Have you heard? It’s Kids Free month in San Diego! Nope, that doesn’t mean San Diego is free from kids. But rather, just about everything for a kid’s visit (with their family) to San Diego is Free – as in free admission to all the major attractions, museums and so much more.
One area that was made for play is Mission Bay, a 4,600-acre aquatic wonderland of beaches, walking/bicycling trails, family-friendly resorts, water activities and famous attractions like SeaWorld.
Following are some of the coolest free offerings I scoped out around Mission Bay:
SeaWorld San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego offers kids 3-9 years old free admission (1 child per paid adult), free Dine With Shamu (1 child per paid adult) and free Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs (1 child 10-13 years old per paid adult).
At nearby Belmont Park, home of the thrilling Giant Dipper roller coaster, kids can enjoy unlimited free rides and laser tag (1 child per paid adult). They also ride for free (1 child per 2 paid riders) on FlowRider or FlowBarrel.
Paradise Point Resort
The tropical Paradise Point Resort offers kids free bike rentals to cruise the bayside plus free kayak and standup paddleboard rentals.
Bahia Belle Sternwheeler
Kids eat free (with each adult purchase) at the Bahia Resort, Catamaran Resort (The Atoll restaurant) and The Dana on Mission Bay (Blue Pearl restaurant). They also get free breakfast at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay.
At Belmont Park, get your grub on with free kids’ meals (1 kids meal per paid adult meal) at Wavehouse Beach Club, South Mission Draft and North Shore Café.
Free Animal Encounters in Mission Bay
You’ll also want to check out these awesome free animal encounters on Mission Bay!
Who knew there was so much to see and do for free?! 🙂
The Kidvasion has begun! The 3rd annual Kids Free San Diego month kicks off today and continues through Halloween. Kids are sure to get a kick out of being VIPs (or should we say, VIKs – Very Important Kids 😉 ) all month long.
As you and your family are in town exploring the sights or planning a fun-filled fall visit to San Diego, be sure to check out these kids free deals in Mission Valley, conveniently located in the middle of it all just minutes from many major attractions.
Mission Trails Regional Park, one of the nation’s largest urban natural parks, is free for the whole family to explore, bike and hike 42 miles of scenic trails, including paths to the historic Old Mission Dam/San Diego River and to the top of Cowles Mountain, famous for its spectacular 360-degre views. The interactive Visitor Center is cool too, as are free guided nature walks every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 AM.
Mission San Diego de Alcala
Take a trip back to the time of the Spanish explorers and Franciscan friars who discovered San Diego at Mission San Diego de Alcala, the first mission in California (founded in 1769 and relocated to its present site in 1774). Children under 6 are free to tour the little museum (kids 6 to 12 are only $2). The Mission church and grounds, including a cool excavation site out back, are free for all to explore.
Junipero Serra Museum
Kids under 6 are also free at Junipero Serra Museum on Presidio Hill overlooking Mission Valley and Old Town. It was here in 1769 that the Spanish friar Junípero Serra and a group of soldiers built California’s first mission and a fort (called “presidio” in Spanish). The original buildings are gone, but an impressive Spanish-style museum sits on the site today.
Lots of restaurants in Mission Valley’s hotels and resorts are rolling out the red carpet for children 12 and under. Kids eat free (with purchase of an adult entrée) at:
- Crowne Plaza San Diego, famous for its tropical tiki theme! (1 child per adult)
- Days Hotel-Hotel Circle (at Bunz Burger Joint; 1 child per adult)
- Doubletree by Hilton-Hotel Circle (1 child per adult)
- Hilton San Diego Mission Valley (2 kids’ breakfasts per adult)
- Holiday Inn Mission Valley (at Rayo Grille, 1 child per adult)
- Kings Inn (1 child per adult)
- Marriott Mission Valley (2 kids per adult)
- Town & Country Resort (kids breakfast buffet)
At Doubletree by Hilton-Mission Valley, kids (up to two per room) can choose a free entrée from the children’s menu at the Fountain Café and Windows Lounge. Kids’ breakfasts are free at Ramada Conference Center plus free eats for kids at Sheraton Mission Valley!
Upon check in, Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel Circle is giving out a free welcome gift to each kid who checks in. WAY cool!
As you can see, there are money-saving deals galore! See you in Mission Valley 🙂
For the entire month of October, Kids Free in San Diego partners including local attractions and museums are offering kids the ability to go and play for free. To make things even better, many local restaurants are offering free children’s meals to make sure your kids have the energy for all the fun they are about to have.
Below are 5 great Kids Free in San Diego dining offers:
Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego – Mission Bay
If your kids have been eating all their veggies, now’s your chance to reward them with a unique dining experience they’ll never forget. Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld San Diego offers a unique opportunity to sit at a poolside table and enjoy up close, personal interaction with trainers and of course, SeaWorld’s biggest star, Shamu – all while indulging in a delicious, first-rate lunch or dinner. Reservations recommended.
