Inspiration for the Children’s Museum came from the tragic 1989 Cleveland School shootings. While at play, five children were killed, and 30 others were wounded — including a teacher — by a gunman firing an assault weapon.
That wounded teacher was Janet Geng, Founding Director of The Children’s Museum of Stockton. Janet sought to create a safe, violence-free place for learning and play during her physical and spiritual healing. She knew Stockton deserved such a place.
In March of 1990, a small group of community leaders met to discuss the possibilities of a children’s museum. Through support from both the private and public sectors, this museum in Stockton, California became a reality.
It was a cool spring morning in March 1994. The sound of a hammer meeting a nail was a familiar friend. Board Members, volunteers, and staff frantically put the final touches on exhibits. A helicopter landed in the parking lot. Kites flew high. Bands played on as the Children’s Museum Kid’s Board cut the ribbon. Over 500 residents rushed to discover the magical world that was promised.
Since that morning in 1994, the Children’s Museum of Stockton has grown to become a family-friendly attraction for our community. With over 40 hands-on interactive exhibits, an Art Studio, and various programming, the Museum continues its mission to provide children, families, and schools with a safe and fun center of discovery and learning.
The San Joaquin County Audubon Society sponsors Nature Station Delta Exhibit featuring:
- Largemouth black bass
- Interactive water table
- Food 4 Less grocery store and deli
- Dr. Barkers Pet Clinic
- Agricultural Farm Exhibit featuring:
- CMS News Station
- Galaxy Room (COMING SOON!)
- Recycling Exhibit
- Children’s Community Bank, Sponsored by Bank of Stockton
- Post Office featuring Marble Run Wall
- “Know where it goes” Water conservation display
- Magnet Exhibit featuring:
- Mag-Na Wall
- Magnetic domes
- Toddler Area specifically designed for children ages four and under EZ Stockton Junk Removal
- Aquatic Display featuring turtles and fish
- Water Conservation Cottage
- Imagination Play Wall Sponsored by ABS Foundation
- Art Studio
- Puppet Show area
- Shadow Room
- Train Tables
- Blue Blocks
- Life Sized vehicles and transportation:
- Fire truck
- Police Car
- Police Motorcycle
- SJRTD Bus
- Ambulance with Hospital Room
- Fort with Slide
- Eye Exhibit
- “STEMLAND” Area Sponsored by Teachers College and San Joaquin County Office of Education
- Lego Derby Area
- Shoe Store
- Outdoor playground and patio area
- 5 hours exclusive private rental of Museum*
- Admission for up to 75 people
- Access to our party room and Museum exhibits**
**Museum exhibits are subject to closure at the Museum staff’s discretion and may not be guaranteed availability during your event.
Art Studio (with staff attendant)
Admission for additional adult or child
Rental includes 75 admissions (adults and children ages one and older). $6.00 per person (adult or child) will be charged for additional guests up to 100 maximum.
Address: 402 W Weber Ave, Stockton, CA
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