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120 Kids October FREEBIES!!

Some people look forward to Christmas, their birthdays or the first release of the PSL. But we look forward to October. Why? San Diego offers FREE ADMISSION and FREE FOOD to kids 12 and under All. Month. Long. It's called the Kids FREE October deals and it's offered every year by over 100 partners! So bookmark this page and come back to it all month long. And then come back to it next year because it's mostly the same every year.

Many many thanks to these organizations who support this program: ScholarShare (California’s 529 College Savings Plan), the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, County of San Diego, and MTS.

Good To Know:

Some places require you to print out a coupon before arriving to get in on the deal. Others will just offer it at their ticket window automatically, but you may need to ask for it.

Click here for the Kids FREE In October COUPON

The offer is usually valid for kids ages 12 and under with a paid adult, but the age limit can vary with each venue.

Offers usually allow for 2 kids per paid adult, but some are more or less so depending on how many kids you've got be sure to read the fine print and ask before you go.

Admission using the Kids Free Coupon doesn't usually allow access to visit special exhibitions at some museums and they may cost extra is you want to see those.

New: Some museums are only allowing you to use this coupon once per person per museum (please share with me if you've heard which ones)

I've linked most of our favorite places below so you can click on those venues for details.

* These already offer free admission, so you may want to save these for another time ;)

+ Our kids' favorites!

DISCLAIMER: Just in case I mis-typed or mis-read any information, please be sure to verify all information before you go. :D

Here's the entire list of where Kids can go for FREE!!


1. +LEGOLAND, Carlsbad

Deal: I think this one is a little bit sneaky, because you can't buy this online directly from their "Buy Tickets" page. You have to find the coupon first and go to the linked URL on your coupon. I found ours at McDonald's restaurants, but I will link the Deal once I stop at McDonald's next time. ;)

The McDonald's Free Child Ticket code usually expires on Dec. 31st, so you can actually use it for the rest of the year, not just in October!

If you have the actual coupon, you can take it to the ticket booth and get the Free Child Ticket deal in person if you didn't want to buy it online.

Brick or Treat party nights requires a separate event ticket.

ALSO--->LEGOLAND is currently having their SoCal Resident Annual Membership going on NOW until Sunday 9/29/19! This is a great deal as you'll get the rest of this year PLUS ALL of next year included! They expire 12/25/20! I get the $160 Gold Pass for myself (driver) because it includes FREE parking, unlimited to Legoland, unlimited to Sea Life Aquarium and limited to the water park. And I get the $100 Play Pass for my kids and husband - it only includes unlimited to Legoland and it does NOT include parking OR Sea Life Aquarium...BUT...when you add it to your 'cart' and proceed to checkout, you'll get a prompt to ADD Sea Life Aquarium for $10 (valid for unlimited to the Aquarium until 12/25/20). ;)

-- the following information is from 2018 and is most likely the same as last year, but check before you go in case it's changed -- I'll update this soon --

2. +San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (details here)

Deal: No extra coupons or tickets required for kids ages 11 and under, 10 kids per paid adult, kids can ride the Guided Bus or Kangaroo Bus for $5 (buy bus tickets at the Zoo). They have some special events happening on October weekends, click the link above for the schedule.

3. +San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, Escondido (details here)

Deal: No extra coupons or tickets required for kids ages 11 and under, 10 kids per paid adult, kids can ride the Africa Tram for free and ride the Conservation Carousel for $6 (buy carousel tickets at the Safari Park). They have some special events happening on October weekends, click the link above for the schedule.

4. +SeaWorld, Mission Bay (details here)

Deal: Only 1 child ages 3-9 per 1 paid adult ticket. Kids under 3 are always free.

