Before hanging from a tree branch wrapped in a silken cocoon for several years, children need to gather and store enough creativity to endure the lengthy transformation into adulthood. Today's deal fills maturing imaginations to capacity: for $15, you get two all-weekend passes to KidsFest San Diego on May 1 and 2, a $60 value (tickets are normally $15 per day). All the running and joyful jumping happens between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the NTC promenade in Point Loma. Children under two years of age are free. Present your Groupon at the gate on Saturday, Sunday, or both to enter the wonderment emporium.
With more than 100,000 square feet of self-expression-expanding activities designed to stimulate malleable minds, your child will leave exhausted enough to play the quiet game for the whole drive home and most of the next day. Roll in goops of non-toxic gunk akin to a Nickelodeon bath at the Messy Zone, taste edible plants and spy friendly bugs at the Green Thumb Stop, or pet bulldozers and fire trucks at the vehicle petting zoo known as Touch a Truck.
A handful of live events reignite short-fused attention spans, including performances by the San Diego School of Ballet, CircusFund, and the cinderblock-smashing karate kids of American Family Martial Arts. Plotted by two moms tired of seeing the same old kid-centric bonanzas of face painting and clowns, the first annual KidsFest promises to thrill and turn every frown into a deafening, high-pitched squeal.
2690 Historic Decatur Rd.
San Diego, California 92106Get Directions