A commitment to accessible learning experiences for all children is one of the cornerstone values of The New Children’s Museum and a driving force behind our educational partnerships.

pARTners in Creativity

Our Museum works with social service organizations to bring under-served children to the Museum for active play and art making for recurring visits. Participants work with a Museum Teaching Artist who crafts activities in line with the partnering organization’s goals and mission. Since 2009, the Museum has partnered with ARTS: A Reason to Survive, Braille Institute, Include Autism, Migrant Education, Monarch School, Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Diego Center for Children, SDYS Foster Care, Support The Enlisted Project, USO San Diego, Vista Hill, Words Alive, and YWCA.

pARTners in Creativity is made possible through generous support from the Farrell Family Foundation, the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, Southwest Airlines, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation, Lions Club of San Diego, The Arthur & Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund and Macy’s Inc.

For more information about pARTners in Creativity, please contact our education department at education@thinkplaycreate.org.


Our Museum maintains a partnership with the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association, granting free admission to children and program volunteers.

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
To take advantage of our program, just come in to the Museum with your identification card and your child to enjoy a free day at the Museum.

For more information about our partnership with the CASA Association, please contact us at education@thinkplaycreate.org.

Military Access

Living in San Diego, we have a special place in our hearts for our military. We embrace our military families with year-round programs in an effort to provide an affordable, enriching place where they feel appreciated and at home. We provide military families discounts admission throughout the year. We participate with over 2,000 other museums nationwide in the annual Blue Star Museum program, which provides free admission for active military from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This year we offered free admission to military and veterans during Veterans Weekend, from 11/10 – 11/12.

Our military effort is sponsored in part by Lockheed Martin, SDG&E, the Issa Family Foundation, US Bank and the Zable Foundation.