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New Children's Museum

New Children's Museum

200 West Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Mon - Tue, Fri - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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Top 5 Things to Know About the New Children's Museum

  1. Vision: San Diego New Children's Museum believes that engaging children in art will contribute to their emotional, intellectual and creative development. The museum encourages children to think, play and create while interacting with the exhibits.
  2. Exhibits: Various exhibitions that are constantly changing are featured at the San Diego New Children's Museum such as "TRASH". The current exhibit TRASH is a collaboration of 12 artists who creatively draw attention to the issue of waste and its impact on our society.
  3. Art Studios: Children and families are invited to join the various art studios offered at the New Children's Museum San Diego. Children are free to get their creative juices flowing at the indoor and outdoor studios offering the little artists the opportunity to make artwork out of recycled and discarded materials.
  4. Membership: Joining the membership club at the San Diego New Children's Museum helps support the art and the community. Your monetary contribution will not only grant you free access into the museum and provide you with invitations to members-only events but it will also go toward art education initiatives, programs and supplies. 
  5. Cafe: It's okay if you forgot to pack snacks for the little ones due to the excitement of the field trip. The San Diego New Children's Museum has you covered with its indoor and outdoor cafe, which serves up healthy sandwiches, snacks and salads. 

The New Children's Museum San Diego is a three-story environmentally sustainable building. It is one of the first green museums in California, as it is made out of recycled building materials and uses water-saving devices and natural light. The interior design is also environmentally friendly with desks and chairs made out of recycled road signs and steel. The Eco-friendly New Children's Museum in San Diego is open every day of the week except on Wednesdays, and it welcomes children of all ages. Some exhibits are age specific for toddlers or teens, but there is something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, and the TRASH exhibit is no exception to that adage. The TRASH exhibit at the San Diego New Children's Museum displays sustainable artwork made out of recycled and discarded items, which highlight the impact of the average American producing 4.5 pounds of trash each day. This gallery sheds light on the amount of waste we produce and how it negatively effects the environment. From the Institute of Figuring, which tracks two sisters' plastic bag accumulation over four years, to the Megalitrasponder, which is an abstract creation made out of Styrofoam, these exhibits emphasis the sheer amount of our individual consumption and disposal. The TRASH exhibit encourages children to think creatively and creates conversation about this issue in our society. 

  • Do Challenge Yourself to the TRASH Maze: Visit artist Shinique Smith's The Secret Garden at the TRASH exhibit where you can scramble through the maze made out of discarded textiles and clothing. 
  • Don't Miss a Workshop: The New Children's Museum hosts workshops for families and children of all ages. The early childhood program focuses on development through movement and music, while the camps and art workshops promote art projects and inspire creations.

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