The New Children’s Museum is located in the downtown area of San Diego, California. They have three levels with many different things to do and see. The museum changes their arts & crafts projects each month, and make use of many recycled materials.
If you have a toddler, be sure to take them to the play area next to the cafe. The Barn, located on the middle level (entry level) is super fun for young preschoolers as well. Here, young children can play with switches on the wall that control the room’s lights and sounds. Another fun area for the younger children is the Rain House, located on the upper level.
Older preschoolers may be able to ride the chariots located on the middle level. It takes a bit of skill, but I’ve seen many a preschooler master it! The 3-5 year old age also enjoy painting the whale outside, on the middle level outside. Here they’ll also find earthenware clay which they can use to play and create. The middle level also has a cool room, located across from the chariots, with pillows and cushions to stack, and a chalk wall, located near the arts & crafts area. The upper level patio has a cool bubble area, which is always a hit with kids of all ages. Preschoolers also enjoy building and stacking blocks and planks, also located on the upper level. While on the upper level, be sure to go to the Rain House (mentioned above), play at the cloth wall, and walk inside the trojan horse! Preschoolers can also have fun downstairs, with the blow-up jumpy, and play dress-up as well.
School age kids enjoy the arts and crafts located on the middle level. Be sure to check their website for specific times for projects. They also love the painting & clay area outside, located on the entry level as well. The chariots are very popular with the older kids, who’ve mastered the art of maneuvering them! The climbing wall and ropes, located on the upper level are super fun for school age kids. This age group usually likes to take a stop at the Rain House as well. There are a number of seated easels throughout the museum, which are fun and inviting for budding artists. Our kids love using them!
The New Children’s Museum is FREE the 2nd Sunday of each month. Check the link below to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!