SAN FRANCISCO WITH KIDS: CHILDREN’S CREATIVITY MUSEUM
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein
One of the highlights of our stay in San Francisco was spending a morning with our kids at the Children’s Creativity Museum. We had read great reviews of this family attraction and the visit exceeded our expectations.
The Museum is located in the center of San Francisco, one of the world’s most creative cities, just a few steps away from the Yerba Buena Gardens and the SF Moma.
A must-see for families with children, the Museum has a unique approach to nurturing 21st-century skills and encourages creative expression, innovation, and critical thinking and in addition, provides hours of fun for the entire family.
The facilities are incredible and adapted for children, providing a creative space where they can invent, experiment, build, create movies, read, imagine, climb, play, draw, make music, explore, and more.
The different exhibits combine modeling clay, technology, a mystery box challenge, code writing, robot Programmation, one imagination lab, and real-time digital creation. There is also a Creativity Theater that hosts performances and screenings for all ages.
But without any doubt, our favorite exhibit was the “Making Music Studio”. In this play-based exhibit, children can create their own instruments, play with toys that make beautiful sounds, discover their voice, produce a music recording and even make their own melody compositions.
When you enter the Making Music Studio you are welcomed by a sign that asks children “What music will you share with the world today? And the following quote: “Your music can express your feeling and your song can tell your story“. What a beautiful, kind and emotional way to introduce music to small children!”
I must admit that as a musicologist and pianist myself, my heart melt when I entered this studio and saw this amazing space dedicated to music education. I felt that this is how music should be presented to children, as a joyful, creative and hands-on art.
If you plan to visit San Francisco with your family, I would recommend setting aside at least a few hours to explore this great Museum. After your visit, don’t forget to ride the historic LeRoy Carousel and enjoy the great outside play area just in front of the Museum.