Kids Free San Diego" provides families an opportunity to save during budget-conscious times with a variety of "kids free" incentives, ranging from complimentary attraction admission, meals and Amtrak rides to welcome amenities at area hotels and much more.
In October after the summer beach crowds diminish, San Diegans can relish in the region's sunny weather and warm temperatures and enjoy a number of fun-filled fall activities for the whole family. Below are highlights of the 3rd annual "Kids Free San Diego" month.
Kids Ride Free on Amtrak and Local Sightseeing Tours
Amtrak is offering one child, ages 2-12, a free ride with one paid adult rail fare aboard the Pacific Surfliner route, servicing San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Stops en route include the Santa Ynez Valley, Carpinteria, Ventura, Oxnard, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and more.
Hornblower Cruises & Events and Flagship Cruises & Events are offering kids, ages 12 and under, a free ride on their popular 1- and 2-hour harbor tours along picturesque San Diego Bay. Hornblower's
offer is good for two kids per each full-price paid adult admission, while Flagship offers one child per
One child, age 12 or under, rides free per one paid adult on the entertaining, on- and off-boarding Old Town Trolley Tours of America and the thrilling San Diego SEAL Tours Sea and Land Adventures.
San Diego Speed Boat Adventures, Inc. is offering kids a free guided and narrated San Diego Harbor Tour aboard their own mini speedboat, with a paid adult tour.
Big Fun Savings at World-Class Family Attractions
All kids, ages 10 and younger, are admitted free into the San Diego Zoo, home to 3,700 rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles, and the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is now home to the Tull Family Tiger Tail, featuring a new forested habitat for the Safari Park's Sumatran tigers with up-close views of the critically endangered species.
SeaWorld San Diego wants families to join in the celebration of their 50th anniversary by offering one child, ages 3 to 9, free admission with one full-paid adult admission. The same offer is valid at Dine with Shamu, and kids, ages 10 to 13, can participate for free in SeaWorld's Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs with one paid adult participation (kids must be at least 48" tall to participate).
LEGOLAND® California Resort, featuring 128 acres of LEGO-themed fun and more than 50 interactive attractions, and SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium, with 36,000 sq. ft. of play zones and marine exhibits including the new Jellyfish Discovery, are offering a free one-day Child Hopper Ticket for one kid, ages 12 and under, with purchase of a full-price one-day Adult Hopper Ticket.
Belmont Park in Mission Beach, offers kids, ages 12 and under, free rides, meals and treats with adult purchase of the same offering. Kids can play unlimited laser tag or ride for free on the park's 11 ticketed rides, including the National Historic Landmark "Giant Dipper," one of only two remaining beachfront wooden roller coasters on the U.S. west coast.
Kids Can Dig In on the Deals at San Diego's Restaurants
After exploring the historic sites of Old Town San Diego, parents can unwind with a margarita and some traditional Mexican fare at Casa Guadalajara, while kids enjoy a free meal from the kids menu with every paid adult entrée.
Inspired by the late singer-songwriter Jim Croce, Croce's Park West in Banker's Hill offers parents a classy and cozy atmosphere where they can dine and relax to the sounds of jazz, while kids enjoy a complimentary meal.
Kids can munch on a grilled Italian-style sandwich or a flat-bread pizza while parents savor one of many Tuscan-style entrees at Pinzimini in The Westin Gaslamp Quarter, where up to two kids can eat for free per paid adult.
Kids Learn and Have a Blast at San Diego's Diverse Arts and Culture Venues
Kids have endless options to learn while they have fun at more than 35 San Diego museums countywide that are offering free admission to all kids, ages 12 and under, in October. Here are just a few of San Diego's many kid-friendly museums to discover:
Planes, trains and automobiles can all be enjoyed in the many museums of Balboa Park, which is often called the Smithsonian of the West. The San Diego Air & Space Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, presents aviation history from first flights to space travel, while the San Diego Automotive Museum displays classic automobiles and motorcycles from yesteryear. Lovers of toy trains can see the largest indoor model railroad display in the world at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.
Located in downtown, the New Children's Museum is the place to stimulate a kid's inquisitiveness and innovative thinking with hands-on exhibits and art making activities. Visitors of all ages can also sink their teeth into Feast, a unique, highly engaging, multi-sensory experience featuring 13 artist installations and 8 other projects that examine the relationship of food and eating in inventive and unexpected ways.
At the Maritime Museum of San Diego, children can explore the oldest active sailing ship in the world, go inside a Soviet submarine or come aboard one of the ships that starred in Pirates of the Caribbean 4. The museum houses one of the finest collections of historic ships in the world, like the majestic Star of India, the B-39 submarine of the HMS Surprise. The ships are complemented by a variety of on-board exhibits, including original artwork, photography, and one of the best collections of ship models in the United States.
Music comes alive at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, where kids can learn about the history of American Popular Music, get a glimpse into the music products industry, play on dozens of hands-on instruments in the museum's unique Innovation Studio and explore music around the world on a state-of-the-art touch screen.
Free Unique and Cool Activities for Kids
During October, kids can enjoy a variety of unique free activities, from learning to ride the waves of the Pacific Ocean, to visiting a local farm and harvesting organic veggies to take home.
With a purchase of one adult surfing lesson or session, one child, ages 6-12, receives a complimentary surfing session or lesson from the Surf Diva Surf School in La Jolla, the world's first all-woman surf school.
At H&M Landing, kids can adventure into the ocean and experience the thrill of catching their own fish. Kids fish for free with every paid adult, and reservations are required.
With the purchase of a paid adult public harvesting tour, kids can enjoy a free tour of Suzie's Farm, which is located thirteen miles south of downtown San Diego. During the 90 minute tour, families can learn the history and operations of the 140-acre USDA-certified organic farm and will have the unique opportunity to harvest veggies to take home.
Kids can embark on a free sailing excursion of the Pacific Ocean and learn about San Diego's wildlife aboard one of Sail San Diego's three hour tours. Guests can choose to take the wheel or sit back and enjoy the sights of San Diego. One child sails free per adult reservation.
A complete listing of "Kids Free San Diego" Month participants and their special offers will be available at SanDiego.org/KidsFree beginning August 18. All offers are valid Oct. 1–31, 2014, and age limits and other restrictions vary by venue and activity.