Free Kids animal interaction programs per 1 paid adult interaction:

-->Breakfast With the Killer Whales, free for ages 3-9 ($26/adult)

-->Dine With the Killer Whales, free for ages 3-9 ($40/adult)

-->Dolphin Interaction, free for ages 10-12 ($215/adult)

---in-water experience allows you to meet, touch & feed dolphins in their own


5. +Belmont Park, Mission Beach (kids free coupons here)

Deal: for ages 13 and under, coupon required, see link above

Rides: get 1 free kids ride wristband w/ paid adult ride wristband, valid 7 days/wk

Arcade: Free $10 Powercard with each child’s Combo Wristband purchase at the ticket booth

Food at Draft: Free kid’s menu item with each adult entrée + beverage purchase;

Food at Belmonty's: Free kid’s Chicken Tenders & Fries with each adult Combo Meal purchase


Deals: Ages 12 and under, 2 free kids admission per paid full priced adult ticket. Special exhibits/events may cost extra.

Coupon is usually required and linked above. You can either show this coupon on your mobile phone or print off as many coupons as you'll need for each museum. **Some museums are only allowing you to use this once per person**

Tip: Some of these museums offer a Free Resident Tuesday where all San Diego residents and military can get in free! They rotate which museums offer their free days. We usually AVOID going on those free days because they can be crowded, so keep that in mind when planning your visit this month. ;)

Each place below is linked so click on the venue for more details.

6. +The San Diego Natural History Museum

Hrs: Daily 10-5

Resident Free Day: 1st Tues

Cost: $19.95/adult

7. +The Fleet Science Center

Hrs: Mon-Thur 10-5, Fri-Sun 10-6

Resident Free Day: 1st Tues

Cost: $21.95/adult

8. +San Diego Model Railroad Museum

Hrs: Tue-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 11-5, Closed Mondays.

Resident Free Day: 1st Tues

Cost: $11.50/adults

9. +San Diego Air & Space Museum

Hrs: Daily 10-4:30

Resident Free Day: 4th Tues

Cost: $19.95/adult

10. San Diego Automotive Museum

Hrs: Daily 10-5

Resident Free Day: 4th Tues

Cost: $10/adult

11. +Japanese Friendship Garden

Hrs: Mon-Sun 10-7

Resident Free Day: 3rd Tues

Cost: $12/adult

12. *The San Diego History Center

Hrs: Daily 10-5

Cost: free, suggested donation $10

13. *San Diego Museum of Art

Hrs: Mon, Tue, Thur, Sat 10-5; Fri 10-8; Sun 12-5; Closed Wed

Resident Free Day: 3rd Tues

Cost: $15/adult, (*kids 17 and under are Free everyday)

14. *Museum of Photographic Arts

Hrs: Mon-Sun 10-7

Resident Free Day: 2nd Tues

*Cost: "pay what you wish" everyday

15. Marston House Museum & Gardens


Deals: Ages 12 and under, 2 free kids admission per paid full priced adult ticket. Special exhibts/events may cost extra.

Coupon required and linked above. You can either show this coupon on your mobile phone or print off as many coupons as you'll need for each museum. **Some museums are only allowing you to use this once per person**

16. +Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla

Hrs: Daily 9-5

Cost: $19.50/adult

17. *Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, Miramar

Hrs: Tue-Sun 9-3:30pm, Closed Mondays.

Cost: free to everyone everyday

18. +Maritime Museum of San Diego, Embarcadero

Hrs: 9a-8p during the Fall

Cost: $18/adults

19. +Museum of Making Music, Carlsbad

Hrs: Tue-Sun 10-5, Closed Mondays.

Cost: $10/adults

20. +The New Children's Museum, downtown

Hrs: Mon, Wed-Sat 9:30-4; Sun 11-4; Closed Tuesdays.

