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Things to Do in San Diego with Kids

Whether on a staycation or vacation, the Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle /Near SeaWorld® is a perfect choice for families with children of all ages. The young-and the young at heart-love splashing in our outdoor, heated pool. During the summer, we host Splash Cinema poolside on the weekends, which is always a load of fun. Choose from a variety of family-friendly movie selections that can be rented and enjoyed by all.
See our summer movie line-up on our E-Calendar!

Family-friendly Eats

Have a delicious, relaxing meal at Bunz: A Burger Joint, a fabulous local restaurant, and our neighbor. Got a picky eater? There are great kids choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner including French toast, classic grilled cheese, hot dogs, milkshakes and yummy healthy options like roasted veggies. Best of all, Bunz sources its food from local farmers.

Activities Galore

The Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle/Near SeaWorld®, located in the heart of San Diego, is just moments from all of the city's top attractions and activities. It's a virtual playground for families with theme parks, animal parks, and actual parks-plus special events year round. Stay at our Mission Valley hotel, and let your inner child out to play.

Top Things to do in San Diego for Big Kids


Top Things to do in San Diego for Little Ones


Favorites for the Whole Family


Kids' Favorite Local Amusement Parks

Kids' Favorite Local Amusement Parks

    Kids' Tip: Bring your sunscreen and swimsuits! Don't forget to check out Big Surf Shores. It's one of the largest wave pools in Southern California. Swim in more than 500,000 gallons of water with swells up to 5-feet tall!
  • SeaWorld®

    Kids' Tip: Dine with Shamu®, or try the Dolphin Interaction Program.Ride Journey to Atlantis ® & Shipwreck Rapids ® . Don't forget to make time to watch the Shamu®, Sea Lion and Otter, Pets Rule! ®, and Dolphin shows! This summer includes special attractions such as Ocean Explorer, Orca Encounter and Electric Ocean!
  • The World Famous San Diego Zoo

    Kids' Tip: Visit the Children's Zoo during your visit, complete with a petting zoo and animal nursery. You may be able to feel a hedgehog's quills, listen to horned owls and watch zany science shows with Dr. Zoolittle.
  • San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

    Kids' Tip: Take a photo caravan tour and you'll be able to feed giraffes and rhinos. Want to roll instead of walk? Sign up for their Segway tour!
  • Legoland

    Kids' Tip: Bring your swimsuits-Pirate Shores in Legoland is an awesome place to get wet!
  • Sea Life Aquarium

    Kids' Tip: Watch the feedings. Shark pups get fed every day at 3 p.m., and the giant octopus every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m.
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps

    Kids' Tip: Visit seahorse babies in Birch Aquarium's Seahorse exhibit and nursery.
  • Belmont Park

    Kids' Tip: Buy a wristband and you'll be able to ride the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and all of their other fun rides like the spinning Chaos and bumper cars. They also have an arcade!

Kids' Favorite Local Museums

  • Rueben H. Fleet Science Center

    Kids' Tip: After getting hands-on with science in all of their interactive exhibits, watch one of their great films in the giant dome IMAX Theater.
  • The New Children's Museum

    Kids' Tip: Don't depart without leaving your mark on Penelope, a large metal whale that everyone paints!
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum

    Kids' Tip: Check out the out-of-this-world alien exhibit!
  • Hall of Champions Sports Museum

    Kids' Tip: Don't miss the history of baseball and football exhibit!
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum

    Kids' Tip: Mac's Kids' Corner is open at the museum every Tuesday and Thursday from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. (except the first Tuesday of the month). This is a great place to have fun, play games, listen to railroad stories and do railroad crafts.
  • Museum of Man

    Kids' Tip: The Children's Discovery Center in the Museum of Man has an interactive ancient Egypt exhibit that teaches kids the importance of archeology.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum

    Kids' Tip: Come for the weekly Wacky Science Sunday with Ms. Frizzle and The Magic School Bus. There are two free performances each day!
  • San Diego Maritime Museum

    Kids' Tip: Don't forget to board the Star of India, the world's oldest active sailing ship!
  • Midway Museum

    Kids' Tip: Try their flight simulators! The Strike Fighter 360 allows you to make rolls, loops, and spin like a real fighter pilot!

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