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The New Children's Museum

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Address: 200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6850
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
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The New Children's Museum is a new model of children's museum whose mission...

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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Fun for kids of all ages

This was a very fun stop for us. It isn't an especially large museum, but they have chosen craft sections that would entertain a wide age range of children. There is plenty of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2016
rawkin58
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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nj
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bigger Kid area - unfinished wood - splinters galore; Machinery - kids could put their hand in and really get hurt (an industrial spinning gear of some sort) Little kid area - rugs were haphazzardly put down. Saw a little one trip and fall by catching his foot on the lifted rug Bathrooms -DIRTY I went in one and was... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Was a little concerned that our seven month old babies would be overwhelmed. However, they loved the place. There are many opportunities to engage in various activities. Fantastic place.

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Thank TaxLass
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We were visiting from Dallas and it was my family's first time in San Diego. We got the Go San Diego pass for all 4 of us (son age 7, daughter age 3) and this was the last stop on our trip before heading to the airport after a fast paced previous 3 days. It was perfect as it allowed... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

This is a great space for kids to explore and play. Upstairs is a creative play area of many different rooms. The kids can climb and search around the spaces. It's hard to get the kids down. Then the kids discovered the clay station ... downstairs and outside. Clay allows your children to get their hands all messy (they have... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

This was a very fun stop for us. It isn't an especially large museum, but they have chosen craft sections that would entertain a wide age range of children. There is plenty of seating around for the adults while their children play. The restrooms are clean and there is a nice lil cafe attached for those kids that need a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

The children's museum is a really fun place to visit. We had the family membership with the parking pass ( extra $ but worth it!) so many fun interactive activities and a great snack shop. You can also bring your own food. There's lockers and stroller parking too. They also have a small toy stand - proceeds go to the... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

We visit San Diego often and as the kid has grown up he always talks about this "museum". I noticed this last visit that the environment is reaching its limit of stimulation for a 6 year old. We spend a few hours playing with the "structure logs" and doing an art project. But most of the other exhibits / things... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

To be called a museum is anything but. The New Children's "Museum" is simply a glorified activity center with ZERO educational value to children of any age group. It's amazing that such a venue is able to be considered a museum. Upon entry, the lobby is dreary...not very welcoming or museum like at all...more like the atrium of an up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Loved the place. My 6 years old son gravitated towards the outside activities and painting. He made a special art to his mom which was very thoughtful. The place has 3 levels with different themes. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We spent about 2-3 hours exploring the place. Definitely going back there once in town.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This interactive playing environment was perfect. Hours of fun. Many different activities to challenge and engage children. I recommend a membership for unlimited and unrestricted access.

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