Brian and the Bugs
A colorful mural that tells a visual story of connectedness through flowers and insects.
A sensory-friendly and inviting space where one can take a minute, lie down, look up and breathe.
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
A colorful, imaginary world with a giant slide, unique characters, foam blocks and geometric scultpures!
A vibrant 28' by 13' mural on the windows of the Innovators LAB that explores color, light and visual communication.
An outdoor mural painting of native plants evoke the seasonal cycles of our region’s desert landscapes.
Strokes of color draw visitors across the Museum bridge in artist Panca's 48-foot-long mural SMILE.
A sensory wonderland for toddlers 3 years and under where meaningful connections are made.
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.
An interactive, three-dimensional textile environment made of hand-dyed, hand-braided nylon resembling a giant crocheted hammock.
An active space for toddlers (4 years and under), in which they can play with food sculptures!
The World of Les Mor and Mor no Mor
An interactive mural depicting two magical worlds that spans from the Museum's main level to its upper level.
This colorful project is a playful way to engage with the idea of constant transformation.
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.
In the Balance
A play structure of wooden balancing beams that challenges visitors to walk the intersecting paths.
Sketch Aquarium is an interactive art installation designed by Japanese artist collective, teamLab Kids.
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.
Desert Derby is a landscape of reservoirs and roads inspired by Southern California’s true nature as an engineered phenomenon in the desert.
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.
I know what I saw – museum display
A 20-foot long mural questions the possibility of life outside Earth’s realm.
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.
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.
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.
ANIMAL ART (exhibition)
Artists in this exhibit explore how and why animals excite the human imagination.
Art StudiosDrop in anytime
Our Clay Studio offers children and adults alike the chance to create art with their hands.
The Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB is our Museum's very own makerspace!
Collectively You Portraits
Create a self-portrait on your own or with a friend! Our Collectively You Portrait workshop is held from 11am-12pm and 2-3pm every day except Tuesdays. Explore collage techniques and create a unique self-portrait by layering marker and other materials on acetate that can both reveal, as well as keep hidden, elements of you and your story.
This workshop is first come, first served.
Our Paint Studio features a 1950s Dodge Truck, affectionately named Flower Truck.