New 2020 Hours

Open 7 days a week! learn more

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additional two months

Wine + Paint Night

FEBRUARY 5 | 6:30-9PM

"new" year at the "new" children's museum

We have new in our name because we are a new model of children’s museum, with a focus on early learning through contemporary art and play. New also means you’ll find something new to explore and discover when you visit.  And for 2020, new has one more meaning: new hours. Beginning January 2, we’re open 7 days a week. Check the calendar before visiting for programming and events. We look forward to another year of new with you!

our programs and events engage and inspire


why play + art matter

Art inspires innovation

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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  • We made a traveling version of Wobbleland in collaboration with artist Marisol Rendón! First stop is right up the coast at the @bayareadiscoverymuseum - opening this Saturday, Jan. 18! Get more info at and experience this popular art installation beyond our museum! 🍉🍊🍅🥕
  • 🚨Giveaway Alert 🚨 Win a pair of tickets to OVO by Cirque du Soleil coming to Viejas Arena March 5-8! This show will immerse you in a world of insects, teeming with joy and amazement! Enter to win by following us and @cirquedusoleil on Instagram, like this post and tag 2 other friends! We’ll announce a winner this Friday, 1/17.
  • The holidays may be over but it’s not too late to purchase a Gift Membership for a friend or yourself! Use code SUGARPLUM19 to get an additional two months on a membership. Offer ends this Friday, Jan.17! Link in bio to buy a membership.
  • Looking forward to sunshine and painting all weekend long! ☀️🎨 Reminder that we’ll be closing early on Monday, Jan. 13 at 1pm for a special event. Check our calendar before visiting!
  • We’re hosting another Wine + Paint Night at the Museum! Join us on Feb. 5, 6:30-9pm for a step-by-step painting demonstration inspired by one of our art installations with complimentary wine and snacks! Register at the link in our bio 🍷🎨
  • Registration for our Little Chefs classes, part of our Little Learners Club series presented by @lajollacountryday is now open! Learn how to make simple recipes with your little one in this 6-week class starting Feb. 3. Link in bio to register! 👩🏻‍🍳

Early Closure

The Museum will close at 2pm on Tuesday, Jan. 21 for a private event. Please check our calendar before planning your visit.