ESCAPE Kids Free San Diego

In October Kids Stay, Play & Eat for Free

Sunny San Diego is calling your name—and in October, kids are free. For the eighth year in a row, the San Diego Tourism Department is celebrating families with more than 130 promotions that bring kids free meals, admission, gifts, and more from Oct. 1-31.

The promotion offers families a chance to visit the seaside city without breaking the bank, and to take advantage of good weather without the summer crowds. With offers from hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums, tours, and transportation companies, there is plenty to keep you busy for a long weekend—or the entire month.

Play Free
Top area attractions are offering free admission for guests. At LEGOLAND California Resort kids two to twelve can get a free pass to the theme park that features a DUPLO Playtown play area for toddlers, the LEGOLAND Water Park (open weekends), and plenty of rides throughout for kids of all ages. All you have to do: purchase one adult ticket.

SeaWorld San Diego boasts a similar deal with free admission for kids age three to nine. Take a ride on the park’s newest coaster, the Tidal Twister, or dine with orcas and play with dolphins. All you have to do: purchase one full-priced adult ticket for every free child’s pass.

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most spectacular animal attractions in the world with more than 4,000 animals representing 800 species, offering free admission for guests under 12, or head to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for more animal fun.   

Eat Free
San Diego serves more than tacos and beachside burritos—although those are good, too. Dive into the diverse offerings of Californian and otherworldly cuisine and your kiddos will enjoy a free meal at participating restaurants.

At Waterbar San Diego, guests can dine on seafood while enjoying panoramic views of the coast. All you have to do: buy one adult entrée per free child’s meal. If it is Mexican cuisine you crave, stop by Galaxy Taco in La Jolla for seafood and taco combinations for the whole family. All you have to do: buy one adult meal per two kid’s combos for kids 12 and under.

Stay Free
This is more than a free hotel room. Kids who sleep over at participating hotels get free gifts at the resorts. The Pendry hands out pajamas (one set per family), in–room movies, and snacks while Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado gives $25 gift cards to MooTime Creamery.

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