My kids just love the New Children’s Museum downtown. We have gone several times in the last year or so. The theme has been about garbage, and we have learned a lot through play about the 4.5 pounds of trash the average person creates each day. They love the climbing wall. They love hauling the bags of “garbage” up onto the garbage truck and sending them down the slide. They love painting the old car in bright colors. And they really enjoy the classes that have varied every time we go. The museum’s theme of “Think, Play, Create” is fabulous. On our recent visit to the museum, my kids created works of art in action. They used balls and other trinkets dipped in paint to splat, spin, and roll paint across their creations. They had a great time sculpting with clay. A few hours of uninterrupted, unhurried time to just play and create. It’s so fun.
The big news is that the museum will be closed Sept. 10 – Oct. 12 to set up their new exhibition: Feast!: The Art of Playing With Your Food. According to the museum’s website, “Children and adults will be able to climb and swing through an orange grove that responds to visitors’ touch with sound, drive kid-sized food trucks, jump and balance their way through an enormous, bulbous food jumpy, and so much more!” This new exhibit will open Oct. 13, 2013. Get a membership to enjoy this new exhibit all year long. Or check out a pass from the local library and go for free! I can’t wait for the new exhibit and getting my kids down there to play with food!
The New Children’s Museum is located at 200 West Island Avenue in San Diego. It is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays, 12 noon to 4 pm. Regular admission is $10 each for children and adults (under 1 is free).
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