What kid doesn’t like garbage? I know mine does for sure anyway (remember this post?)! T’s obsessed with trash trucks, dumping toys with toy trash trucks, sorting trash from recyclables, and even helps at home with taking out the trash. Not to steal lines from Oscar the Grouch or anything, but T loves trash, and he loves it because it’s trash.
So when we were in San Diego a couple of months ago and had a chance to swing over to the New Children’s Museum (NCM) before a game at PETCO Park, I was ecstatic to learn that their special exhibition devoted to all things “TRASH” was still ongoing. T had already attended NCM once with Grandma Beep earlier in the summer, so he knew it was still there, too, when he saw their bright yellow signs on approach at the main entrance.
RMT’ers, these hands-on exhibits are anything but garbage. Yes, many of the artists who created them used and incorporated varying components of trash or recycled materials (cleaned and disinfected prior to use, of course), but you’d never know that from viewing and exploring most of them. These artists definitely have a knack for turning one person’s trash into a treasure trove of endless good times for kids. T could have painted the junkyard car for hours. He could have fired pretend flies at piles of pretend compost for even longer. And the kids go ga-ga for the garbage-bin indoor play yard area.
I tried to find out how much longer TRASH will be piled up on display at NCM, but I cannot find the information. I am going to keep trying though because I feel as if this is going to get hauled out of there pretty soon (TRASH has been there for more than a year now). Yeah, OK, so we were a bit late to this trashy party, and I am even later in posting about our junkyard adventures. Sorry! But with the long holiday weekend coming up, I figured some of you might be looking for something new to do. Hopefully I’ve introduced at least one or two of you to the wonderful New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego. And since T still asks to go to “the TRASH place” when we are down there, I thought maybe your kids would enjoy a trip to the TRASH place also. Just make sure you don’t wind up at the dump!
The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is open Monday, 10am–4pm; Tuesday, 10am–4pm; Thursday, 10am–6pm; Friday, 10am–4pm; Saturday, 10am–4pm; Sunday, 12pm–4pm. Closed Wednesdays. Admission is $10 per person one-year-old and up (seniors and military with ID are just $5; click here for more details on planning your visit). However, the second Sunday of every month is FREE for everyone thanks to Target. The museum is at 200 West Island Ave., San Diego, CA, 92101. You can find information about parking here. The museum is also accessible by the San Diego Trolley‘s Green Line (Convention Center stop), Amtrak, and other local bus routes (click here for more information on public transit).
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