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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
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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Great place to spend some time...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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English first
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52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Maybe we're just spoiled with our awesome children's museum in Mississippi. I was expecting so much more when we visited today to get out of the rain. This museum is basically just one big play place that moms and dads with children ages 4 and under gather on a rainy day to hang out. There are no real exhibits of... More 

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London, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Absolutely loved this place. We went with our 2.5 year old, and she had a blast. It was raining so may have been a little busier than usual, but nothing needs to be controlled or managed - everything is for running around, banging, pushing, drawing... fantastic. If I lived here, we would have an annual pass!

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SG
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The museum is just like the thematic museum back home with limited imaginative play. Have been to better play zones and more educational centers/museums. The kids are more interested in just sand play, climbing the bars, playing bubbles, bouncy castle, playing the fruits & veg playground. The parents' role over there is more supervision and telling them bits of information... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about The New Children's Museum

Address: Address: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619 233 8792
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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