The New Children’s Museum – San Diego

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Welcome to our first edition of Museum Mondays! I’m so excited to share our experience at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Whenever I travel with my little ones I purposely seek out aquariums or museums in our destination. They all have something different and special to offer and my kids love places designed just for them. Who knows, they may even learn something?! They are also a great indoor play option when unexpected weather hits.

Our local museum offers a ACM level membership which allows us discounts at hundreds of museums and aquariums around the country. This is a great benefit for traveling families because by showing your membership card with the ACM sticker on it you receive half off the total admission.

The New Children’s Museum is downtown San Diego. Parking is really easy. Follow signs to the parking ramp and there are attendants there to guide you. There are three floors packed with interactive play areas so bring a lunch or better yet eat at the Bean Sprouts Cafe on the second floor. They’ve gotten a ton of press around being one of the best, healthiest kids menus around. My kids had the Grilledzilla (grilled turkey and cheese) and I had the Chicken Pesto Chango.

Here are a few highlights from our visit!


The tracing table invites kids to pick from 18 different pictures of animals and landscapes to trace and color. There are buckets of colored pencils, crayons and markers to make the perfect piece of art!

We’ve never seen such a giant and dynamic playhouse! Complete with secret cubbies, rope climbing and activities this indoor jungle gym is a great stop to burn some energy right before lunch.

There is a play area dedicated for kids 4 and under. Everything in this area is padded, safe and colorful.

This museum has countless interactive areas that kids of all ages can enjoy. Keva block table, a giant chalkboard, a sandbox inside a black room lit by colored lights, a scarf blower and a giant car track are just a few of the exhibits that can entertain kids for hours.

One of their outdoor patios is equipped with clay sculpting stations and tools to make more masterpieces. There is a drying rack to set art aside while exploring the rest of the museum.

The next time you are with your kids in San Diego put The New Children’s Museum on your list. The design is very open and bright with plenty of areas for parents to sit and observe. There are 2 private nursing booths for new mamas and the outdoor decks remind you that you are in Southern CA. We went to the Children’s Beach in La Jolla to see the sea lions right after then jumped in the pool at the hotel. It was a great day!

Stacy De La Rosa