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Discover Your Child’s New Favorite Museum

Kids Free in October is back, this year, with 40+ museums

Here's our guide to exploring an unforgettable community of award-winning museums all over San Diego, with the whole family.

October is for discovery!

It's never been a better time to be a kid, especially in San Diego. Back by popular demand, Kids Free in October, returns for its ninth year and we have the scoop on the kid-approved museums, science centers and cultural attractions that are promised to be the talk of the playground.

Offered by the San Diego Museum Council, Kids Free in October gives families the opportunity to visit more museum destinations than ever before by providing free admission, at over 40 participating organizations, for up to two kids with every adult ticket purchase.

Don't forget your coupon! This program can bring savings of up to $30 for a family of four. Head to the San Diego Museum Council Website to download your coupon and the full directory of participating museums. Here is a sneak preview of just a few museums to discover...

La Jolla

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Dive into discovery at this family favorite in La Jolla. Ocean-loving little ones will delight in the children’s tide-pools and be mesmerized by the more than 60 aquatic habitats that call Birch Aquarium their home.

North Costal San Diego

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

All of the exhibits at San Diego Children's Discovery Museum encourage children to explore, imagine, experiment, and discover through hands-on science, art and world cultures activities.


Maritime Museum of San Diego

Set sail for discovery aboard one of the Maritime Museum's 10 historic vessels. Spend the day uncovering hidden treasure as you explore rare artifacts and educational exhibits, or take to the seas on a historic bay cruise.

The New Children's Museum

Art and childhood meet for a playdate at The New Children's Museum, a contemporary art museum for children. All ages are welcome at their downtown location, where installations are designed to inspire imagination and creativity in children and families.

Balboa Park

Fleet Science Center

In the heart of Balboa Park, your scientist-in-training can engage with a world of scientific possibilities in more than 100 interactive exhibits at the Fleet Science Center. Explore the history of gaming at Game Masters, a new exhibition showcasing the world's best video game designs.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

All Aboard! Junior engineers may find themselves captivated by the collection of model railroads that operate at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

South Bay

Living Coast Discovery Center

Here's another kid-friendly location that encourages hands-on learning. South Bay's Living Coast Discover Center gives families the opportunity to discover local wildlife and learn to protect the environment.

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

San Diego Museum Council's Kids Free Offers


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