Museum Happenings

The summer season is upon us! With all of our exciting programming, the Museum is thrilled to announce that we are now open every day of the week! Visit us Mondays – Saturdays, 9:30am – 4pm, and Sundays 11am – 4pm all summer to experience all of our new activities. Summer hours end on Labor Day.

Have you jumped around in our “mattress room” yet? Throughout our birthday year, we have been welcoming back some of the memorable contemporary artists from the past 10 years. Our newest nostalgic installation, No Rules….Except, is now open! Artist Brian Dick adapts two of Allan Kaprow’s previous works in this exuberant celebration of the childish joy of jumping on the bed.

This highly immersive space is beautifully curated with 40 mattresses and over 165 tire pillows for children to play with, crawl through and bounce to their heart’s content. Join us in No Rules…Except during your next visit and see how many tires you can stack and hide in!

Upcoming Projects in the Innovators LAB

The Innovators LAB is our collaborative makerspace with create design challenges to nurture creativity, problem solving, skill building and learning. We invite resident professionals to work alongside our Creative Team to provide open-ended, skill-building projects that explore real world issues.

Join us in our Innovators LAB on weekends in June for some new, engaging projects! Experience how art and science intersect in workshops presented by our friends at Thermo Fisher Saturdays June 2 and 9. Children and families will be able to design and build K’Nex cars and artistically explore scientific themes throughout the day.

Later in the month, celebrate Clean Air Day with SDG&E at the Museum! Air pollution is a relevant concern, and there are simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our health and the well-being of the world around us. Learn about ways you can help in our Innovators LAB on Father’s Day Weekend, June 15 – 17! You can create your own solar powered car and more!

Summer Camp

Are you still looking for things to do over the school break? The New Children’s Museum offers summer camps that are project-based and taught by professional artists and educators. Our camps encourage children to work individually and in small groups and offer activities where campers can think, play, and create. All camps include classroom time to explore projects and learn new skills as well as opportunities for physical play in the Museum and its outdoor play spaces. Family and friends are invited to an end-of-the-week exhibition to view art work created during the week and to learn about the week’s happenings. Many of our camps are already full – check our website and sign up today for one of our remaining opportunities!


You can help us send kids to summer camp!

The New Children’s Museum offers a limited number of summer camp scholarships for families who may not otherwise be able to afford it. We need your help in expanding our accessibility! We have exceeded our scholarship funds and would love to be able to award scholarships to wait-listed children. For just $12 per month, you can make a huge impact by sending a deserving child to a one-week summer camp. Or make a one-time donation.  We appreciate your help!


Mass Creativity

This year will mark Mass Creativity’s 6th year at The New Children’s Museum! We’re celebrating another year of community collaboration with art-making workshops inspired by discovery, diversity and community. Join our Museum’s Creative Team in a variety of free hands-on community workshops where you can celebrate culture and share your story through art and play.

Be sure to save the date to join us Saturday, June 23 from 10am-3pm for our FREE all-day festival complete with live entertainment, festivities, art-making, food and more! Free admission includes both inside the Museum and in our park.

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Lower Level Renovations

We’re undergoing some renovations to our Lower Level. Please excuse any construction you may see or hear during your visit-current exhibit spaces will not be impacted.

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