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STEAM Family Day In Balboa Park


  • WHEN Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 11 a.m.
  • WHERE Balboa Park, (Visitors Center) 1549 El Prado , San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $10

A world of discovery awaits children of all ages at the next Balboa Park Family Day on Sunday, March 16, when nearly two dozen cultural organizations present a wide range of activities that put the fun into STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Activities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are free with paid museum admission. Participating museums are also offering free admission to children 12 and under with a paying adult.

New this year is the addition of Maker exhibits inside the museums and on the El Prado walkway. Maker culture is an emerging technology-based extension of the modern DIY movement, and its family-friendly Maker Faires are well-known for entertaining and educating the public with demonstrations of new and exciting technology applications.

Among the featured Maker exhibits at the Family Day will be an interactive Giant Electric Giraffe inside the San Diego Air & Space Museum and a machine made of office materials that bakes Solar Cookies inside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

In addition, a free drawing at the Balboa Park Visitors Center will give away, among other items, a Family 4-Pack of Balboa Park Passports, a Family 4-Pack to the SD Air & Space Museum’s "Ripley’s Believe It or Not", tickets to a San Diego Junior Theatre performance, Old Town Trolley/Seal Tour tickets, four tickets to the San Diego Youth Symphony and the Conservatory’s Spring Showcase or Ovation Concert, and the Youth Symphony’s "Live in Concert" CD, and dinner for four at the Cosmopolitan Hotel from Fiesta de Reyes/Old Town State Park.

As in years past, this Science and Arts-themed Balboa Park Family Day will serve as a signature event of the annual San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, from March 15 to 22, which culminates in the free Science & Engineering EXPO DAY at PETCO Park on March 22, featuring dozens of hands-on exhibits and various stage performances. For a complete schedule, visit

All Balboa Park Family Day activities take place on March 16 from 11:00am to 3:00pm unless otherwise noted in the schedule below. For updates, visit

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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