Best Portal to Your Inner Tike

OFF CAMPUS — Remember when you could run around naked, yell at the top of your lungs and win praise based on the merits of cuteness alone? While the days of unconditional adoration have long since passed — replaced by fruitless all-nighters and bitchy internships — there are some places that still cater to your inner kid. Case in point: the New Children’s Museum in downtown San Diego. Built to compensate for the loss of visual arts in public schools, the playhouse features touchable, climbable, hands-on exhibits from local artists, including (but not limited to) shadow puppets and harmonica vacuum cleaners — the messier, the better. Drag along your little cousin or go solo; either way, it’s a damn fun daytrip.