Looking for some family-friendly activities to do with the kids? Practicing safe social distancing doesn’t mean movie after movie indoors all day; take the kids outside and enjoy these family-friendly activities in the San Diego area.
All of our family-friendly suggestions are open at this time of publishing. Please follow social distancing guidelines by wearing masks, keeping a safe social distance of 6 feet, and washing your hands. We recommend visiting these family-friendly activities websites for the latest information.
Here are ten fun outdoor San Diego kids activities:
1. Pumpkin Patch
photo: Nadi Marketing
The pumpkin patch season has officially started! There are three pumpkin patches for central San Diego to choose from this season, Mr. Jack O’ Lanterns Pumpkin Patch in La Jolla, PB Pumpkin Patch, and Mission Valley Pumpkin Station. Make it a day with the family by enjoying various games and activities, seasonal food and drinks, and more! Visit these local pumpkin patches websites for hours of operation and more details on their offerings this year. Make sure to look for coupons, like One Free Train Ride at the Mission Valley Pumpkin Station.
2. Kobey’s Swap Meet
photo: Kobey’s Swap Meet
Voted San Diego’s BEST Swap Meet, Kobey’s Swap Meet, is a great affordable activity for the whole family! Enjoy hundreds of different vendors from books, plants, kid’s clothes and toys, entertainment, antiques, and more. Children 11 and under can enter the swap meet for free. Plus, you can also rent single strollers, double strollers, and wagons to transport the kids. Our shoppers’ tips include arriving early, wearing comfy shoes, and bringing cash. Remember to take advantage of discounts on their website, such as a two for one shopper admission for Fridays and $1 off shopper entry for Saturdays.
3. Balboa Park
photo: Visit San Diego
Spend the day at Balboa Park by getting your steps in with the kids and visiting a museum. The park has created a ‘Latest Updates from Balboa Park’ page that shows what museums have reopened, such as the Japanese Friendship Garden and the Spanish Village Art Center. The page also includes the latest hours of operation for each reopened museum and a LiveChat feature with their team members. We recommend visiting this page before your visit.
4. Eco Boat Rentals
photo: Eco Boat Rentals
Are you looking for a family adventure? Rent an eco pedal boat for the family to enjoy. Located in San Diego Bay in front of Point Loma Seafoods Restaurant, Eco Boat Rentals is a perfect family-friendly outdoor activity. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, snacks, water, and your furry friend. Eco Boat Rentals is pet-friendly! After each use, Eco Boat Rentals disinfect all the boats and life jackets to ensure safety guidelines. Bring the entire family out on the water as they have life jackets for everyone, including your pets.
5. Farmer’s Market
photo: North Park Thursday Market
Farmer’s markets have something for everyone in the family, and we are lucky to have year-round weekly farmer’s markets in San Diego. Visit your local farmers market, and shop for fruits and vegetables, flowers, delicious food, craft goods, and much more! Bring the kids and your appetite, and leave happy. See the full list of 38 Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM) in San Diego County here.
6. Belmont Park
photo: Belmont Park
From rides to mini golf to arcade games, Belmont Park has entertainment for the whole family! Spend a day out at Mission Beach and enjoy everything that Belmont Park has to offer. Visit Belmont Park’s website for family-friendly events like the seasonal Harvest Walk and discounts like a $100.00 gift card for $75.00 to Belmont Park restaurants.
7. Drive-In Movie Theatre
photo: ABC San Diego
Drive-in movie theaters have received a new spotlight during social distancing time, and in San Diego County, we have two drive-in theaters in South Bay and Santee. Pack the blankets and snacks for the whole family and see a double feature! Make sure to read all the guidelines before leaving home and bring cash for the snack bar.
8. San Diego Zoo & San Diego Zoo Safari Park
photo: San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Spend a day at the San Diego Zoo, voted #1 zoo in the world, or the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the one-of-a-kind 1,800-acre park. Shows, indoor theatres, animal presentations, bus tours, African tram safari, and other transportation options are temporarily unavailable. However, you can still visit the animals and enjoy food and beverages at the Zoo and Safari Park. Staff and volunteers will be onsite to help you if you have any questions. The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are participating in the San Diego’s Kids Free All October; see website for more details.
9. Old Town Trolley Tours & SEAL Tours
photo: Old Town Trolley Tours
See America’s Finest City by booking the San Diego’s best hop-on, hop-off all-day tour with Old Town Trolley Tours. The orange and green trolleys travel on a continuous 25-mile loop visiting 11 destinations stops. You can also see San Diego from land to sea with SEAL Tours, San Diego’s most unique sightseeing adventure. For a limited time offer, Kids Ride Free in October on the Old Town Trolley and San Diego SEAL tours.
10. Wheel Fun Rentals
photo: Wheel Fun Rentals
Take the family out for a bike ride! Voted San Diego’s favorite bike rental spot, Wheel Fun Rentals has various bikes to choose from, including electric bikes, family bikes, 4-wheel surreys, and cruiser bikes. The Wyndham San Diego Bayside rental location is offering a 2nd Hour Free web discount coupon.
What family-friendly outdoor activity are you most excited to do? Tell us in the comments.