The Exploration area of the Museum focuses on world cultures, social science, history, and communities. Our Discovery Sailboat and Kids Global Village feature rotating cultural exhibits that highlight different people and places throughout time, helping children to better understand historical contexts and appreciate the diverse world around them. Our Toddler Tide Pool is a marine-themed sensory exhibit designed to promote early childhood development such as problem solving and gross and fine motor skills.
Calling all Explorers! Children can strap on a life jacket and chart their nautical journey using the world geography maps and weather station in the Captain’s Cabin, and use the authentic steering wheel and navigation compass to set sail on the rough seas, travel to new lands, or explore the great blue yonder on the Explorer Discovery Sailboat. Children can climb up to the top for a bird’s eye view of the museum or slide into the sea. Thank you to Discovery Sailboat supporters: Bonar Family Trust, Price Philanthropies Foundation, Escondido Lumber, Minney’s Yacht Surplus, and Adventuress Catamaran Sailing.
Kids Global Village
At the Kids Global Village, children will explore the marketplace and home life of cultures from around the world. Kids can go shopping in the marketplace, buying play food and using mini shopping carts. They can weigh their food and pay with pretend money. The market and the home are redesigned every other month to reflect the culture that we are celebrating in our Escondido Roots Series. For each new culture, kids are able to explore with international money, see different types of traditional foods from the celebrated culture, and try on some traditional clothing for role-play and dress up. Thank you to our Kids Global Village supporters: The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, KPBS, The Nissan Foundation, and The County of San Diego.
Toddler Tide Pool
The Toddler Tide Pool area gives our youngest visitors a chance to explore, experiment, and play in a safe place built to stimulate their growth and development. Foam block climbing structures and enclosures encourage crawling, pulling up, cruising and early walking. The area includes tactile and sensory games and activities, tactile mural, reading cushion area, foam and tumble block area, and images of sea life. Thank you to Toddler Tide Pool supporters: Price Philanthropies Foundation, The Quiksilver Foundation, and Kidz Care Dental. Reading Book Nook Choose your beanbag and get cozy in the Book Nook with a wide selection of books for children TK- 10 years old. Read with your child or join us for Storytime every day at 11am and 1pm. Thank you to our Reading Book Nook supporters: The Linden Root Dickinson Foundation and KPBS.