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Address: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 233 8792
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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
Description: The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose...
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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cool space but ok museum

the jungle gym on the first floor was pretty cool. my son had fun in the bouncy house and building with sticks. He didn't want to do the bubbles, paint, or do any of the crafts so... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Santa Monica, CA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
42 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

the jungle gym on the first floor was pretty cool. my son had fun in the bouncy house and building with sticks. He didn't want to do the bubbles, paint, or do any of the crafts so for $36 for 3 people, we could have done something else.

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Wyoming
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Our 3 and 1 year old had a blast here. Lots of attractions and a very friendly staff. The food is terrible though! Bring a lunch or leave to get food. I would not go with kids over the age of 5 though, it is geared towards the younger kids.

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Toronto
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We found the museum to be a lot of fun and highly we recommend it. We have 2 kids ages 1 and 7 and they both had a great time. You only need about 2 hours in this place but it is a really fun stress free time.

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California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I must admit it is a fun place for every todler, though spme things should be better taken care of. Like the wooden blocks table where everybody is trying to buil the worlds tallest tower. And then they leave it there. And then, like it happened to us, that lonely tower falls over missing your one- and- a- half- year-old... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It's an ok museum. We've been to many a children's museum, and this one is not up there. My kids are 5 and 7. It's definitely more so for the preschool and younger set. It kept the kids entertained enough, but more so out of a well-we're-here-so-we-might-as-well-do-this-stuff. I should say that when they were younger, they enjoyed it more. I... More 

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San Diego, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
22 helpful votes 22 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
29 helpful votes 29 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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