El Nino is here. Where will you play?

Yesterday, I glanced at my weather app, and saw nothing but rain in the forecast. My first thought was…”oh no, El Nino is here. Where will we play?!” I take my toddler to the park playground nearly every day. It’s such an easy, free way to have fun and burn energy. When the rain starts coming down, we’ll be out exploring the many indoor options that San Diego has to offer. In case you’re wondering what those options are, here is your ultimate guide to indoor fun! We want to know….where will your family play?!



KidVentures 4S Ranch
10760 Thornmint Road
San Diego CA 92127
M – F: 9:30am – 6pm
Sat: 9:30am- noon
Sat PM and Sun reserved for private parties.

KidVentures EastLake
851 Showroom Place
Chula Vista, CA 91914
M – T: 10am – 6pm
F: 10am – 8pm
Sat: 9am – noon
Sat PM and Sun reserved for private parties.

KidVentures Liberty Station
2865 Sims Road
San Diego, CA 92106
M – T: 9:30am – 6pm
F: 9:30am – 8p
Sat: 9am – 8pm
Sun: 10am – 5pm
Find parachute fun, Hullabaloo concerts, tea parties, arts & crafts, sensory play and more at KidVentures. Hours vary on the weekend due to private party bookings. Always call first.
First child $15. Sibling $8. Military discount available. 8 visits for $80


Photo courtesy of KidVentures

Photo courtesy of KidVentures

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym
10175 Rancho Carmel Drive A128
San Diego, CA 92128
Hours 9am – 7pm
$15 per child. Siblings are $12. Military discount is $12
Check out 5 visits for $60
Full use of the gym, and arts and crafts featuring beading, painting, lanyards, and more.
Gym includes swings, crash pillows, zip lines, trampolines, indoor play structures, sensory toys, and arts & crafts stations.

858 Jackman St.
El Cajon, Ca
M – Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sunday hours vary based on private party bookings.
Daily admission $10 per child. Sibling $8. Military $1 off per child. Non walkers free up to age 1.
Check out 10 visits for $70, or 5 visits for $40
Song & Story time, music time, mess hour, special craft days. This indoor playground is designed for younger children with age-appropriate equipment and opportunities for exploration. An infant play area is available for non-walkers.


Escondido Children’s Discovery Museum
320 N Broadway
Escondido, Ca 92025
Admission is $6. Children under 1 are free. Military discount is $3 per person (Free for active duty until Jan 31st).
Mon – Sun: 9:30am – 4:30pm
At this museum, children learn through play and exploration. An outdoor children’s garden offers nature-based science activities. Parking is free but limited and is offered on a first come first served basis, but overflow parking is usually available. Check their calendar for fun events such as story time, crafts, and music.

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Urban Jungle Fun Park
8711 N Magnolia #300
Santee ‎ CA‎ 92071
M – T: 1pm – 8pm
F: 1pm – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 9pm
Sun: 10am – 8pm
Check out Urban Tot Wednesday from 10 – 1 for tots only!
Mon – Thurs $10 per hour or $14 for 2 hours
Fri & Sat $12 per hour or $18 for 2 hours

Jump Around Now Trampoline Adventure Park – Chula Vista
1675 Brandywine Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 8pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 9pm
1 hour admission is $18, 2 hour admission $28
A huge, indoor trampoline and adventure park, featuring over 12,000 square feet of connected trampolines. Also check out the skywalk, climbing walls, and bungee jumping (check their website for age limits)

11655 Riverside Dr.
Lakeside, Ca 92040
Online: funbelievableplay.com
M – T & Sat – Sun: 10am – 6pm
Fri: 10am – 8pm
Open Play $11. Sibling $9. Non-walkers/infants are $5 or free with paid sibling. Military discount $1 per child
Check out: Hero Mondays: $5 per child for active duty police, firefighters and military.
5 visits $45, 10 visits $80
Kids enjoy a large, indoor play structure with 3 large slides, rock climbing walls, ball pits and sports arena. Dedicated baby/toddler area for little ones with mini slides, a mini ball pool and soft play toys.

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Smart Kids Time
Grossmont mall
Sculpture, Fine Art, Math Enrichment, Russian Language
Indoor Children Learning play center that offers parent/child activities devoted to the educational, emotional and social development of children.
5500 Grossmont Center Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942
Call for classes and hours: 619-244-0712

Open Jump at Pump It Up – Chula Vista
751 Design Ct Ste A
Chula Visa CA
Massive inflatables spark imagination and let them burn off energy.
$9 per child
Check calendar for times http://www.pumpitupparty.com/event-calendar/chula-vista-ca
Most open jump hours are M-F 10 – 11:30 and 4-5:30

Open Jump at Pump It UP – Poway
12760 Danielson Court Suite J
Poway, Ca
$10 per child
Check calendar for open jump hours. http://www.pumpitupparty.com/event-calendar/poway-ca

Rockin’ Jump San Diego
8190 Miralani Drive
San Diego, CA 92126
Check their website for Open Jump hours (typically 3pm – 8pm Mon – Fri and 10am – 9pm on weekends)
30 minutes of jump: $10
60 minutes of jump: $14
90 minutes of jump: $18
120 minutes of jump: $20
Military discount of 50% off
Trampolines, dodge ball arena, stunt bag arena, x-beam, slam dunk zone and rock climbing walls
Check out: ROCKIN’ TOTS jump time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
The cost for Rockin Tots (Parent and 1 Child up to 6 years old) for 2 hours of jump time will be $15.00 and each additional child will cost only $3.00.

