October is the perfect time to visit San Diego as both residents and tourists can enjoy the annual Kids Free San Diego offers. Over 100 museums, attractions, tours, hotels, and restaurants are participating in 2018.
Based on the feedback and questions I get from readers, here are some offers that I expect will be very popular.
Tip: An adult ticket is required to take advantage of Kids Go Free offers. Discounted adult tickets that are eligible for Kids Go Free (select attractions) are available at aRes Travel. This means you’ll save even more in October. Most offer the ability to print and go straight to the gate.
San Diego Zoo
A ticketed adult can take up to 10 children for free to the San Diego Zoo. This offer is valid for children 10 and under and a coupon is not required for free kids entry. Simply purchase an adult ticket and you’re good to go. Buy your adult tickets at aRes Travel at a discount for further savings.
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
A ticketed adult can take up to 10 children for free to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This offer is valid for children 10 and under and a coupon is not required for free kids entry. Simply purchase an adult ticket and you’re good to go. Buy your adult tickets at aRes Travel at a discount for further savings.
LEGOLAND California is incredibly popular during October anyway because of its Brick-or-Treat party nights. And, Kids Go Free is already in effect so enjoy it during August, September and almost all of October.
The Kids Go Free (ages 12 and under with a paid adult) offer is valid from August 7, 2018 – October 28, 2018.
Multiple Kids Free Offers at SeaWorld San Diego
Check the SeaWorld San Diego Kids Free offers page that includes free admission, dining with orcas, and dolphin interaction with a paid adult.
Play and Ride Free at Belmont Park
Belmont Park has several Kids Go Free offers including a free ride wristband, a $10 Powercard with a combo wristband purchase, and they eat for free at Draft with a paying adult.
See also: 12 Things to Do at Belmont Park
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Up to two kids ages 12 and under go free with a paid adult to Birch Aquarium. Download the coupon from the San Diego Museum Council or pick one up at Mission Federal Credit Union starting on September 27 (more on the museum offers below).
See also: Guide to Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Up to two kids ages 12 and under go free with a paid adult to USS Midway, our famous aircraft carrier museum. Buy discounted adult tickets and discounted kids tickets (only if you exceed the Kids Go Free number) at aRes Travel.
See also: Tips for Visiting the USS Midway
Kids Eat Free at Some San Diego Restaurants
A variety of restaurants and San Diego hotels are offering kids the opportunity to eat for free. Here are a few highlights.
Carnitas’ Snack Shack at the Embarcadero offers kids, ages 12 and under, one free “Kid’s Combo” with the purchase of an adult meal. The offer is valid only at the Embarcadero location and includes a maximum of two kids per paying adult. It’s a perfect stop after visiting the USS Midway or Maritime Museum of San Diego.
Kids Travel for Free
Families traveling across the U.S.-Mexico border can now save time and money with the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), a unique pedestrian bridge connecting the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) with San Diego. When flying into TIJ, children ages 12 and under, can get a free single trip CBX ticket from Tijuana to San Diego with purchase of an adult ticket. The offer is not available online and must be purchased at CBX counters at TIJ.
Kids ages 12 and under, can hop around town for free on San Diego’s newest tour, The Hopper. The premier “hop on/hop off” transportation and attraction service offers families the opportunity to learn about and explore many of San Diego’s most iconic places, including Old Town, Little Italy, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Embarcadero from a vibrant, double-decker bus equipped with various amenities.
Kids Free October at San Diego Museums
Up to two kids ages 12 and under can go free to the below list of museums with a paid adult. To participate, families need to download the free coupon for every museum they wish to visit and present it at the participating museum’s admissions desk. Coupons can be downloaded online at the San Diego Museum Council.
Some fun exhibits include Fleet Science Center’s “Don’t Try This at Home” live science shows, The Birch Aquarium’s special Cephalopod Celebration, Living Coast Discovery Center’s shark & ray feeding, The NAT’s Fossil Mysteries, and more.
Here’s the list of San Diego Museums participating in Kids Free October:
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Bonita Museum & Cultural Center
California Center for the Arts Museum
California Surf Museum
Coronado Museum of History & Art
Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
Heritage of the Americas Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden
La Jolla Historical Society
Living Coast Discovery Center
Lux Art Institute
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Marston House Museum & Gardens
Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
Museum of Making Music
Museum of Photographic Arts
New Americans Museum
Oceanside Museum of Art
San Diego Air & Space Museum
San Diego Archaeological Center
San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Chinese Historical MuseumSan Diego History Center
San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat)
The New Children’s Museum
The San Diego Museum of Art
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
Timken Museum of Art
USS Midway Museum
Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
Visions Art Museum
Warner-Carrillo Ranch House
Visit the San Diego Tourism Authority for the full list of offers.
Buy Discounted Adult Tickets and Kids Go Free Tickets at aRes Travel.