A fund for The New Children's Museum's Future


The New Children’s Museum believes in the power of NEW – being a NEW model for art and play; always offering something NEW to discover; and putting our hope in a NEW future by fostering skills to help children grow into resilient, compassionate adults. Today, in the midst of this challenging time, we ask you to join us in reNEWing Hope for the Museum, our community and beyond.

As a nonprofit that relies on a steady stream of visitors, The New Children’s Museum is currently experiencing a financial hardship. To ensure that we are ready to reopen our doors and resume our programming as soon as it is safe to do so, we have made challenging decisions that have affected our staffing during this period when we are unable to welcome our valued guests.

While we greatly miss inspiring and connecting with families face-to-face, the Museum is connecting virtually during this crisis. We are continually creating NEW virtual content through our #thinkplaycreatefromhome initiative. We’re engaging children with creative and educational resources to keep learning on track and parents at their best during school closures. We are also supporting our community as they use art to cope with isolation, demonstrate support for their neighbors and share hope for a brighter day.

If you have the means, please give today – any size donation* is greatly appreciated. However, if your family finds itself in a challenging financial situation at this time, please consider our online resources our gift to you.

All of us at The New Children’s Museum thank you and can’t wait to think, play and create with you in person soon!


*Congress passed the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, including an expanded charitable deduction for those who do not itemize. Your contribution may be eligible for this tax benefit. And, for those who do itemize deductions, a donation to the Museum is likely tax-deductible, as we are a 501(c)(3) charity. Please check with your tax advisor.

Funding Opportunities

Help fund our newest art installation

We are thrilled to introduce our newest artist commission by Tijuana-based artist Panca (aka Paola Villaseñor), slated to open this fall, pending the Museum’s safe reopening. Panca’s installation El Más Allá will transport visitors to a world that, like the English translation of the title, is beyond what we currently know. A colorful, immersive environment with 20-foot murals of imaginary characters, pod structures and a monumental slide, El Más Allá will provide unique ways for us to connect with each other and reNEW Hope through art.

Donate to El Más Allá

reNEWing Hope Art Auction

Along with more than a dozen artists who have shaped our history over the last decade, the Museum launched an online art auction to raise funds toward reopening efforts and to support these artists who are also impacted at this time. The Museum featured two curated collection of six unique artworks by six contemporary artists from across the U.S in each collection. Bidding for both Collection 1 and 2 are now closed, but artwork is available to view on our website and selected artwork is still available for purchase.

View Art Collections

Ways to give

Please donate online through the donate button above. To give by mail, send a check to The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Attention: reNEWing Hope.

If you would like to speak with someone on our development team about other ways to give, please contact Lilli-Mari Andresen LAndresen@thinkplaycreate.orgTo discuss employer matching opportunities, contact Alexandra Kritchevsky akritchevsky@thinkplaycreate.org.

For additional information on how to support our programs or to learn about our donor level benefits, click here.

Thank you to our reNEWing Hope champions

Elizabeth Allen and Chris Foster
Corin Anderson and Melinda Owens
Daniel Campion
Michael and Dee Anne Canepa
Joe Cohen and Martha Farish
David C. Copley Foundation
The Epstein Family Foundation
Kurt and Jennifer Eve
Arthur and Pamela Finkle
Carol and Ron Fox
John, Rebecca, and Haley Gennaro
Edwardo and Taryn Gillison
Jessica Glasser and James Fulks
Lynn Gorguze and Hon. Scott Peters
Greg and Tonya Gossard
Jonathan Graff and Alexandra Kritchevsky
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Linda Lenhard and Mark Kritchevsky

Laurie Mitchell and Brent Woods
National Endowment for the Arts
Merrilee and Mike Neal
Sara and Brian Nese
David Nokes and Marie Fox
Pacific Life Foundation
Pamela and Charlie Pendrell
Maryanne and Irwin Pfister
Professional Maintenance Systems
Monique Rodriguez and Greg Richardson
Tom and Cami Rosso
Robert Semmer and Alex Kwoka
Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Gretchen and Brent Shaffer
Seth Sprague Educational & Charitable Foundation
Kathryn Starr
Bea and Barton Thurber
U.S. Bank

We Need Your Support!

Learn how you can support us during our closure through the reNEWing Hope Fund and shopping our online store. Click here for online creative resources.