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The New Children's Museum

Address: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 233 8792
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$80*
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Ranked #95 of 216 Attractions in San Diego
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose...
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Attraction details
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.
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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We took our granddaughter ( just turning 2) and she loved it! Lots of interactive activities ideally suited for children 2-6. Finger painting, clay modeling, bubble blowing, an inflatable to jump in, an area called Wobbleland for play, the Rainhouse, the food market/truck area are just some of the exhibits or activities. Great volunteers assist kids with art projects. There... More 

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London
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54 reviews 54 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

lots of different things for children to do and explore. our 3 year old liked it so much she insisted we had a second visit. (we didn't go the 3rd time as requested)

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Interactive, allow several hours to visit. Geared to the younger crowd but interesting to all ages. The photo is of a car that is painted by the guests...it is kind of a rite of passage for children in San Diego to have participated. Don't forget the playground next to the trolley tracks...that is free and fun too.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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116 reviews 116 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This is a completely hands-on experience for children. Our grandchildren loved all the activities they had laid out for them - art, science, reading, and many other things.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is definitely a must do if in town with young children! Our 2 yr old had such a great time here. Fully interactive and will keep your little one busy from start to finish. If we had more time, we would have definitely explored all of the other activities that were available. Well worth the visit!

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Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The perfect spot for Children to play and learn or a special event. The events coordinator does a wonderful job! Her niece married my son and we had the wedding and reception in this museum. Everything was well done and very nice. There was plenty of room to dance. There were quit a few children present and they had a... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was the first activity that my 2 years old daughter love from end to end in our San Diego trip. She enjoyed painting, playing with clay, the music kitchen, the bubbles, the books, everything. Though I park on the street, there is a small sign of a parking lot (from a hotel) that you can use for 10 dollars.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I made the mistake of thinking this was the "discovery museum". This place charges $10 for children and adults. I took my 5yr old and 2 yr old. Even though there are three floors to the building, there was not a lot to do for the kids. We only stayed a short time, and I felt like it was money... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I brought my 6 year old there, most of the activities were for younger children but she still had fun. I thought the price was good compared to other things we've done.

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Couple in Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This children's museum is a bit on the small side but they have paint a farm where you pain farm equipment, clay art, and bouncy house, interactive sound play scape, bubble area and real live chickens the kids can pet. The rest was not that interesting to my 4 year old daughter.

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