So you are planning a vacation with your teens and want to be sure they do more than lay on the beach and text their friends back home. Consider an arts and culture tour designed with them in mind. Most all San Diego arts organizations have special programs designed for ages 11-17. To make it more fun, hop on the Old Town Trolley and make the tour itself an adventure. When the ride is as fun as the destination, your teens are sure to stop tweeting and start exploring. These kid-friendly arts and culture venues throughout Balboa Park and Downtown are accessible by the Trolley. Get started in front of ARTS TIX at Horton Plaza and check out that evening’s half-price Theater, Music and Dance tickets. Be sure to include the following on your adventure:
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center/IMAX Theater– features more than 100 interactive science exhibits in five galleries, as well as major traveling exhibitions.
San Diego Model Railroad Museum – featuring the largest indoor model railroad display in the world.
San Diego Natural History Museum – exhibits for the naturalist or environmentalist in your family. Learn about the diversity of Southern California and Baja California
Japanese Friendship Garden – get exposed to Japanese horticulture…and culture…as you sample exotic snacks and sip tea in the traditional tea room after touring the gardens.
Maritime Museum/Star of India – your “young” salt will enjoy touring one of the world’s finest collections of historic ships, including the world’s oldest active ship, the Star of India.
USS Midway Museum – imagine experiencing life at sea aboard one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers.
Also, several museums have specialized programs designed for that hard to please age. The San Diego Museum of Art has the Teen Art Café, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego teen programs are designed by teens themselves and the New Children’s Museum Teen Studio is only open to ages 11 and older.
A nighttime option is to invite your teens to “see themselves” on stage by attending performances by the ultra-talented youth from the San Diego Youth Symphony, Eveoke Dance Theater, J*Company, or San Diego Junior Theater. Check sandiegoperforms.com for full listings.