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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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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

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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Great for younger children

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 8, 2015

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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 

Thank Kate B
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

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!

Thank Pioneerandexplore
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3 reviews
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 

Thank Lina102
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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84 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I attended a wedding in The New Children's Museum. It's a very nice space. It's very open with lots of amazing details (rope jungle gym, recycled Styrofoam packaging light fixtures, paint stations). The wedding happened to be in March during an unusual heat wave. The museum either does not have air conditioning at all or they had decided not to... More 

Thank Mattison P
Vancouver, Canada
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24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Visited with a 2 year old and as a parent I thought the installations were cool but my child didn't get much out of it (compared to a play gym or something like that). Would have liked to see a pretend store or something like that. $14 per person is a lot of money too. Perhaps better for an older... More 

Thank biztraveller25
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

My grand kids had been asking to go here and since we were trying to come up with activities for a week long stay-cation that wouldn't break the bank account, this was on the list. Although it is only $12 a person, age 2 and above, I found that to be a bit too high for a 3 year old... More 

3 Thank louiel00
Los Angeles, California
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239 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

First time visit and delighted with what we found. Our grandchild had fun exploring and playing at all the different areas. Her favorite was the bubble area. We are members of Kidspace in Pasadena and received half off our admission.

1 Thank Konstandena
Wynantskill, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Within walking distance of the con, this was a nice location for Nerd HQ this year. Still a bit ended up being crowded. Video games and celebrity panels (tickets disappear fast). Certainly a nice distraction. Would love to see a larger local for Zachary Levi's events. Will come again.

Thank SqueakFro
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58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Pros: Good pricing, great location, much to see & do, relatively safe environment, restrooms were clean, cafe is decent, great for 3-4 year olds, 5 mins from Seaport Village, Richard Walkers Pancake House is 50 feet away, staff is nice and helpful. Cons: Too many uptight moms who are scared of their own shadow.

2 Thank davidgB910DR
Sacramento, California, United States
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60 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

We've visited before when my children were younger so I was interested to see how they would like it as older kids and they still loved it! They spent more than an hour outside on the patio painting and playing with the clay. The indoor climbing structure and ropes were great too and they loved seeing the chickens. While this... More 

2 Thank Victoria M

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