Family Friendly Activities and Events in San Diego

Whether you’re planning a day trip with the kids or a week long family vacation, San Diego has so much to offer. Below you’ll find a few family friendly activities and events worth checking out!

San Diego County Fair

As mentioned in one of my recent posts, the San Diego County Fair is located on the grand grounds of Del Mar, the San Diego County Fair runs from June 3rd to July 4th. This event is truly for everyone. This year’s theme is “Mad About the Fair” and gives a nod to the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland. According to the coordinators, “We will make the Fair into a grand-scale tea party featuring the renowned Lewis Carroll classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, fused with influences from steampunk, cosplay, great literature, whacky machinery, and all the fun and magic you have come to expect. Get ready for outlandish landscapes, crazy rides, unique foods, fabulous festivals and enthralling entertainment. Appearances by your favorite Wonderland characters and more will start your summer of “adventure and imagination.” With a huge array of food carts, games, rides, and shopping, you’ll have a jam packed day to enjoy. The San Diego County fair is definitely a terrific place to bring the kids for a day of fun, food and festivities!

Maritime Museum

There aren’t many children who don’t love the idea of big old boats that look like pirate ships! The San Diego Maritime Museum was established in 1948 and has one of the world’s most beautiful collections of historic vessels, including the famous Star of India. From exploring exhibits and group tours to opportunities to take sail on tall ships, this family firendly museum is exciting and informative for kids and grownups alike!

Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium is located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It offers families an opportunity to learn about ocean science and promotes ocean conservation and protecting the environment. Children can explore over 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates, participate in feedings and ask questions to brighten their curious minds. A bright, vibrant and educational experience for families who love the ocean!

Belmont Park

Belmont Park has been a hit in San Diego with families young and old since it’s early beginnings in 1925. Originally called The Mission Beach Amusement Center. On the waterfront, this awesome relic boasts a number of rides, including the iconic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster. There are numerous game and food stands, killer views and a whole lot of memories to be made. This is some true San Diego history to explore and you can enjoy both the park and beach, making it a day long family event!

San Diego Beaches

Balboa Park Museums

Known for its gorgeous gardens, architecture and history, Balboa Park in and of itself is a beautiful place to explore. But if you’re looking for a little bit more for your little ones, there are numerous museums on the grounds. The San Diego Natural History Museum, The San Diego Air and Space Museum, The San Diego Museum of Art and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to name only a few. The Science Center in particular has a number of hands on exhibits and activities for kids with which you can pass a rainy day or enjoying the cool A/C while you all learn and play, together.


Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without the glorious San Diego beaches! Check out our past post to get an idea of a few – I’d just suggest avoiding Black’s Beach with the kiddos! From Mission Beach by Belmont Park up to La Jolla Shores where you can swim, surf, kayak and explore, the beaches in San Diego offer a plethora of opportunities and activities to play in the sunshine, and some even offer fire pits for use on those lovely summer nights.

This list of family friendly activities and events is by no means exhaustive, but I hope it’s a start to helping you plan a lovely day trip or family vacation to San Diego! Can’t wait to have you here with us!





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