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Culture Lust by Angela Carone

Opening Day of The New Children's Museum

On Sunday, I spent the day at the grand opening of The New Children's Museum Culture Lust has decided it's the coolest new digs in San Diego.    The concrete and steel "green" building designed by local architect Rob Quigley finally came to life this weekend after much anticipation.  The place was packed all day Sunday - honestly, I didn't detect a lull in the three hours I was there.  Kids were smiling and concentrating at every turn.  In fact, the only kids I saw crying were the ones who didn't want to leave.  I overheard many a parent promise to return the following weekend as a pacifier.  If I were a betting woman...and sometimes I am...I'd bet those weren't empty promises.  I personally can't wait to go back, and I don't even have children!

I took some pics of kids interacting with the opening exhibit Childsplay for your viewing pleasure.

Culture Lust favorites at The New Children's Museum:  Brian Dick's No Rules Except...Yard.  You may think I like this piece because of the ellipsis in the title... I obviously love ellipsis.  But this piece has ellipsis and mattresses and chaos and tire pillows!  What's not to love? I also liked Mark Mulroney's Shadow Puppets and Nick Rodrigues' Porta-Party - it's a booth shaped like an iPod with a disco ball inside and an iPod full of music - you get inside and dance, groove, booty shake, what have you.  I'm thinking about commissioning one for my office at KPBS. 


aaryn b. from The Yard
May 06, 2008 at 07:34 AM
These pictures are fantastic! You really captured the energy of the day...have you ever seen so many happy children in one place?

Erin Righetti from La Jolla
May 06, 2008 at 04:36 PM
Love the photos - that was such a great day for the kids. It was such a good experience and all the rooms were safe - one entry/exit to watch. You took a photo of my daughter Lily - can you email it to me?

Anthony from NYC
August 12, 2008 at 10:22 PM
Love all of the new, interactive (and in a green building!) opportunities we are providing the kids. We need more! The next two generations are going to be so much more willing to take on the climate change problems we've been avoiding for 30 years... Thx for the article .//A.