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Address: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 233 8792
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission...

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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Not a museum, but lots of fun!

I took my 9 year old to the New Children's Museum, meeting up with a friend and her two children. There are three levels of play area, including a section with a cafe and outdoor... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
TheJCrew22
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Mather, California

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Mather, California
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I took my 9 year old to the New Children's Museum, meeting up with a friend and her two children. There are three levels of play area, including a section with a cafe and outdoor play areas. All three kids had a BLAST - there is a bubble play area, dress up, reading nook (hidden under the stairs), clay area,... More 

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Thank TheJCrew22
Los Angeles, CA
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42 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go early since it gets crowded. But worth the $12 admission for kids 3yo +. So much to do from painting, sand box, jungle gym, etc.

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Thank oahuinjuly
Eldora, Iowa
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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my 4-year old for an afternoon. It wasn't as much a museum as just a large playground. There was a an area with books to read, a large "tree house" with several levels to climb, a pottery area, a bubbles area, etc. It kept her occupied, but it was not the learning experience I expected from a "museum"... More 

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Thank HappyGrannie2011
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter is 9 and she still enjoyed though not a lot of stuff for her to do here. More for the younger ones that is why I rated this VG (for the youngsters)...she liked the clay area..other than that not really much for older kids..

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Thank HunnieBunch
McFarland, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 5 year old twin grandkids had a good time, but I expected more. There were a number of organized events, like painting, make a tower, but if you were not there before it started, you missed out. It needs more creativity and independent activities. It appears to be aimed for 3-5 year olds, only.

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Thank Bonnie A
Columbus, Ohio
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We took my 17 months old son there thinking it is mostly for older children but he had a blast. Multi level and multi rooms place with indoor and outdoor areas and many option that suits wide range of age groups and interests. It is organized and well kept. We will surely visited again when in town.

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Thank Jay R
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

I took my almost two year old son there on a dollar Sunday and I am glad I did because for kids under 3 it is not worth the regular admission price. There are only a few things for his age so if you have a young one go on the target Sunday which is the 2nd Sunday of the... More 

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Thank Stephanie C
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

This was a fantastic option for young families when looking for something to do on the few and far between wet days in San Diego. Our children are 3 and 18mths and it was perfect for them and for us all to interact together being creative. Looks like they are still building the place so interested to see how it... More 

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Thank Kate B
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

There are several exhibits (enough to keep smaller kids entertained for hours) that change throughout the year. Our favorites are the clay station and paper making. The cost is a bit excessive for what you get. I think the location is the cause for cost increase. If you are military, you get in free!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Love it, I went with 3 year olds and it was great. They always know how to keep young minds busy having fun. Painting, sand box, making paper and more. You really do have to watch your toddlers because there are a lot of places for them to quickly be out of sight even they are not trying to hide.... More 

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