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MAY: What To Do With Kids In San Diego (May 2023)

What to do with kids in May Adventures in San Diego

May Adventures are here! 🙌 Which ones will you go on this month?! 💗 🎳 🚜 🌊 🎏 ⭐️ 💥 🦋 🍓

May'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 May.




Sun May 14, 2023. Celebrate YOU with your families. Need some ideas?? High tea, wine tasting, brunch, flower fields & secret gardens, free concerts & boat cruises. Details & info are on my Mother's Day Post (coming soon).


May-Aug/Oct, 2023. You read that right, FREE bowling for kids! This awesome summer program is back. Registered kids get 2 FREE games a day. Put the bumpers up and get a ball ramp to make it super enjoyable for kiddos! All participants must wear bowling shoes; which are available for rent. No outside food or drinks are permitted. More info here

Bowling alleys are limited this year to:

SDSU Aztec Lanes

May 13-Aug 18

Hrs: open-close

*parking is kind of a pain here, take the trolley - it stops right at SDSU

Temecula Lanes

June 1-Oct 31

Hrs: Mon-Th 2:30-5p, Fri 11a-5p, no weekends



May 7, 2023 from 10a-3p. (Rescheduled from Feb due to weather.) This annual event lets little drivers climb up and sit behind the wheel to honk the horn in all kinds of, off-road, military, emergency, motorcycles, classic/exotic cars & helicopters. Best of all, 100% funds raised are donated to kids cancer research.

💵 $10 for ages 2+. Free for ages 0-1. 📍1160 Riverside Dr., Lakeside, CA 92040 💻 More info here


May 13-21, 2023. Two weeks of FREE Nature Activities leading up to Riverfest on May 22nd. Activities include hikes, beach clean ups, bike rides, runs, educational opportunities and so much more from Julian to Ocean Beach, and everywhere in between. San Diego River Days is our favorite way to get outside and celebrate OUR San Diego River! We look forward to seeing you all and appreciate your continued support. See the full schedule of events online. 💻 More info here


May 5, 2023 from 10-4. Celebrate Children’s Day with activities, vendors and performances inside the garden’s gates. We invite guests to make koinobori, play games, and eat kashiwamochi and wear yukatas. Performances will run throughout the day.

💵 $14/adults, $12/ages 7-18, Free for ages 0-6. 📍 Balboa Park: 2215 Pan American Rd., San Diego, CA 92101 💻 More info here



May 20-Sept. 4, 2023. Blue Star Museums gives FREE Admission to military families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day.

Our favorites for kids include: New Children's Museum, Japanese Friendship Garden, SD Museum of Art, Mingei, SD Auto Museum & Museum of Making Music. Find all of them online. 💻 More info here



Now-Sept. 4, 2023. You know the place by secret spot to watch SeaWorld's Fireworks for FREE! Shhh...head to Fiesta Island on Mission Bay, drive all the way around until you see the SeaWorld grounds from across the bay. BYO blanket & take out for an unforgettable evening. Other places around Mission Bay with views of SeaWorld will also be excellent, just look up!

Good To Know: You'll be almost right underneath the fireworks, which means they may be too loud for kiddos who are sensitive to loud noises. Bring noise cancelling headphones for them, my kids used to like staying in the car where they could see out the windows.

Parking Tip: ideal if you can park at an angle with your headlights facing the road as this will make it easier to get out...and this will allow for more cars to park vs. if you park directly parallel to the road.


Fireworks start 10 min prior to park closing. Check closing times here.

May: 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-29

June: 2-4, 9-11, 16-30

July: 1-31

Aug: 1-13, 18-19, 25-26

Sept: 1-4



1. Now-May 14, 2023. Butterfly Jungle at the Safari Park (Escondido). Enter the Hidden Jungle aviary, filled with colorful, fluttering butterflies for a 20-minute experience to discover the important role butterflies play in nature.

$15 per person required for ages 1+. This is a separated ticketed event inside the Park, so all visitors ages 3+ will need their own admission to get into the Safari Park for this event.

💵 $15/pp.📍 Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027 💻 More info & tickets

2. May 6, 2023 from 9:30am-2:30pm. The Spring Festival is a full day of fun at the Water Conservation Garden (El Cajon). Join us in our beautiful outdoor Butterfly Pavilion and native Habitat Garden to release your very own butterfly to nectar on nearby flowers. Miss Metamorphosis will be flittering around the Butterfly Pavilion.

The rest of the Spring Festival will include a *petting zoo, music festival, *pollinator party, fire making demonstrations, *butterfly releases and *kids crafts. This event is free to attend, but some individual activities listed have a *separate fee. Spring Festival Info here

💵 $15/member, $25/non-member.📍 12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West, El Cajon, CA 92019 💻 More info & tickets


May 28, 2023 from 8-6. Family fun ‘Celebration of the Berry’. Enjoy vendors, great food, 5K or 1-mile Strawberry Run for kids, entertainment, kids play zone, and even a pie eating contest. More info here





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