Above: Photo of the historic House of Hospitality, the North Fountain, and Balboa Park's free red tram. Photo by Joanne DiBona
Over a dozen museums will open their doors FREE to children 17 and under in celebration of the 2nd annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day. In addition, participating museums and cultural attractions are presenting a wide variety of spooky activities, creepy crafts, spine-tingling tours, scary storytelling, and loads of free treats from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.
While children 17 and under will be admitted free of charge to museums with a paid adult admission, adults also receive discounted admission when they pick up a Stay-for-the-Day Pass, a one-day excursion pass allowing one adult admission to five park museums for one low price of $35. The pass can be purchased at the Balboa Park Visitors Center or at participating museums.
Among the highlights of this year’s Halloween Family Day is a doggie costume contest at the Spanish Village Art Center, a kiddie costume parade with prizes for best wildlife costume at the Natural History Museum, building miniature Day of the Dead altars at the Museum of Man, trying on historic military uniforms at the Veteran’s Museum booth on the Prado, and creating your own spooky steam engine at the Model Railroad Museum.
The Balboa Park Visitors Center will give away a free gift to kids in costume who are accompanied by an adult (while supplies last). Enter a drawing to win:
* Passports to Balboa Park
* Old Town Trolley/Seal tickets
* Junior Theatre tickets
* "Grinch" tickets at the Old Globe (one family 4-pack)
* "The Nutcracker" tickets from Civic Youth Ballet (one family 4-pack)
View a complete listing of all the activities scheduled for Family Day.
Event Contact: 619-239-0512
Balboa Park is located just minutes from downtown San Diego. The Balboa Park Visitors Center, located in the National Historic Landmark House of Hospitality building, is your primary resource for information about the Park. Google Map
Southbound from I-5 - Take the 10th Avenue Exit off I-5. Turn left on "A" Street and left again on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.
Northbound from I-5 - Take the B Street/Pershing exit off I-5 to Pershing Street. Take Pershing and then left on Florida Dr. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Left on Park Blvd.
Southbound from Hwy 163 - Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park.