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.

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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

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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

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum (Balboa Park)
  • USS Midway Museum (Downtown San Diego, near the Convention Center)
  • Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum (Miramar)
  • San Diego Automotive Museum (Balboa Park)
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum (Balboa Park)
  • For Those That Love Nature
  • Living Coast Discovery Center (Chula Vista)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (Encinitas)
  • Japanese Friendship Garden (Balboa Park)
  • Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center (Imperial Beach)
  • Cabrillo National Monument (Pt. Loma)
  • The Water Conservation Garden (Rancho San Diego)
  • The NAT (San Diego Natural History Museum ~ Balboa Park)

For Those That Love Science and Conservation

  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (Balboa Park)
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps (La Jolla)

For Kids That Rock

  • Museum of Making Music (Carlsbad)

For The Creative Minds (Each are recommended for more mature children)

  • San Diego Museum of Art (Balboa Park)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Balboa Park)
  • Museum of Photographic Arts (Balboa Park)
  • Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside)
  • Mingei International Museum (Balboa Park)

For Preschool Age Kids

  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum (Balboa Park)
  • San Diego Children's Discovery Museum (Escondido)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden ~ Visit the Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden! (Encinitas)
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ~ Check out Kid City! (Balboa Park)

For Families That Love Local History (More Mature Kids Recommended

  • Marston House Museum and Gardens ~ The Garden Tour is great for kids. (Balboa Park)
  • San Diego History Center (Balboa Park)

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

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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.

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The New Children's Museum empowers children to think, play and create with participatory exhibitions, hands-on studio opportunities, and in-depth classroom experiences.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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This week we're focusing on the little ones in your life and sharing our Top 10 Museums Picks for Kids. If you haven't taken your children to any of the museums on this list, now is the time to go. There is still three days left to take advantage of half-off admission at over 42 museums county wide with your Macy's Museum Month pass. Even if you don't have kids, these museums are a blast!
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