K is for Kids FREE in October! All you need to know for 2021


NOTE: As of 9/29/21, this guide is not fully completed. I at least wanted to post what I have to give you a head start. I'll be finishing this up over the next few days so keep checking back. :-)


October is an extra special time to be a kid in San Diego because all month long select museums, restaurants and hotels let kiddos in for FREE! Of course there are some stipulations...like it's usually 1-2 kids per paid adult and for certain ages. Read below for all you need to know about who, what, when, where and how to redeem these offers.


WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE HOW PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS


WHO IS KIDS FREE OCTOBER GOOD FOR?

Kids FREE in October is valid for any child ages 12 and under. And no they don't have to be a San Diego resident. Kids visiting on vacation can get in on this offer too; which makes October an especially good month for families to visit San Diego! Each location may have their own restricted ages beyond this. Refer to each location below for their requirements.


Sorry, the Balboa Park Explorer Pass and the Go San Diego Pass don't qualify for adult paid admission.


WHAT IS KIDS FREE OCTOBER?

The month when the San Diego Museum Council partners with the San Diego Tourism Authority to offer FREE admission for kids to select museums, gardens, zoos, restaurants, hotels and more!


WHEN IS KIDS FREE OCTOBER?

Every year from October 1st - 31st


WHERE IS KIDS FREE OCTOBER OFFERED?

Over 100 different places all around San Diego County accept the Kids FREE in October deals. From the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, several museums at Balboa Park from planes, trains, automobiles, dinosaurs, art & science; to aquariums, children's museums, cultural & historical sites, restaurants, hotels and many more. All the details for each location are listed below.


HOW DO I REDEEM THE KIDS FREE OCTOBER DEALS?

Each location seems to have their own process for redeeming these. Before Covid, there was a Museum Pass that you'd have to pick up and show at the entry. Now, you'll have to either use certain "promo codes" to make online reservations or tickets, while others will take a verbal at the entrance. All the details for each location are listed below.


HERE'S THE FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS & OFFERS FOR KIDS FREE IN OCTOBER 2021

These are grouped by category & location and those marked with a * are our personal favorites for kids. (The ones not marked as our favorites might just mean that we haven't been there yet to explore it and it could be really fun. They're all on our list to visit at some point. ;)


Check with each place directly before you go in case the information has changed. ;)


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WHERE TO PLAY FOR KIDS FREE IN OCTOBER

(I'm not yet finished with this post, but I at least wanted to get some basic information up before Oct. 1 for you. I will be updating all the details you've come to know from me next week...okay, we're off to go play in Julian for the weekend, but this info will get you started. ;)


BALBOA PARK DOWNTOWN/EMBARCADERO COASTAL UPTOWN INLAND



BALBOA PARK


🎟 FLEET SCIENCE CENTER (Balboa Park)

1875 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-238-1233

fleetscience.org


🎟 JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN (Balboa Park)

2215 Pan American Rd. E., Balboa Park

619-232-272

niwa.org


🎟 MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

1439 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-239-0003

mingei.org


🎟 MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS (Balboa Park)

1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-238-7559

mopa.org


🎟 SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

619-234-8291

sandiegoairandspace.org


🎟 SAN DIEGO AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

619-231-2886

sdautomuseum.org