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La Jolla Playground

It’s fun to be a kid in La Jolla

With the ocean at your feet and countless ways to play, learn and have fun, bring the family to San Diego and make La Jolla your playground.

Catch a Wave

La Jolla's cliff formations, diverse reefs and beautiful beaches offer a wide range of surfing conditions but La Jolla Shores makes the perfect spot for kids and beginners alike with smaller, more consistent swells over the summer. From private lessons to kids surf camps, grab a board and catch a wave with Surf Diva Surf School.

Sea the True San Diego Locals

Discover vibrant sea life and interactive exhibits at a play date under the sea at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Kids can watch daily feedings and live kelp tank dive shows or visit the outdoor living tide pools while you take in the iconic views of Scripps Pier.

Take a Hike

Some views are worth the hike and this is one of them! Rated moderately easy by locals and avid hikers, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve makes for an exciting family adventure. After parking at the base of the mountain, follow the road past Torrey Pines State Beach to a network of seaside trails leading to the the top at Razor Point and down along the beach. Framed by the bluffs, enjoy the beauty of the reserve and test your knowledge with fun facts throughout the park. A stroll down to the beach is the perfect way to cool off after a day in the sun.

Picnic at Ellen Browning Scripps Park

Soak up the sun and panoramic views while picnicking at Ellen Browning Scripps Park. With lined tall palm trees and expansive green spaces overlooking the ocean, it's no surprise that this park has been called the most photographed spot in San Diego. Play games in the park, attend a seasonal event or simply bring a blanket, lunch, sit back and relax.

Paddle Out to Sea

From the Shores to the Cove, La Jolla makes for the perfect launching point to explore San Diego’s coastline and sea life! Get over the water with standup paddleboards, surfboards, boogie boards and more with Everyday California! Gentle waves make this the ideal playground for families. Up for an adventure? Let team members guide you through the Emerald Cave during the popular kayak tour for a memorable experience.

Unleash Your Creative Side

With just enough art for a seaside village, explore the collections of our time at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - La Jolla. Follow the green path to unique life-size installations at the seaside Edwards Sculpture Garden, lunch on the patio at the Museum Cafe or take in beautiful ocean views. Inside, spend the afternoon looking at unique art exhibits and hands-on public programs.

MCASD La Jolla is closed in 2017 for amazing upcoming renovations.

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