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K is for Kids FREE in October! All you need to know for 2022


San Diego Kids Free October Deals
UPDATED: 9/30/2022

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.


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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, the Go San Diego Pass, memberships or annual passes 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, aquariums, 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?

This process seems to change over the years, but for this year 2022 it looks like you will have download a separate coupon for each location you'd like to visit. At least for those places from the San Diego Museum Council's website: click the location you'd like to visit, enter your email & zip code and then the coupon will appear on the next screen (not in an email). This all seems a bit cumbersome and a waste of paper in my humble opinion.


BUT, don't worry, because I did all the work for you and I've got the direct coupon links you'll need below. You will have to click on each coupon link to show at admission.


I'm not certain if you will need to print these out or if showing them from your phone will suffice; I"ll update here when I find out.


Other places are offering Kids Free Deals aside from the Museum Council. See below for all the deals!


 

PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS & OFFERS FOR KIDS FREE IN OCTOBER

These are grouped by category & location below.


Those marked with (*) are our personal favorites for kids. (Those 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. ;)


Some of the hotel restaurants have kids eat free deals and some require you to be a guest, while others allow the public to come into their restaurants for the offer. Some of these hotels also have a kids stay free deal, but most of them only offer a free meal.


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


Each place may have a different way of redeeming or accepting this October deal. It seems like most of them require you to print the coupon out and present it in-person. Some allow a mobile phone showing of the coupon, and others have a discount code listed so be sure you know how to redeem this offer before you go!


Hours, costs and other info was last updated Sept. 2022


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THEME PARKS & ZOOS


*SAN DIEGO ZOO (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: "Entrance for ages 11 & under is Free - no ticket required. October Kids Free entrance for youths includes the Guided Bus tour, Kangaroo Bus, and Skyfari Aerial Tram. A 4D theater add-on is $6 per child ages 3+ at the theater." (I think you can bring up to 10 kids per one paid adult, but I haven't been able to verify that from the zoo yet.) More Info Here


Hours: daily, hours vary


Cost (online pricing follows, add $2 at gate): $65 1-Day Pass Any Day; $63 1-Day Pass Value Days avail select dates


2920 Zoo Dr., Balboa Park

619-231-1515


 

*SAN DIEGO SAFARI PARK (Escondido)

🎟 Deal: "Entrance for ages 11 & under is Free - no ticket required. October Kids Free entrance for youths includes the African Tram." (I think you can bring up to 10 kids per one paid adult, but I haven't been able to verify that from the zoo yet.) More Info Here


Hours: daily, hours vary


Cost (online pricing follows, add $2 at gate): $65 1-Day Pass Any Day; $63 1-Day Pass Value Days avail select dates


15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido

619-231-1515


 

*SEAWORLD (Mission Bay)

🎟 Deal: One child age 3-9 is free with one full price paid adult admission ($99.99). Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily, hours vary


Cost: $64.99 online for one-day ticket; $109.99 for a 2023 Fun Card and get the rest of 2022 free; Free for kids 2 & under


Note: SeaWorld Spooktacular is happening all October with trick-or-treating, dance parties, scavenger hunts and more...this is weekends only Sept. 17 - Oct. 31.


500 Sea World Dr., Mission Bay

619-222-4732


 

*BELMONT PARK (Mission Beach)

🎟 Deal: Get one Free Jr. Combo wristband for kids 12 & under (who are also under 48" tall) with the purchase of one Combo wristband for someone who is 48" and taller. Direct Link use code: KIDSFREE when you buy online or mention the Kids Free Deal in-person


Hours: daily, hours vary


Cost: $60 for Combo wristband for those who are over 48" tall; $55 for Jr. Combo wristband for those who are under 48" tall


3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach

858-488-1549


 

*LEGOLAND California (Carlsbad)

🎟 Deal: Free 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket with Full Paid Adult Ticket. OR, an overnight stay at a Legoland Hotel and get Free 2-Day Child Tickets with purchase of 2-Day Adult Tickets. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily, hours vary


Cost: starts at $124.99 for a 1-Day Park Hopper Ticket


One Legoland Dr., Carlsbad

888-690-5346




 

BALBOA PARK



*FLEET SCIENCE CENTER (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: One child 12 & under is free with one full price paid adult admission. This only applies to the exhibit galleries, does not include films. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily 10-5


Cost: $24.95 adults; $22.95 seniors 65+; $19.95 kids 3-12 (includes one documentary film)


1875 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-238-1233


 

*SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 12 & under get in free with one full price paid adult admission. To Redeem: Print or show on your phone. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Mon-Tue & Thur-Sun 10-5 (closed Wed)


Cost: $22 adults; $18 seniors 62+, military, students; $12 youth 3-17; Free kids 2 & under


1788 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-232-3821


 

*SAN DIEGO MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 12 & under get in free with one full price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Tue-Sun 11-4 (closed Mon)


Cost: $13.50 adults; $9 seniors 65+, military, students; $6 ages 4-11; Free kids 3 & under


1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-696-0199


 

*JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 12 & under get in free with one full price paid adult admission. Not available for special ticketed events. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily 10-6, last admission at 5


Cost: $14 general admission; $12 seniors 65+, military, students; Free for kids ages 6 and under


2215 Pan American Rd. E., Balboa Park

619-232-272


 

*SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two children 12 & under get in free with one full-price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily 10-4:30


Cost: $23 ages 12+; $19 seniors 65+, retired military, students; $13 youth 3-11; Free kids 2 & under


Tip: This is right next door to the San Diego Auto Museum noted below.


2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

619-234-8291


 

*SAN DIEGO AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two children 12 & under get in free with one full-price paid adult admission. To Redeem: Print or Show this coupon from your phone. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Tue-Sun 10-5 (closed Mon)


*October Hours: closed Oct. 3-10 for a special event


Cost: $14.50 adults 18+; $10 seniors 65+, military, students; $8.50 kids 5-17; Free kids 4 & under


Tip: This is right next door to the San Diego Air & Space Museum noted above.


2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

619-231-2886


 

MUSEUM OF US (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: This coupon doesn't specify ages or how many kids are free. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Wed-Sun 10-5 (closed Mon-Tue)


Cost: $19.95 adult; $16.95 seniors, military, students and kids 6-17; Free for ages 5 & under


2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

619-239-2001


 

MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Always free for youth 17 & under. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Sat-Wed 10-5; Thur-Fri 10-8


Cost: $14 adults 18+; $10 seniors, military, students; Free for youth 17 & under and EBT cards


1439 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-239-0003


 

TIMKEN MUSEUM OF ART (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Wed-Wun 10-5 (closed Mon-Tue)


Cost: Free, donations welcome


1500 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-239-5548


 

MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two children 12 & under get in free with one full-price paid adult admission. Not for special ticketed events or exhibits. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Fri-Sun 11-4


Cost: Pay what you wish


1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-238-7559


 

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Two children 12 & under get in free with one full-price paid adult admission. Not for special ticketed events or exhibits. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Mon-Tue & Thur-Sun 10-5 (closed Wed)


Cost: $20 adults 18+; $15 seniors 65+; $10 military; $8 college student; Free ages 17 & under



1450 El Prado, Balboa Park

619-232-7931


 

COMIC-CON MUSEUM (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: One child ages 6-12 is free with one full price adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


2131 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park

619-546-9073


 

CENTRO CULTURAL DE LA RAZA (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Some classes and workshops cost extra. Special events or performances are not included. Direct Coupon Link


2004 Park Blvd., Balboa Park

619-559-6389


 

MARSTON HOUSE & GARDENS (Balboa Park)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Some classes and workshops cost extra. Special events or performances are not included. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Sat & Sun 10-4 (closed Mon-Fri)


3525 Seventh Ave., Balboa Park

619-232-2721


 

WHERE TO EAT:

These are typically one free child's meal per paid adult meal. Check directly with each venue for the deal.

  • No restaurants were found


 

DOWNTOWN/EMBARCADERO



*THE NEW CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (Downtown location only)

🎟 Deal: One child 12 & under is free with one full price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Mon & Wed-Sun 9-12 & 1-4 (closed Tue)


Oct. Hours: closed Oct. 4-7 for a special event


Cost: $15 for all ages 1+ (adults & children); $10 seniors 65+, military; $2 Museums for All (EBT/SNAP/WIC cards)


Advanced timed reservations required.


200 W Island Ave., Downtown

619-233-8792


 

*USS MIDWAY MUSEUM (Downtown/Embarcadero)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 12 & under get in free with one full price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily 10-5, last admission at 4


Cost: $26 ages 13+; $18 youth 6-12; $18 veterans; Free kids 5 & under; Free active duty military, law enforcement, fire fighter or reservists (employee only, not valid for family)


910 N Harbor Dr., Downtown/Embarcadero

619-544-9600


 

*MARITIME MUSEUM (Downtown/Embarcadero)

🎟 Deal: One child 12 & under is free with one full price paid adult admission. Limit one per person. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily 10-5, last ticket sold at 4


Cost: $20 adult 18+; $15 seniors 62+, military & students; $10 child ages 3-12; Free ages 2 & under


1492 N Harbor Dr., Downtown/Embarcadero

619-234-9153


 

*FLAGSHIP CRUISES (Downtown/Embarcadero)

🎟 Deal: Two kids ages 12 & under cruise free per full fare adult ticket. Choose from a 1 hour North or South route or a 2 hour Full Bay cruise. Direct Link


Cruise Times: 6 sailings per day


Cost for 1 Hour Tour North or South: $32 ages 13+; $27.20 military; $24 ages 4-12; Free for 3 & under


Cost for 2 Hour Full Bay Tour: $37 ages 13+; $27.75 ages 4-12; Free for 3 & under


990 N Harbor Dr., Downtown/Embarcadero

619-234-4111


 

*CITY CRUISES/HORNBLOWER (Downtown/Embarcadero)

🎟 Deal: Two kids ages 12 & under cruise free per full fare adult ticket. Choose from a 1 or 2 hour Bay cruise. Direct Link use code: KIDSFREE2022


Cruise Times: 6 sailings per day


Cost: starting at $33


970 N Harbor Dr., Downtown/Embarcadero

619-686-8715


 

*WHEEL FUN RENTALS (Downtown/Embarcadero)

🎟 Deal: Two kids ride free with a paid adult on either Surrey or Deuce Coupe bikes, two wheel bikes, kids trailer with an adult bike rental. Offer: mention Kids Free Deal when you book



Manchester Grand Hyatt: 1 Market Pl., Downtown/Seaport Village


Marriott Marquis Marina: 333 W Harbor Dr., Downtown/Embarcadero


Wyndham San Diego Bayside: 1335 N Harbor Dr., Downtown/Embarcadero


619-342-7244 / 805-650-7770 (same number for all three)


 

GASLAMP MUSEUM AT THE DAVIS-HORTON HOUSE (Downtown)

🎟 Deal: One child 12 & under is free with one full price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Wed-Sat 10-5


Cost: $8 general admission for self-guided tours


Note: Masks are required for all visitors


410 Island Ave., downtown

619-233-4692


 

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (Downtown)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 12 & under get in free with one full price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Thur-Sun 10-4 (closed Mon-Wed)


Cost: $10 adults; $8 San Diego/Tijuana residents; Free for military, kids 17 & under, SNAP/EBT cards


1100 Kettner Blvd., Downtown

858-454-3541


 

SAN DIEGO CHINESE HISTORICAL MUSEUM (Downtown)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Classes & workshops are extra. Does not include special events or performances. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Fri-Sun 12-4 (closed Mon-Thur)


Cost: not listed; 2nd Sunday is free of charge


404 3rd Ave., Downtown

619-338-9888


 

WHERE TO EAT:

These are typically one free child's meal per paid adult meal. Check directly with each venue for the deal.

  • Carnitas' Snack Shack Downtown

  • Samburgers Little Italy Food Hall

  • Hotel Indigo Gaslamp

  • Carte Hotel Little Italy

  • Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown

  • Double Tree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Downtown

  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside

  • Hotel Karlan San Diego A DoubleTree by Hilton

  • Maryjane's Diner at the Hard Rock Hotel Gaslamp

  • Omni San Diego

  • The US Grant

  • Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter


 

UPTOWN/OLD TOWN/MISSION VALLEY



J.A. COOLEY MUSEUM (University Heights)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 16 & under get in free with one full price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: daily 11-4


Cost: $10 adults; $2 children


4233 Park Blvd., University Heights

619-296-3112


 

JUNIPERO SERRA MUSEUM (Old Town)

🎟 Deal: Admission is always free to everyone. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Sat & Sun 10-4 or by appt for groups


Cost: $10 adults; $2 children


2727 Presidio Dr., Old Town

619-232-6203


 

WHALEY HOUSE TOURS (Old Town)

🎟 Deal: One child is free per paid adult admission. (I didn't see a coupon code or a special link. You might have to call and verbally ask for this discount by phone or in-person.)


Hours: tours vary


Cost: starts at $13.50


2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town

619-273-5824


 

*OLD TOWN TROLLEY TOURS (Old Town)

🎟 Deal: One child rides free with one paid adult fare. (I didn't see a coupon code or a special link. You might have to call and verbally ask for this discount by phone.) More Info Here


Hours: varies


Cost: starts at $43.70


4010 Twiggs St., Old Town

619-298-8687


 

WHERE TO EAT:

These are typically one free child's meal per paid adult meal. Check directly with each venue for the deal.

  • Amigo & Waffle Spot at the King's Inn Mission Valley

  • Casa Guadalajara in Old Town

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Old Town

  • Double Tree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley

  • Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley Stadium

  • Residence Inn San Diego Mission Valley

  • San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

  • Quality Suites Mission Valley SeaWorld Area

  • Town and Country Mission Valley


 

COASTAL (from South-North)



*TIJUANA ESTUARY VISITOR'S CENTER (Imperial Beach)

🎟 Deal: Free for everyone. Direct Coupon Link


Visitor Center Hours: Wed-Sun 10-5

Estuary Hours: dawn-dusk?


Cost: Free


301 Caspian Way, Coronado (Imperial Beach)

619-575-3613


 

*LIVING COAST DISCOVERY CENTER (Chula Vista/Southbay)

🎟 Deal: One youth 12 & under is free with one full-price paid adult admission. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Wed-Sun 10-5 (closed Mon-Tue)


Cost: $18 ages 13+; $13 kids 3-12; Free for kids 2 & under


1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista

619-409-5900


 

SAN DIEGO AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF FINE ART (Chula Vista/Southbay)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Direct Coupon Link


555 Saturn Blvd., Chula Vista

619-253-8499


 

*WHEEL FUN RENTALS (Coronado)

🎟 Deal: Two kids ride free with a paid adult on either Surrey or Deuce Coupe bikes, two wheel bikes, kids trailer with an adult bike rental. Offer: mention Kids Free Deal when you book


1019 C Ave., Coronado

619-342-7244 / 805-650-7770


 

*BIKE & KAYAK TOURS (Coronado)

🎟 Deal: One child rides for free with a full paid adult priced bike rental or kayak tour. Offer: mention Kids Free Deal when you book


1201 1st St., Coronado

858-454-1010



 


*GONDOLA COMPANY (Coronado)

🎟 Deal: Four kids ages 12 & under are free with one full paid adult cost. Direct Coupon Link


Hours: Wed-Sun (closed Mon & Tue)


Cost: starts at $119


503 Grand Caribe Causeway, Coronado

619-429-6317


 

CORONADO HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (Coronado)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Direct Coupon Link


1100 Orange Ave., Coronado

619-435-7242


 

NEW AMERICANS MUSEUM & VISIONS MUSEUM OF TEXTILE ART (Liberty Station/Pt. Loma)

🎟 Deal: Kids are always free here. Direct Coupon Link (New Americans); Direct Coupon Link (Visions)


2825 Dewey Rd., Liberty Station/Pt. Loma

619-756-7707


 

H&M LANDING FISHING (Pt. Loma)

🎟 Deal: All kids ages 15 & under can fish for free on any premier sportfishing open party half day trip when accompanied by a paid adult. Direct Link and Use Code: SDkidsFish


2803 Emerson St., Pt. Loma

619-222-1144


 

SAN DIEGO SPEED BOAT ADVENTURES (Pt. Loma)

🎟 Deal: One child rides free with two paying adults on a two hour self-guided boat driving tour. Reserve a triple passenger boat. Use Code: KIDSRIDEFREE


Cost: starts at $89.45


1450 Harbor Island, Pt. Loma

619-294-5852


 

CAMPLAND ON THE BAY (Mission Bay)

🎟 Deal: Kids camp for free with a camp site reservation and will get a free kayak/pedal boat rental, free kids activities and free soda with kids meals. Coupon Code: KIDS (or mention the Kids Free Deal when you call to book + San Diego residents get 20% of your stay)


2211 Pacific Beach Dr., Mission Bay

858-581-4200


 

*BIKE & KAYAK TOURS (La Jolla)

🎟 Deal: One child rides for free with a full paid adult priced bike rental or kayak tour. Offer: mention Kids Free Deal when you book


2158 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla

858-454-1010


 

*BIRCH AQUARIUM (La Jolla)

🎟 Deal: Two kids 12 & under get in free with one full-price paid adult admission. Use Check Out Code: KIDSFREE22


Hours: daily 9-5, last entry at 4


Cost: $24.95 adult; $22.95 seniors 60+, college students; $19.95 kids ages 3-17; discounts for military, UCSD students/staff


Advanced timed reservation are required. Masks are highly recommended.


2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

858-534-3474


 

LA JOLLA HISTORICAL SOCIETY (La Jolla)

🎟 Deal: Admission is free to everyone at the Wisteria Cottage Gallery. Direct Coupon Link


780 Prospect St., La Jolla

858-459-5335