Our new bridge mural is up!
Visit the Museum and peep the new piece by local artist Panca
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At The New Children’s Museum, we believe play and art-making promote the skills that our future leaders need: creativity, confidence, problem-solving, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, collaboration, resiliency and optimism.

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We believe that all children should have access to the creative process and arts of the highest quality. We believe the arts play a critical role in children’s creative, emotional and intellectual development.

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  • “It’s exciting to see people’s expression through the glass behind us while we paint; I can see a lot of little wheels turning in their heads.” - @aypanca 
We chatted with artist Panca about her inspiration for our new bridge mural, SMILE, and what it was like painting it in front of everyone in the Museum. Read the full interview on our blog! Link in bio.
  • Need date night ideas? We’re throwing an after-hours holiday party at the Museum for our adults-only Drink Play Create event on Dec.7! There will be dancing, food trucks, a cash bar, games, art activities, and open access to galleries and studios. Plus, the first 300 guests to arrive get a FREE @passionplanner ! 
Tickets are $20 pre-sale, $30 at the door and include a free drink ticket. Link in bio for event details and to purchase tickets!
  • We LOVE our new bridge! It’s a colorful and playful way to welcome visitors into the Museum. Learn more about the artwork, SMILE, and the artist, Panca, at the link in our bio. 👁👄❤️
  • This past weekend we donned neon and acid wash and danced our way back to the 80s at our annual #Studio200 gala! Thanks to everyone who attended and donated to support the Museum’s many access programs! 📷: @tanasaurusrex7 
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  • Celebrate Veterans Day by providing FREE Museum access to a military family! Donate $10 to provide free admission for one person or $40 for a family of four. These donations will help us commit to providing ALL military families free admission this entire week from Nov. 11 to 17! And it will help to continue to fund our military access program, which aims to provide military families in San Diego an affordable, enriching place for them to feel appreciated and at home. Donate today at the link in bio!
  • We’re closing early today at 2pm to get ready for our annual Studio 200 fundraising gala tomorrow! This year the Museum will be taking it back to the future with a totally 80s themed party to celebrate our birthday year, 1983! Proceeds from this event will help fund our many access programs. Due to the event, we’ll also be closed all day Saturday, Nov.10 and will reopen at normal hours on Sunday, Nov. 11. (9:30am for members only, 11am for public). Link in bio to learn more about the Studio 200 gala.

Veterans Free Week

Celebrate Veterans Day by providing free Museum access to a military family! DONATE $10 to provide free admission for one person or donate $40 for a family of four. ALL Military families get free admission November 11-17.