With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.
This popular month-long celebration of museums is back for the 25th year! Created by the San Diego Museum Council and presented by Macy's, Museum Month allows visitors to enjoy half-price admission at 44 museums throughout the month of February. Pick up a FREE Museum Month Pass at any Macy's store in San Diego County, Temecula or Imperial County. One Pass is good for up to four half-price admissions so you can take your friends or family. Keep the Pass and use it all month long!
With 44 museums you can visit one every day of the month. Some of the most popular museums include the USS Midway Museum, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Maritime Museum of San Diego, all the great museums in Balboa Park, and some boutique museums such as the Museum of Making Music or the Lux Art Institute. Check out all 44 museums and share your discoveries on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SanDiegoMuseumCouncil
San Diego is rich in arts and culture. I was lucky to grow up in America's Finest City, and experience many museums across the County. Once I started a family of my own I knew I wanted to instill the same love of museums with my kids, and began visiting many with them. I wasn't the least surprised to find they love them as much as I do!
There are SO many family-friendly museums and cultural establishments in town. From the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, to Birch Aquarium at Scripps, to San Diego Botanic Garden, there's sure to be a destination that fits your family's interests. Kids FREE in October is a great time to gather the family, and visit some of the almost 40 establishments taking part in the promotion.
Here are a few of my top picks for families by category. I've included the general location to help if you'd like to combine outings for the day. Some places are listed in multiple categories.
For Families That Love Planes, Trains, & Automobiles
For Those That Love Science and Conservation
For Kids That Rock
For The Creative Minds (Each are recommended for more mature children)
For Preschool Age Kids
For Families That Love Local History (More Mature Kids Recommended
We've already downloaded our Kids FREE in October Coupon, and have a list of places we want to visit. You can download yours HERE. Perhaps we'll see you at one of the 38 participants!
Contributed by Lori Gannod
SoCal with Kids
Largest permanent operating model railroad and toy train museum in North America. Also featured is an interactive toy train gallery and a railroad theme gift shop.
The New Children's Museum empowers children to think, play and create with participatory exhibitions, hands-on studio opportunities, and in-depth classroom experiences.
Located in downtown San Diego in the original Chinese Mission built in 1927, this museum showcases the heritage of San Diego's Chinese community and the essence of Chinese arts and culture.
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Explore interactive exhibits and an Diego's only IMAX® Dome Theater featuring fantastic films and stimulating planetarium shows.
Enter the world of sharks, living coral reefs, seahorses, and more and explore interactive exhibitions showcasing the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Institution of Oceanography!
The only official Marine Corps Aviation Museum in the U.S., including over 40 aircraft and other military equipment and vehicles, History of Women Marines exhibit, and a Museum Store.