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The New Children’s Museum, San Diego

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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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  • A wonderful experience we will not soon forget. Worth every penny. Unique and thought-provoking stations kept my young children occupied for hours. The black light sand box was super cool, but everyth...  more »
  • We went with our 4 year old and she loved it. I think it's geared toward younger kids. I think 8 year old would be bored fast. We went during the target Sunday deal and it was probably busier than nor...  more »
  • I don't understand the many rave reviews not ... Is a "Museum" unconventional, in that the structure, built on different levels, provides of artistic installations accessible and customizable, almost as if to say that art goes of course from adults to children without too much explanation. Handling of materials with dedicated staff, space exploration, interaction with screens. Which child stays in front of so much good things?? It's like in interactive science museums, except that here we are dealing with the creativity of the individual. Don't expect to see us who knows what miracle of engineering. However, we can expect our kids to get out to go to try out everything they see. With my been there 3 times in 10 days and on one occasion I had to drag out because superadded closing time.
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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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