Location: 500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
> Print the Kids Go, Eat and Play Free at SeaWorld San Diego Offer
Corvette Diner – Point Loma
Even before I had children, I loved eating at this up-tempo, 1950’s style diner whenever I wanted to feel, well, like a kid. This Americana-inspired eatery decked out in pop culture memorabilia really took it up a notch when it moved to its Liberty Station location and added Gamers Garage – a spacious entertainment arcade featuring everything from Guitar Hero to old school classics like skee ball and air hockey – perfect for digesting that peanut butter banana milk shake. Receive a free $5 Gamers Garage card with any kid’s meal purchase.
Location: 2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
> Print the Kids Play Free at Corvette Diner Offer
Hard Rock Cafe – Downtown
It’s been over 40 years since the original opened in London, but Hard Rock Café San Diego, located in the heart of our city’s Gaslamp Quarter, continues to deliver an encore-worthy performance. Spacious booths for families, a kid’s menu longer than a playlist, and décor that will inspire your lil’ Jimi Hendrix, make this joint worthy of a stop on your world tour.
Location: 801 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
> Print the Kids Eat Free at Hard Rock Café San Diego Offer
Atoll Restaurant at Catamaran Resort Hotel – Mission Bay
While recently attending a friend’s wedding here, I was reminded how awesome this resort is with its lush landscaping, exotic birds and overall tropical vibe. Atoll is the resort’s signature restaurant and features indoor and outdoor seating with magnificent views of the bay. This place is definitely a step above your typical fast casual fare – which is all the more reason you should flock here during Kids Free in San Diego this October. Nearby, the Bahia Belle, a “Turn of the Century” Mississippi-style sternwheeler offers weekend boat cruises on the water of Mission Bay. 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM cruises are designated “Family Hours” and kids ride free through the month of October with each paid adult.
Location: 3999 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109
> Print the Kids Eat Free at the Atoll at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa
Wave House San Diego – Mission Beach
The Wave House is living proof that San Diego is at the forefront of innovation when it comes to action sports, which is why the focal point of this 40,000 sq. ft. beach lifestyle venue is the FlowRider – an artificial wave machine that produces perfectly groomed swells by a technology that is taking the world by storm. The Wave House Beach Club lets Kids Eat Free and is a perfect venue for families to watch skilled surfers put on a remarkable display riding these killer waves. And after the kids are done eating, take advantage of Belmont Park’s Kids Free in San Diego offer so they can burn off all the calories.
Location: 3125 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109
> Print the Kids Eat Free at Wave House San Diego Offer
Are you taking advantage of the Kids Free in San Diego dining offers? If so, which one(s) has your family enjoyed?
Let’s face it: family vacations can be costly. By the time you get to where you’re going, you still have to pay for hotel rooms, tickets to all the fun theme parks and attractions. Add on three meals a day for you and your kids, and you’ve totalled up quite a bill.
Fortunately, thanks to Kids Free San Diego in October, more than 40 San Diego area hotels are offering free dining for kids at their properties. Along with the hotel dining options, kids can enjoy a free meal at these local restaurants too, ensuring that you can enjoy your vacation and still have money left for Christmas.
Here are just a few dining specials happening all October long:
- At Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar, kids 12 and under can receive one free entrée with each adult entrée purchase. Mom and dad will enjoy the nightly live jazz music just as much as the savings.
> Snag the Kids Eat Free at Croce’s Restaurant & Jazz Bar Offer
- The Ben & Jerry’s hot fudge sundaes and milk shakes will keep the kids smiling at downtown’s Hard Rock Café San Diego, but parents will smile at the free kids entrée for each adult entrée purchased.
> Snag the Kids Eat Free at Hard Rock Café San Diego Offer
- If you enjoy a good burger just as much as your kids, head to Bunz Burger Joint in Mission Valley, where kids 12 and under receive a free entrée with the purchase of one adult entrée.
> Snag the Kids Eat Free Bunz Burger Joint Offer
- Give the kids free rein to pick what to eat, play and ride at John’s Incredible Pizza Company. Pick up the FunCard Special and kids 12 and under eat free.
> Snag the Kids Eat Free at John’s Incredible Pizza Company San Diego Offer
Be sure to visit KidsFreeSanDiego.org for the complete details on Kids Free offers from participating hotels and restaurants.
Get ready for the ultimate family vacation! During the entire month of October, kids eat, stay and play for free throughout San Diego. Take advantage of great deals at over 100 participating partners including Amtrak, world-class attractions, museums, hotels, restaurants, surf companies, tour companies and more.