Rock Out at the Museum of Making Music

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When your little crooner starts mimicking Carly Rae Jepsen (um, seriously?), dances along to the latest Jonas Brothers single (breathe, just breathe), or plays a mean air guitar imitating Bob Dylan (ok, that’s more like it), it’s time to take your rising rock star to the Museum of Making Music. This musical education will introduce your little Bono to the history of music and how it’s evolved in a hands-on way. Located in Carlsbad, less than a mile from LEGOLAND, the Museum of Making Music invites visitors no matter how young to pick-up instruments and make music.


Just Rock It!
At the Museum of Making Music, your children will learn how music has evolved from the 1890s to present by viewing exhibits arranged in chronological order.  They’ll see first-hand how the music industry has developed over time and the cool design changes of the instruments.


By listening to audio samples and watching video clips of music performances, your kids will also discover genres and tunes that defined each year.  Extremely knowledgeable museum docents standby to answer any pint-sized music-related question that comes to your little musician’s mind.

Not only will your budding rock stars have the opportunity to stroll through the history of music but more importantly, they’re given the green light to pick-up and play vintage instruments found next to the exhibits with signs that read:  “Play Me.” Score!MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC -3

The best part, though, is saved for last. At the end of the museum, experience the highlight of every visit — The jam session area for kids (and parents too!) filled with modern instruments ranging from electric drums to keyboards.  For children who are interested in learning to play a new instrument, there are a variety to choose from. This is a great way to introduce your kids to new ways of making music without actually having to invest in that guitar that they may or may not end up playing. MUSUEM OF MAKING MUSIC-4

Autographs & Memorabilia
Be sure to check out the gift store on your way out the door.  It’s stocked with lots of music-related goodies (books, CDs, DVDs and even kids’ instruments) making the perfect gifts for the musicians in your life.  And if you don’t have time, you can also purchase merchandise from the museum’s on-line store.

A Few Good Notes
While the museum is on the small-side (read: it’s easy to keep track of your kids), don’t let the size fool you. Each gallery is jammed packed with music history, trivia and instruments.  So, expect to spend up to 2 hours here (easily). And, if you get sucked into the interactive instrument playing areas, well, your time in this super cool museum could easily skyrocket.

To get the most out of your experience, check out the museum’s “Upcoming Events” page in advance so you can see a live concert performance during your visit and take advantage of all the special events. The Museum of Making Music frequently offers family-friendly performances, including a free Kinder Koncert by The San Diego Symphony, and other talents in their concert hall.

Now, for the Encore
In addition Museum of Making Music’s concerts, the space features educational group tours for kids of all ages, including preschoolers, scout troops, and K-12 students (“MusicVentures field trips”).  Plus, don’t forget to check out the week-long Summer Music Camp for kids ages 9 through 18. This summer music camp is aimed at kids who are at all levels of music playing experience and eager to begin music lessons or enhance their existing musical talent.MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC-5

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, Ca  92008

The details: The Museum of Making Music is open six days a week (closed on Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult; Youth (ages 4-18) $7; and kids age 3 and under are free.

Tell us about your visit to the museum in the comment section below. 

Written and Photographed by: Christina Q. Cross