Family-Friendly Activities in October
October is here, and it’s once again time for hay rides, scary stories, and pumpkin spice everything.
But in San Diego, October also means outdoor festivals, fairs, and kids getting free admission to tons of local venues! Fall into Fall with these awesome family-friendly adventures going on this month:
Kids Free in October – In October, the San Diego Museum Council offers kids the opportunity to cruise San Diego’s museum scene with their parents for free! Complimentary kids’ admission is available at a wide array of museums across San Diego County, as well as at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
San Diego Maker Faire – Mosey on over to Balboa Park on October 6-7 and harken back to the olden days, when we crafted our innovative projects and contraptions by hand! The San Diego Maker Faire celebrates Do-It-Yourself (DIY) culture by hosting a “family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness” that introduces kids to hundreds of talented local artisans, scientists, and engineers.
BOOmont & Fall Fest – Every Friday through Sunday evening in October, families can get their spooky fun on at San Diego’s historic Belmont amusement park in Mission Beach. The park hosts free trick-or-treating, family costume contests, and Halloween-themed rides and attractions like the Spooky Coaster and Zombie Laser Tag!
Little Learners: Little Maestros – If you have a little one, check out The New Children’s Museum’s Little Learners Club — a series of four-week early childhood enrichment classes that “provide sensory play and art exploration through interactive, hands-on classes” for children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregivers! October’s class, Little Maestros, focuses on music instruction and activities.
Pumpkins and Ponies – When it comes to Fall family fun, it’s hard to beat pumpkin picking, hay mazes, and riding adorable ponies. Head over to Sweetwater Family Horse Farm in Bonita where the kids can ride ponies, carve pumpkins, go on a hayride, paint horseshoes, and pet and feed the barn animals every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month.
Extreme Sailing Series™ San Diego – The Extreme Sailing Series™ has taken sailing to the next level by transforming the world of professional inshore sailing. On October 18-21, the race comes to San Diego’s Harbor Island. The free-to-enter public Race Village puts fans at the center of the action, and includes food and drink stalls, a kids’ zone, live music, expert commentary of the racing, and merchandise booths.
HalGLOWeen at San Diego Zoo – Last year, the San Diego Zoo introduced HalGLOWeen, its first ever Halloween bash. The “colorfully creepy” celebration was such a hit, it’s back for the second year! On October 26-28, the zoo stays open until 8pm, glowing with spooky activities and entertainment including a DJ, acrobats, jugglers, a cupcake walk, and fun animal surprises. Kids’ admission is free!
Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park – On October 27, join San Diego’s largest free Halloween carnival as it celebrates a decade of bringing culturally-inspired Halloween fun to families across the county! Dozens of Balboa Park museums offer free craft projects for kids, and there will be a costume parade, mini-carnival games, food trucks, a doggie costume contest, and much more!
Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Days – Animal lovers, this one’s for you! The Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Howl-O-Ween Harvest Family Days on October 27-28 gives families the chance to encounter all kinds of animals, from snakes and miniature horses to lizards, alpacas, and Vietnamese walking sticks! Kids will be delighted by the trick or treat stations, the Scientist’s Terribly Eerie Monster Lab, a mystical maze, ghoulishly fun games, and delicious snacks and treats.
Liberty Station’s Halloween Celebration – Suit up in your most elaborate Halloween costume and head down to Liberty Station’s North Promenade to enjoy a free, family-friendly Halloween celebration on October 28! The eerie festivities will include trick-or-treating throughout the Liberty Station district, live music and entertainment, food and drink, and lots of spooky “Boo!” moments.