We visited The New Children's Museum in downtown San Diego (200 West Island Avenue at the corner Island Avenue and Front Street) the day after Thankgiving with our young boys. We have taken our kids to a lot of different places and have to say that this place is very unique. I've never seen anything like this museum.
The NCM opened in May 2008. It is a very modern, open, airy building with lots and lots of windows. The museum offers all sorts of sensory exhibits and activities that encourage kids of all ages to experience creativity and the arts.
In the 2 hours that we were there our kids painted, worked with clay, painted (both with paintbrushes and hands) a VW Bug that was completely slathered with paint (quite unusual...and messy...though the paint was washable and they provided washing stations in close proximity of the exhibit). The kids crawled through tunnels, climbed climbing walls, ran around in an oversized playhouse and an igloo, frolicked in beanbags and couches, and much much more.
We were told that all of the materials used in the exhibits of this 50,000 square foot, 3 story building were made out of recycled materials. That made for some quite unusual and unconventional looking exhibits. The building is one of the first completely "green" museums in California.
Across the street from the museum is a new park with plenty of room to run, play, swing, teeter-totter and spin.
So if you are looking to do something completely different and unique with your kids, check it out! The cost was $10 per person and nearby parking will run you another $10 or so. For more information, visit www.thinkplaycreate.org or call 619.233.8792.