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AUGUST: What To Do With Kids In San Diego (August 2023)

What to do with kids in August Adventures in San Diego

August Adventures are here! 🙌 Which ones will you go on this month?! 🍦 🏎 🎫 🚂 👗 🏇🏻 👾 🦒 🖼

August's List of What To Do With Kids in San Diego

Here are all the fun kid-friendly events and seasonal happenings for these lucky San Diego kids in August.


🏇🏻 Ramona Rodeo



August is when things start heating up around here so cool off with some cool treats. San Diego has many hand-crafted, small-batch and otherwise delicious ice cream shops with a cult-like following. How many will you try this month???

Here are 23 local San Diego favorite ice cream shops to start you off:


April - Sept., 2023. You know it's summer time when the car cruise lines show up and show off! These cruise lines drive up and down and all around these roads that are usually lined with patio or street-view restaurants, cool and classic cars and good tunes for rocking out to.

Good To Know: Most of these have different car groups that show up each week (80's cars, off-roaders, race cars, hot rods, muscles, exotics, classics, etc.) so check their calendars online to plan ahead which ones you want to see.

This one draws thousands of car-fanatics to see the best classic cars cruising down Main St. Grab a table at one of the restaurants along the way and enjoy a fun family weekday outing.

📆 every Wednesday 🕰 5-7:30pm from April – October 📍 Magnolia + Main St., El Cajon 💻 website

2ND WEDNESDAYS: South-O Cruise Night

"Free parking, craft beer, food trucks, good times."

📆 every 2nd Wednesday starting June 8 - ? 🕰 6-9pm 📍 1575 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, 92054 💻 website

"Stroll down La Mesa Blvd. to see beautiful pre-1974 cars, trucks, and vans; enjoy DJ and other live music from local bands that play atop the iconic La Mesa Lumber truck "stage". This is a FREE, family-friendly community event. Come out and celebrate summer with family & friends. And, be sure to dine, shop & explore all that La Mesa Village has to offer while you're here!"

📆 every Thursday June 1 - Aug. 31 🕰 5-8pm 📍3rd & La Mesa Blvd., downtown La Mesa 💻 website

3RD THURSDAYS: Encinitas Cruise Night

"The streets of Downtown Encinitas will be rockin’ and rollin’ when Encinitas Classic Car Nights rolls back into town! You'll see hot rods, foreign automobiles, classic cars and Woodies."

📆 every 3rd Thursday from May - Sept. 🕰 5:30-7:30pm 📍 South Coast Hwy 101 between F-H Streets 💻 website

This is an event that locals look forward to every summer. With live DJ’s, kettle corn and patio restaurants open, catch the cruise line as the “best of pre-1974 hotrods” cruise down Grand Avenue.

📆 every Friday night from June 9 - Sept. 29 🕰 4-9pm 📍 W Grand Ave. + Broadway, Escondido 💻 website


Check out more than just books at the library. Select locations have the brand new and FREE California State Parks Passes!! You can check these out for 2 weeks on a one-time annually basis and you'll get free entry into all the California State Parks!! 💻 website

Note: There are 2 ways to check these out...

1. Initially when these came out approx. April 2022, those ones are on a waitlist and when your name comes up you can go check them out. Call your local library to ask about getting on the wait list.

2. This 2nd round of CA Parks Passes that were released in July 2022, are on a first-come first-serve basis. Meaning, call your local library and ask if they have any of the "first-come first-serve" CA State Parks Passes available. If they don't, ask when they're expecting them back and call around that time to see if they have them. These are only valid for a 2 week check-out period, so you're bound to scoop these up faster than getting on the waiting list as noted above. Good Luck!!



Sat. August 19, 2023 from 10-4. Thomas and his friends from the Isle of Sodor will take over the museum. Thomas & Friends scavenger hunt around the museum, Thomas trains running on our layouts, Arts & Crafts inspired by Thomas, An Isle of Sodor display and Live music sessions with Songbirds Music. 💵 Included with admission, kids 12 and under get in free! 📍 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 💻 website / event details



July 21 -Aug. 6, 2023. "This adaptation of the beloved musical showcases some of the songwriting duo’s loveliest tunes, new characters and surprising twists. Add a dash of fairy-tale romance, magical onstage transformations, and the iconic pumpkin and glass slippers — and you’re guaranteed to have a ball! Cinderella will put a spell on audiences of all ages. 📍 San Diego Junior Theater at Balboa Park: 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101 💻 more info

Fri July 28th: Pajama Night

Sat Aug. 5th: ASL-Interpreted performance



Aug. 24-26, 2023. Check the scheduled lineup of events on their website, along with FAQs to answer all of your questions.📍 Ramona Outdoor Community Center: 421 Aqua Ln, Ramona, CA 92065 💻 website

TICKETS: No tickets will be sold on-site. You must buy tickets in advance and seating is first-come first-served. Their website is the only place where you can buy tickets.

COST: On Thur & Fri ages 7+ are $20, ages 2-6 are $5. On Sat all ages 2+ are $25. Kids under 2 are free.



Now-Sept. 4, 2023. Lights, Camera, Action! Tickets include never-before-seen shows, new costume characters, and plenty of bricktastic fun. Celebrate the summer season in the best way possible – with spectacular performances. 💵 Included with admission.📍Legoland California: One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008 💻 website



Brunch at the Watering Hole, take a free cart ride around the park, book a behind the scenes wildlife experience, zipline over the rhinos or spend the night with a Roar & Snore campout. @sandiegosafaripark 📍Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027 💻 website



August 5 & 6, 2023 from 10-5. Free Sat & Sun. 200 artists, live music, interactive art for families, food and look for the Kids ArtWalk. Fine art by more than 175 artists from several states and Mexico. The Arts District at Liberty Station has become a prominent arts destination in San Diego, offering museums, dining options, and entertainment. The festival takes advantage of the district’s beautiful outdoor setting, featuring a lush lawn, stunning water features, and ample free parking. 📍Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station in Point Loma: 2751 Dewey Rd., San Diego, CA 92106 💻 website





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