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Kids Free San Diego in October

In October 2017, kids eat, stay and play for free throughout San Diego. You can find over 100 deals from free food to free admission to museums and attractions such as Legoland, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Seaworld.

Free museums:

There are over 40 participating museums that offer free admission to kids ages 12 and under with a paid adult. Here is a list of museums that caught my eye: USS Midway museum, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Natural History museum, San Diego Model Railroad museum, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, The New Children’s Museum, and more.

Click here to download the kids free coupon for free admission to participating museums. The coupon allows up to two free child admissions with one full-price paid adult admission. 

Free attractions:

To find a list of free attractionsclick here. You will find the best offers for Legoland, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Seaworld. Last year I totally took advantage of these offers and visit for the first time the Zoo and the Zoo Safari. It was so much fun and we saved so much money!

Free food:

To find a list of restaurants that offer “Kids eat free”, click here. Then scroll down and look for the “Apply Filter” box. Click on “Activities” and then “Restaurants”.


You can also find deals on train rides, tours, sports. Just click here, then scroll down to the “Apply Filter” box and check the appropriate activities your are looking for.

Parnell Storybook Zoo

Maruska —  September 7, 2017

pernell-storybook-zooParnell Storybook Zoo is a charming farm animal zoo just north of Orange County, in Whittier, CA. You can meet the friendliest pigs, cutest mini horses, goats, rabbits, and more, all for free. It is a very small zoo, so consider it a short visit. There are semi-shaded areas that you could bring a lunch to and picnic. Right behind the zoo you can find a playground, basketball court, and baseball diamonds. We went on a Saturday and parking was a breeze. This is the perfect laid back, hassle free stop for your next family outing.


Parnell Storybook Zoo
15390 Lambert Road
Whittier, CA 90604
(562) 567-9400
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Daily 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Free Admission.
Parking: Free, on premises

Heather Shadd
Blog Contributor

About the Author

Heather and her husband Jessie have a very active 3-year-old son and sweet baby girl. Heather loves to check out new activities and places around Orange County that is not just kid friendly, but parent friendly as well. Anything that includes food and coffee she is there in a flash. She is constantly taking pictures of pretty food. It is sort of an addiction. She works hard throughout the week to play even harder during the weekends. She is very active in Moms groups and she and her husband are co-founders of a Geek Parents Group.

Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

Maruska —  September 4, 2017

Looking for a unique way to spend a morning? Recently our family visited “Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary” in Del Mar and we fell in love with all of the birds with their zany personalities. This non-profit organization takes in exotic birds whose owners can no longer care for them. Our boys were delighted to talk to parrots, listen to them sing (one even called out a cell phone ring tone), offer a variety of birds fruits and veggies, pet them, watch them tear apart cardboard during “enrichment” and feed the koi fish. Plus, because “Free Flight” is a 501(c)(3) organization, you know your admission is going towards caring for these animated, lively creatures! “Free Flight” is just south of the San Diego Botanical Gardens so make a fun family day of it!


2132 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA, 92014


Daily: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, except
Wednesdays: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Closed on major holidays.


Adults: $7
Children under 13: $3



Kelly, Blog Contributor

About the Author
Kelly and her husband have two boys, ages 5 and 7. She loves taking her boys on adventures around Southern California that focus on learning, getting their wiggles out, and having fun! When she isn’t fulfilling her mommy duties she teaches at a local elementary school and community college.