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California Kids Museums and Children’s Learning

Published on: February 01, 2012

Photos left to right: Pretend City in Irvine allows children to pretend they are functioning as adults. A child takes his produce he has picked and sells it; Bay Area Discover Museum in Sausalito offers many areas to explore and lessons to learn;  Pennypickles Workshop in Temecula features widgets and gadgets of the fictitious scientist named Pennypickle.

It’s fun being a kid when there’s a museum around the bend designed just for you. Though children aren’t limited to the many museums in California that have “kids” in their name, there are some designed specifically for them. We’ve listed many but are still adding more. Of course kids can also explore wonderful museums of learning such as the International Printing Museum in Carson, Pez Museum in Burlingame, California Surf Museum in Oceanside or National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico. California is a great place to live or visit if you have kids. Some of these museums invited adults, and San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum actually offers an adult tour day for big kids only!

Here’s more information for Kids Museums in California:

  • BERKELEY -Habitot Children’s Museum habitot.org
  • HEMET -Fingerprints Youth Museum fingerprintsmuseum.com
  • IRVINE -Pretend City Children’s Museum pretendcity.org
  • LA HABRA – La Habra’s Children’s Musuem lahabracity.com
  • LODI -World Of Wonders Science Museum wowsciencemuseum.com
  • LOS ANGELES Zimmer Children’s Museum zimmermuseum.org
  • OAKHURST – children’s Museum of the Sierra childrensmuseumofthesierra.org
  • OAKLAND -Museum of Children’s Art mocha.org
  • OXNARD -Gull Wings Children’s Museum gullwings.org
  • PASADENA – Kidspace Children’s Museum kidspacemuseum.org
  • SAN DIEGO – New Children’s Museum thinkplaycreate.org
  • SAN DIEGO – San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum sdcdm.org
  • SAN FRANCISCO Children’s Creativity Museum creativity.org
  • SAN JOSE – Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose cdm.orG
  • SAN LUIS OBISPO – San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum slocm.org
  • SANTA ANA Discovery Science Center discoverycube.org
  • SANTA BARBARA Children’s Museum Santa Barbara Opening in 2013 childrensmuseumsb.org
  • SANTA ROSA- Children’s Museum of Sonoma County (building a permanent facility to open in future) cmosc.org
  • SAUSALITO -Bay Area Discovery Museum baykidsmuseum.org
  • TEMECULA -Pennypickle’s Workshop pennypickles.org
  • TRUCKEE – KidZone Museum kidzonemuseum.org
  • VISALIA – ImagineU Interactive Children’s Museum imagineumuseum.org
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