Volunteer with us

The Museum offers a variety of rewarding volunteer opportunities to help San Diego’s children and families to think, play and create. Volunteers are an integral part of the Museum and help us to deliver a fun and meaningful art experience to our visitors. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience working with children, explore contemporary art, and give back to your community.


You must be at least 16 years old to apply. For questions, email volunteers@thinkplaycreate.org.



Duties: Volunteers provide administrative support in various capacities that play an integral part in the operations of The New Children’s Museum. Tasks can range from stuffing envelopes to doing data entry.
Qualifications: Volunteers in this department should have excellent communication skills, have working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, be reliable, and be comfortable working independently.

Art Studios

Duties: The Museum features numerous art studios on the Museum floor such as our Paint & Clay Patio, Paper-making Studio, and Drop-in activities. Volunteers assist Museum Teaching Artists with preparing supplies, setting up and cleaning up studio spaces, directing visitors, and supporting Museum staff as needed.
Qualifications: Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages, not be afraid of getting messy, and be comfortable working with various tools and art materials.

Arts Education Programs

Duties: Volunteers support art education programs such as Camps, Creativity Club, Eat Better Art, and more. Volunteer responsibilities include setting up and cleaning classrooms, supporting with classroom management, assisting educators during instruction, and supporting youth art activities.
Qualifications: Volunteers should possess an interest in arts education and enjoy working with children.

Material Preparation

Duties: Volunteers will prepare materials to be used in hands-on studio workshops. Tasks may include cutting paper, sorting fabric, preparing take-away goods, and more.
Qualifications: Volunteers must be independent workers willing to do repetitive manual tasks.


Duties: Volunteer photographers take candid photos of kids, families, and activities during the Museum’s daily workshops, special events, and programs.
Qualifications: These individuals must have knowledge and experience photographing families and activities. Applicants will need to submit examples of photographs that demonstrate capabilities. Individual must be comfortable taking photos on the Museum’s DSLR.

Public Programs

Duties: Volunteers will support museum staff at public program events such as Target Free Second Sundays, Mass Creativity Day, outreach community events, and weekly toddler programs.
Qualifications: Volunteers must be comfortable interacting with visitors of all ages, not be afraid of getting messy, and possess a basic knowledge of the Museum.

Special Events

Duties: Volunteers assist with internal events such as family fundraisers, galas, educator receptions, and more.
Qualifications: Events usually involve evening volunteer hours.