Some people look forward to Christmas, their birthdays or the first release of the PSL. But we look forward to October. Why? San Diego offers FREE ADMISSION and FREE FOOD to kids 12 and under All. Month. Long. It's called the Kids FREE October deals and it's offered every year by over 100 partners! So bookmark this page and come back to it all month long. And then come back to it next year because it's mostly the same every year.
Many many thanks to these organizations who support this program: ScholarShare (California’s 529 College Savings Plan), the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, County of San Diego, and MTS.
Good To Know:
Some places require you to print out a coupon before arriving to get in on the deal. Others will just offer it at their ticket window automatically, but you may need to ask for it.
Click here for the Kids FREE In October COUPON
The offer is usually valid for kids ages 12 and under with a paid adult, but the age limit can vary with each venue.
Offers usually allow for 2 kids per paid adult, but some are more or less so depending on how many kids you've got be sure to read the fine print and ask before you go.
Admission using the Kids Free Coupon doesn't usually allow access to visit special exhibitions at some museums and they may cost extra is you want to see those.
New: Some museums are only allowing you to use this coupon once per person per museum (please share with me if you've heard which ones)
I've linked most of our favorite places below so you can click on those venues for details.
* These already offer free admission, so you may want to save these for another time ;)
+ Our kids' favorites!
DISCLAIMER: Just in case I mis-typed or mis-read any information, please be sure to verify all information before you go. :D
Here's the entire list of where Kids can go for FREE!!
- THEME PARKS -
1. +LEGOLAND, Carlsbad
Deal: I think this one is a little bit sneaky, because you can't buy this online directly from their "Buy Tickets" page. You have to find the coupon first and go to the linked URL on your coupon. I found ours at McDonald's restaurants, but I will link the Deal once I stop at McDonald's next time. ;)
The McDonald's Free Child Ticket code usually expires on Dec. 31st, so you can actually use it for the rest of the year, not just in October!
If you have the actual coupon, you can take it to the ticket booth and get the Free Child Ticket deal in person if you didn't want to buy it online.
Brick or Treat party nights requires a separate event ticket.
ALSO--->LEGOLAND is currently having their SoCal Resident Annual Membership going on NOW until Sunday 9/29/19! This is a great deal as you'll get the rest of this year PLUS ALL of next year included! They expire 12/25/20! I get the $160 Gold Pass for myself (driver) because it includes FREE parking, unlimited to Legoland, unlimited to Sea Life Aquarium and limited to the water park. And I get the $100 Play Pass for my kids and husband - it only includes unlimited to Legoland and it does NOT include parking OR Sea Life Aquarium...BUT...when you add it to your 'cart' and proceed to checkout, you'll get a prompt to ADD Sea Life Aquarium for $10 (valid for unlimited to the Aquarium until 12/25/20). ;)
-- the following information is from 2018 and is most likely the same as last year, but check before you go in case it's changed -- I'll update this soon --
2. +San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park (details here)
Deal: No extra coupons or tickets required for kids ages 11 and under, 10 kids per paid adult, kids can ride the Guided Bus or Kangaroo Bus for $5 (buy bus tickets at the Zoo). They have some special events happening on October weekends, click the link above for the schedule.
3. +San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, Escondido (details here)
Deal: No extra coupons or tickets required for kids ages 11 and under, 10 kids per paid adult, kids can ride the Africa Tram for free and ride the Conservation Carousel for $6 (buy carousel tickets at the Safari Park). They have some special events happening on October weekends, click the link above for the schedule.
4. +SeaWorld, Mission Bay (details here)
Deal: Only 1 child ages 3-9 per 1 paid adult ticket. Kids under 3 are always free.
Free Kids animal interaction programs per 1 paid adult interaction:
-->Breakfast With the Killer Whales, free for ages 3-9 ($26/adult)