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The New Children's Museum

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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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Very nice space for a wedding, but hot.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW 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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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 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 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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 

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Los Angeles, California
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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.

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troy, ny
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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.

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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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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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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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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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