Balboa Park ‘STEAM’ Family Day Offers Hands-on Kids Activities


If you’re looking for something for the kids this weekend, head to Balboa Park for educational fun with the Science, Art and Technology Family Day.

The event, which brings together two dozen cultural organizations for activities such as crafts, demonstrations and special exhibits, starts at 11 a.m. on Sunday. It runs until 3 p.m. and is free with a paid museum admission.

As part of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Family Day, kids can check out an 11-foot electric giraffe at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

Other activities include butterfly crafts, face painting and storytelling at the Zoro Garden, butterfly finger puppets at the Japanese Friendship Garden and live music at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages.

Families can also learn about aerial photography at the Museum of Photographic Arts or learn how to make paper airplanes at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

A number of organizations, including Girl Scouts, the San Diego Public Library and MTS, will have educational booths outside the Balboa Park visitors Center.

Certain museums are also offering free admission to children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult. Families with Balboa Park explorer passes can get in free, as well.

Families concerned about parking options can take advantage of MTS Family Weekends, which offers a free ride for two children under 12 accompanied by a paying adult.

You can check out a full schedule of events here.

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