October 2010 Family Events in San Diego

Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 1-31

Kids Free Days

During the month of October, children (ages 3–11) enjoy FREE admission to the San Diego Zoo and the Wild Animal Park


San Diego Zoo:

2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

San Diego Zoo Safari Park: 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido

Kids are Free! Adults at the Zoo: $35

Adults at the Wild Animal Park: $28.50

Oct. 1-3

Snow White

Wed.-Fri.: 10-11:30 am, Sat. and Sun: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place, San Diego

Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $3

Oct. 1-3

Military Air Show

Live shows by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, and the Canadian Snowbirds.

9 am-4 pm

MCAS Miramar, north of downtown San Diego between I-805 and I-15

Free admission, grandstand seats: $4.25-$11

Oct. 2

Chinese Moon Festival

Make your own mooncake, listen to traditional legends and play games while learning about this festival.

1-3 pm

San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum

404 Third Ave., San Diego

Adults: $12, Children ages 12 and younger: Free

Oct. 6-10 and 13-17

Witches Brew

The show is about a witch who wants to change her ways.

Wed.-Fri.: 10-11:30 am, Sat. and Sun: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place, San Diego

Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $3

Oct. 9, 16 and 23

Haunted Tales of the Ship

Dress in your costume and gather on the Star of India for an evening of ghost stories, lantern led tours around the ship, and eerie legends from the past.

6-10 pm

Maritime Museum of San Diego

1492 North Harbor Dr.,

San Diego

Adults: $14, Seniors and military: $11, Children (ages 6-17): $8, Children (5 and younger): free

Oct. 9

Fall Fun Festival

Pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, games and more.

10 am-2 pm

Alta Vista Gardens

1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista


Oct. 9

Fall Festival

Obstacle course, train rides, a haunted house, cakewalk and more.

2-7 pm

Mission Estancia

3330 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad

Free admission, cost for games.

Oct. 9

La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

Food, crafts and a Kids Art Studio.

11 am-6 pm

La Jolla Elementary School

1111 Marine St., La Jolla

Adults: $10, Children ages 2-12: $5

Oct. 9

Train Song Festival

Storytelling, arts and crafts, train displays and train rides.

10 am-4 pm

Old Poway Park

14134 Midland Rd., Poway


Oct. 9

Walk Like MADD 5K

Health and safety expo, music, food, rpizes and a kids zone.

9 am-1 pm

Liberty Station

2335 Cushing Rd., Point Loma

Various donation levels.

Oct. 10

Little Italy FESTA: Everyone’s Italian!

Stickball tournament, games, food, chalk art and entertainment.

10 am-6 pm

Little Italy, downtown San Diego


Oct. 13-14

Trunk Treasures Consignment Event

High quality used items including: toys, playground equipment, furniture, strollers, baby/child gear, maternity items and name brand junior clothing.

Wed.: 3-6 pm, Thurs.: 12-6 pm

San Diego Swiss Club 2001 Main St., Chula Vista

Free admission

Oct. 16

Cahito Spooktacular

Pumpkin patch, child-friendly haunted trail, carnival games, pumpkin carving stations with purchase of a Cahito pumpkin, face painting, food, music and a bonfire.

4-7 pm

3101 Balboa Dr., Balboa Park, San Diego

Free admission, trail is $5/person and other activities and food will have also a fee.

Oct. 16

Lizards and Snakes: Alive!

Opening Day of a new exhibit at the museum. Live animals and interactive exhibits teach children about the lives of snakes and lizards.

10 am-5 pm

San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego

$11-17; children ages 2 and younger are free.

Oct. 16-17, 23-24 and 30-31

Pumpkin Express

Board the Pumpkin Express at the historic Campo Depot and travel to the Great Pumpkin Patch. Children will be able to enjoy the one to one and one half hour train ride, then tour the haunted train, pick out a pumpkin and decorate it inside the Display Building. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

11 am and 2:30 pm

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Campo Depot,

State Highway 94 & Forrest Gate Rd.,


Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children (ages 6-12) $10 and Toddlers $5

Oct. 17

Fall Festival at Point Loma Nazarene University

Climbing walls, campus tours, carriage rides, bounce houses, free pumpkin patch and more.

10 am-2:30 pm

3900 Lomaland Dr., Point Loma


Oct. 17-Nov. 1, weekends only

Pumpkins at the Park

Costume contest, Trick-or-Treat Scavenger Hunt, Conservation Cake Walk for Bats, Animal Enrichment in the exhibits of vultures, gorillas, lions, elephants, and other animal areas, Creepy Crafts, Carnival Games in Malawi Picnic Grove, Extinct Animal Graveyard, Creepy Crawly Crevase and Halloween Bites


9 am-4 pm

San Diego Wild Animal Park, 15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido

Kids: Free! Adults: $28.50

Oct. 20-24 and Oct. 27-31

Polka Dot Ghost

This ghost needs help to get scary for Halloween.

Wed.-Fri.: 10-11:30 am, Sat. and Sun: 11 am, 1 pm and 2:30 pm

Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre, Balboa Park, 2130 Pan American Place, San Diego

Adults: $5, Seniors: $4, Children: $3

Oct. 22-23

Haunted Birch Aquarium Costume contest, spooky activities, live music and slimy encounters.

6-9 pm

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla

Members: $12, Public: $15

Oct. 23

Meet Ronald McDonald

Activities, songs and fun.

1 pm

3879 Fairmount Ave., San Diego


Oct. 23-24, 30-31

Scooby Doo and the Mystery of the Backlot Phantom

With your Mystery Inc. Junior Detective, you’ll meet up with the Gang, encounter a bad guy or two from the past and, with a little luck, triumph in your scary duel with the studio ghoul!

12-4 pm

8235 Mira Mesa Blvd., Target Shopping Center,


Oct. 23

The Boulevard Boo! Parade and Carnival

A Halloween spooktacular, sponsored by the College Area Business Improvement District. Ghoulish floats, vintage cars, equestrian entries, unique costumed characters, bands and more! Enjoy a parade and carnival at Clay Park.

11 am

59th St. and El Cajon Blvd., San Diego


Oct. 24

Diwali Festival

The Indian Festival of Lights

Enjoy cultural performances, an outdoor procession, lamp lighting, henna, varied cuisines of the Indian subcontinent and an array of vendors selling Indian goods in celebration of India’s Diwali holiday, which highlights the victory of good over evil.

4 pm

San Diego Museum of Art

1450 El Prado, San Diego

Family: $15

Oct. 26-31

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song.

Tues.-Wed.: 7 pm, Thurs.: 1 pm and 7:30 pm, Fri.-Sat.: 8 pm, Sat. matinee: 2 pm, Sun.: 1 and 6:30 pm

Civic Theatre, B St. And Third Ave., San Diego


Oct. 30

Halloween Family Day

Halloween festivities are held throughout the park and kids get free admission at park museums.


Balboa Park

2125 Park Blvd.,

San Diego

Free admission; Some activities have fees

Oct. 30

Westfield Family Spooktacular

Arts & crafts activities, costume contests and a

spooky scavenger hunt.

12-5 pm

Westfield Plaza Bonita

3030 Plaza Bonita Rd.,

National City


Oct. 30

Kids Halloween Spooktacular

Get in the Halloween spirit with a costume contest, games, spooky music, and scary crafts.

11 am


1072 Camino Del Rio N,

San Diego