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Things To Do With Kids in San Diego

San Diego is the second-largest city in California and the eighth-largest in the United States. Located just north of the Mexico border, San Diego is known for its mild weather year round, making it a popular city for tourists to visit. For the same reason San Diego is a popular vacation spot, it is also a wonderful place for families. Whether you are looking for a day spent in the park, wandering a museum, or exploring the coast, San Diego has something to offer. Keep reading for the top entertainment experiences for kids in San Diego.

When looking for family fun in San Diego, the options are endless. With an extensive list of amusement parks and outdoor landmarks, there is something for the entire family. See the best activities for kids here:

  • Visit the monkeys, tigers, and bears and the world-famous San Diego Zoo
  • Spend a day at LEGOLAND and shop the largest collection of LEGOs in the nation
  • Chill out in the wave pool at Aquatica San Diego Water Park
  • Learn about penguins, rays, and dolphins at SeaWorld San Diego
  • Have a blast at Belmont Park, an amusement park located right on the beach

San Diego is a popular destination for people of all ages and is very family friendly. Take your kids to a sports game, pig out on authentic cuisine, and more. Check out more kid-friendly attractions here:

  • Enjoy signature guacamole, burritos, and tamales at Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe
  • See an array of artwork from 1950 to present day at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
  • Buy the family some peanuts and cracker jacks at a San Diego Padres game
  • Wander around Old Town San Diego and shop for souvenirs
  • Rent jet skis, boats, and kayaks from SD Adventures
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San Diego has been referred to “the birthplace of California” as it was the first are visited by Europeans. Explore the city’s rich history and natural beauty with these cheap things to do with kids:

  • Drop by the Cabrillo National Monument and get a photo at the lighthouse
  • Keep your eyes peeled for whales on a tour with Newport Landing Cruises
  • Get a beautiful canyon view while walking across the Spruce Street Footbridge
  • Enjoy the gardens, walking paths, and museums at Balboa Park
  • Explore the beauty of Mission Bay lagoon at sunset with Cruise San Diego
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San Diego is a family travel destination for good reason. Its near-perfect weather and many kid-friendly museums make it the perfect vacation spot. Check out the following fun kids activities for all ages:

  • Indulge in fresh-baked donuts from Copper Top Coffee & Donuts
  • Get hands-on with goats, pigs, alpacas and more at Zoomars Petting Zoo
  • Climb, slide, and jump on the play equipment at Uptown Jungle Fun Park
  • Explore the hands-on exhibits at the New Children’s Museum
  • Play with model trains at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum
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San Diego is a city perfect for large groups of friends and family. Check out an amusement park, charter a boat, or see a live performance. Check out more kid-approved group activities in San Diego:

  • Charter a deep sea fishing trip with Davey's Locker
  • Play on the slides, obstacle courses, and bounce domes at Inflatable World
  • Relax while the kids kids play on the slides and equipment at FUNBelievable Play
  • Have a laugh and maybe even volunteer at a Comedy Hypnotist Show with Michael Briar
  • Use strategy and teamwork as you battle it out at San Diego Paintball Park

San Diego is a place where learning and fun collide. Because of its many museums and wildlife parks, educational opportunities lie around every corner. Check out some top educational experiences for kids here:

  • Explore the vivarium and learn about the importance of pollinators at Butterfly Farms
  • Learn about the animal kingdom at the The Living Coast Discovery Center
  • Wander through the fountains, gardens, and historical architecture at Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Brush up on the local history at The Seeley Stable, an old stagecoach stop
  • Check out the chicken coops and worm farms at the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

Spark your child’s creativity by introducing them to a new instrument or art form. San Diego has many kid-friendly classes that can broaden the imagination. Check out some of the top classes for kids in San Diego:

  • Paint pottery or do a canvas image at A Colorful Universe
  • Learn to play a new instrument through lessons with Riffs Studios
  • Register for one of my the many dance classes at Dance Unlimited Performing Arts Academy
  • Paint, paper mache, and more in a class at the Bravo School of Art
  • Learn basic drawing techniques and get an intro to painting at Little Artists

While we promise you’ll never tire of San Diego’s gorgeous weather, sometimes it’s nice to stay inside. Get out of the heat or occasional rain with these indoor attractions for kids:

  • Practice your inline-skating skills at Skate San Diego
  • Play in the giant foam pits and jump on trampolines at Sky Zone
  • Learn what it was like to live at sea at the USS Midway Museum
  • Race around the go-kart track at K1 Speed
  • Lace up your bowling shoes and get a strike at Mira Mesa Lanes