Just moved to San Diego, CA

REBEKAH - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )




We are now stationed in San Diego and I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old. I am looking for things to do with my kids and I would like to enroll them in some sort of activities and/or school. I was wondering if anyone knows of anything put on by the parks and rec department or another reliable institution. Any useful info would be great and appreciated. Thanks!!!


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we don't live in SD anymore, but used to & we still visit family in the area frequently. these are activities you can do w/ kids, but not all are geared toward kiddos. i'm suggesting things that are free & not free...hope this helps! also, i totally believe in doing things w/ my sons that are not necessarily on his level (attention & learning wise), knowing that i may have to leave before i would personally be done...i mean, who knows what he'll be interested in after exposure to lots of cool things!

balboa park is fabulous & free; check into the museums w/in the park b/c they used to be free (alternating) on tuesdays.

the zoo is wonderful & totally worth the price of a annual pass :D my son loves the petting zoo area!

i don't remember sea world being free, but we had an annual pass to it also..you could totally spend a couple hours/half a day/afternoon there!

old town is a great area full of shops & random events, ayden loves the old west feel to it & even enjoyed the museum.

cabrillo national monument (past point loma) is neat. you can see the old lighthouse & there are a couple of trail areas you can walk on. we would go there sometimes to watch the ship pull back in to SD.

sea port village is nice to walk around, you could go for a walk from there to the the USS midway (an aircraft carrier turned museum).

there is a little ferry from the harbour side to the coronado island side you can take (i think it costs a couple of dollars) so if you want to check out coronado but don't want to drive there, you can try that.

beaches!! there are so many beach areas. ocean beach is quirky & fun, it has a pier you can walk out on. mission beach has the little amusement park, it's loud & colourful! the beach area by the hotel del coronado is free and well kept...and coronado is a great town to walk around in.

sunset cliffs has great views & is fabu for watching the sun set ;) there are stairs down (somewhere in the area), where you can look at tide pools..exploration fun!!!

the children's museum in SD is cool & my friend told me it has been renovated since my last trip there.

lego land is also a place your kiddos might like. it's up by carlsbad & you can get an annual pass if you want.

one of my friends used to work for SD parks & rec, i know there are summer programs & activities in different areas of SD, but off hand i don't know any info.

i have a couple of friends in SD now, and pre-school/daycare centers are hit or miss according to them. one of my friends drives her son 30 minutes away from where they live so he can go to a church-run pre-school 2 days/wk and it's $300/month.

i'm sure i can think of more things, but that is a start! totally see if the FFSC or MWR offices have info you can get :) it really pays to take advantage of the different activities put out by MWR, and remember to check out the different bases in the area for things on there you might want to do!

Lorraine - posted on 07/09/2010




I would go to the Fleet and Family Center they always have a lot of information. I think they had a flyer that had all the days for free entry into museums and of course you can go to Sea World for free. I know the botanicals gardens are always free.

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