Family Events at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Museums can be difficult places to bring the entire family to, but the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has you covered this summer when the kids are out of school. Both of the museum’s locations – downtown San Diego and La Jolla – will be hosting some awesome events this summer that are perfect for teenagers, younger children, and the whole family. Check out these events at the Museum of Contemporary Art and register early. 

Family ArtLAB

Family Events at the Museum of Contemporary Art Take part in a Look/Explore tour and let Gallery Educators at MCASD La Jolla lead you and your family in lively conversation about the exhibition Treasures of the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City. After exploring the exhibition join us for a hands-on experience in the galleries.

This particular program is recommended for families with children ages five and older. It costs $10 for Members and Military families, and $20 for non-member families and includes two adults and up to three youth.

Summer C.A.M.P.

Family Events at the Museum of Contemporary Art Summer camp has returned for another summer at the MCASD La Jolla! C.A.M.P. (Contemporary Art, Media & Process) invites 6–12 year-olds to explore contemporary art through a series of week-long art-making workshops led by local contemporary artists. Sign up now for one of three sessions:

July 28 – August 1 (10-12 year olds)/August 4 – August 8 (8-9 year olds)/August 11 – August 15 (6-7 year olds)

Sound Off for Teens 

On June 6th from 5-8pm, MCASD Downtown will be offering a unique program geared towards college and high school students. It will combine performances of music, poetry, and prose that are submitted and performed by local young artists. The evening will also include a poetry workshop and a film screening. Visit This program is free for people ages 25 and under, and costs $5 for the general public.

Kids are ALWAYS Free at the MCASD!

Family Events at the Museum of Contemporary Art Museum admission is ALWAYS free for those who are 25 and under. There is even an awesome kid-oriented exhibit called Lifelike that is on display in La Jolla through Memorial Day. And, yes, it involves a giant milk carton! The artists involved in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the mundane, choosing generally overlooked items as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, a milk carton. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind exhibit that you (and the kids) won’t want to miss. They’ll at least get a kick out of the giant eraser! 

Stroll-In-With-a-Baby Monday


On Monday, May 20 from 1:30pm – 2:15pm, the MCASD in La Jolla invites you to stroll on in with your newborn-12-month old to explore contemporary art! Tote your little one in a stroller or baby carrier and take part in a tour that combines an adult conversation with activities designed for your child that respond to works on display. Explore the Museum together at this super kid-friendly event. The program is free with purchase of admission, and each ticket is good for you and your chid.

Edwards Sculpture Garden

The sculpture Garden at the MCASD La Jolla is definitely a sight to see, and a perfect way to get outdoors during the summer with the little ones. The walk meanders through a grassy area along the outside of the museum and has great views of the water the entire way. Sculptures and various installations are scattered throughout the grounds. Visit any day of the week from 11 AM-5 PM. Best of all, entrance is totally free for everyone! Afterwards, head over to one of La Jolla’s delicious restaurants for a quick bite to eat. 



The MCASD in La Jolla is located at 700 Prospect Street.

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