Cost: $14/adults

21. +San Diego Children's Discovery Museum, Escondido

Hrs: Daily 9:30-4:30

Cost: $8/pp

22. +The USS Midway Museum, Embarcadero

Hrs: Daily 10-4

Cost: $21/adults

23. *+The Water Conservation Garden, El Cajon

Hrs: Daily 9-4

Cost: free everyday, donations accepted

24. +The Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista

Hrs: Daily 10-5, closed Thanksgiving & Christmas

Cost: $16/adults 13+

25. *+The Warner-Carrillo Ranch House, Carlsbad

Hrs: Tues-Sat 9-5; Sun 11-5; closed Mondays

Cost: free everyday, donations accepted

26. San Diego Archaeological Center

27. San Diego Art Institute

28. Barona Cultural Center & Museum

29. Bonita Museum & Cultural Center

30. California Center for the Arts, Escondido 31. California Surf Museum

32. Coronado Museum of History & Art

33. San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum

34. Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House

35. Heritage of the Americas Museum

36. Junipero Serra Museum

37. La Jolla Historical Society

38. Lux Art Institute

39. Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

40. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

41. New Americas Museum

42. Newport Landing Whale Watching

43. Oceanside Museum of Art

44. San Diego Padres Tours

45. Serra Museum

46. Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center

47. Timken Museum of Art

48. Veterans Museum and Memorial Center

49. Visions Art Museum


50. +The Hopper, all over San Diego's hot spots!

What: A double decker tour bus that you can hop on and off all day long! It takes you to Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Gaslamp, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (near Auto Museum), Little Italy. There are lots of kid-friendly spots at each of these stops!

Deal: Kids under 12 can ride for free with a paid adult ticket.

Cost: $39/adults sale when you buy online today (reg. $49/adults)

51. Bike & Kayak Tours, Coronado

52. Bike & Kayak Tours, La Jolla

53. Cross Border Xpress

54. Five Star Tours & Charter Bus Company

55. Flagship Cruises & Events

56. The Gondola Company

57. H&M Landing: free fishing

58. Hornblower Cruises & Events

59. Maderas Golf Club 56. Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises, Oceanside

61. Old Town Trolley Tours

62. Out of the Ordinary - Teambuilding Adventures

63. Riverwalk Golf Club, Mission Vally

64. San Diego Photography Tours

65. San Diego Sailing Tours

66. San Diego Speed Boat Adventures

67. San Diego Symphony

68. Surf Diva Surf School & Surf Diva Boutique


Kids eat free at these restaurants:

69. Bloomingdales, various malls

70. Carnitas' Snack Shack

71. Casa Guadalajara, Old Town

72. John's Incredible Pizza Company, National City

73. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

74. Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina, Gaslamp


Kids Eat Free at these hotels (some require hotel reservation):

75. The Bahia Resort Hotel

76. Bay Club Hotel & Marina

77. Best Western Plus Island Palms

78. Bristol Hotel

79. The Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

80. Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

81. The Dana on Mission Bay

82. Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle

83. DoubleTree San Diego Downtown

84. Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego La Jolla

85. Hilton San Diego Airport - Harbor Island

86. Hilton San Diego Del Mar

87. Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown Bayside

88. Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

89. Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

90. Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside

91. Homewood Suites Downtown/Bayside

92. Homewood Suites Hotel Circle

93. Hotel Karlan (Kids also get a free kite!)

94. Hotel Republic San Diego

95. Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

96. Kimptom Hotel Solamar

97. The Kings Inn: Amigo Spot & Waffle Spot

Greet the Waffle King, in costume every Saturday and Sunday, 10am-1pm

98. The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

99. Lows Coronado Bay Resort

100. Manchester Grand Hyatt: Sally's Fish House

101. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

102. OMNI San Diego Hotel (free kids drinks only)

103. The Pendry San Diego

104. Quality Suites Mission Valley

105. The Sheraton La Jolla

106. US Grant Hotel: Grant Grill & Lounge

107. The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

- Kids get a Free Welcome Gift at these hotels -

108. Best Western Mission Bay

109. Bristol Hotel

110. Carlsbad Premium Outlets

111. Comfort Inn & Suites

112. Empress Hotel La Jolla

113. Homewood Suites Hotel Circle

114. Hotel Karlan (Kids also get a free kite!)

115. Hotel Z

116. Kimptom Hotel Solamar

117. Ocean Park Inn

118. Paradise Point

119. The Pendry San Diego

- Kids Stay for Free at these hotels -

120. San Diego RV Resort


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