Reimagining Tot Studio

We are thrilled to share with you the exciting transformation planned for The New Children’s Museum’s Tot Studio, where toddlers explore, discover and interact with the environment, parents and peers. The new Tot Studio called tikitiko will be reimagined by our 2019 artist-in-residence and internationally-acclaimed artist, designer and craftsperson Tanya Aguiñiga. tikitiko is designed for toddlers and caregivers to make meaningful connections around abstract, anthropomorphic forms covered in colorful, soft and furry textiles. It is scheduled to open on October 11, 2019.

Your donation will bring tikitiko to life and will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $15,000 by our lead supporters, La Jolla Country Day School and Move Play Grow

Give, renew or upgrade your gift by October 31 to enjoy all of the wonderful benefits listed below, including an acknowledgement of your donation on the tikitiko signage. Click “donate” below or contact Lilli-Mari Andresen, Director of Individual Giving, at 619 795 1203 or


Any donation of $100 or more will be recognized in the Museum and on our website.


  • Multi-year name recognition on site at tikitiko
  • Annual donor listing on our website and Museum Lounge TV screen



  • The previous level plus… 
  • Invitation to Artist Reception (Thursday, October 10, 6-8pm)

Rain House Supporter

  • The previous level plus… 
  • Enhanced multi-year name recognition at the installation and on our donor wall
  • Inclusion in our Rain House Society donor program with benefits such as family memberships, tours and artful events throughout the year


  • The previous level plus… 
  • Invitation to a behind-the-scenes preview with Tanya Aguiñiga (Tuesday, October 8, 9:30-11:30am)
    • An intimate gathering with the artist to hear more about her work and the vision behind tikitiko


  • The previous level plus… 
  • Invitation to join a curated day trip to Los Angeles to visit the artist’s studio


  • The previous level plus… 
  • Create your ideal Private Play Date in Tot Studio for up to 20 guests during Museum after hours

*Memberships are not tax-deductible. If you would like your donation to be fully tax-deductible, you may choose to gift your membership to a family who may not otherwise be able to afford one.

Museum Open Memorial Day 5/27

NCM will be open Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

Plan your visit!