This October, the San Diego Museum Council (SDMC) and ScholarShare present Kids Free in October, which provides San Diegans and tourists alike the opportunity to visit more museum destinations than ever before. In its seventh year, this annual program provides free admission for kids 12 and under at 43 art, cultural, and science museums in San Diego County.

Kids Free in October is an opportunity for thousands of families to enjoy museum experiences each year—nearly 20,000 kids participated in the program in 2016. From learning about dinosaurs and military heroes to astronauts and artists, kids get to explore cultural destinations and attractions across the county. Families may be surprised to learn how many museums are located across the San Diego region—from the California Surf Museum in Oceanside down to the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista.

This program can bring savings of up to $30 for a family of four. Free admission is available for up to two kids for every adult ticket purchase. To participate, download the Kids Free in October coupon: 2017 Kids Free Coupon Downloadable 8.5 x 11 Final. Simply present the coupon at the participating museum’s admissions desk.

Participating organizations include:

1. Barona Cultural Center & Museum
2. Birch Aquarium at Scripps
3. Cabrillo National Monument
4. California Center for the Arts Museum
5. California Surf Museum
6. Coronado Museum of History & Art
7. Fleet Science Center (Galleries only)
8. Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
9. Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
10. Heritage of the Americas Museum
11. Japanese Friendship Garden
12. La Jolla Historical Society
13. Living Coast Discovery Center
14. Lux Art Institute
15. Maritime Museum of San Diego
16. Marston House Museum & Gardens
17. Mingei International Museum
18. Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum
19. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
20. Museum of Making Music
21. Museum of Photographic Arts
22. New Americans Museum
23. Oceanside Museum of Art
24. San Diego Air & Space Museum
25. San Diego Archaeological Center
26. San Diego Art Institute
27. San Diego Automotive Museum
28. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
29. San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
30. San Diego History Center
31. San Diego Model Railroad Museum
32. San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
33. Serra Museum
34. The New Children’s Museum
35. The San Diego Museum of Art
36. The Water Conservation Garden
37. Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
38. Timken Museum of Art
39. USS Midway Museum
40. Veterans Museum at Balboa Park
41. Visions Art Museum
42. Warner-Carrillo Ranch House
43. Women’s Museum of California

Save the date for the Kids Free in October kick-off event, Museum Mash Up, on Sunday, October 1 from 10 AM – 1 PM at The New Children’s Museum Park. More than 10 museums will be on-site offering hands-on activities, entertainment, and more. Enjoy performances by the San Diego Symphony, the Water Conservation Garden’s Ms. Smartyplants, and a drumline from the Museum of Making Music. Plus, we will have Kids Free coupons at the event that you can use to go explore The New Children’s Museum while you are there. A win, win!

Mission Federal Credit Union also sponsors Kids Free in October, in part. Families can pick up a printed Kids Free in October coupon at any of their branch locations throughout San Diego starting on September 27. As a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative, Mission Federal Credit Union is committed to providing financial services to the San Diego community.

Additional support for Kids Free in October is provided by the California Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. The program is presented in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority’s Kids Free campaign. To find out about other great family-friendly deals this October, check out their website Kids Free San Diego.