During our adventures of "Discover San Diego", we were able to take a trip down to The New Children's Museum San Diego in downtown San Diego.
The parking for this museum is very limited with it being downtown, so be prepared. The museum itself is beautiful. Very open and spacious, but a little cold and not as inviting as other museums we have seen. We found that many of the activities are focused around the environment which is great, but are not as kid friendly as I think they were intended. There is a rain house with a foamy like floor that is fun for kids to run around, although kids are required to take their shoes off. (kind of a bummer). There is a slide with tires leading up to the top. Unfortunately the tires are almost straight up making it impossible for little people to climb by themselves. (Again a bummer because I had the baby with me which meant I couldn't help Sydney up and so we weren't able to play in that section.) Other areas in the museum were cool for me from a design perspective, but lacked in actual "things to do" for the kids. Like this area of the museum. Super cools to see and have the kids run around, but there isn't actual climbing happening, so we didn't stay too long. There were other areas in the museum that the kids had fun running around in, but all in all I wouldn't recommend this museum for the younger kids. There are a lot of museum staff watching over each of the areas which gave the whole thing a restrictive feel. Not letting kids be kids and explore. I think when each of the areas were built they had every intention of making it kid friendly, I just not sure they had kids test them out to make sure it it worked they way they intended. In my opinion, many fell short. The facility is beautiful and clean and spread out over three floors. I think that if you had the chance to go on a discount, then definitely check it out, but for $10 each including parents, its not a place I would frequent, especially with the younger kids.
Here are some more pictures from our adventure!