Keeping kids entertained on vacation can be much more challenging than keeping a group of adults entertained. Obviously, you want your kids to enjoy themselves on their vacation as well, but with restless natures and big imaginations, spending the entire day at the beach or shopping might not be enough. That’s why when you can find something that both holds your child’s attention and even educates them, it’s a solid win. San Diego, and even La Jolla itself, is full of fascinating museums, many of which are family friendly and entertain kids as well as adults.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The Birch Aquarium is an extension of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, in La Jolla. It boasts over 5,000 fish in over 60 lifelike aquarium habitats, expertly curated and kept. It has the perfect position, overlooking the ocean, which you and your whole family will have a deeper appreciation for the moment you leave the aquarium. Kids will be awed by the sight of all the diverse marine habitats and colorful fish, and they’ll have an opportunity to learn all about marine life, as well as marine conservation. They can watch the fish being fed, take an ocean expedition, or explore tidal pools, just to name a few of the exciting expeditions. There’s even toddler time, where little ones can learn about these ocean dwelling creatures through storytelling, songs, and art activities.
San Diego Air & Space Museum
After all, what kid isn’t interested in space or flying? The San Diego Air & Space Museum in famous Balboa Park has you covered. Here you can see fighter jets and recreations from the World Wars as well as spacecrafts like Apollo 9, learn about the Wright brothers who started it all, and even inspire your daughters by exploring an exhibit about women in flight. Explore the International Air & Space Hall of Fame to learn all about the legends in terms of flying, from the story of the great inventor Daedalus to the astronauts who walked on the moon.
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Some museums are designed to walk through, oohing and ahhing at all the exhibits. The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum is more hands-on. Kids are meant to explore and to play with the exhibits. They can build water pathways in the Water Wise Table, pretend to be archaeologists or first responders or make plastic balls and toys float at the Floating Objects station. This museum teaches kids all about various elements of science and mathematics, as well as conservation practices that will help them to be wiser and more environmentally conscious into adulthood.
San Diego can be a thrilling vacation spot for kids and adults alike. But between all the beach visits, shopping trips, and food excursions, make sure to check out some of these museums to really spark your kids’ curiosity. And don’t forget! When you book direct with The Bed & Breakfast Inn at La Jolla, we’ll price match the cost of your room with a 5% discount.