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January: What To Do With Kids In San Diego (Jan 2024)

January Adventures are here! 🙌 Which ones will you go on this month?! 🌊🌳📚🚃🐳☃️🛻⛸️🐶

January'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 kids in January.


🌳 Hiking

📚 Winter Reading Programs

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🌊 TIDE POOLING is best in winter

Tide pooling is best in winter. We love going to Ocean Beach Pier, Cabrillo & Scripps Pier. Winter brings out some KING Tides when the levels are minus tides is when the ocean is furthest out, thus leaving even more of the undersea world to explore. You can go about an hour before and after the tides tables.


🌳 HIKING is best in winter

Some of our faves: San Dieguito County Park, Guy Fleming Trail, Mission Trails, Louis Stelzer, lagoon walks.




Jan. 1-31, 2024. @sdpubliclibrary

Read 5 books, 5 hours or 5 listed activities & earn free prizes like free museum tickets, library-branded merch or coupons for free food like frozen yogurt or pizza. Sign up online or print out the reading log to turn in. Towards the end of the program, prizes at each library may be limited so you might want to call around to see if which libraries still have prizes available. Psst...adults can do these too AND earn similar prizes! SDPL info here | Fam Diego info here



Jan. 3-14, 2024

San Diego residents can ride the Old Town Trolley Tours for free. It's an all day pass. It runs every 20 minutes from 9:00 AM until the last tour of the day which starts at 3:00 PM. TICKETS & INFO / DEPARTS FROM: 4010 Twiggs St., Old Town, CA 92101

Once you have your tickets, you can start at any stop on this map...

(Last year the Whaley House and SEALS were included, not this year.)

Restrictions: Must show driver's license or voter's registration. Sorry, we cannot accept utility bills, rental contracts, etc. This offer is for families and individuals, not groups (schools, churches, scouts, etc.).

Must book online only, 1 per household, max. 4 guests for one date only. Tickets are limited and will run out quickly! Grab these while you can.

For changes to the Ticket User name, please call: 904-543-6077 or use our online Name Change Request Form. General Questions? Assistance is provided through our online Contact Form or phone: 800-844-7601.



Dec 2023 & Jan 2024

Fri-Sun only, boards at 9:15am

Use code: "Whaleyfun"

San Diego KIDS get to cruise on the Whale Watching tours for FREE in December & January. Cruises are Fri-Sun only boards at 9:15am, cruise is from 9:30am-1pm. Cold and hot food and drinks are available on board for purchase, bathrooms are on board. Inside/outside seating. Amazing naturalists from The Nat are on board to ask them all your questions. More info here


⛄️ POWAY WINTER FESTIVAL (Poway Community Park)

2024 - Jan. 12 from 5-9p & Jan. 13 from 3:30-8:30p

-->Special Needs time is Jan. 13 from 2:30-3:30p


Real snow!, sledding, roast marshmallows by the campfire, synthetic ice-skating! ⛸ (Extra cost for food, vendors, face painting & pony rides). @cityofpoway @cityofpoway More info here


🚙  MONSTER JAM (Snapdragon Stadium)

Jan. 13-14 & 27-28, 2024. Add on pit passes for $20/pp to see the trucks up close & meet drivers! (OR try to get them for FREE from your local Ford dealerships! Call around to see if they still have them. You can also just go to the pit party and have a great time without seeing the show if you want to get some Monster Jam fun and save some money.) Bring noise cancelling headphones for littles. Tickets required for ages 2+. More info here 


⛸ DISNEY ON ICE (Pechanga Arena)

Jan. 18-21, 2024. “Frozen & Encanto”

We LOVE seeing this every year, I’d say good for kiddos 2+. It’s very entertaining and mesmerizing with non-stop action to keep your kids attention throughout the entire show. (Sometimes the show comes back in April but it's not on their calendar this year, so January will be the only time to see it this year.) Save online fees and buy in-person from the box office if you can. More info here 


🐶 PAW PATROL LIVE! (Civic Theater)

Jan. 5-7, 2024.

Get 25% off with discount code "PAWS25", valid until 12/29/23 at 10am.

Calling all good citizens! The PAW Patrol is yelping for help as they face their greatest challenge yet. Mayor Humdinger has dognapped Robo Dog and cloned him, causing chaos all over the world. It's up to the pups to catch those clones, rescue Robo Dog and show that when the going gets "ruff," lending a paw makes you the ultimate TOP HERO! More info here



The BEST way to experience Disneyland w/o buying their annual pass. 🙌 (*park reservations are required for entry) More info here | Tickets

SOCAL RESIDENTS (zips 90000 to 93599)

$92 for 1 park per day Mon-SUN

$75 for 1 park per day Mon-THUR

Valid: Jan 2-June 2. Can be used non-consecutively.


$50 for 1 park per day

Valid: Jan. 8-Mar 10, expires 13 days after 1st use or by 3/10.




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