Adventures in Kidifornia is a new original “edutainment” video series that showcases some of the most exciting—and enriching—family destinations in California. Using a unique blend of 2-D animation and live-action footage, Adventures in Kidifornia will inspire parents and kids to engage in discovery throughout the Golden State.
The USS Midway Museum is a magnificent spectacle to behold: a decommissioned aircraft carrier that is permanently docked on the San Diego waterfront. It features more than 30 restored aircraft and nearly 10 acres of displays, providing visitors with hands-on access and the most complete cross-section of carrier aviation in the world. Guests can explore the bridge and the main engine room and develop a deep understanding of life on a military vessel.
The museum’s Junior Pilot Program is designed specially for kids and allows them to earn their own junior pilot wings. By following Airman Sam Rodriquez on an audio tour around the Midway, young ones will complete a variety of tasks and then be treated to a ceremony performed by one of the many volunteer docents.
At Cabrillo National Monument, young adventurers can walk in the footsteps of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Spanish explorer who led the crew of the first Europeans to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. More than 200,000 people visit annually to climb to the top of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, learn more about Cabrillo’s arrival in 1542, and enjoy some stunning views of the San Diego coastline.
Tidepooling and whale watching are huge draws as well, and the southern end of Cabrillo is one of Southern California’s most accessible spots to explore the marine ecosystems. The mile-long Coastal Trail is an easy walk for youngsters and leads to shallow pools teeming with marine life. From mid-December to late March, the bluffs are also a great place to watch migrating Pacific gray whales.
No family trip to San Diego County is complete without a visit to SeaWorld San Diego, a world famous theme park that helps young ones understand the world around them—along with a healthy dose of fun.
From swooshing and swooping rides to interactive animal experiences and world-class attractions, SeaWorld San Diego truly makes a big splash. See—and learn about—the amazing undersea worlds of animals from around the globe, including penguins, turtles, walruses, beluga whales, and sea lions. Behind the scenes, SeaWorld is also home to marine animals that were injured or orphaned on Southern California beaches, and are being nursed or rehabilitated before they can be returned to the wild.