California Museums


California Kids Museums

California Kids Museums, Children's Museums

BERKELEY Habitot Children's Museum
Habitot Children's Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
Habitot Children's Museum was created to nurture and enrich the lives of young children, their families, and the adults who care for them by providing an environment for early childhood learning and exploration, parenting education, and community outreach. Toy lending library and many great programs offer early learning opportunities.

HEMET Fingerprints Youth Museum
123 S. Carmalita Street
Hemet, Ca 92543
Exhibits include Television Station, Paleo Pit, Bank of Hemet, Rock Wall, Grocery Store, Water Exhibit, Police Department, Book Nook, Doctors Office, Motion Machine, Emergency Services, Craft Room are exhibits aligned with state standards. Fingerprints is a fun, safe environment for your children to
explore and discover all this would has to offer.

IRVINE Pretend City Children's Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City Children's Museum provides children with unlimited opportunities to develop creativity and learn through purposeful play. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization.

LA HABRA - La Habra's Children's Musuem
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra, CA 90631
The Children's Museum at La Habra opened in December 1977 and is located in a historic 1923 Train Depot. It features 7 galleries and 14 different hands on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes 4 times a year. The Children's Museum at La Habra was the first children's museum to open west of the Rocky Mountains, and was one of only a few such museums to open on the West Coast during the 1970s. The Children's Museum welcomes local, national and international visitors. Children can ride a kid-size carousel, take a walk in T-Rex's footprints, pet an Arctic fox, pump gas, drive a bus, dress up and perform, and dig for fossils all in one afternoon!

LODI World Of Wonders Science Museum
2 North Sacramento Street
Lodi, CA 95240
Lodi, California

Learn about energy, electricity, magnetism, sight and more at the World of Wonders (WOW) Science Museum in Historic Downtown Lodi, where hands-on exhibits stimulate discovery for all ages. If you've ever been to the San Francisco Exploratorium, then you know exactly what the World of Wonders is.... a fascinating, motivating and fun place where children and adults can learn about the world around them through science!

LOS ANGELES Zimmer Children's Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Discovery Plane --Pilot the Zimmer Plane for a journey to distant lands. This real plane is equipped with navigational tools, electronic controls panel and flight simulation, so you can travel to Israel, Mexico, or wherever your imagination takes you! youTHink, Giant Tzedakah Pinball,Rhythms of the World, Wishing Wall, Water Ways, giant, magnetic safari wall and many things to see and explore.

OAKHURST - Children's Museum of the Sierra
49269 Golden Oak Drive, Suite 104
Oakhurst, CA 93644

This is not a collecting museum in the traditional sense. That is one of the primary ways in which it differ from other museums. The children's museum uses teaching collections, providing objects to be handled, learned from and explored by the inquisitive participants.

OAKLAND Museum of Children's Art
538 Ninth Street
Oakland, CA

MOCHA provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children and their families.

OXNARD Gull Wings Children's Museum
418 W. 4th Street
Oxnard, CA 93030

The Museum features hands-on exhibits designed to make a child's imagination soar. For close to 25 years, the nonprofit Museum has provided high quality educational programs and exhibits to children aged toddler to 12.

PASADENA - Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103,

Nestled in Pasadena, California's Brookside Park, next to the Rose Bowl Stadium, is Kidspace Children's Museum, Southern California's "Premiere Children's Museum." With just about four acres of land, Kidspace has over 25 interactive exhibits, in addition to gardens, arroyo streams, and frequent daily/weekly activities. Designed for kids between 12 months and 10 years old, Kidspace provides children the opportunity to explore the physical, natural and environmental sciences while having a lot of fun. While at Kidspace they can dig for fossils, climb 40 foot towers, see a real bee hive, or even start an earthquake. In addition to the regular programs and events, Kidspace also offers parenting classes, camps, art and it is the perfect place for birthday parties.

