The New Children’s Museum empowers children to think, play and create through interactive installations, engaging art-making activities and in-depth educational opportunities. The Museum inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art. Including a cafe, abundant seating, quiet space for parents and infants and an outdoor park, the Museum provides a comfortable and engaging environment for the entire family to enjoy together. Up to Hours and Events Here.
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Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
El Más Allá
El Más Allá is a colorful, immersive environment with 20-foot murals, climbable geometric structures, giant foam blocks and a 40-foot slide transporting visitors to a world that is beyond our imagination!
Play outside with colorfully woven and life-size spinning tops in the Museum Park!
Discover an expansive backstage world in this immersive theatre installation! Teatro Piñata is a magical traveling caravan theatre with a secret ticket booth tunnel, costume-filled crate boxes, dressing rooms, a shadow puppet theatre and a stage for impromptu performances.
Tot Studio has transformed into tikitiko! tikitiko is a sensory wonderland for toddlers (3 years and under) and their caregivers to make meaningful connections around abstract forms covered in colorful, soft and furry textiles. Build empathy by brushing furry beings. Care for huggable forms. Cuddle in a nook with seasonal sensory objects. While you do, meet other caregivers and share the journey of childrearing with each other.
The Rain House
The Rain House has been a signature piece welcoming visitors since the Museum opened in 2008. The walls are covered in the artist’s paintings and text that emphasize the freedom of birds to travel across cultural and national boundaries, while the roof is rained upon by real water. Children can read books, build forts and listen to the soothing sound of raindrops in this house as if it were a rainy play day.
The Wonder Sound
Drawing influence from tree houses, empowered neighborhoods, canyons at night, sacred plants, silhouetted mountain ranges in the distance, animals that have never been seen, original stories, forgotten histories, whispered languages, ancient footpaths, imaginary places and the human condition, The Wonder Sound is an entirely new and complex culture that blends fact and fiction, the tangible and the ephemeral. It is a work of art that you physically enter into and discover.
Whammock! will raise you to new heights! This interactive, three-dimensional textile environment resembles a giant hammock of colorful crocheted circles, open pockets and dangling pendulums. Whammock! is located on the Museum’s Upper Level, where children (and adults) can climb, swing, crawl or simply choose to pause in the cradle of its embrace.
An installation that resembles a giant kitchen sink filled with over-sized soft food sculptures! Infants and toddlers (4 and under) have exclusive reign in Wobbleland, where they can make creative discoveries: explore an avocado teeter totter, play with slices of a giant tomato, crawl through a cheese wedge, and so much more. Each sculpture presents challenges such as stacking, spinning, sorting and rocking and invites its young audience to explore.
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200 West Island Avenue
San Diego , CA 92101
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200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA