Things to do in San Diego with a baby or toddler

Big thanks to blogger and rookie mom, Kristin Helms, for sharing her favorite places to take a baby or toddler in San Diego.
Best things to do with a baby in San Diego

As a first time mom to a now 16 month old, the words, “family vacation” stir up many feelings – mostly fear. Of course there’s always the hope for fun and family bonding time – the rose-colored visions of frolicking on the beach while you toss your baby into the air as the sun is setting providing the perfect photo opp and memories to last a lifetime. But more realistically, and here back on earth, it is daunting to pick a “vacation” spot and map out what to see and do with an unpredictable infant or a protesting toddler in tow – I get it! Sometimes we can barely navigate Target without a meltdown or a diaper blow out, so are we really expected to drive or (gasp) fly to an unknown destination and explore an entire city?

The answer is yes, but the right destination is key. And if the right destination is key, then San Diego will unlock the door to a happy and fun family vacation. I won’t lie to you; there WILL be crying and spit-up, and you’ll probably forget to pack a pacifier or a beloved “blanky”, but the sunny San Diego weather will make it all seem very mild and most of all, manageable.

While everyone knows about the large attractions like the famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, LEGOLAND, and SeaWorld, that all most definitely should still make your lists of what to see while in San Diego, I’m here to shed some light on the hidden gems that make this beautiful city a mecca for family fun, even for the fearful family with a baby or toddler in tow.

Here are my favorite mom-approved places to have fun with a baby or toddler in San Diego for visitors or mamas on a “staycation”:

  1. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: If your toddler is anything like mine; curious and wants to test everything out on her own, then the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park is a must. Filled with interactive, kid-friendly science exhibits, you can easily spend half a day here exploring. Kids 5 and under should set aside a good amount of time for the Center’s Kid City where toddlers can enjoy playing on fire trucks, shopping at a mini-grocery store, playing music and much, much more.The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is open daily at 10:00 a.m. and is open in the evenings during summer and on weekends. For more information: While you’re already in Balboa Park, check out some of the other great museums and traveling exhibits and enjoy a patio lunch at The Prado while sipping their fresh-made fruit sodas (they’re incredible!)

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Spend a week in San Diego

San Diegos Delicious BabiesDebbie Dubrow is a mom with a 15 month old and a 2 1/2 year old in Seattle.

She travels frequently with her kids and founded the website DeliciousBaby dedicated to giving parents the inspiration, advice, and information to travel with their babies and young children.

She shares excellent ideas for a week in San Diego (for both locals and visitors).

Other than how lazy she makes me feel, I am 100% a fan of her site and her efforts!

Monday: Zoo time
The San Diego Zoo is a must-see destination. As soon as your baby is old enough to engage with the world, he or she will enjoy watching the animals. Unlike many Zoos, this one is spread across 100 acres and animals live in lush “natural” habitats instead of tiny cages. If you arrive early in the day, a good way to beat the crowds is to take the gondola one way to the far end of the park (great fun for kids beginning at around 9 months) and work your way back on foot. Discount tickets can often be found on Ebay and Craigslist. Membership is almost always a good idea for local families.

For lunch, eat a sandwich at Bread & Cie the best bakery in the city. Try the roasted eggplant and feta cheese sandwich for you and some yogurt or fresh fruit for your little one. Consider picking up your food before heading to the zoo and having a picnic while you’re there!

Bread & Cie: 350 University Ave, San Diego (619) 683-9322

Tuesday: Cafe and Mission Bay
Have an omelet at the Broken Yolk. The rooftop dining room is pleasant in warm weather (but not suited for strollers). If omelets aren’t your style, there is also a large selection of other breakfast standards like pancakes, waffles, and French Toast

Take a walk and let baby play in the sand at Mission Bay. This enormous public park has 27 miles of shoreline and 15 miles of bay front beach (if that isn’t enough to get baby to fall asleep in the sling, I don’t know what is). With basketball courts, volleyball, playgrounds, and lots of birds, there’s plenty for baby to do when he’s awake too. You might even want to bring along some food to cook up on one of the many barbecues!

Broken Yolk: 1851 Garnet Ave, San Diego (858) 270-9655
Open 6am-3pm
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