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.
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The New Children’s Museum is now open! The Museum is reopening in phases, starting with access to art installations on its Main Level and new outdoor experience in the Museum Park. Learn more about the Museum’s reopening days, hours, pricing, ticket reservations and safety policies here.
The New Children’s Museum also provides a wide range of FREE creative online resources for kids at home, such as coloring pages, DIY projects, interactive videos, lesson plans and more! Access their Think Play Create From Home resources here.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Inspired and informed by current events, El Más Allá will be a colorful, immersive environment with 20-foot murals, climbable pod structures and a 40-foot slide transporting visitors to a world that is beyond what we currently know. The installation is slated to open in July 2021 on the Museum’s Lower Level.
Walk, jump, bounce or roll through a 30-foot inflatable rainbow-striped tunnel! Bringing back a visitor favorite, this installation is also known as the “rainbow jumpy” and explores the concept of “missing links” in human and animal evolution.
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 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.
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.
A gigantic kitchen sink! The artist has created an area that resembles a giant kitchen sink and filled it 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. Toddlers use play to understand the world around them and develop important skills as they interact with each food sculpture.
Click here to see a full list of our current art installations and exhibitions.
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200 West Island Avenue
San Diego , CA 92101
Friday-Monday: 9am-12pm; 1-4pm
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200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA