For 29 days of February, San Diego has 40 museums at 50% off! I love taking my kids to museums. So much to see and do, explore, and enjoy. With 4 kids, I am always looking for a good deal. And half price is a great deal! With 40 museums to enjoy, how do you decide which ones to go to? Here is the list of 40 museums.
We got a great deal in December on a membership to the new San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido. It’s less than 20 minutes from us. And it has a reciprocal membership at a few other museums in the area, so we can visit those too! (Love a great deal!)
We recently visited the museum, and I have to admit, when I first walked in I was a bit nervous. It was smaller than I thought it would be. It is new and has more exhibits planned. But it wasn’t packed full of activities like I’ve seen in other museums. But I underestimated it. My 4 boys had a blast. We were there for 2 hours and they could have stayed longer. There was something for everyone to enjoy.
The younger boys loved dressing up – police man, airline pilot, chef, fireman, and more.
The imagination stage is great for putting on your own puppet show. Or as my little chef above used it, as a little restaurant!
Everyone had a great time on the discovery sailboat and the space underneath it to sleep or hide. Or to use whatever means possible to defend your fortress from another kid – as my 4-year-old did when he slowly waved his hand in front of a 2-year-old boy trying to get in and said, “You don’t want to come into this fort.” (Yes, he was using the force!) The light up table is fun to build with shapes and also see what happens when colors mix together.
The imaginative play that is possible is fabulous. I love when not everything is provided for you, but the supplies are there to create, imagine, build. There’s the imaginative playground using foam blocks. My oldest (9) spent quite a bit of time creating what he called a “network”.
My kids are big Lego fans. But they seemed enthralled with the Rokenbok construction too.
Another fun hands-on exhibit is the Dr. Seuss music area. Who doesn’t love to make some noise? Or practice some rhythms. Or put several different instruments together to create beautiful harmonies.
We went on a Thursday afternoon after school. There was only one other mom there with her two little ones. It was quiet and open and room enough for them to run to their heart’s content. It was a great way to spend an afternoon. And for just $6 a person, an affordable option. (And in February you can go for just $3 a person!)
What museums will you visit in February? Try out the new children’s museum! Or you can also visit the children’s museum in downtown San Diego, which you can read about here.