The New Children’s Museum, San Diego

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#18 of 32 in Museums in San Diego
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 with our 7 and 3year olds. We especially loved the play area on top floor that they could explore together and the laser daughter loved the special circuit activity for the older kids.  more »
  • I took my 4 year old grandson to a birthday party here. They kept all the party goers in a small room. The only activity was a large table covered with white paper, a few stamps and crayons. The kids ...  more »
  • We had a great time here! So creative! My granddaughter absolutely loved it! Perfect for toddlers and young children, but older kids would love it too.  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 :)
  • Parking is hard to find unless you know about the 'hidden' parking garage at the north end of the museum. This is a great place for kids up to 12 years old. Lots of stuff to do. Kids can run around blowing off steam while adults kick back and responsibly relax ;) Plebyof arts and crafts activities with helpful staff. Many places for kids to safely get lost in.
  • 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(ren) get a steep discount! Enjoy, expand your mind, and be young again!
  • I love this place. I hate the parking but let's ignore that for a minute (just get there early and you'll be OK). This place was ripped straight out of a child's dream and dropped into reality. When you were growing up and thought to yourself: "Self, I'd like to turn an entire room into a combination tree-house / fort / secret hideaway & ropes-course" whoever came up with this place went ahead and combined that idea with a room full of artistic architects and built it. If you ever thought it would be nice to have a sand-pit that you could play in while it rained or wanted to play with huge amounts of clay or go to town layering on paint onto a communal art project, you've found your place. Don't expect this place to make sense, just accept it for the glory it is and let your kids have a truly unique experience. One note for the safety nuts... Don't ruin this for the rest of us... there are portions in here such as the rope climb room where your kids can climb about two floors up into the tree house on a web of ropes... It is terrifying, your heart is going to be in your throat as you watch your three year old navigate it and slip and catch themselves... and then make it to the top. They'll figure it out and they probably won't hurt themselves. In the current culture of helicopter parents and overly obsessed safety nuts this place sticks out as a place where kids can explore and challenge themselves. If you don't like it... I beg you not to complain, please just leave and let my kids have more fun.
  • Great time for young kids. I have a 6, 4, and 1 year old. They all loved it. Also, I recommend going for the pass it is a really good deal. The staff is really nice as well. Parking is in the garage behind the building. Easy and fun.

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