A vibrant 28' by 13' mural on the windows of the Innovators LAB that explores color, light and visual communication.
An interactive, three-dimensional textile environment made of hand-dyed, hand-braided nylon resembling a giant crocheted hammock.
No Rules…Except (2008/2018)
No Rules...Except is returning with 40 mattresses installed on the floor and walls and 165 handmade, scattered silkscreened tire cushions.
An active space for toddlers (4 years and under), in which they can play with food sculptures!
The Rain House
The Rain House evolved from the idea of offering a creative space where children could play as they might on a rainy day at home.
Sketch Aquarium is an interactive art installation designed by Japanese artist collective, teamLab Kids.
Strokes of color draw visitors across the Museum bridge in artist Panca's 48-foot-long mural SMILE.
An outdoor mural painting of native plants evoke the seasonal cycles of our region’s desert landscapes.
Desert Derby is a landscape of reservoirs and roads inspired by Southern California’s true nature as an engineered phenomenon in the desert.
Nature Matching System
A mural comprised of a grid of rectangles, with each rectangle representing a Pantone® color matched to the shade of a fruit or vegetable.
Finding Symmetry in Nature
A gallery of watercolor-inspired drawings that examine symmetry in the natural world created by High Tech Elementary North County students.
The Cash Machine happily sucks up your offering of dollar bills and pushes it through a maze of tubes, bells and spinning instruments.
El Más Allá
Our newest art installation, El Más Allá by artist Panca, will transport visitors to a world beyond what we currently know. Coming soon.
An 11’ x 14’ sandbox that acts as a platform for presenting engaging new video and other time-based artworks.
Reconnecting to Home
A four-story house featuring California architectural styles from different time periods and locales throughout the Golden State.
The Community Gallery
A space to see, share and make art together. The Community Gallery is a space where you can see and learn more about art.
A sculptural mass of wires, feathers and chords hang above the Museum's main level, representing family structures and communal ties.
Crystal Cortex is a whimsical inflatable larger-than-life sculpture created by artist Jason Hackenwerth.
Joey's Wings is a two-thousand origami paper crane installation honoring children who pass away from cancer in the United States each year.
Connect the Drops
A partnership with The Ecology Center to share practical tips on reducing your “water footprint.”
A collection of custom-made plywood furniture, fabric, cardboard boxes, ropes and other loose parts that can be shifted and remade by children and adults.
The Cryptographers Club Spy Headquarters
In this unusual "spy clubhouse," you can use tools, training and even a friend to help you find messages, crack the code and more!
A balloon, shaped and built by the people of Tijuana and San Diego, symbolizes California’s dual nature as an artwork created for the region.
In-between and Over the US/MX Border Wall
On the sides of the Museum’s entry bridge, three large-scale photo murals show different photographic perspectives of the U.S. to Mexico border fence at the
In Car-a-oke, a karaoke makeover transforms the California car into a place for connection and shared memories.
Low & Slow
The truck is a “rolling social sculpture” – an artwork and gallery that can move through the city to deliver art experiences.
Wind Vessel makes wind power - a resource we often take for granted - visible. This artwork challenges us to think artistically and scientifically.
Food Truckin’ is an art installation that lets visitors customize their own food delivery vehicles and role-play transportation and distribution.
This library offers visitors a quiet place to relax and explore the infinite possibilities that books and quiet time can present.
The Sound Kitchen is an interactive studio where you can play, sing and record your own musical creations.
The Fruit of the Gods
The Fruit of the Gods is a colorful inflatable play sculpture designed uniquely for The New Children’s Museum.
S.O.S. 5pm West
This project is a chicken coop installed in the Museum’s Outdoor Terrace located on the Lower Level and visible from different vantage points.
In this art installation, the artists focus on the iconic symbol of the dining room table and capture the messy and joyous process of foods.
I Made This For You
A festive environment resembling a professional bakery and cake shop where visitors can sculpt “treats” out of clay.
The Rainbow Bridge is an installation that transforms The New Children’s Museum’s main entryway, a pedestrian bridge, into a magical gateway via a custom-designed wallpaper.
Orange we… is an art installation featuring two large sculptures (the grove and loop de loop) that respond to movement through sound.
The artists in TRASH share the common desire to draw attention to an invisible issue that increasingly dominates our lives.
This colorful project is a playful way to engage with the idea of constant transformation.
ANIMAL ART (exhibition)
Artists in this exhibit explore how and why animals excite the human imagination.
Art StudiosDrop in anytime
The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB is our Museum's very own makerspace!
Virtual Design Challenges
Experience open making at home and create a unique piece of artwork using everyday household items listed in each design challenge. Click here to view design challenge videos.
Tikitiko is our exciting sensory space designed exclusively for the littlest Museum visitors, inspired by care and empathy.
Our Clay Studio offers children and adults alike the chance to create art with their hands.
Drop-in anytime to sculpt your own clay masterpiece!
Studio by the Bay
In collaboration with Seaport Village, Studio by the Bay is the Museum's working artist studio, inviting the visiting community to interact with artists.
Family Day Workshops
Stay tuned for upcoming dates
Our Paint Studio features a 1950s Dodge Truck, affectionately named Flower Truck.
Our Museum Spy Agency is continuing recruitment. Seek out a Museum Play Worker to join.
The Garden Project
Take a trip outside during your visit and see what's growing in our organic garden.