Tuesday, December 29, 2015

30+ FREE Educational Places for Kids in Southern California

     Sometimes, you want to do something fun without having to dip into your budget.  I am not ashamed to say I do not like spending money.  Free things are my favorite things!  Here is my list of things I like to do with my kids, because they are local, they are educational, and they are FREE! (with the occasional exception of parking fees)  

Every item on this list has a clickable link for more information. **Please call ahead to your destination to make sure these offers are still valid.


2. Bella Terra Kids Club - Usually last Monday of the month.

4. Centennial Farm Discovery Days - Check calendar for availability.

7. ExplorOcean Science - Saturdays & Sundays

8. Home Depot Kids Workshops - Saturdays

10. Mini Model Build at Lego Store - Usually first Tuesday of the month.

13. Once Upon A Storybook Storytime - Check calendar.

14. Orange County Museum of Art - Every Friday


18. The Autry National Center - Every 2nd Tuesday

22. Japanese American National Museum - Every 3rd Thursday

23. La Brea Tar Pits - Free admission the first Tuesdays of every month (except July and August)

24. Long Beach Museum of Art - Every Friday

25. Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Every 2nd Tuesday

26. Natural History Museum Free admission the first Tuesdays of every month (except July and August) and free admission every Tuesday in September.

27. Skirball Cultural Center - Every Thursday (12pm-5pm) --- Tickets for Noah's Ark requires reservations in advance.


28. Balboa Park - Walking the grounds is free, however there are many museums that do charge fees.
[Free Museum Days of Balboa Park - (Link to a comprehensive list of free days for San Diego Residents only.)]

29. San Diego Botanic Garden - Every 1st Tuesday

And remember...local libraries and story times are always free!

Be sure to save this link! I will be adding locations as I find them.


31. Great Park Art Lab (Irvine) - Saturdays & Sundays

32. Second Harvest Food Bank & Izzy's Corner for Kids (Irvine) - Call for appointment.

33. Little Corona Tide Pools (Corona Del Mar)

34. Laguna Beach Trolley (Laguna Beach) - Weekends

35. OCME Train Rides (Costa Mesa) - Every 3rd Weekend

36. Microsoft Camp/Classes - Check for a location close to you.

37. Waste Management Tours (Irvine) - Call for appointment.