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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NEW 2020 HOURS
We’ve extended our hours and now open 7 days a week! More info on thinkplaycreate.org.
Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Our new installation 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.
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.
This immersive, interactive room is filled with 40+ mattresses and over 160 “pillow” tires for children (and grown ups) to play, crawl, jump and bounce around in. The installation features two sections: the larger gallery is for children age 5+ and the smaller gallery directly outside is specifically designed for our littlest wobblers and toddlers.
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.
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.
Children can observe the power of their creative imagination through Sketch Aquarium. Paper and art making materials offer opportunities to design and color a sea creature. Once completed, the piece of paper is scanned, and the image is projected onto a giant virtual aquarium. Children may also touch the fish to see them swim away, or touch the virtual food bag to feed the fish.
At first glance, the twisting tracks in Desert Derby look like freeways. Take a closer look, and you will see a dam: a structure that stops a river’s flow. This installation is a landscape of reservoirs and roads inspired by Southern California’s true nature as an engineered phenomenon in the desert.
Explore this four-story house featuring California architectural styles from different time periods and locales throughout the golden state. Each level shows a different piece of California history and celebrates life, family, innovation, and resourcefulness.
Click here to see a full list of our current art installations and exhibitions.
Visit The New Children’s Museum
200 West Island Avenue
San Diego , CA 92101
Members Only Time Sunday: 9-11am
Please check The New Children's Museum's website for early or special closures before visiting.
200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA