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Kids Fun At The San Diego Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park

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All that's fun for kids at The San Diego Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park

THE SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

- at Balboa Park -

2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

619-234-8291

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Contents:

๐Ÿ˜ƒ INTRO

What is it, Why kids love it, Insider Tips


๐Ÿ“Œ VISITOR INFO

Hours, cost, deals, memberships, parking & more


๐Ÿ‘ FEATURES

What's good to know...bathrooms, food, strollers, dogs, etc.


๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ EVENTS & CLASSES

Birthday parties & private events, toddler times, school break camps & more


๐Ÿ—บ WHAT'S NEARBY

Where to find your nearest coffee-fix, restaurants, other fun places to play and even get some errands done with shops nearby


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๐Ÿ˜ƒ INTRO ๐Ÿ˜ƒ


๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ WHAT IS IT

The San Diego Air & Space Museum at Balboa Park has a large collection of airplanes: old ones, new ones, fighter planes and biplanes. Only a couple of these allow you to actually get inside, but just being surrounded by their large presence above and all around you is quite inspiring, especially for budding little pilots. Don't miss the space collection with the real life Apollo 9 Command Module and my favorite is the piece of moon-rock on display.



๐Ÿ’— WHY KIDS LOVE IT

  • climb inside the helicopter

  • watch a short 4D movie

  • try the flight simulator

  • tons of planes!

  • the gift shop has a large selection of books, toys & apparel


๐Ÿ‘‰ GOOD TO KNOW

There's a cafe in the very back with outdoor patio seating, right underneath the SAN flight path.



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๐Ÿ“Œ VISITOR INFO ๐Ÿ“Œ

as of 4/2022


๐Ÿ•ฐ HOURS

daily 10-4:30

Closed: Thanksgiving & Christmas



๐ŸŽŸ TICKETS

same day walk-ins are ok



๐Ÿ’ต COST

$23 ages 12+

$19 ages 65+, student, retired military

$13 ages 3-11

FREE for ages 2 & under


$8 max flight simulator

$10 docent basement tours for ages 12+, those under 12 are free w/ a paid adult



๐Ÿ’ธ DEALS


๐ŸŽซ MEMBERSHIPS

$49 Individual: 1 adult + 1 one-time guest pass


$99 Individual + Guest: 1 adult + 1 annual guest pass


$119 Family/Grandparents: 2 adults + children under 18


$109 Active Duty/Reserve Military Family: 2 adults + children under 18


$39 Student/Senior 65+: 1 adult + 1 one-time guest pass

All members receive:

  • unlimited general admission

  • unlimited entry to the Zable 3D/4D Theater

  • 15% off gift shop purchases

  • 10% off food at Flight Path Grill

  • discounts on special events, classes & birthday parties

  • free use of museum library & archives

  • free admission to the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA


๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ PARKING

Parking is FREE everywhere at Balboa Park


There are 2 parking lots a short 5-10 minute walk away and a 3rd one we prefer only for the fun FREE shuttle.

  1. Behind the Comi-Con Museum: on the left/west side of Presidents Way + Park Blvd.

  2. Behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion: on the right/east side of Pan American Rd E + Presidents Way

  3. Near the Veterans Museum across the street: on the east side of Park Blvd. + Presidents Way. Look for the shuttle stop and the FREE Green Shuttle will drop you off nearby. From here it will be the 3rd stop. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes, fold-up strollers are allowed in the designated metal stroller box on-board.


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๐Ÿ‘ FEATURES ๐Ÿ‘


๐Ÿšป BATHROOMS: Yes


๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป STROLLERS: Yes! Itโ€™s very stroller friendly


๐ŸŒฑ GROUNDS: Flat carpeted flooring inside, flat concrete pavement outside


๐Ÿถ DOGS: Service animals only


๐Ÿฅช FOOD: The Flight Path Grill is their on-site cafe, you'll find it in the back of the museum on their outdoor patio


๐Ÿ› SHOPPING: The gift shop has a great selection of books, toys, apparel, etc.


๐Ÿ“ฝ MOVIES: yes, 3D/4D Zable Theater continuously plays short 20-ish minute shows every day


โš ๏ธ CAUTIONS: n/a



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๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ EVENTS & CLASSES ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ


๐Ÿฅณ BIRTHDAY PARTIES & PRIVATE EVENTS

Designed for ages 3-12 and allow up to 30 guests or 40 guests max for extra charge. They also have Remote Birthday Party packages too. More info

On-Site Parties Include:

  • 2.5 hours of party space with a museum facilitator in the Pavilion of Flight either from 10:30am-1pm or 2-4:30pm and tables/chairs with basic decorations

  • Museum admission for 30 guests, plus extra cost for 10 more. 15 children for ages 3-4 or 20 children for ages 5+

  • Choice of 1 hands-on activity (Alka-Seltzer Rockets, Foam & Balsa Gliders or Rovers)

  • Guided museum tour

  • Gift for the Birthday Child

  • Parents are responsible for their own paper goods, food, drink & cake

Cost: $350 for museum family members or $400 for museum individual members. $425 for non-members. $12 per extra guest. $50 for flight suit souvenir per child. $40 if you want cloth linen rental. $50 for a propane space heater.

Must book at least 2 weeks in advance.



๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป TODDLER TIME: Little Engineers is every Wed 9-10 for ages 3-5. Cost: $22 for parent/child combo, includes museum admission so stay and explore afterward. Each week is a different theme from earth science, biology and physics topics with hands-on activities for kids that will help build school-ready skills. Weekly topics are posted at this link.


๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿป SCHOOL BREAK CAMPS: yes

Grades: TK-12


๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ SCHOOL PROGRAMS: yes

Either at your school or at the museum


๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ TEACHER GUIDES: yes


๐ŸŽ“ SCHOLARSHIPS: yes


๐Ÿ–ฅ Private Virtual Tour: yes, Wed & Thur 10-3 for $50 incl. up to 5 guests



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๐Ÿ—บ WHAT'S NEARBY ๐Ÿ—บ


โ˜•๏ธ COFFEE

Their on-site Flight Path Grill has fresh brewed coffee only.


Other Coffee Options at Balboa Park: Daniel's Coffee at Spanish Village (outside cart), Mingei Craft Cafe at the Mingei Museum (inside stand), Prado Perk outside The Prado Restaurant (outside cart)



๐Ÿฅช FOOD

Flight Path Grill is their on-site cafe in the back on their outside patio. It's right under the SAN Airport flight path so you can watch planes flying right above as you eat. Museum entrance is required to access.


Other Food Options at Balboa Park: Panama 66 (outside patio, near the Art Museum), Cafe in the Park (inside, next to the Photography Museum), Craveology at Fleet Science Center (order inside, seating outside), Flying Squirrel at Natural History Museum (inside), Artifact at Mingei (inside/outside), The Prado (inside/outside), Tobey's 19th Hole Restaurant at the Golf Course Restaurant (inside/outside)



๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ OTHER PLACES TO PLAY

Everywhere else at Balboa Park!



๐Ÿ› SHOPPING

The Visitor's Center at Balboa Park has a great gift shop, as do most other museums at Balboa Park. Hop over to Spanish Village for all kinds of art browsing and shopping. Be sure to stop at the Gem & Mineral Society for a truly fascinating scene.




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