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Yoga Mornings

August 17 | 8:30-9:30am

Wine + Paint Night

August 29 | 7-9pm

National Medal Winner!

On June 12, 2019, The New Children’s Museum received the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We were one of only five museums selected, and the only children’s museum. Watch our video with artist Rizzhel Javier. Or see the IMLS site to learn more about the award.

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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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  • Our popular 21+ event is back! Join us this Thursday from 6-9pm for Drink Play Create: Brews + Bonfires! Enjoy food from local vendors, specialty drinks, live music, an art activity and an excuse to play in the installations. Pre-sale tickets still available.
  • Join us for our first Wine + Paint Night on August 29 from 7-9pm! Tickets include an artist-led, step-by-step painting demonstration by an art instructor from @paintingwithatwist, complimentary wine, snacks, an entry to win tickets to our Drink Play Create event in December and your very own canvas painting (inspired by art in the Museum) to take home with you. | Participants must be 21+. Tickets available on our website. Members receive a discount.
  • Join us for our first Studio by the Bay Family Day on August 10 from 10am-2pm! 🎨 In collaboration with Seaport Village, Studio by the Bay is an extension of the Museum’s process-based art practice. Two professional artists are creating artwork in the studio located in Seaport Village and will be partnering with the Museum and Seaport Village each month to host Studio by the Bay Family Days, which offer free weekend workshops and play-based experiences for children and families. | Studio by the Bay is located at 809 West Harbor Drive in Seaport Village.
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  • We love our ScholarShare 529 Toddler Time 🎨 Join us every Friday at 10am for a variety of toddler classes that support healthy bodies and minds with music, movement and social play.  Free with admission!
  • Join us for Accessibility Mornings on Saturday, August 24 from 8am to 9:30am. With a variety of high-sensory activities and designated sensory-break zones, Accessibility Mornings give children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to explore with comfort and safety before we open to the general public. Our August Accessibility Mornings event is free thanks to @behaviorfrontiers. Space is limited and registration is required. Adult must be present with child. Limited parking available for free in Museum garage before 9am.

Accessibility Mornings!

Our next Accessibility Mornings is August 24 from 8-9:30am, which gives children with disabilities the opportunity to explore before we open to the public. Our August event is FREE thanks to Behavior Frontiers. Register here!