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February 1-29

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FEBRUARY 25 | 4:30-6:30pm

why do we have "new" in our name?

We’re a new model of children’s museum, with a focus on early learning through contemporary art and play. We change things frequently so you’ll always find something new to explore when you visit.  And for 2020, we have new hours. Check the calendar for programming, events and special closures. Here’s to another year of new!

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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  • Adults can have fun in the Museum too! Tickets for our next signature 21+ Drink Play Create happy hour event are now available! This one is a Taco Thursday 🌮 theme because why just have tacos on Tuesdays? Enjoy street tacos from @socialtapsandiego, music, drinks, games, art activities and access to the Museum’s installations! Bring your friends and eat tacos with us on April 2, 6:30-9pm. Get tickets at link in bio.
  • Have you explored our makerspace, the Innovators LAB? We host lots of workshops that are free with Museum admission! 
Join us for a special pop up workshop series: Abstract Quilts, and make your own colorful quilt from recycled fabrics. This workshop is inspired by the bold quilts created by African American communities in the Southern US. Join us in the LAB on 2/22, 2/23 + 2/29 at 3pm and 2/24-2/28 at 1pm!
  • ✨Giveaway Alert ✨
We partnered with @foxetroo to create a paper model kit of our Museum’s unique building! Cut, fold, glue and assemble a miniature version of The New Children’s Museum! To celebrate, we’re giving away a paper model kit to 5 lucky winners. 
Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
1. Between Feb.13-18, post a photo of your visit to the Museum on Instagram
2. Tag @thenewchildrensmuseum and #NCMpapermodelgiveaway 
We’ll pick the top 5 posts, announce the winners and share their photos next week!
Kits are also available for purchase in our Museum Pop Up Shop. Each kit comes with two buildable models!
  • Join us in our makerspace, the Innovators LAB this Valentine’s Day for a We ❤️ Art pop up workshop with @mingeimuseum from 11am-3pm! We’ll be making heart-shaped tin milagros (or Mexican folk charms) to gift to loved ones. Plus, it’s #sdmuseummonth - get half-priced admission throughout February with a Museum Month pass! Link in bio for more info.

Yesterday was also International Day of Women and Girls in Science. We celebrate girls in science every day in our Innovators LAB, where we host workshops that teach the creative thinking and problem solving skills needed to pursue many career fields, including science!
  • When you’ve found the perfect spot inside Whammock! and never want to leave. 🌈✨ Friendly reminder that we’ll be closing early tomorrow, 2/8 at 2pm for a private event.
  • Our quarterly Accessibilty Mornings give children with disabilities and their families discounted admission and exclusive access to the Museum before it open to the public! Explore both sensory activities and designated sensory-break zones with comfort and safety. The next one is on Feb.15, 8-9:30am. Register at link in bio.