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San Diego Automotive Museum

Balboa Park

$17 $8

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Classic motorcycles join a 1928 Studebaker and a custom 1947 Cadillac to pay homage to collectable autos

Museum of Making Music – Up to 50% Off for 2 or 4

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

$16 $8

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Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

Oceanside Museum of Art – Up to 47% Off

Oceanside Museum of Art

Townsite

$16 $9

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Explore a wide variety of art forms from the 20th and 21st centuries, including a new special exhibition of quilts

Mission San Juan Capistrano – 50% Off Visit

Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano

$18 $9

Built by missionaries more than 200 years ago, the mission features 10 acres of living history, artifacts, and original architecture

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Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Beach

$14 $7

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Museum chronicles the history of Californian art with a 3,500-piece permanent exhibit that spans the 19th century to the present

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Lyon Air Museum

Orange County Airport

$24 $12

Authentic planes and rare automobiles that trace back to World War II are on display at this museum, located within John Wayne Airport

$10 for an Auto-Museum Visit for Four

Marconi Automotive Museum & Special Events Venue

Tustin

$20 $10

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Rare Ferraris and classic American muscle cars share space with Jaguars, high-performance motorcycles, and historic Formula cars

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art—Up to 52% Off Admission

Bowers Museum of Cultural Art

Downtown Santa Ana

$30 $15

Cultural museum showcasing a permanent collection of more than 120,000 artifacts and artwork from all across the world

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Discovery Science Center

Santa Ana

$16.95 $9

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A suite of 120 interactive exhibits including WEEBLES Coast to Coast & Dino Quest Adventure inspire youngsters in a hands-on environment

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During the scenic biplane ride, you and your best friend or building manager will occupy the front seats of a restored 1920s open-air plane as a skilled pilot flies from the back cockpit. The 20-minute flight buzzes along the Southern California coast, over scenic beaches, through the clouds, and under dangerous rainbows. With matching headsets, you’ll be in constant communication with the pilot, who will customize your journey as you wish and take you wherever you’d like to go at a leisurely drift or a grueling pace that would exhaust even the strongest yolk of oxen.

3750 John J Montgomery Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Signature service: Social Painting Classes
Established: 2013
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Pro Tip: We are here to make sure you go home with a sense of accomplishment, and a beautiful painting.

Q&A with the Owner/ Instructor

Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
I have had many people walk in before the show, view the featured painting, and say, "There's no way I'm going to paint that." At the end of the session, everyone is smiling, and ecstatic about what thy accomplished in a few hours.

Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
I love seeing everyone's paintings evolve from simple sketches to full-blown colorful landscapes/still-lifes. I love seeing the clients become friends in such a short time, and their interaction with one another throughout the course of the class.

Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
If a client is struggling with a section of the painting, I will assist them in color mixing and applying paint to their own canvas. Before each class, I have everyone hold up their glasses and "cheers" the person(s) to each side of them. It's all about making everyone comfortable and bringing out their inner artist.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Along with instruction, I play background music when they are really getting into painting. It allows them to be a bit more social during this time to talk among themselves. Depending on the song playing, I like to encourage sing-a-longs to get them "amped up" and a bit more relaxed. I also encourage clients to sit back, relax, and order food/beverages from the venue, since the class lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours.

4811 Onate Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Their latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.

3965 5th Avenue
San Diego,
CA
US

10Best named the Marston House Museum & Gardens an Editors' Pick. Yelpers give it an average rating of 4.5 stars:

3525 7th Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

The San Diego Natural History Museum has transported visitors into the past for almost eight decades. The recently opened Ends Of The Earth exhibit lets museum-goers watch explorers conquer terrain in the multimedia theater, put on a penguin suit and slide like the birds themselves, or challenge a live polar bear to an ice-eating contest. Illuminate history through the Fossil Mysteries exhibit's life-size models of ancient animals, such as dinosaurs and mastodons, as well as a fossil aquarium featuring actual whale bones on display. Dads and future dads looking to enjoy 3-D movies without braving the multiplex's gangs of candy-craving teens can use the included tickets to catch The Ultimate Wave Tahiti, starring champion surfer Kelly Slater, or Turtle Reef 3D, from the award-winning producers behind museum mainstay Ocean Oasis.

1788 El Prado
San Diego,
CA
US

The Museum of Man is San Diego County's only anthropology and archaeology museum, home to five permanent exhibits including Ancient Egypt; Kumeyaay: Native Californians; Footsteps Through Time: Four Million Years of Human Evolution; Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth; and the Children's Discovery Center's exhibit, Discover Egypt, as well as special exhibitions and cultural collections. Museumgoers can experience the entirety of human history by viewing actual artifacts, sculptural reconstructions of early man, a 42-foot Mayan rainforest mural in the Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth exhibit, and the June 2010–April 2011 special exhibit Counter Cultures: The Secret Lives of Games, which explores the rich history of games and their place in human societies from past to present.

1350 El Prado
San Diego,
CA
US