Balboa Park Free Summer Events are Here!

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Summer is the perfect season for getting out and going places. Even though sunshine is free, everything else can get expensive fast. Keep your costs low (and the kids busy) with these Balboa Park free summer events for all ages! Create some special memories this summer with your friends, partner, or kids…and don’t forget the sunscreen! Continue reading

3 Free Ways to Celebrate International Museum Day

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On Monday, May 18, museums all over the world will be celebrating International Museum Day. The theme of the day: free. Continue reading

TNT: Chromatic @ MCASD

This July 11th the MCASD Downtown will hold its signature event TNT: Chromatic (Thursday Night Thing), showcasing an array of its permanent art collection, as well as new work.  A portion of the permanent collection will be on display, from floor to ceiling, which will mark the most artwork the museum has ever had on display at one time.

Some of the new work includes a sculpture by artist Liza Lou, entitled “Color Field.”  Lou’s piece was a collaborative effort, assembled in San Diego by everyday people, using beads made in Japan.

To coincide with its chromatic theme, an interactive sculpture will allow visitors to build their own LED stickies, place them on a 10×10 foot sheet of metal, and collectively create a color field.

Live music, drinks and food will also be available for purchase.  For information and tickets visit the event page on the MCASD website.

A Special Thanks to Education Intern Eva DeLeon for showing us around the museum.

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Family Friendly Events at Balboa Park

Want a fun and informative way to spend your afternoon? San Diego’s Balboa Park has an assortment of museums with new exhibits that will provide entertainment for the whole family.

For the aspiring scientist, visit the Great Balls of Fire exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center,  which centers on comets, meteors and asteroids, to Origins of Life and finally, Guitar, an entire exhibit on the super cool instrument that brought rock music to life. They also have IMAX shows that cover all interests, from the human body to the Arctic, to name a few.

History buffs, the San Diego Natural History Museum has so much to offer. For your young sons, go visit Dino Jaws, the exhibit that provides hands-on activities for the kids and also provides them with knowledge of what the dinosaurs ate for dinner! And to touch on your environmentalist side, learn about California’s most precious resource, in Water: A California Story. This exhibit will teach your kids just how important water is to us and how we can help to preserve it.

For those who spent their childhoods with aspirations of becoming fighter pilots and astronauts, the San Diego Air & Space Museum is the place to visit. The Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibit is back in San Diego for the first time since 1935 and will offer jaw-dropping sights for the entire family. Some thing’s you’ll see range from strange people and odd animals to vampires and graveyards!

What other fun exhibits are being featured at the museums in Balboa Park this summer? Tell us below with a comment!

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