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The New Children’s Museum: Free on the Second Sunday of Each Month
Neighborhood & Address: Downtown, 200 West Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Best For: Families, Children, the Young at Heart
Hours: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm most days, see website for details
The New Children’s Museum is a great place to take young children and thanks to sponsorship from Target, the museum is free to all the second Sunday of every month. The free day for August was during the past weekend, August 12th, but mark your calendars in advance for September 9th to take advantage of this great free family outing.
The museum is a multi-level play and educational space with a mix of temporary and permanent exhibits and plenty of hands on activities that are constantly changing. The staff is helpful and friendly and well-versed in working with children to keep them entertained and involved in the activities available.
Outside of the museum is a grass lawn that’s great for a picnic as well as a playground that is open and free every day of the week, along the Martin Luther King Promenade. The accompanying photo is a snapshot of the playground.
The current building was opened in May 2008 and encompasses 50,000 square feet filled with soaring staircases, colorful exhibits, and the ever-endearing sounds of children at play. A great space in the heart of downtown that is a wonderful choice for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.
John was an accountant in a former life and now devotes his time to child-rearing, reading, writing, and working to ensure that San Diego is truly America’s Finest City. Interested specifically in environmental issues, John is always interested in learning more and connecting with others that want to improve the health of our world and community.
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