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The New Children's Museum

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Address: 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number:
+1 619-233-8792
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 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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Good for Younger Kids

Took my 6 and 8 year old sons here. Good for 6 year old, a little young for 8 year old. They liked "missing links", the rainbow bouncy tunnel as you enter and "reconnecting to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We spent the morning at the New Childrens Museum as it was a rainy day and we thought it would could be fun for the girls. It was more than fun, it was an amazing surprise to find three floors with various playrooms on each floor, everything from a bouncy tube to a wooden playground castle with hidden nooks and... More 

Thank Linda N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with our 2 and 4 year olds and they had a blast. There were plenty of different kinds of activities, ranging from structured to not at all. Food options looked great though we had other plans for lunch. We easily filled about 3 hours on site.

Thank Alexis A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 4.5 year old son and met up with friends and their 4.5 year old and 7 year old. All three kids had so much fun. There were so many things to do, and since it is rainy again today, I think we will go back!

Thank Melflex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took my 6 and 8 year old sons here. Good for 6 year old, a little young for 8 year old. They liked "missing links", the rainbow bouncy tunnel as you enter and "reconnecting to home," a four story house you can explore. Sandbox gallery was fun, too. Outside the museum there are some play areas where we spent a... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

There are loads of things for the kids to do on multiple floors. There are stairs as well as an elevator that will hold strollers. You can leave your stroller by the entrance as well. The activities include a variety of tactile stimuli, some art projects, and jumping. The small selection of food in the cafe is healthy though can... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016 via mobile

We visited with our 18 month old grandson and loved it. As the daughter of a Vietnam Vet and mother of two active duty service men, we really appreciated free admission in honor of Veteran's day! The staff was very friendly. The young man working in the café is no exception. I recommend this for fun family time.

Thank Lily A
Sicily, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This is a really awesome museum for kids. It's not a typical "museum". It's always changing/evolving and a place for kids to explore. I came here as a chaperone for my son's 2nd grade class and he really enjoyed it. I will definitely be bringing him back for further exploration. October is free for kids so get your little ones... More 

Thank Elle_H80
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

My 2 kids had such a great time at the Childrens Museum that they did not know what to do or where to go inside there. They were both excited all the time. So many things to explore and create.

Thank Gratina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

I've been holding out on visiting this museum for some time, because I thought my older kids would be bored. Boy was I wrong! We spent 3+ hours on the entry level before I could even drag my kids away to explore the other 2 floors. My children are 3, 7 and 9 and we're all busy exploring the entire... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016 via mobile

My kids (5 & 7) loved this museum. At first I thought it might be targeting younger kids but they absolutely loved it! It is very well designed with lots of spaces for kids to be unconstrained in their creativity. The room full of cardboard boxes was inspired - this is my kids' dream. We ate at the cafe which... More 

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