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The New Children’s Museum, San Diego

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Children’s Museum Museum
The New Children’s Museum is a dynamic new model of a museum that celebrates children and the arts. The Museum empowers children to think, play and create through engaging exhibitions, art-making activities, artistic performances, and educational opportunities. Serving all ages, from toddler to teen, NCM inspires new ways to see the world through the language of art.
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  • We visited the New Children's Museum with our three grandchildren who are 7, 5 and 3 years old. The two older girls loved the crafts and all of the hands on experiences. My 3 year old grandson would h...  more »
  • Not so great, pretty boring. Luckily it's not too expensive so it wasn't a total lost. Took my 18 month old. He liked the cars on the track to push around but other than that a pretty lame, small, bor...  more »
  • I came here after spending time at seaport, as it's included in the go San Diego card . It's a wonderful place for younger kids (under 8), and for killing a few hours before dinner. Not a major touris...  more »
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  • Free for military and veterans between Memorial Day and labor Day. This place is amazing, and feels like what would happen if you had a huge house that you never had to clean, and allowed for the accumulation of every type of toy or interaction your child could think of. Cardboard boxes laying about for kids to play with, gentle inclines to slide down, pottery clay for sculpting, epic tree house fort play areas with cranks and pulleys. . . This place is a great way to spend the day with your child to get them nice and exhausted :)
  • My children live it here. Especially creating figures in clay. There's always something to bring a smile. As a matter of fact, after school today I was gonna take my little guy but he KNOCKED OUT. My daughter is 15 and still enjoyed going. Maybe not as much as her brothers, 9 & 4, but she does.
  • A variety of rooms and activities. There is something for every type of child. Physical stimulation, textiles, visuals, audio...and activities geared for every level of development. Advice to parents is to bring close toed shoes and be prepared to crawl and climb! The cafe/food area has lots of healthy choices that the kids will eat. A bit over priced, but the cheap entrance fee makes up for it. If you're military, you and your child(rent) get a steep discount! Enjoy, expand your mind, and be young again!
  • Such a great place for kids! I wish I had discovered it before my daughter's first birthday. So many interesting, enriching activities. It's learning that just feels fun. A single day can be pricey ($13 per person, including each child over two), but a year pass is only $105 for 4 people. They do give half-off for parking with a membership, but it's still downtown parking, so really, if you can swing it, take the Green Line; it passes right by the museum and drops you off about a block and a half away. The museum closes at 4, which is a little early, but there is an outdoor playground just across the way. If your kids are into painting or working with clay, I would put them in old clothes and shoes, as that section can get messy (found that one out the hardway).
  • This is more 3.5 stars than 4, here's why. Overall the museum is a great way to spend an afternoon the maintenance and upkeep is not the best. There are many exhibits that are falling apart due to the high traffic. We've visited quite a few children's museums thought the country and the staff at this museum seems almost as if we were inconveniencing them, they were not engaged or friendly with the kids at all. However, the experience for the kids was good. There were lots of activities that both our kids 2 and 6 could do separately at together. A light remodel would significantly change the experience.