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 reopening to the public on May 21 with early access for members starting May 7! Learn more about the Museum’s reopening days, hours, pricing, ticket reservations and safety policies here.
In the meantime, we continue to provide 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 our Think Play Create From Home resources here.
VIRTUAL SCHOOL VISITS
Classroom grades 1-5 can now visit the Museum virtually! Through our Virtual School Visit classroom kits, educators and students will enjoy a 2-hour interactive, unique and fun online tour experience of the Museum’s art installations and studio spaces featuring standards-based art activities during the 2020/2021 school year. Learn more and register 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 2021 on the Museum’s Lower Level, pending local and state guidelines for the Museum’s safe reopening.
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.
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.
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
Public reopening on May 21!
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200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA