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

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Ticket reservations are now open for our May 21 public reopening and beyond!🎟🎉 Reservations are first-come, first-serve,...
04/30/2021

Ticket reservations are now open for our May 21 public reopening and beyond!🎟🎉 Reservations are first-come, first-serve, and can be made for the following dates: 5/21-5/23 and 5/28-5/31.

Reserve your tickets in advance and learn more about our new reopening days, hours and safety guidelines here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Ticket reservations are now open for our May 21 public reopening and beyond!🎟🎉 Reservations are first-come, first-serve, and can be made for the following dates: 5/21-5/23 and 5/28-5/31.

Reserve your tickets in advance and learn more about our new reopening days, hours and safety guidelines here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Design and create your own marble maze game inspired by the earth! This week’s STEAM Challenge for Earth Month in partne...
04/29/2021
STEAM Challenge: Earth-Inspired Marble Maze | The New Children's Museum

Design and create your own marble maze game inspired by the earth! This week’s STEAM Challenge for Earth Month in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric challenges kids in grades 3-6 to make a working marble maze game while learning about natural landforms and the forces of gravity. View the challenge on our blog and try it at home!

In our Celebrating Our Planet STEAM Challenge series, we challenge you design a marble maze game inspired by the earth!

We’re very excited for artist Wes Bruce's return to the Museum next month to work on a new garden expansion for The Wond...
04/28/2021

We’re very excited for artist Wes Bruce's return to the Museum next month to work on a new garden expansion for The Wonder Sound! The garden will be an outdoor healing space for families to rediscover what it means to “gather” during this time. Hear directly from Wes about this exciting garden extension and how he’s responding to a changing world with his work at our next virtual Artist Talk!

Register: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks/

We’re very excited for artist Wes Bruce's return to the Museum next month to work on a new garden expansion for The Wonder Sound! The garden will be an outdoor healing space for families to rediscover what it means to “gather” during this time. Hear directly from Wes about this exciting garden extension and how he’s responding to a changing world with his work at our next virtual Artist Talk!

Register: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks/

Artist Panca has started to paint the walls for our new installation, El Más Allá, coming this July 2021! The 40-foot tu...
04/28/2021

Artist Panca has started to paint the walls for our new installation, El Más Allá, coming this July 2021! The 40-foot tube slide has been installed too! We can't wait to see the finished installation! Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes previews as we capture Panca's painting process and bring this installation to life!

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

We’re bringing back an old installation favorite, Missing Link by Felipe Dulzaides, or as visitors have fondly called it...
04/27/2021

We’re bringing back an old installation favorite, Missing Link by Felipe Dulzaides, or as visitors have fondly called it “the giant 🌈 jumpy!” Get excited to bounce away in this 30-foot inflatable rainbow tunnel when we reopen (5/7 for members only, 5/21 for public).

Ticket reservations for the public go live this Friday, 4/30! Stay tuned! (Members, don’t forget to make your reservations at any time.) More reopening details can be found here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

We’re bringing back an old installation favorite, Missing Link by Felipe Dulzaides, or as visitors have fondly called it “the giant 🌈 jumpy!” Get excited to bounce away in this 30-foot inflatable rainbow tunnel when we reopen (5/7 for members only, 5/21 for public).

Ticket reservations for the public go live this Friday, 4/30! Stay tuned! (Members, don’t forget to make your reservations at any time.) More reopening details can be found here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Happy 🌎 Day! Celebrate our planet with art activities that teach little ones how to care for the earth and build sustain...
04/22/2021

Happy 🌎 Day! Celebrate our planet with art activities that teach little ones how to care for the earth and build sustainable habits!

Make an Earth Energy Painting (tune in to our Toddler Time at Home video series tomorrow for the full tutorial), or create a Geo Garden drawing out of Lego shapes, part of our San Diego Gas & Electric STEAM Challenge series. Check out both projects on our blog: https://thinkplaycreate.org/about/blog/

#thinkplaycreatefromhome #EarthDay #EarthMonth #STEAM #art #sustainability

We're thrilled to be nominated as a contender for best children's museum in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel awar...
04/20/2021
Vote- Best Children's Museum Nominees: 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards

We're thrilled to be nominated as a contender for best children's museum in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel awards! Help us make the list by voting! Voting closes May 10 and you can vote each day of the contest.

Voting for the Best Children's Museum is open! Cast your vote daily to help pick the 2021 10Best Readers' Choice Award for Best Children's Museum.

April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California! Learn how you can become an arts advocate during arts advocac...
04/19/2021

April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month in California! Learn how you can become an arts advocate during arts advocacy week: https://www.californiansforthearts.org/
#ACCM2021

Become part of our statewide movement and join the thousands of supporters who have taken the “Support the Arts” in California pledge.

The month of April is a time to celebrate, recognize and advocate for the significant impact the arts and artists make in California.

Make the leap from arts supporter to arts activist and commit to arts advocacy.

https://www.votervoice.net/CAARTS/Events/6298/Register

This ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home Rainsticks project is the perfect sensory a...
04/16/2021
Toddler Time at Home: Rainsticks | The New Children's Museum

This ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home Rainsticks project is the perfect sensory activity for your little one! Learn how to make rainsticks out of simple home materials on our blog!

Learn how to make rainsticks and explore music-making activities with your little one in this ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time at Home activity!

Recycle a plastic bag by turning it into an artistic weaving! This week’s STEAM Challenge for Earth Month in partnership...
04/15/2021
STEAM Challenge: Plarn Weaving | The New Children's Museum

Recycle a plastic bag by turning it into an artistic weaving! This week’s STEAM Challenge for Earth Month in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric explores transforming a plastic bag into plarn (plastic yarn) and learning how to weave with it for grades 3-6!

View the challenge with video tutorial and a standards-based lesson plan on our blog: https://thinkplaycreate.org/blog/steam-challenge-plarn-weaving/

In our Celebrating the Earth STEAM Challenge series, we challenge you to upcycle plastic waste into art and make a plarn weaving!

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities, we're thrilled to have been awarded a $58,425 grant that will fully...
04/14/2021
NEH Announces $24 Million for 225 Humanities Projects Nationwide

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities, we're thrilled to have been awarded a $58,425 grant that will fully fund the Museum's Earth(s)eed Archive exhibition planned for 2023!

The Earth(s)eed Archive will be the first children’s-focused exhibition on the life/work of American science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler. Butler was the first Black woman to win widespread recognition in the Sci-Fi genre and among the first artists of any genre to include climate research in her output. Through her work, this exhibit proposes the need for diverse writers, poets and other artists to consider current science and help us create stories of alternative futures that are more fair, just and hopeful.

Press Release NEH Announces $24 Million for 225 Humanities Projects Nationwide Grant awards support the preservation of historic collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, scholarly research, and curriculum projects. TwitterFacebook (April 14, 2021) WASHINGTON, D.C.— The National Endow...

Don't forget to register for our second Artist Talk with theatre designer David Israel Reynoso tomorrow, 4/14 at 6pm PST...
04/13/2021

Don't forget to register for our second Artist Talk with theatre designer David Israel Reynoso tomorrow, 4/14 at 6pm PST on Zoom! Get a sneak preview of his theatre installation plans at the Museum for later this year! Register here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks/

Don't forget to register for our second Artist Talk with theatre designer David Israel Reynoso tomorrow, 4/14 at 6pm PST on Zoom! Get a sneak preview of his theatre installation plans at the Museum for later this year! Register here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks/

Introducing our new STEAM Challenge series in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric! Throughout April and in celebra...
04/09/2021

Introducing our new STEAM Challenge series in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric! Throughout April and in celebration of Earth Month 🌎 kids can explore our STEAM challenges and learn about the natural world while using reusable art materials.

This week we challenge kids in grades K-2 to design their own bug and create a zip line to make it fly! 🐝🪰🪲

View the challenge with video tutorial and a standards-based lesson plan here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/blog/steam-challenge-bug-build/

#STEAM #STEAMchallenge #EarthMonth #thinkplaycreate #DIYforkids #sustainability

04/07/2021
We're Reopening!

Have you heard?👂We’re reopening! 🎉 Our public opening is May 21, with early access for members starting May 7!

Our phased reopening starts with access to our Main Level and our new outdoor experience in the Museum Park. For the month of May, we’ll be open three days a week on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with two reservable sessions each day (morning 9am-12pm and afternoon 1-4pm).

Reservations will be required and will open for members on April 16 and for the public on April 30. We are so excited to welcome families back to the Museum!

Get more info on our reopening here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/

Play with color and light at this week’s Creative Saturday at One Paseo! Pick up our Color + Light Catcher kit to make a...
04/07/2021

Play with color and light at this week’s Creative Saturday at One Paseo! Pick up our Color + Light Catcher kit to make a mini window mural that reflects light and participate in an art activity at our pop-up in One Paseo on April 10 from 10am-2pm. 🌈✨
#thinkplaycreate #artkitforkids #windowmural #creativesaturdays

Happy Easter from Museum mascots Art and Play! Help them find all the hidden Easter eggs in our newest printable colorin...
04/04/2021

Happy Easter from Museum mascots Art and Play! Help them find all the hidden Easter eggs in our newest printable coloring page! Download the PDF here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Easter-Coloring-Page.pdf

Happy Easter from Museum mascots Art and Play! Help them find all the hidden Easter eggs in our newest printable coloring page! Download the PDF here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Easter-Coloring-Page.pdf

What if a children’s museum could be seen as one never-ending playable show? Our next virtual Artist Talk with theatre d...
04/01/2021

What if a children’s museum could be seen as one never-ending playable show? Our next virtual Artist Talk with theatre designer David Israel Reynoso and Museum Director of Exhibitions Megan Dickerson explore this idea as they reimagine playability in the Museum. Join us for a discussion of alternative theatre play, play in a post-COVID-19 world and plans for Reynoso’s immersive theatre installation, due to open at the Museum in late 2021!

Learn more and register here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks/

What if a children’s museum could be seen as one never-ending playable show? Our next virtual Artist Talk with theatre designer David Israel Reynoso and Museum Director of Exhibitions Megan Dickerson explore this idea as they reimagine playability in the Museum. Join us for a discussion of alternative theatre play, play in a post-COVID-19 world and plans for Reynoso’s immersive theatre installation, due to open at the Museum in late 2021!

Learn more and register here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/explore/artist-talks/

For this week’s Creative Saturday at One Paseo, we’re making Plastic Bag Prints! Pick up a free art kit and learn how to...
04/01/2021

For this week’s Creative Saturday at One Paseo, we’re making Plastic Bag Prints! Pick up a free art kit and learn how to make Easter-themed prints using a Ziploc bag on April 3 from 10am-2pm at our pop-up in One Paseo.
#creativesaturdays #onepaseo #artmaking #artkitsforkids

Educators, have you explored our Virtual School Visit Kits yet? Each classroom set includes 30 art kits with art materia...
03/30/2021

Educators, have you explored our Virtual School Visit Kits yet? Each classroom set includes 30 art kits with art materials, a standards-based activity booklet and a guided video tour of the Museum’s art installations like Whammock!, The Wonder Sound and Sketch Aquarium (all pictured here)!

Kits are available for purchase for non-Title 1 schools in April and May! Thanks to support from California Arts Council, kits are free for Title 1 schools with a last call for registrations in May only. Register to get your classroom set of kits here: https://thinkplaycreate.org/visit/school-visits/

The New Children’s Museum and IBEW Local 465 has reached an agreement on a union contract, making the Museum the first o...
03/29/2021

The New Children’s Museum and IBEW Local 465 has reached an agreement on a union contract, making the Museum the first of San Diego’s 45 museums to unionize. We look forward to when we reopen (date coming soon!) and the opportunity for our passionate workers to interact and make connections with the children and families who come through our doors. Read the press release to learn more:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/3.29.21-NCM-Union-Contract-Announcement.pdf

Enjoy an engaging story time with our partner Words Alive in this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings P...
03/26/2021
Toddler Time At Home: Story Time with Words Alive | Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

Enjoy an engaging story time with our partner Words Alive in this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home! Your little one will learn about different insects in this virtual reading of “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” by Bob Barner. #thinkplaycreatefromhome #toddlertime #toddlers

Thank you to Chronicle Books for their permission to share the book by video.

Enjoy an engaging story time with our partner Words Alive in this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings P...
03/26/2021
Toddler Time At Home: Story Time with Words Alive | Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

Enjoy an engaging story time with our partner Words Alive in this week’s ScholarShare California's 529 College Savings Plan Toddler Time at Home! Your little one will learn about different insects in this virtual reading of “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” by Bob Barner. #thinkplaycreatefromhome #toddlertime #toddlers

Thank you to Chronicle Books for their permission to share the book by video.

Join us for Creative Saturdays at One Paseo! Families can pick up a free art-making kit and participate in a pop-up art ...
03/24/2021

Join us for Creative Saturdays at One Paseo! Families can pick up a free art-making kit and participate in a pop-up art activity guided by Museum staff on 3/27, 4/3 and 4/10 from 10am-2pm at the One Paseo shopping center. This Saturday, we’re making colorful Coffee Filter Butterflies 🦋 to welcome Spring! Get your kit and create with us!
#creativesaturdays #onepaseo #artmaking #newchildrensmuseum #artkits #spring

Join us for Creative Saturdays at One Paseo! Families can pick up a free art-making kit and participate in a pop-up art activity guided by Museum staff on 3/27, 4/3 and 4/10 from 10am-2pm at the One Paseo shopping center. This Saturday, we’re making colorful Coffee Filter Butterflies 🦋 to welcome Spring! Get your kit and create with us!
#creativesaturdays #onepaseo #artmaking #newchildrensmuseum #artkits #spring

This week’s DIY project, Deep, is inspired by a quote from writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde in her book, “Po...
03/23/2021

This week’s DIY project, Deep, is inspired by a quote from writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde in her book, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury.” Reflecting on the quote (read below), utilize various mediums to create a personal and visual representation of “deep” and what it means to you in the context of the quote. Originally designed for high school students attending the Lindsay Community School made possible by California Arts Council, this project is great for teens and adults to reflect and make art! View the tutorial here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Deep-Lesson-Plan.pdf

“These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through that darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling.” - Audre Lorde

#thinkplaycreatefromhome #DIY #teens #audrelorde

This week’s DIY project, Deep, is inspired by a quote from writer and civil rights activist Audre Lorde in her book, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury.” Reflecting on the quote (read below), utilize various mediums to create a personal and visual representation of “deep” and what it means to you in the context of the quote. Originally designed for high school students attending the Lindsay Community School made possible by California Arts Council, this project is great for teens and adults to reflect and make art! View the tutorial here:https://thinkplaycreate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Deep-Lesson-Plan.pdf

“These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through that darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling.” - Audre Lorde

#thinkplaycreatefromhome #DIY #teens #audrelorde

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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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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
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