San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, Escondido: Hours, Address, San Diego Children's Discovery Museum Reviews: 4/5

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
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9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum features interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities that inspire children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination and experimentation. Please note, the Museum will be closing early Saturday, November 13 for Family Space Night. Our outdoor garden will close at 3pm and indoor exhibit hall will close at 4pm.
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Wendy T
2 contributions
May 2022
My 3 1/2 year old granddaughter enjoyed playing with everything. She was a Dr., a ship captain, a cashier…. After 2 hours she cried because she didn’t want to leave. All night long she told her parents about it and kept saying it was “amazing!” and wanted to go every day!
Written May 5, 2022
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grammysharon
San Diego, CA143 contributions
Sep 2011
Easy to visit , great play area, climbing treehouse area, crafts area, bubble, legos, little garden and old fashioned schoolhouse. A childs make believe morning. Lots of fun things to stay busy with...you can even bring your lunch. Not to crowded during the week Many fun activities to keep little folks busy.

Grammy Sharon
Written September 13, 2011
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Tiana W
Dallas, TX103 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
This place is not a large as other museums, but it's great for kids 6 and under. There are many different stations in here for little ones to enjoy. There's also an outdoor play area. Many places for parents to sit and participate at yr same time. Stroller friendly, and for $6 a person you can't beat it.
Written July 15, 2015
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MxMxMxM
10 contributions
May 2013
It is not a museum ...
It is very small .. Has no special games or activities at all.. If I knew it was that bad, I would have gone to a park instead ...
Written May 16, 2013
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LynneK22
45 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Never knew this was in our backyard, across from Grape Street park in Escondido. With an active toddler visiting Nana's house which is in need of child-proofing, we discovered this inexpensive adventure with air-conditioned indoor activities with kitchen/restaurant area, pirate ship playground, percussion drums, dress-up closets, smaller baby crawl gym, microscope station for the scientific brains, magnet tube wall with balls-though these are usually found in a toddlers' clenched fist wandering throughout the facility. Outside there is a bubble station, Legos in a trickling water stream for building while playing in water, the coolest, tiny wood cabin with mini-wood furniture made out of logs, a chicken coop, sandbox with hidden bones for the paleontologist, garden for the horticulturist, huge foam blocks for builders, miles of tracks to create roads though I think we may need to bring our own Hot Wheels since we saw the balls for the magnetic wall being doubled as vehicles on these tracks. Both indoor and outdoor have picnic areas and though we always get there too late, there is a story time room. We also were treated to free admission due to service in the military which applies until Labor Day. Thanks for a wonderful romp of fun, fun, fun with no restrictions of touching. It was just what we needed!
Written July 9, 2015
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RussD7s
San Diego, CA18 contributions
Just not worth the money it costs to get in. The exhibits are ok the interaction is ok, but I will go to Balboa park and the Fleet center for a good kids museum.
Written August 16, 2012
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poonsang
Orange, CA40 contributions
Feb 2018 • Family
The museum overall isn't too large in size, but our two little ones were able to go around exploring for about 2 hours on a weekend afternoon. It was helpful that there were less than 10 kids in the museum at any given time as that allowed all the kids to share and play comfortably. Our kids loved the Lego water station (bring change of clothes) as well as the Thailand themed grocery and play area. The grown ups loved the magnetic building area, wood tile building area, and HUGE chickens in the coop. Overall it was a nice place to explore and discover (perhaps where they got their name from).
Written February 8, 2018
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George G
Oceanside, CA52 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Spent a good 3.5 hours with our 4-year-old grandson, and he is looking forward to going back again. The admission of $8.00 each seems a bit steep: reduced if one of the party is active duty or a veteran. How, exactly, does one prove that one DID serve, but not long enough to be a retiree? I have no identification card that says I am a veteran.
Still, lots for our budding engineer to put together and explore.
Picture is him feeding and petting a chicken!
Written July 30, 2017
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travellover60
San Diego, CA38 contributions
Jun 2016
My wife and I took our granddaughters, ages 4 1/2and 2 1/2 , for the first time to this museum. Both of them had a great time playing at all the stations, both inside and out. Although it was very crowded it don't bother either of them. Definitely recommend it for young kids.
Written June 22, 2016
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skpkwb
skp27 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
This is a clever set up.

I'm not a mom or grandma, but one rare rainy SD weekend when we had guests with a 4 year old child, we decided to go there.

Lots of adult cleverness that, per usual, kids completely disregarded the intention of: sock puppets and theater, grocery 'store' with carts, dress up area...none of them being explored according to the designers intent. But who can scry the mind of a 2 or 4 year old?

Looked like all the kids were enjoying themselves. As it was a rainy day, the place was crowded with moms clearly looking to give their kids an opportunity to get the wiggles out.

There is an ad hoc coffee area, but IMHO, could benefit from having a real cafe attached to it--maybe with 'real' coffee and snacks for purchase. Though the moms there on the day I visited were clearly veterans and brought their own picnics.

There is a big pirate? ship/ gym area--things for kids to climb over and through--that seemed to dominate the indoor space, which was great. Many of the other play areas and decor are more 'homemade'.

As a business I thought it brilliant. I'm always looking for business ideas that can be easily developed in other areas of the world and this child development 'warehouse' was very approachable--looked like they took the 'best and brightest' ideas off of a Pinterest child development page and implemented them.

They do have staff on hand to help with the "child-development" part, and I think they have formal activity times throughout the day. There was a woman who did a 'story time' while we were there and another staffer who invited us to do the craft of the day (color a butterfly, affix pipe-cleaner antennae, glue to a popsicle stick).

I would go again if it was raining in San Diego and my friends' kid needed a little 'me' time.
Written September 15, 2015
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San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM