Top 10 Free Things to do in San Diego with Kids

Explore our list of family activities in San Diego, CA. From free pool-side movies to finding hidden swings throughout the city. Read more.

1. Ocean Beach Library

1. Ocean Beach Library

In addition to the many wonderful books at your fingertips, our local library offers Baby & Children`s Yoga, Arts & Crafts Projects, Toddler Storytime and Sign Language Storytime. Please contact the library for the schedule.
2. Ocean Beach Farmers Market

2. Ocean Beach Farmers Market

Just a few blocks away from our vacation homes, you can stroll through our local Farmers Market and explore handmade art & jewelry, sample fresh food items and dance to live music. The Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday at 4pm on Newport Avenue.
3. Point Loma Summer Concerts

3. Point Loma Summer Concerts

During the months of July and August, gather a blanket & picnic basket and dance the evening away during a live concert at beautiful Point Loma Park. Free family-friendly fun, every Friday in the summer.
4. Dive-In Theater at The Pearl Hotel

4. Dive-In Theater at The Pearl Hotel

With a reservation & purchase of a drink, your family can swim in a heated pool and enjoy a free movie on an outdoor big screen.
5. Liberty Station

5. Liberty Station

A historic landmark, this former Naval Training Center is now a beautiful urban village. A waterfront trail for exercise borders acres of grassy park space. Let your kids burn energy at a play structure and stroll through many local-artisan galleries, shops and restaurants. You`ll be sure to find something delicious in the 22,000 square foot Liberty Public Market. There is always a different array of family-friendly cultural activities and entertainment taking place at Liberty Station.
6. Waterfront Park

6. Waterfront Park

830 feet of interactive water fountains, perfect to cool off on a hot day. If you`d rather stay dry you can explore intimate garden rooms or enjoy the historic landscape and county buildings while the children have fun in the modern play structure zone.
7. Seaport Village

7. Seaport Village

Beautiful waterfront scenery surrounds this village of eclectic shops and restaurants. There`s always something entertaining happening at this downtown outdoor gem!
8. Balboa Park

8. Balboa Park

The cultural heart of San Diego, this 12,000-acre historic park houses stunning architecture, gardens and museums just blocks from downtown San Diego. There`s something for everyone here. Several opportunities for one to catch a free art show or entrance to a truly cultural experience.
9. Art Galleries at the University of San Diego

9. Art Galleries at the University of San Diego

Help release the inner-artist in your child. Educational and entertaining, these free exhibits will be an unforgettable experience. The historical architecture at this college campus will also be quite impressive.
10.  Secret Swings in La Jolla

10. Secret Swings in La Jolla

The location is ever-changing, but if your kids are tech savvy and love a good scavenger hunt, the views and picture opportunities will not disappoint. The coordinates can be found on Instagram by searching #SecretSwings. Prepare for a nice hike and don`t forget to bring your water!