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Balboa Park Halloween Family Day 2014


  • WHEN Sunday, October 26, 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

Families can kick off their Halloween celebrations with a spooktacular array of free hands-on activities and free admission for kids 12 and under with paid adult at the annual Balboa Park Halloween Family Day on Sunday, October 26. Over two dozen participating museums and cultural attractions throughout the Park will present creepy craft projects, scary gallery tours, spine-tingling storytelling, costume parades and contests, and other fun surprises from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adults can also receive best-value admission when purchasing the Balboa Park Explorer One-Day, Multi-Day, or Annual Pass.

Highlights of this year’s park-wide Halloween Family Day include mini-carnival games and costume contests for prizes hosted by San Diego Park & Rec., a doggie costume contest in the Spanish Village, the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s annual rooftop pumpkin drop, a free children’s concert and activities in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, and free activity and prize-drawing booths on the Prado and in the Plaza de Panama. Please see below for a complete listing of all the activities scheduled for the October 26 Family Day. For updates, visit


Balboa Park Visitors Center: Free gift to kids in costume who are accompanied by an adult (while supplies last). Enter a drawing to win:
· Balboa Park Explorer Multi-Day Passes
· Old Town Trolley/Seal Tour ticket
Live in Concert CD and 4 free tickets to a San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory concert in 2014-15
· San Diego Junior Theatre Family: 4-pack of tickets to an upcoming show
· San Diego Civic Youth Ballet: 4 tickets to The Nutcracker

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages: Open houses and trick-or-treating at select cottages from noon to 4pm; House of Scotland Lawn Program at 2pm.

Japanese Friendship Garden: Halloween-themed crafts (including origami), story-time, and “Taste of Japan Food Fest!” featuring cuisine from different Japanese food vendors; picnicking in the newly opened portion of the garden expansion.

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater: Free puppet-making activity for children accompanied by an adult from 11:45am until 1pm show; show ticket not required for this activity.

Mingei International Museum: Children 12 and under free with paid adult.

Museum of Photographic Arts: Special Halloween sunprint craft for all ages, using photographic paper, Halloween-themed cut-outs, and sunlight to create spooky designs.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Halloween-themed science activities in Kid City for toddlers 5 and younger; FrankenToys inventing activity in the Tinkering Studio for kids of all ages. Kids 12 and under free with paid adult for gallery admission only.

San Diego Air & Space Museum: Ghost rotor making activity (paper helicopters with a Halloween twist) at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30; rooftop pumpkin-dropping experiment at 2:30pm; kid-friendly short films in 3D/4D movie theater; and Kid’s Aviation Action Hangar all day (simulators not included). Discounted admission price of $5 to see the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! special exhibition.

San Diego Automotive Museum: Spooky gearhead hat-making activity for kids; car monster creating craft.

San Diego History Center: “Scent-sing San Diego” activity to learn how much your nose doesn’t know about San Diego’s past

San Diego Junior Theatre:Addams Family musical theater performances for ages 10 and up (October 24 - November 9).

San Diego Model Railroad Museum: Halloween-themed games, crafts, and trains aboard the Haunted Express.

San Diego Museum of Art: “Mask and Costume”Search and Find handout to guide families on a hunt for artworks in the collection that feature masks and costumes.

San Diego Museum of Man: “Monsters” exhibit, exploring forests, caves, and deep dark seas in search of fantastical creatures;hands-on monster creating activity. Kids 12 and under FREE with paid adult for general admission only.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Critter Cave tour to discover nocturnal creatures; Halloween-themed hands-on activities and crafts to take home. Kids 12 and under free with a paid adult for general admission and 3-D films only. Does not include separately priced special exhibitions

San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory: Free open orchestra rehearsals (classical melodies) on the 2nd floor of the Casa del Prado building, rooms 207 & 205, 1pm–5pm.

San Diego Zoo: Free admission to all children through 11 years of age, regardless of adult ticket purchase. Part of “Kids Free Month” (October) promotion.

Spanish Village: Doggie costume contest (1pm),trick-or-treat bag decorating (all day), studio trick-or-treating (with accompanying adult)

Spreckels Organ Society: Special Family Festival Day programming during the free 2pm organ concert, geared especially for young audiences; kids activities in the Organ Pavilion 1:30pm-3:30pm hosted by the Spreckels Organ Society (mask-making), Girl Scouts (free drawings for toys and cookies), the San Diego Choristers Guild (pick and play an instrument), Classics for Kids, Ana-Tommy, and others. Costumes welcome!

Timken Museum of Art: Family Activity Flyerto guide families on a fun-filled gallery tour. Free admission for the entire family!

UNA International Gift Shop: Free Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box to take along whiletrick-or-treating to benefitchildren around the world who need clean water, food, school supplies, etc.; one free national flagto take home(while supplies last).

Booths along the Prado and in the Plaza
Fiesta del Reyes/Old Town State Historic Park: “Wheel of Fortune” prize-wheel spinning contest on an ornate 1800s replica prize wheel to win coupons and prizes from the Fiesta de Reyes shops and restaurants located in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.

Girl Scouts San Diego: Magnet decorating activity for girls and boys; prize-wheel spinning to win toys, cookies, and more (in the Spreckels Organ Pavilion).

House of Pacific Relations International Cottages: Information on the House of Pacific Relations, the national cultures it represents, youth programs, and year-round events.

Marston House & Gardens: Dia de los Muertos paper mask-making craft; free vintage circa 1900 Halloween postcards and museum coupons (while supplies last).

San Diego Park & Rec: Various mini-carnival games with prizes and Halloween costume contests in multiple age categories throughout the day starting at 11:30am; prizes for first, second, and third place.

The Old Globe: Info on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! performances and an opportunity to win a Family 4-Pack to the show.

RH Fleet Science Center: Slime-making activity to learn about slimy creatures like sea cucumbers, snails, and hagfish.

San Diego Civic Dance Arts: Dance performances and lessons for kids guaranteed to give a real “thrill.”

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet: Crown-making craft; see-and-touch props display and costumed characters from The Nutcracker.

SDG&E: Information about energy-saving solutions to help families get rid of “energy vampires”; activities for kids.

San Diego History Center:“Scent-sing San Diego” activity to learn how much your nose doesn’t know about San Diego’s past.

San Diego Junior Theatre: Addams Family-themed booth, complete with costumes and a photo opportunity, in conjunction with the Addams Family theater performances at SDJT.

San Diego Model Railroad Museum: Halloween-themed games, crafts, and trains aboard the Haunted Express.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Halloween-themedinteractive activities for kids.

San Diego Public Library: Face painting, Halloween crafts, library card applications, and info on the many free educational and cultural resources at 36 library locations throughout San Diego.

San Diego Zoo: Live zoo animals and free pins, decals, magazines, and Halloween candy for everyone.

Timken Museum of Art: Mask-making activity in conjunction with the SD Junior Theatre Addams Family costume booth activity.

Worldview Project: Free exotic snacks from faraway places (while they last), culture quiz to see how much you know about world cultures; and a “Been There, Want to Go There Next” activity for the whole family.

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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