July 2018: Family-Friendly Events in San Diego
July is considered the height of summer fun for many families — the school year has recently wrapped up, and there’s still a good stretch of relaxation to be had before Labor Day arrives.
Make the most of your family’s midsummer days and nights by taking part in these awesome events across San Diego County.
Summer Movies in the Park offers the ideal family movie night experience to all of San Diego. Find a flick near you on their city-wide movie schedule, grab your blanket and snacks, and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars with the kids. You might even meet some new neighbors!
Kids rule at Petco on summer Sundays! Through September, KidsFest at The Park begins 2.5 hours before a Padres’ Sunday home game. Come on down and join in the fun, which includes bounce houses, games, face painters, balloon artists, and many more kid-friendly activities.
Pack up the kids, folding chairs, and blankets and head over to the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas to enjoy outdoor family fun amongst the gorgeous flora and succulents. Every Thursday, the Hamilton Children’s Garden comes alive with complete kid-friendly entertainment from 6:00 -7:00 pm. You can also enjoy extended hours and stroll throughout the entire grounds until 8:00pm.
There really is no better place to enjoy live summer music than right on the beach with your feet in the sand — which you can experience for yourself at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas! On Sunday July 15, August 5, and August 19 from 3:00 – 5:00pm, enjoy a free, family-friendly rock concert while sunning yourself in front of the sparkling Pacific waves. Each concert date also includes contests, games, and free swag.
Mark your calendar for July 13-14, because you won’t want to miss 2018’s Imperial Beach Sun & Sea Festival. This year’s theme, Superheroes In The Sand, will host an impressive schedule of events including a world-class sandcastle sculptors’ competition; a community parade; a pancake breakfast; live music; children’s craft activities and Kids Zone; a Certified Farmer’s Market and International Food Fair, and so much more.
Through the end of August, your kids can navigate the seas at LEGOLAND aquarium’s two newest interactive exhibits: Sea at Night and Shark Mission! Little ones can jump and leap into simulated bioluminescent waves at Sea at Night, and they’ll get up close and personal with stingrays and six different species of sharks on giant HD touch screens at Shark Mission.
If your family loves to jog, sign them up for the Live Well San Diego 5K and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, July 29. In partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank, this year’s run celebrates “the hero in all of us” with a superhero-themed race and activities for kids of all ages throughout the morning. After you’ve burned off a few calories, refuel with tasty fare from the best local food trucks while meeting local heroes from our military, police, and fire.
On Saturday, July 14, children of all ages are welcome to visit Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center in National City for some free, family-friendly enjoyment. Participate in hands-on cooking lessons, food tasting stations, gardening, crafts, games, and physical activities in a lovely outdoor garden setting. Space is limited, so you’ll want to register in advance.
Whether it’s watching a movie under the stars, seeing a rockin’ live band on the beach, or tasting some scrumptious local fare, your family is sure to enjoy a memorable July here in America’s Finest City. Scroll through Scripps Affiliated Medical Group’s articles for more great local events and summer tips.