October is a great month for kids and families to explore a new museum in San Diego or visit their favorite arts and culture destination. Thanks to the San Diego Museum Council’s Kids Free in October, kids 12 and under receive free admission at 40 museums all month long. Families will not want to miss some of the fun and educational exhibitions on view such as The Art of the Brick LEGO exhibit at the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park or The Wonder Sound at the New Children’s Museum. Below you will find a list of my top ten favorite kid-centric museums and what they have on view this month. Have fun taking advantage of this amazing promotion by visiting the San Diego Museum Council website and downloading the Kids Free coupon.
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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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