When on vacation, your children are likely excited for the theme parks, afternoons on the sandy shores and trips to the pool. However, who says your kids can’t enjoy a little bit of learning too? San Diego is a premier vacation destination, appealing to individuals of all ages for its diverse range of activities. In addition to Mission and Coronado beaches and popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LegoLand, be sure to stop at Balboa Park for an exciting day of hands-on learning and fun.
Balboa Park is home to more than a dozen museums, with some appealing to the younger individuals in your group. If you’re on a budget, be sure to reserve a cheap hotel near downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and purchase the Balboa Park Museum Pass for the most savings. Then you’ll be set for checking out these family and kid-friendly museums:
- San Diego Air & Space Museum – This museum highlights some of history’s top aircrafts and spacecrafts from around the world including the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits including a space shuttle simulator and a 3D/4D interactive kids’ zone. If you’re visiting soon, don’t miss out on the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibition which is sure to leave your kids in amazement and wonder.
- San Diego Model Railroad Museum – If your little one has an affinity for model trains, there’s no better place to go than the San Diego Railroad Museum. As the largest indoor model railroad display in the world, there are countless trains to observe and even play with. The best part about this museum is that children 14 and under are free!
- Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – Individuals of all ages will be captivated by the attractions that the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In addition to a variety of hands on exhibits and attractions which allow visitors to explore the endless sky, stars and planets, there is a one-of-a-kind planetarium show. With the help of one of the museum’s experts, you’ll enjoy an in-depth and informational narration as you watch the stars fly by.
- San Diego Natural History Museum – Dinosaur lovers unite! At the San Diego natural History Museum, kids can check out life size replicas of dinosaurs of the past or can play at Camp-o-Saurus, a campground just for kids. After a long day of checking out the exhibits, head over to the on-site restaurant and eat dinner with Al the Allosaurus or check out a movie at the Kaplan Theater.
If you haven’t yet reserved a hotel for your upcoming family vacation to San Diego, consider the Marina Inn & Suites. We are a family-friendly hotel in downtown San Diego and offer our guests all the essential amenities of home including free wireless internet, parking and hot breakfast prepared fresh daily. To learn more about our discounts for our popular Kids’ Suite, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today!