Kids Free San Diego all month long in October 2017

Kids Free San Diego all month long in October 2017

Christmas may be a child’s favorite day of the year, but I think that October is a kid’s favorite month.  Here’s why.  Kids Free San Diego is a promotion that runs each year and provides free entrance for kids at many local attractions!   There are more than 100 promotions during Kids Free San Diego this October 2017. Pretty awesome huh?

Kids Free San Diego October 2017

As a Southern California local, October is a great month to explore San Diego.  With Kids Free San Diego, there are so many fun attractions to visit it is a good thing that there are 31 days in the month!

The idea of Kids Free San Diego was started by the San Diego Zoo to celebrate the month they were founded.  Soon the San Diego Museum Council joined in the fun, and now there are over 120 participating businesses.  What a fantastic time to be a kid!

Visit California has some great tips to make the most of Kids Free San Diego.

  • Focus on theme parks and other attractions on Mondays when museums tend to be closed.
  • Be aware of Halloween-related restrictions at amusement parks which may close early to hold Halloween events in the evenings.
  • Plan your activities and hotel stays based on location because some attractions (like Legoland) are a 30+ minute drive away from Downtown San Diego.

Kids Free San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the world.  The zoo is so large that you could spend several days here and not see all of the animals and shows.  Bring your walking shoes so your feet will thank you!

For only $12 more, you can upgrade your child’s ticket so it will include the Guided Bus Tour, Kangaroo Bus, and Skyfari aerial tram.

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Timmy has the map and is ready to see all of the animals.

Kids Free Legoland

Legoland has been one of Timmy’s favorite theme parks the past few years.  He’s really into building with Legos and it is so much fun to be able to build Legos inside the park, trade characters with other children and the staff, and see some of your favorite Lego characters come to life (like Ninjago).

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Timmy at the entrance to Legoland in Carlsbad in May 2016.

Kids Free San Diego Safari Park

We held an annual pass to the San Diego Safari Park for many years.  As an added plus, the annual pass provides admission to both the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

The people who run the park do an excellent job in creating an environment for the animals that is as close to their natural habitat as possible.  One of our favorite things to do at the Safari Park is to take the tram around the park so you can witness the animals behaving naturally.

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Timmy making friends with a giraffe statue in April 2014.

Kids Free San Diego Seaworld

Seaworld may have a bad rap after the Blackfish movie came out, but we’ve enjoyed visiting the park with the kids.  Timmy and Scarlett loved seeing the penguins especially when the penguins are outside and just within reach.  But their favorite part of Sea World is the Sesame Street play area.  The would climb and bounce all day long if we let them.

Kids Free San Diego Museums

The San Diego Museum Council has coordinated the efforts of 43 arts, cultural, and science museums to offer free admission for children during Kids Free San Diego.  With so many choices, there is something to satisfy anyone’s curiosity.

Some of our favorites are The New Children’s Museum, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

With this promotion, a family of four can save up to $30 per museum!  All you have to do is download the coupon from the SDMC website or grab a coupon at Mission Federal Credit Union and pick which museum piques your interest.

San Diego Museum Council
Photo courtesy of San Diego Museum Council.

And so much more during Kids Free San Diego October 2017

For the complete list of Kids Free San Diego options, go to the SanDiego.org website to see all of the attractions, hotels, and restaurants that are participating in this kids free San Diego promotion.

Two of my favorite hotels, the Kimpton Palomar and Kimpton Solamar, aren’t participating in this promotion, but they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re planning on staying in San Diego.

Dad Says

As a parent, I love the opportunity to save a bunch of money on attractions with my kids.  I use promos and coupons all of the time to save money, but rarely are there so many kids free opportunities like this.  Sure, as adults, we still have to pay for Mom and Dad to go, but when you have a couple of kids, the savings can be huge because many attractions (especially amusement parks) charge almost the same amount for kids as they do adults.

Please note that each attraction has specific conditions for this promotion, including what ages children can be to participate in Kids Free San Diego.  Visit the SanDiego.org website for details or contact the attraction directly.

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