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SEPTEMBER: What To Do With Kids In San Diego (Sept. 2023)

What to do with kids in September Adventures in San Diego

September Adventures are here! 🙌 Which ones will you go on this month?! 🍎 🛩 🎡 🚃 🇬🇷 🌺 🎥 🎃 😎

September'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 September.




'Tis the season for apple picking! Apple season is a short one (2-3 weeks), so head out to Julian NOW to find your favorite orchard before they're all gone, usually by the end of Sept. ALL the apple orchards' info is updated on my website: more info


Sept. 22-24, 2023. The annual air show is back this year at Miramar. Food trucks, music, awesome aerials & flyovers. Bring noise-cancelling headphones for kiddos because it will be loud. COST: Free, but parking & reserved seating is extra. All the info & weekend lineup is on my website. more info



Sept. 9, 2023 from 8-4. One day full of family fun: pancake breakfast 8-10a, car show, free pony rides, carnival rides, music, magic show, scavenger hunt, civic groups, food vendors & much more!. COST: Free to enter. more info



Sept 16-17, 2023. MTS x SDDT presents Trolley Dances™ by taking art “to the people.” Guests will be led by tour guides to curated dances at various stops along the Blue Line. Cost: $35 general admission, $20 for military, student, seniors, artists. Tours begin and end at the Old Town Transit Center. more info

Parking: Free parking at Old Town Transit Center.

Tickets: buy at link above

Good To Know: Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a hat or other protection from the heat is highly recommended.



Sept. 9-10, 2023. Indulge in Greek cuisine, live music & dancing, Greek culture, exhibits, treasures & kids activities. Cost: $3/adults. more info



Sept. 23-24, 2023. Celebrate the culture & traditions of the Melanesian, Micronesian & Pacific Islander people. Enjoy the food & entertainment from the islands, walk thru the cultural village, arts & craft booths and so much more! Plz bring a non-perishable food item. Plan ahead for parking.📍Ski Beach on Mission Bay. more info



Rooftop Cinema Club: starts at $11.75

Save 20% with my code: "famdiego" (expires 12/31/23). Kids can attend movies before 5pm; films that start after 5pm are for ages 18+ only. more info

Below are September movies before 5pm (kids allowed):

🔸 Sun 9/10 at 3:45pm - The Greatest Showman

🔸 Sat 9/16 at 3:15pm - Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone

🔸 Sun 9/17 at 3:15pm - Selena

🔸 Sat 9/23 at 4:15pm - The Little Mermaid (live action)

🔸 Sun 9/24 at 3:15pm - Super Mario Bros

🔸 Sat 9/30 at 4:15pm - Nightmare Before Christmas

Check their website for movie trailers and to see the full schedule of movies for 18+ after 5pm for date nights or friends night out.

Good To Know:

Doors open 30-60 min before showtime, seats are first come first served based on your ticket type; every seat is a good seat! Arrive early to play yard games, order food & drink and get your wireless headphones set up; and to plan for extra time getting there. Parking: Park in the Manchester Grand Hyatt self-park parking garage (bring your parking ticket with you to get it validated after the movie for reduced parking rate, I think it's $11. If you don't get it validated you'll have to pay the full rate.) Plan on 10 minutes to walk from the parking garage, through the hotel and up the escalator to the 4th floor and down the hallway to get there. Don't worry, the signs are well posted, but just plan extra time to get there in time. ;)

Hotel Del Movies On The Beach: $25/pp

🔸 Sat 9/2 - Top Gun

🔸 Sun 9/10 - Field of Dreams

SD Parks & Rec: FREE!

Held at various parks thru end Oct. Dress the kiddos in their pjs and BYO lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, food, snacks, drinks. Below you'll find the September schedule. Check website for changes, exact location, other info and to make sure I typed the info below correctly. ;) more info

🔸 Sat 9/9

5pm - Night at the Museum at Stagecoach Community Park

6:30pm - 102 Dalmations at Rancho Bernardo Rec Center

🔸 Fri 9/15

5pm - The Book of Life at Golden Hill Rec Center

5:30pm - Vivo at Spring Valley County Park

6:30pm - Dora and the Lost City of Gold at Cabrillo Rec Center

🔸Sat 9/16

5pm - Vivo at Dos Picos County Park

5:30pm - Vivo at Otay Lakes County Park

6:30pm - Selena at Felicita County Park

7pm - Encanto at Flint Springs County Park

🔸 Fri 9/22

5pm - Super Mario Bros at MacArthur Park

🔸 Sat 9/23

5pm - Coco at Encanto Rec Center

🔸 Fri 9/29

4:30pm - Vivo at Presidio Rec Center

6:30pm - Lyle, Lyle Crocodile at Pine Valley County Park

7pm - Selena at Spring Valley Gymnasium

🔸 Sat 9/30

6pm - Coco at Town Center Comm Park East

6pm - In The Heights at Heritage County Park

6:30pm - Encanto at Lake Lorena Campground



Now-Sept. 28, 2023. Get 3-day SoCal Resident passes for Disneyland, can be used non-consecutively but expires 9/28. This is the first time they've offered SoCal Resident passes in the summer; previously they've only offered them Jan-May. And remember, Halloween decorations and food are out starting 9/1! more info



Our "Locals' Summer" starts NOW! This is our favorite month when all the tourists have gone, but right before the Kids Free October deals so crowds are low. Head out to these hotspots and take advantage of the low crowds: San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Legoland & beaches.





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