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May-June 2023: 10 Family Activities in San Diego

San Diego, California, also known as America’s Finest City, is a family-friendly destination filled with thrilling activities and attractions for all ages. With its beautiful weather, stunning coastline, and vibrant culture, San Diego offers many fun family activities, especially during May and June. Here are our top 10 recommendations for creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones in sunny San Diego.


Elmo’s Springtacular

When: Open now through to May 21, 2023

Where: Sesame Place, San Diego

Cost: Season passes range from $144 to $297

Elmo’s Springtacular is a new spring event at Sesame Place San Diego. Enjoy exciting rides, a live performance, Sesame Street Party Parade, and fun springtime family activities featuring your favorite furry characters dressed in festive gear. Hop on your favorite ride or waterslide, participate in the exciting Spring Scavenger Hunt, and dance with Sesame Street friends at the Furry Friends Dance Party. Prepare for an unforgettable adventure at Springtacular! Additionally, here are some other activities your kids can enjoy:

  • Crafts station
  • Planting station
  • Spring storytime
  • Cookies with the Cookie Monster
  • Meet & greets 
  • And more!

Find all the details on their website!


Flashback Exhibit 

When: Open now through June 14, 2023

Where: Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego

Cost: $19.95–$24.95; 3 & under free.

Ages: All ages

Come celebrate the Fleet Science Center’s 50th anniversary with their special “Flashback” exhibition! Explore 50 years of science, pop culture, trends, and San Diego history in this retrospective exhibit. You’ll see how the center has evolved and experience its most popular hands-on exhibits and interactive science experiences from the past five decades. Relive your favorite memories while discovering the Fleet Science Center’s commitment to inspiring and engaging people of all ages in the world of science. For more details and ticket information, go to their website or call them at (619) 238-1233.


Cajon Classic Cruise

When: Open now through October 2023

Where: Downtown El Cajon

Cost: Free.

If your kids are into cars, you will want to visit the Cajon Classic Cruise! Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until the end of October, this exciting event showcases classic cars from all over Southern California in downtown El Cajon. You can find the vehicles on display on Magnolia and Main Street, close to various local eateries. With different weekly themes, from Impala Night to Mustang Madness, it’s the perfect opportunity for a fun evening out in town! You can check out the theme schedule and directions on their website


Sesame Summer Splash

When: May 26 – Labor Day

Where: Sesame Place, San Diego

Cost: TBD

Don’t miss out on the exciting events at Sesame Place during the Sesame Summer Splash! This is the perfect time for your kids to meet their favorite furry characters and take colorful, unforgettable photos with them. There are lots of thrilling shows, special events, character experiences, and surprises that will give you more chances to bond with your family. They still have to provide more information about the activities, but you can get more details and purchase tickets on their website.


Friday Nights Live

When: May 26 – June 2 and 9, 2023

Where: Santee

Cost: Free

Experience the lively atmosphere and community spirit at the “Friday Nights Live” event series in the City of Santee. Santee Town Center Community Park comes alive with the sound of music as local bands showcase their talent, covering a diverse range of genres. In addition to the captivating performances, you can relish a variety of delicious food options from local vendors and food trucks. In contrast, the little ones can enjoy the dedicated kids’ zone with fun activities. You can also pack a picnic if you want to add healthy snacks!

Remember to bring your chairs and blankets to make the most of these delightful summer evenings. The “Friday Nights Live” event series is the perfect way to unwind with friends and family, creating lasting memories as you dance the night away. They also have other activities like summer concerts, so you can look at a list of events on the site for more fun ideas.


Miniland San Diego

When: Every day

Where: LEGOLAND California Resort

Cost: Depends on the attractions you plan to visit

Ages: Children 2 to 12

MINILAND USA, the first-ever LEGO® City of San Diego, proudly displays the most iconic landmarks, structures, and buildings of “America’s Finest City” in breathtaking LEGO form. More than 70 Master Model Builders meticulously crafted over 5 million LEGO bricks to create an authentic and awe-inspiring miniature city, complete with a 30-foot beach, 120 palm trees lining the streets, and 55 of San Diego’s most beautiful landmarks. This park is always open, but May and June are perfect months to visit. The MINILAND site allows you to buy tickets and customize them depending on what attractions and day of the week you wish to see.


Dinner and a Concert

When: Every Friday – May through September

Where: Downtown El Cajon

Cost: Free

Ages: All ages

Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Downtown El Cajon’s “Dinner and a Concert” series, where you’ll experience an unforgettable blend of music, food, and company. Held in the city’s heart, this enchanting event invites you to enjoy a diverse lineup of talented musicians performing live under the stars, offering a fantastic soundtrack to your evening. Savor delicious meals from the vast array of nearby restaurants, and make the most of the chance to unwind with friends and family. With its perfect mix of melody, culinary delights, and community spirit, the “Dinner and a Concert” series is a must-attend event for a magical night out. To check the different artists taking the stage each week, visit their website!


Experience Summer Spectacular at SeaWorld

When: June 17 – Aug. 20

Where: SeaWorld San Diego

Cost: TBD

Spend your summer evenings at SeaWorld, where you can delve into enchanting realms of light and music while enjoying your favorite attractions from a fresh perspective. Enjoy the marine life at SeaWorld and discover thrilling rides, captivating live shows, and interactive exhibits that showcase the ocean’s wonders. For more information on pricing, tickets, and other events happening at SeaWorls Dan Diego, visit their events site!


Summer Kids Camp

When: Starting June 19

Where: Emerald C Gallery 1331 Orange Avenue Coronado, CA

Cost: $395/w

Ages: Kids 6 to 12

Children aged 6-12 are invited to the gallery’s exciting weekly kids camp, filled with various art projects and plenty of outdoor activities! Led by school teacher and artist Amanda Speach, the activities guarantee non-stop fun while exploring imaginative art projects. Let your kids unleash their inner artists. They can join the camp for a week or the entire summer program; it’s up to you! For more information, go to Emerald C Gallery’s event page.


Attend the San Diego County Fair

When: June 7th through July 4th

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds

Cost: Tickets range from $12 to $20. Kids 12 and under are free.  

Step into a world of wonder and excitement at the San Diego County Fair, a unique annual event offering a perfect blend of entertainment, food, and family fun. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere as you stroll through the colorful fairgrounds, exploring special exhibits and engaging in interactive activities. Feel your adrenaline rush as you and your kids hop on thrilling carnival rides and challenge your skills at classic midway games. 

There’s a wide array of tasty food options, ranging from classic fair favorites to innovative culinary delights. Close the fun day with live music, captivating performances, and spectacular nightly fireworks that light up the sky. The whole family has endless opportunities for enjoyment, so start creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime! Find all the information on the attractions and tickets here!


Final Words

San Diego offers many exciting family activities during May and June. From summer concerts and thrilling amusement parks to engaging museums and natural wonders, there’s no shortage of memorable experiences to share with your loved ones. Make the most of your time with these great family activities!

Don’t let health concerns stop you from enjoying quality time with your loved ones. Schedule a call with a doctor to address any medical questions and fully embrace the fun with your family.

Want to know what great family activities are happening around San Diego every month? Be sure to bookmark all of our Local Activities articles!

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