6060 Avenida Encinitas
Carlsbad, Ca 92011
Online: playwerx.com
T – F: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 7pm
Sun: 10am – 6pm
Admission is $11 for ages 4+. Ages 3 and under is $8. Military discount is $1 off each child. Admission includes access to megaplay structure, learnwerx room, and library. Separate toddler area for little ones 24 months and under.

Kidsville Playgym
2375 Marron Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
9:30am – 2:30pm $12 per child. $9 for sibling.
2:30pm – close is $8 per child.
Non walking children are $5 or free with a paid sibling.
Only children 7 and under are allowed on the equipment. Play houses, slides, castles, climbing ramps, trampolines, ropes, rings, cargo nets, low balance beams.
Check calendar for open play time hours and events http://www.kidsvilleplaygym.com/#!calendar/c8pq

Serra Mesa Library
9005 Aero Drive, San Diego
Kids Night with Hopscotch Tiny Tots
Tuesday 4:30 – 5:10
Music, stories, crafts for babies & toddlers

Music time with cowboy bob
Thurs 10am. Dance with cowboy bob as he sings and introduces his instruments.

Morning Story Time
10am – song and story

The Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa libraries is one of our favorites for many reasons. They have wonderful programs for children, and a great reading/play area. And even in the rain, their outdoor play zone is covered!

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The New Children’s Museum
200 West Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
M, W, Th, Sat: 10am – 4pm
Sun: Members only 10am – 12pm, Open to public 12pm – 4pm
Closed on Tuesdays.
The Museum opens a world of art to children through opportunities to observe and create.
Adults $12
Children (1+): $12
Children (under 1): FREE
Military w/ID: $6
Check out: Toddler time every Friday at 10am. Target Dollar Second Sundays – Admission on the second Sunday of each month is just $1.00 per person. Military personnel get in half price all year long and FREE from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Coming up, HBO’s Sesame Street Day. Free Admission on January 9th! Check their website for more details!


It might be time to sign up for Gymboree’s play and learn classes, offering fun from newborn to age 5. Check out my recent blog post on this incredible kids gym.



John’s Incredible Pizza
3010 Plaza Bonita Rd
National City, CA 91950
M – Th: 11am – 9pm
F: 11am – 10:30pm
Sat: 10am – 10:30pm
Sun: 11am – 9pm
Admission includes all you can eat buffet!
Adults $10.99
Kids 2 & under free
Kids ages 3-6 $4.99
Kids ages 7-12 $6.99
All military service members and their spouse and children receive 10% off their buffet & beverage purchase with valid/active Military ID Card (white, tan, red, green or blue).
Games, rides & attractions for everyone. From the classic skee ball and air hockey to the bouncing bumper cars, there is something fun for everyone. Toddlers can even enjoy their Kiddie land!

Dave & Busters
2931 Camino del Rio North
San Diego CA 92108
M – W: 11am – 12am
Th – Sat: 11am – 1am
Sun: 10am – 12am
Eat, drink, and play games with the family (not recommended for toddler play)


San Diego Model Railroad Museum
Balboa Park
1649 El Prado
San Diego CA 92101
T – F: 11am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 11am – 5pm
Closed Monday
Adults $10
Children 5 and under are free
Does your kid love trains like mine does?! Not to be missed! Check out their calendar for fun-filled toddler hours including finger painting Friday’s and StoryTime hours. The museum offers train tables, puzzles, books, toy trains, and a chalkboard wall.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Balboa Park
1875 El Prado
San Diego CA 92101
Open daily: 10am – 5pm
Adults 13 + $19.95
Kids 3-12 $16.95
Under 3 are free. Special pricing for military, seniors, & teachers.

Over 100 hands-on science exhibits for all ages plus an IMAX Dome Theater.

Check out: Kid City, specially designed for kids age 5 and under, complete with mini grocery store, little learner’s lab, block corner, and magnetic wall. They also offer an infant area, just for crawlers.
**Residents get in the Model Railroad Museum and the Science Center for free on the first Tuesday of each month! (Jan 5th & Feb 2nd)

San Diego Air & Space Museum
Balboa Park
2001 Pan American Plaza
San Diego CA 92101
10am – 4:30pm
Adults over 12 $19.50
Youth 3-11 $10.50
Under 2 is free
Active Duty Military Free

**San Diego residents can enjoy the Air & Space Museum for free Jan 26th & Feb 23rd

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater
General Admission is $5
Children under two are free
Military $4
Wed, Thurs Fri: 10am and 11:30am
Sat & Sun: 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm

San Diego Junior Theater –
Ivy + Bean, the Musical and
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
1650 El Prado, Suite 208
Casa Del Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego CA 92101
Admission is approx. $11 – $15
January 8 – 24th, 2016
Recommended for all ages

One thought on “El Nino is here. Where will you play?

  1. Karen Swift says:

    With the exception of the public library, everything on the list costs money. This is one of the reasons why San Diego needs indoor malls (with free play areas)

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