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Oct. 26 | 10am-12pm

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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  • Nothing but smiles here 🥰 Stay up-to-date on all of our programs and events by visiting our website! | thinkplaycreate.org
  • Calling all Girl Scouts! Earn a badge at our Brownie Paint Studio workshop, part of our new Girl Scout program at the Museum. Brownie Paint Studio is on Oct. 26 from 10am-12pm and will explore collaborative mural painting and techniques. This workshop meets the requirements for the complete Brownie Painting badge. Register on our website.
  • PSA: our annual benefit is less than a month away 🕺🏼 Join us for Studio 200: Into the Future on Nov. 9 from 6-11pm for a night you won’t forget. Party guests will enjoy out-of-this-world food, sip on cosmic drinks and dance to some of the hottest tunes of the multiverse. Plus, enjoy laser tag, virtual reality and explore over 100 silent auction items to bid on. Visit our website to buy your tickets and party with a purpose!
  • Our next Accessibility Mornings is this Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8-9:30am! This quarterly event allows children with disabilities to explore the Museum with comfort before we open to the general public. Registration is required. Visit our website to sign up!
  • Our new toddler space, tikitiko, is OPEN! Join us in celebrating by coming to Toddler Fest, a free two-day event presented by @lajollacountryday. Toddler Fest is today and tomorrow from 9am-12pm and offers our favorite toddler programs as well as an Early Learning Resource Fair. See you there!
  • Our reimagined toddler space is magical ✨ tikitiko by artist-in-residence @tanyaaguiniga opens this Friday, Oct. 11! Join us in celebrating our new studio at Toddler Fest presented by La Jolla Country Day, a free two-day festival in the park across from the Museum! The festival will be from 9am-12pm on Oct. 11 + 12 and will include our favorite toddler programming as well as an Early Learning Resource Fair for parents.