Kids Free October in San Diego

October is a great month to be a kid in the San Diego area. There are over 40 museums and attractions in the area that offer free admission to children under 12! It begins October 1st and runs until October 31st. There is a list of all participating attractions at the end of the article.

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Kids Free October is a signature program spearheaded by The San Diego Museum Council. It has become an annual tradition for a few years running. This initiative is managed through a partnership between San Diego Museum Council, California Arts Council, Mission Federal Credit Union and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Go to the San Diego Museum Council Website and enter your email address and zip code, then you will be given a coupon to present at any of the listed attraction for free entry for up to two children under the age of 12. You can also pick up a coupon at any local Mission Federal Credit Union branch. Go ahead and get your coupon today and make you plan for which attractions you will take your family to this October!!

This initiative has caught the attention of many local restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Many of them offer special deals, discounts, and free offerings for children during the month of October! Take a look at the San Diego travel website for some good leads on these offer. Where will you go this October?

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MILMOM Tip: local attractions that are not on the official list also participate! Ask your favorite attractions and watch the social media sites of local favorite hotspots like the San Diego Zoo and Legoland -they often offer free children’s admission with the purchase of an adult ticket all month long.

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Participating Attractions:

  • 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 Museum
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
  • Serra Museum
  • 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

**Not on the official list but also participating are The San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Legoland, and Sea World among others! Check out San Diego visitors website for more participating locations

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