Big Family Fun, Big Savings in North County
October is a kid’s paradise in San Diego! All month long, kids 12 and under receive FREE admission with a paid adult to more than 50 of San Diego County’s favorite museums, historic sites, aquariums, gardens and more. Here are 10 great attractions that kids can go to for free in North County all October long as part of Kids Free San Diego.
Plus big-name attractions all over San Diego County are included, such as SeaWorld San Diego, LEGOLAND California, and the San Diego Zoo, along with don’t-miss spots including Birch Aquarium, Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the USS Midway. Find all the Kids Free museum deals at SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org and all the hotels, attractions, and more at SanDiego.org.
California Surf Museum
San Diego kids love catching waves! The California Surf Museum has many exhibit they will love including Let’s Boogie: Tom Morey and the Evolution of the Boogie Board, A Brief History of Surfboards: From Wood to Foam to Fiberglass, as well as Courageous Inspiration: Bethany Hamilton (which features the actual surfboard of the brave shark attack survivor). Find your coupon here.
After school on a Thursday is a great time to visit. The whole family will love MainStreet Oceanside’s Sunset Market, San Diego County’s top weekly food and music street fair that runs from 5-9 p.m. right in front of the Museum every Thursday evening.
Mission San Luis Rey
Known as the “King of the Missions,” Mission San Luis Rey, is the largest of the California Missions. The historic Mission tells the story of our nation’s frontier past and the heritage that helped form California. Explore the grounds of a National Historic Landmark! Redeem coupon here.
ICA San Diego / North
A new season just opened at the ICA San Diego / North Encinitas campus. Kids will love the art created from pennies by Artist in Residence Yaw Owusu and Carolina Caycedo’s new digital collages. Plus your kids will love exploring the sculpture trail and discover surprises along the way to the summit of the hill adjacent to the museum. Find your Kids Free coupon here.
San Diego Botanic Garden
San Diego Botanic Garden
Head up the coast to Encinitas where you’ll find San Diego Botanic Garden with three areas designed just for kids – the Hamilton Children’s Garden, Seeds of Wonder, and the Junior Quail Trail. Kids can also get their hands dirty doing a bit of gardening. They can can uncover small plastic dinosaurs hidden in the sandpits or transplant tiny succulents from one container to a fun take-home plastic pot. Find your coupon here.
Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
Over 10,000 square feet of FUN including elaborate dollhouse-sized homes, a miniature moving circus and a whole world of animated toys. The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum is located in Carlsbad is free for the whole family. Find your coupon here.
Museum of Making Music
The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad features hundreds of instruments from the last 150 years. Kids can experience an immersive panoramic multimedia display with multiple hands-on opportunities. Find your Kids Free coupon here.
AWESOME AWAITS at LEGOLAND® California Resort with more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions for families with children ages 2-12. Plus you can soak up the sun and cool off at the LEGOLAND Water Park or chill out at SEA LIFE® aquarium. Enjoy one free One-Day Child Hopper ticket with purchase of a full-price One-Day Adult Hopper ticket to LEGOLAND California and SEA LIFE® aquarium. Find your Kids Free coupon here.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
At the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido, whether playing musical instruments, discovering history in an archeological dig box, or exploring the amazing world of plants and insects in their garden, children can combine active learning with creativity for a fun educational experience all their own. Find your Kids Free Coupon here.
San Diego Archaeological Center
Kids (ages 5-12) visiting the San Diego Archaeological Center in Escondido during October will receive a free Kids Dig Archaeology activity book and can complete activities to earn a Junior Archaeology Badge. Find your Kids Free Coupon here.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Kids Go Free at San Diego Zoo Safari Park this October. The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an 1,800-acre wildlife park, is home to more than 3,600 animals representing over 300 species. Throughout the entire month of October, children 11 and younger receive free admission. No ticket required. October free entrance for kids includes the Africa Tram (subject to availability). Find your Kids Free Coupon here.