The New Children’s Museum is strongly committed to being a community resource and continues to expand its reach throughout San Diego. The Museum has multiple programs designed to reach deeply into local communities and stimulate, cultivate and nurture creativity for children and families.

In addition to program funders below, access opportunities are generously supported by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

Our Access Programs

Accessibility Mornings

The Museum hosts Accessibility Mornings quarterly throughout the year. For 2020, Accessibility Mornings will take place on February 15, April 25, August 15 and October 3 from 8am to 9:30am. With a variety of high-sensory activities and designated sensory-break zones, Accessibility Mornings provide children with disabilities and their families with the opportunity to explore the Museum with comfort and safety before the Museum opens to the general public (and then stay for the day if desired).

pARTners in Creativity

We partner with social service and other organizations that share our passion for providing educational experiences with art. Through pARTners in Creativity, we host group visits for children and families from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, with special needs or other life challenges. We have worked with numerous organizations over recent years, including: Braille Institute, Community ConNext, Migrant Education, Monarch School, Ronald McDonald House Charities, San Diego Center for Children, SDYS Foster Care, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP), USO San Diego, Vista Hills, Voices for Children and Words Alive. Voices for Children’s CASAs and their case foster children are also offered free visits. Please contact our education department at education@thinkplaycreate.org for more information about pARTners in Creativity.

This VSA program is provided in 2019-2020 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

pARTners in Creativity is made possible through generous support from Autism Speaks, the Issa Family Foundation, the Maurice J. Masserini Trust, Maryanne and Irv Pfister, the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, Southwest Airlines and the USS Midway Foundation.

Salute Our Troops: Military Access

The Museum embraces military families and strives to provide an affordable, enriching place for them to feel appreciated and at home. In addition to discounted admission all year long, the Museum participates in Blue Star Museums with over 2,000 museums nationwide to provide free admission between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year. Some military groups further serve their constituents through our Museum Pass program. See also the Partners In Creativity program that provides tailored art-making workshops for Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) and USO San Diego. Click here to watch a recap of our recent military breakfast kicking off Blue Star Museums!

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.

Our military effort is sponsored in part by U.S. Bank, BAE Systems, the Epstein Family Foundation, the Issa Family Foundation, the USS Midway Foundation and the Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation.

Museums for All Initiative

The Museum is now participating Museums for All. Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the association of Children’s Museums and the Institute for Museums and Library Services to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. Present a WIC Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and photo ID at the Welcome Desk to receive $1 admission for up to 4 people.

Check Out NCM Library Pass

The Museum offers a 10-day Museum Pass through San Diego City and County library branches. Thousands of children and families have been able to “check out” what the Museum has to offer for free through the Check Out NCM pass. These passes are valid for up to four people per visit.

Schools and Groups

Thousands of children each year come for school visits at little to no cost through our School Visits/Title I Access Program. We also work with an increasing number of organizations who serve children with disabilities and other life challenges.

See our education page for more information about our education resources and this program’s generous supporters.

CASAs

Our Museum maintains a partnership with Voices for Children and its CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, granting free admission to children and CASA volunteers. To take advantage of our program, just come in to the Museum with your CASA identification card and your case child or children to enjoy a free day at the Museum. For more information contact us at education@thinkplaycreate.org.

Museum Collaborations

The Museum participates with San Diego’s 40+ museums through the San Diego Museum Council to provide free and discounted access for San Diego residents and tourists. The Museum provides half off in February (during Museum Month) and free admission for kids in October (through Kids Free October). The Museum is also an active member of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) that nationally includes over 200 children’s museums. All Museum members receive half off admission at ACM member organizations across the United States.