Tips For Attending ArtWalk San Diego With Kids!

KidsWalk and Other Fun At ArtWalk San Diego With Kids!

~Updated For 2015~

KidsWalk at ArtWalk

Photo by Paul Nestor, courtesy of ArtWalk San Diego.

Attending ArtWalk San Diego with kids can be really fun, but it helps to have some tips prior to doing so. We love this FREE yearly event, and have been going with our kids for many years. It’s a great opportunity to visit Little Italy, and introduce the littles to some culture.
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Teddy Bear Tea Time At The Westgate Hotel In San Diego

Teddy Bear Tea Time At The Westgate

Tea Time At The Westgate
My grandmother was British, and passed along many English traditions to my mom. My mom in turn shared many of those traditions with me, including enjoying an occasional Afternoon Tea. She and I enjoyed many nice Mother-Daughter Teas together, but and I was super excited to carry on the tradition with my daughter when we received an invitation to Teddy Bear Tea Time at The Westgate Hotel!

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Enjoy Museum Month San Diego With Kids

Enjoy Museum Month WITH Kids!

Museum Month 2014

2014 marks the 25th year of Museum Month in San Diego! Forty-four museums are taking part in the event this year, offering 1/2 off admission to both kids and adults in February, with a FREE Museum Month Pass. Passes are available at Macy’s stores around San Diego.
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1/2 Off Arts & Culture During Museum Month San Diego!

sdasmEach February, for the past 23 years, the San Diego Museum Council, as well as Macy’s have been sponsoring Museum Month in San Diego. Forty different museums and organizations take part in the event, which allows people to visit participating museums at a discount of 1/2 off normal admission pricing.

You need to pick up a free Museum Month Pass (available at Macy’s stores in San Diego, Temecula, and Imperial County) to receive the discount. One pass is good for up to 4 people, and you can pick them up at Macy’s starting the first of February. Just ask a Macy’s salesperson where to find one in the store, and be sure to take it with you to the museum(s) you want to visit to receive the discount.

This is a great way to experience some museums that you may have been wanting to take the family to visit, but just hadn’t had the opportunity to do so. I look forward to taking our kids to some museums we haven’t visited, as well as some we haven’t been to in a while.

San Diego has a lot of kid-friendly museums. Some of our favorite family-friendly museums and organizations to visit with kids that are participating in Museum Month San Diego 2012 are as follows:

museum_monthsd2012Maritime Museum of San Diego
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego Natural History Museum
The New Children’s Museum
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum
San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail)
San Diego Air & Space Museum
USS Midway Museum

If you’d like to see pictures from some of the many museums we’ve visited that are participating in Museum Month, take a look below. For a complete listing of participating museums, please HERE. Get out there and explore some museums at 1/2 off in February with the Museum Month Pass! Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Museums Free-For-All in OC & LA 1/28 &1/29!

A handful of great museums, located from OC to LA, are participating in Museums Free-For-All this coming weekend, January 28th & 29th! Participating museums include the following:

• The Annenberg Space for Photography ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Autry National Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• California African American Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• California Science Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Fowler Museum at UCLA ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Hammer Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Getty Center ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• The Getty Villa ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12 (Timed tickets are required. Visit

• Laguna Art Museum ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12
• Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY
(Both Hollywood and San Pedro locations)

• The Museum of Tolerance Zimmer Children’s Museum ~ Participating Sunday, 1/29/12 ONLY

• The Museum of Contemporary Art ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY

• Museum of Latin American Art ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Pasadena Museum of California Art ~ Participating 1/28/12 & 1/29/12

• Santa Monica Museum of Art ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY

• Skirball Cultural Center (Our favorite!) ~ Participating Saturday, 1/28/12 ONLY
(Timed entry to the Noah’s Ark exhibit at the Skirball will be on a walk-up, 1st-come, 1st-serve basis on this date.)

• Zimmer Children’s Museum ~ Participating Sunday, 1/29/12 ONLY

Regular museum parking fees apply, and admission is only good toward general museum admission. Free admission may not apply to museum ticketed exhibitions. Click HERE for direct links to the participating museums. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

1/2 Off Select Arts & Culture in June in San Diego’s North County

sdbgSix museums and cultural attractions are taking part in a half-off admission event in the north county area of San Diego in June. In order to receive the discount you’ll need to download a “passport” HERE, from the North County Arts & Culture Coalition’s website, or pick up a free passport at either Westfield North County Fair in Escondido, or Westfield Plaza Camino Real, in Carlsbad. One passport is good for up to 4 people. Participating museums and attractions are below. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

• California Surf Museum
• LUX Art Institute
• Museum of Making Music
• Oceanside Museum of Art
• San Diego Botanic Garden
• San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

North County Arts & Culture
Twitter: @NCAC_Coalition

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Discover the Arts ~ Los Angeles!

Discover the Arts is similar to Museum Month in San Diego, but is in Los Angeles, and lasts almost 4 months! A handful of great museums and other cultural attractions take part in the event, and offer admission specials (such as FREE entry; Buy 1 Get 1 Free; Up to 50% off…), free gifts, or discounts at their stores.

Discover the Arts is happening now, and goes through April 30th, 2011. The Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark inside is awesome!), the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Natural History Museum of L.A., and many others are participating. Here’s a link to more info, including a list of those taking part, and the discounts they offer. Click on the link regarding the discount, print the offer, and take it to the admission booth of the attraction you’d like to visit. What a deal!

Discover the Arts ~ Los Angeles!


“Museums On Us” by Bank of America

The 1st full weekend of each month is Bank of America’s “Museums On Us” weekend! Bank of America cardholders (credit or debit) receive FREE admission to a handful of great museums on the first full weekend of each month. Show your ID + your Bank of America card, and receive 1 free general admission per cardholder to many fun places in SoCal including but not limited to the following museums and attractions:

The Living Desert
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The Autry
Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)
Palm Springs Art Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Discovery Science Center (Sunday admission ONLY.)
Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark is awesome for kids! Call days ahead to reserve a time slot.)

Be sure to check the Museums On Us links on the B of A site to verify their continued participation. Also, it’s always a good idea to call each establishment prior to your visit to verify their hours, etc.. More info HERE as well. Perhaps we’ll see you at one more of the participating museums!

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