Tuesday, April 5, 2011

San Diego Free Museum Tuesday's

This afternoon we were able to take advantage of this beautiful, sunny with a light breeze, weather we are having.  After my husband got home from work, we headed out to Balboa Park.  We were lucky enough to find a parking space pretty quick and walked over.

Our first stop was the Visitor's Center in the House of Hospitality to find out where all the free museums are located and to get a map.  The lady at the desk gave us a map and gave us directions to all the free museums of the day.  I think she was going to charge us for the map but said since it was our first time to their park, she gave it to us for free.

Our second stop was the Model Railroad Museum.  If you are not a San Diego City & County Resident or Active Duty Military with id, entrance to this museum is normally $7.00.  We really enjoyed ourselves looking at old school trains and train sets, watching the trains move through mountains, through miniature towns, moving through carnivals and watching where the train was moving to on the monitor.  We are very thankful for all the people who make the movement of the trains possible at their museum.  The kids really enjoyed themselves as well.  Here are a few pictures we took from our time at the museum.

Our third stop was the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.  If you are not a San Diego resident or Active Duty Military with id card, admission to this museum is normally $10.  This was the place that the kids had the most hands on fun.  They learned about things like the pulley system, tornado water exhibit, water treatment facilities, how much energy is needed to light a regular light bulb in comparison to an LED light bulb, learned about dry ice, shadows with lights, got on video playback, looked at cells from our body, looked through a periscope, learned about different diseases and so much more.  Here are a few pictures of the great time we had.

Our fourth stop was the Balboa Park Fountain.  This beautiful day was really being enjoyed by all.

Our fifth stop was the Natural History Museum but by the time we arrived there just after 5pm, it had just closed it's doors.  We also tried to stop by the gardens but it had already closed for the day as well.

We headed back to the car and headed home.  It was a wonderful day to get out with the kids and enjoy some of what San Diego has to offer.  We brought along some snacks and drinks from home so we did not shell out any money for those.  A day out in San Diego and most everything was free - free parking, free museum admission and free snacks from home.  It is another story when it comes to gas prices nearing the $4.00 mark.  Luckily it is about 20 minutes from our house and traffic was not as bad as it could have been.

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