Free! In San Diego

Moms, aren’t we all on a budget of some sort? If you answered yes, rejoice! October isn’t all about pumpkin patches and costume parties. It’s also a great month for exploring some of San Diego’s best attractions with your kids for FREE.

Through October you’ll be able to take your children,ages 11 and younger, to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Wild Animal Park for free (thank you Sempra Energy Foundation!). Here’s a great idea…take the kids in October, see how much they love vising the petting zoo, seeing the exotic sites from the safari tour bus as well as up close, playing on the fun playgrounds, and then consider buying annual passes for the whole family.

For less than $150 a family of four can visit the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park 365 days a year. We seriously visit these parks for as little as 1 hour at a time because whether you’re there for a short time or the whole day, it’s great exercise, an educational outing and always fun for the whole family. Check out the calendar of events on a regular basis because there is always something cool going on including butterfly pavilions, zoo preschool tours, sleep overs and even a Fisher Price Little People holiday show!

Next week we’ll be taking advantage of Hornblower Cruises’ kids-cruise-free promotion when we go on our first Sea Lion Adventure Cruise. We have enjoyed Hornblower cruises so much over the years for festive weddings, romantic Valentine’s dinners and site seeing with our out of town guests. But with this kids-sail-free promotion, October seems like the perfect time to introduce my littles to Hornblower. I’ll take some pix and share the experience with you in a few weeks.

Another freebie in October that will also be a first family outing for us is a trip to the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park. Up to three children ages 11 and younger can visit through October for free with a paying adult. There’s a new Kids’ Aviation Hanger and some cool-sounding 3 & 4-d movies. My boy is 3, and this will be nothing short of magical for him.

Now, just have to make the time to enjoy all of these awesome promos!

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