SAN DIEGO - New Children's Museum
200 W. Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101

NCM is designed for children of all ages, from toddler to teen. Some areas and activities are age specific—like Barn Dance for toddlers and the Teen Studio for teenagers—while other parts of the Museum are designed to engage children of all ages. Galleries have included Current Studio Workshops
Midden Monsters, Polar Vault, Sea Urchins and Midden Plarn, Splash Art! and Vik Muniz Workshop: Pictures of Garbage

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Children's Discovery Museum
320 N. Broadway Blvd
Escondido, CA 92025

Imagination Playground, Rokenbok and Rokenbok machines where each building set or remote control machine can be enjoyed alone, or as part of an ever-growing world, Keva Planks, Light Table where you learn about colors at a light table, Imagination Stage, Explorer Discovery Sailboat and many attractions and learning areas allow kids to have fun, play and learn.

SAN FRANCISCO Children's Creativity Museum
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

The studios and exhibits are facilitated by skilled artists and C.I.T.Y. Guides. Imagination Lab, Animation Studio, Design Studio, Innovation Lab, Music Studio, Movie Studio, Community Lab, Spiral Gallery

SAN JOSE - Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose 180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110

Over 28,000 square feet of semi-permanent and travelling exhibits address the educational and cultural needs of CDM's audience through the themes of Connections, Community and Creativity.Exhibit themes have included: Mammoth Discovery! Art Gallery The Art Loft Bubbles Cornhusk Dolls Current Connections Kids' Garden Rainbow Pizza and Market Secrets of Circles Streets Theatre WaterWays Wonder Cabinet

SAN LUIS OBISPO - San Luis Obispo Children's Museum 1010 Nipomo Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

The San Luis Obispo Children's Museum offers three floors of exhibits and an outdoor play yard. Museum staff members are located on each floor to assist guests during their visit. See Zoomtown, Farmers' Market, Clocktower, Bubblegum Alley, Volcano, Exploration Caves and more.

SANTA ANA Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

For over 25 years, Discovery Science Foundation has been a non-profit organization impacting the lives of children through hands-on science education. At its foundation lies four core initiatives used to prepare the next generation of teachers, students and life-long learners. From early childhood education to STEM proficiency, healthy living to environmental stewardship, these initiatives go to the heart of the Foundation's mission as an entity of inspiration, education, and transformation.
SANTA ROSA children's Museum of Sonoma County   1835 W. Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

The Museum campus occupies 4.2 acres  with over 7,000 square feet of interior space. Coupled with 36,000 square feet of outdoor exhibits devoted to science, art or nature, and  the emphasis in the outdoor exhibit garden is on environmental sustainability, water conservation and renewable energies. Rooted in contemporary early childhood research, CMOSC is modeled on proven children's museums such as the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Discovery Museum of San Jose.

SAUSALITO Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, CA 94965

With its panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge—deep in the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the museum's setting is unique among the world's children's museums. To this extraordinary backdrop,you'll find a 7.5 acre, indoor-outdoor environment that harmonizes nature and nurture.

TEMECULA Children's Museum
Pennypickle's Workshop
42081 Main Street
Temecula, California 92590

Pennypickle's Workshop - the Temecula Children's Museum is home to the Professor. It is located in a 7500 square foot facility cluttered with hands-on inventions, gadgets, experiments...and kids won't even know they're learning as they play! Located in the heart of Old Town Temecula, Pennypickle's Workshop (formerly called the Imagination Workshop) is the winner of numerous awards.

TRUCKEE - KidZone Museum
11711 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

StarFish Enterprise with Imagination Playground

VISALIA - ImagineU Interactive Children's Museum
700 East Main St.
Visalia, CA 93279

The museum provides a learning center of possibilities and promise, a family place where children and parents can learn about themselves, each other and the world we live in through explorations, interactions, role-play and direct experiences. Exhibits have included okut Planter Box, Plug It In/Six Ways to Make Electricity, Train Exhibit, Bernoulli Blower, ImagineU Medical Center, ImagineU Dental Center, Toddletown, Observation station/ Rocks and Minerals, Diggin' It, Kaleidocorner/KaleidoDraw, Multilingual Marke, Imagination Theater, Let's Make Music!, Gravity Well, Energy Efficiency Mural, 1954 Fire Truck and so much more!

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