Kids Free in October, presented by ScholarShare

This October, the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) and ScholarShare present Kids Free in October, which provides San Diegans and tourists alike the opportunity to visit more museum destinations than ever before. In its seventh year, this annual program provides free admission for kids 12 and under at 43 art, cultural, and science museums in San Diego County.

Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences each year—nearly 20,000 kids participated in the program in 2016. From learning about dinosaurs and military heroes to astronauts and artists, kids get to explore cultural destinations and attractions across the county. Families may be surprised to learn how many museums are located across the San Diego region—from the California Surf Museum in Oceanside down to the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista.

This program can bring savings of up to $30 for a family of four. Free admission is available for up to two kids for every adult ticket purchase. To participate, download the Kids Free in October coupon. Simply present the coupon at the participating museum’s admissions desk. 

Participating Museums:
Barona Cultural Center & Museum; Birch Aquarium at Scripps; Cabrillo National Monument; California Center for the Arts Museum; California Surf Museum; Coronado Museum of History & Art; Fleet Science Center (excludes films and The Art of the Rock); Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum; Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House; Heritage of the Americas Museum; Japanese Friendship Garden; La Jolla Historical Society; Living Coast Discovery Center; Lux Art Institute; Maritime Museum of San Diego; Marston House Museum & Gardens; Mingei International Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Making Music; Museum of Photographic Arts; Oceanside Museum of Art; San Diego Air & Space Museum; San Diego Archaeological Center; San Diego Automotive Museum; San Diego Botanic Garden; San Diego Children's Discovery Museum; San Diego Chinese Historical Museum; San Diego History Center; San Diego Model Railroad Museum; San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT); Serra Museum; The New Children's Museum; The San Diego Museum of Art; The Water Conservation Garden; Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center; Timken Museum of Art; USS Midway Museum; Veterans Museum at Balboa Park; Visions Art Museum; Warner-Carrillo Ranch House; Women's Museum of California

Instead of driving, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) invites families to take public transit. On Saturday and Sunday two children (12 and under) ride free with a paid adult and children five and under ride free with adults all the time. To plan your trip, Click Here.

Kids Free in October is presented by ScholarShare, California's 529 College Savings Plan, with additional support provided by the San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, County of San Diego and MTS.

* The coupon allows up to two children 12 and under to get in FREE with one full-price paid adult. Children must be accompanied by the adult during the visit. This coupon cannot be used for specially ticketed events, Maker Faire San Diego, special exhibitions/exhibits, field trips or group visits. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. No cash value. Coupon is valid October 1-31, 2017.For more information visit


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