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The New Children's Museum

200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
619 233 8792
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As featured in San Diego for young kids
Ranked #128 of 225 attractions in San Diego
Type: Children's Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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... more » 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. « less
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
6 helpful votes 6 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We had a few hours to kill and went here with our children (1 and 4 years old). It turned out perfect for them. There was not a lot to do and in 2 hours we were finished and content. There are art stations and neat areas where kids can build objects out of clay. They have a nice play... More

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Riverside, CA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
56 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

It is difficult to write a review for this place as it is geared towards children under 4. I was bored to death, but my little daughter was having a great time and it was difficult to get her to leave. It is pricey, but a very good way to kill 2 hours. Be sure to visit the playground and... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

For a rainy day, this was great for 2 and 4 year old grandkids to run around for about 1-2 hours. Crowded on the day we went but still really imaginative and fun. Parking was difficult. Pricey but that was expected. Not for older kids as they'd be bored. i liked better than some of reviews very convenient

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Seattle, Washington
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Maybe it was because the outdoor space was closed for the rain or maybe it was because there was a school field trip but this is not a museum I was take my kids to again. It just did not hold their interest (they are 5 and 2). There are so many other great things to do in San Diego... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Second time we tried this place. We were hoping it had improved since opening in 2008. If anyone went to the old La Jolla childrens museum, or Carlsbad or even tiny little Oakhurst near Yosemite, you will be disappointed in this attempt. To much artsy, not enough fun. We went with boys 2, 4, and 10. Nothing for the 10... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We have visited the SD Children's Museum twice now on trips to San Diego. My two boys--aged 4 and 6--enjoy it and it's a good way to keep them busy for a few hours. To make it into a bigger adventure, you can take the Amtrack train to Santa Fe station and then transfer to the red trolley to get... More

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