little ones at this Friday’s Toddler Time sponsored by First 5 San Diego! Families ...
06/24/2021

Explore music and movement with your little ones at this Friday’s Toddler Time sponsored by First 5 San Diego! Families will sing, dance and play with instruments guided by staff. Join us at 10am and 11am at the Museum. Toddler Time is free with Museum admission!

View our Toddler Time programming and schedule here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/toddler-classes/toddler-time/

Explore music and movement with your little ones at this Friday’s Toddler Time sponsored by First 5 San Diego! Families will sing, dance and play with instruments guided by staff. Join us at 10am and 11am at the Museum. Toddler Time is free with Museum admission!

View our Toddler Time programming and schedule here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/toddler-classes/toddler-time/

It’s our last Creative Saturday at One Paseo in Del Mar on 6/26, 10am-2pm. Don’t forget to stop by our pop up on the tur...
06/23/2021

It’s our last Creative Saturday at One Paseo in Del Mar on 6/26, 10am-2pm. Don’t forget to stop by our pop up on the turf area below Sweetfin’s patio and pick up a free Recycled Rocket art kit! We’ll be back in the fall!

It’s our last Creative Saturday at One Paseo in Del Mar on 6/26, 10am-2pm. Don’t forget to stop by our pop up on the turf area below Sweetfin’s patio and pick up a free Recycled Rocket art kit! We’ll be back in the fall!

Be part of an original artwork! Next time you’re at the Museum, take part in our special pompom-making project! Make a p...
06/22/2021

Be part of an original artwork! Next time you’re at the Museum, take part in our special pompom-making project! Make a pompom to keep and one (or more!) to leave behind to be added to artist Katie Ruiz's colorful mural, Brian and the Bugs (pictured here). This activity is free with Museum admission to participate in!

Summer is officially here and ticket reservations are now open for July! 🎟 Reserve your tickets here: https://thinkplayc...
06/21/2021

Summer is officially here and ticket reservations are now open for July! 🎟 Reserve your tickets here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Plus, we’ll be adding another open day during the week! Starting July 1, we’ll be open 5 days/week, Thursday-Monday, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. More opportunities to think, play and create with us all summer long! ☀️

Summer is officially here and ticket reservations are now open for July! 🎟 Reserve your tickets here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Plus, we’ll be adding another open day during the week! Starting July 1, we’ll be open 5 days/week, Thursday-Monday, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. More opportunities to think, play and create with us all summer long! ☀️

In celebration of Juneteenth, check out this reading list for kids from The Conscious Kid!
06/19/2021

In celebration of Juneteenth, check out this reading list for kids from The Conscious Kid!

😷 Updated Museum Mask Policy 😷On June 15, Governor Newsom announced changes to the mask mandate in the state of Californ...
06/17/2021

😷 Updated Museum Mask Policy 😷
On June 15, Governor Newsom announced changes to the mask mandate in the state of California. Upon review of the new requirements we have made changes to our mask policy - effective Friday June 18.

The Museum will no longer require masks in our outdoor spaces for fully vaccinated guests. While proof of vaccination is not required, we strongly encourage unvaccinated guests to continue to wear a mask. Museum outdoor spaces include Island Avenue, the Museum Park, our café outdoor seating areas, our Paint + Clay Patio and The Wonder Sound Garden upper patio.

We will continue to enforce our mask-wearing policy indoors for all guests ages 2+ due to the health and safety of children under the age of 12 who can’t be vaccinated yet. As an extra precaution, our staff will continue to be masked both indoors and outdoors.

Read our full Safer Play Policy: https://thinkplaycreate.org/safer-play-policy/

😷 Updated Museum Mask Policy 😷
On June 15, Governor Newsom announced changes to the mask mandate in the state of California. Upon review of the new requirements we have made changes to our mask policy - effective Friday June 18.

The Museum will no longer require masks in our outdoor spaces for fully vaccinated guests. While proof of vaccination is not required, we strongly encourage unvaccinated guests to continue to wear a mask. Museum outdoor spaces include Island Avenue, the Museum Park, our café outdoor seating areas, our Paint + Clay Patio and The Wonder Sound Garden upper patio.

We will continue to enforce our mask-wearing policy indoors for all guests ages 2+ due to the health and safety of children under the age of 12 who can’t be vaccinated yet. As an extra precaution, our staff will continue to be masked both indoors and outdoors.

Read our full Safer Play Policy: https://thinkplaycreate.org/safer-play-policy/

3…2…1…BLAST OFF! 🚀 Join us this Creative Saturday at One Paseo, 6/19 from 10am-2pm, and learn how to make Recycled Rocke...
06/16/2021

3…2…1…BLAST OFF! 🚀 Join us this Creative Saturday at One Paseo, 6/19 from 10am-2pm, and learn how to make Recycled Rockets with the kids! You’ll get a free art kit to make a unique Father’s Day gift! We’ll be on the turf area below Sweetfin’s patio.

3…2…1…BLAST OFF! 🚀 Join us this Creative Saturday at One Paseo, 6/19 from 10am-2pm, and learn how to make Recycled Rockets with the kids! You’ll get a free art kit to make a unique Father’s Day gift! We’ll be on the turf area below Sweetfin’s patio.

Make your own "corny" robot-themed gift with the kids for dad this Father's Day! DIY tutorial is on our blog:
06/15/2021
DIY: Papa Corn Robot | The New Children's Museum

Make your own "corny" robot-themed gift with the kids for dad this Father's Day! DIY tutorial is on our blog:

Learn how to make a robot tin can out of found materials and fill it up with chocolate-covered popcorn as a creative Father’s Day gift!

06/11/2021

Friendly reminder that we're closing an hour early at 3pm this Saturday, 6/12! Check out our calendar for closures, special events and programming: https://thinkplaycreate.org/calendar/

This Friday’s in-person Toddler Time will be a hands-on art-making activity! Join us in the Museum Park at the Tree for ...
06/10/2021

This Friday’s in-person Toddler Time will be a hands-on art-making activity! Join us in the Museum Park at the Tree for Littles to get creative with your little ones. There will be two sessions at 10am and 11am, and it’s free with admission (sign-up when you arrive).

View our new Toddler Time schedule: https://thinkplaycreate.org/learn/toddler-classes/toddler-time/

Creative Saturdays at One Paseo are back in June! Families can pick up a free art kit and participate in a pop-up art ac...
06/09/2021

Creative Saturdays at One Paseo are back in June! Families can pick up a free art kit and participate in a pop-up art activity guided by Museum staff on 6/12, 6/19 and 6/26 from 10am-2pm on the turf area below Sweetfin’s patio (look for the pink umbrella).

This Saturday we’re making Recycled Rockets to blast us off into summer! Get your kit and create with us!

Creative Saturdays at One Paseo are back in June! Families can pick up a free art kit and participate in a pop-up art activity guided by Museum staff on 6/12, 6/19 and 6/26 from 10am-2pm on the turf area below Sweetfin’s patio (look for the pink umbrella).

This Saturday we’re making Recycled Rockets to blast us off into summer! Get your kit and create with us!

Hugs 4 the ❤️! Create a message of self care and love, and use a plastic bag to create prints in this Mind Heart Poster ...
06/08/2021

Hugs 4 the ❤️! Create a message of self care and love, and use a plastic bag to create prints in this Mind Heart Poster art project. Download the lesson plan and watch the tutorial with your kids to try at home:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Mind-Heart-Poster-Lesson-Plan.pdf

Hugs 4 the ❤️! Create a message of self care and love, and use a plastic bag to create prints in this Mind Heart Poster art project. Download the lesson plan and watch the tutorial with your kids to try at home:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Mind-Heart-Poster-Lesson-Plan.pdf

We’ve added more reservation dates in June! Reserve your tickets through June 28 before they sail away in a 🍉⛵️(aka sell...
06/07/2021

We’ve added more reservation dates in June! Reserve your tickets through June 28 before they sail away in a 🍉⛵️(aka sell out)!

We’re open Friday-Monday with reservable morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1-4pm) play sessions.

Reserve tickets here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

We’ve added more reservation dates in June! Reserve your tickets through June 28 before they sail away in a 🍉⛵️(aka sell out)!

We’re open Friday-Monday with reservable morning (9am-12pm) and afternoon (1-4pm) play sessions.

Reserve tickets here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Learn how to make chalk paint with your little ones! This simple art activity is perfect for summer and teaching toddler...
06/04/2021
Toddler Time at Home: Chalk Painting | The New Children's Museum

Learn how to make chalk paint with your little ones! This simple art activity is perfect for summer and teaching toddlers about mixing colors. Tune in to this week's Toddler Time at Home on our blog.

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

Starting this month, we’re increasing capacity and opening our Upper Level! That means play access to more art installat...
06/01/2021

Starting this month, we’re increasing capacity and opening our Upper Level! That means play access to more art installations, including Whammock!, tikitiko, The Rain House, The Wonder Sound and the new garden space! Plus, we’ll be open one more day on Mondays.

See our new open days + hours for June and reserve tickets up to June 14 on our website: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Starting this month, we’re increasing capacity and opening our Upper Level! That means play access to more art installations, including Whammock!, tikitiko, The Rain House, The Wonder Sound and the new garden space! Plus, we’ll be open one more day on Mondays.

See our new open days + hours for June and reserve tickets up to June 14 on our website: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

We’re ready for the long weekend!☀️ Explore all of our outdoor activities in the Museum Park, including mini cars, chari...
05/28/2021

We’re ready for the long weekend!☀️ Explore all of our outdoor activities in the Museum Park, including mini cars, chariot jousting, water painting, blocks, a maze and more! Plus, access all the interactive installations and art-making activities inside on the Museum’s main level.

We’re open Memorial Day, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. And adding Mondays to our open days! Remember to reserve your ticket in advance: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

We’re ready for the long weekend!☀️ Explore all of our outdoor activities in the Museum Park, including mini cars, chariot jousting, water painting, blocks, a maze and more! Plus, access all the interactive installations and art-making activities inside on the Museum’s main level.

We’re open Memorial Day, 9am-12pm and 1-4pm. And adding Mondays to our open days! Remember to reserve your ticket in advance: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

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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.

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

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Monday 09:00 - 12:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 12:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 12:00
Saturday 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00
Sunday 09:00 - 12:00

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(619) 233-8792

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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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