Most parents of young children would agree, their young ones like to find new things to do.
This month, a myriad of fun activities are offered as part of Discover Mission Bay’s Kids Free October, and as a bonus, many of them are free.
“It’s like a really fun birthday party for the kids that nobody has to throw,” said Discover Mission Bay representative Lydia Bartell.
Free, kid-friendly sporting events include obstacle courses, sports, and games. For example, the Walk & Roll 5K takes place on the boardwalk and encourages scooters, bikes and strollers, while parents jog.
“All events are organized by professionals who work with children all the time,” she said.
Events take place every Saturday in October. For non-hotel guests, free youth fitness events include Kids Fitness Fun on October 8 and 22, Walk & Roll 5K on October 15, and NXPT Games Trick or Treat on October 29.
The events are hosted by NXPT, a San Diego-based fitness studio, which offers original and interactive fitness events for kids as part of the month-long event.
“We’ll take concepts taught by fitness and health and convert them into fun activities, obstacle courses and games for kids to enjoy,” said Dan Hark, owner and master trainer at NXPT Fitness Studio.
Parents can expect large crowds at activities, but there will be plenty of openings.
“NXPT has a large local audience and I would expect 75-100 locals to attend these events,” Bartell said. “There is no capacity limit on activities, so they will not become full or unavailable.”
“October’s children’s series will be free for everyone, and we encourage everyone to bring their kids ages 4-18, as well as spread the word in your social circles. Each event will be unique to the venue and have a theme that brings fitness fun,” Hark said.
For guests staying at the hotels, activities will include mermaid swimming, hula and lightsaber training, princess and superhero events, musical events and a SeaWorld plush giveaway.
Lightsaber training, for example, gives kids a chance to meet galactic heroes and learn the ways of the force, while also receiving a free lightsaber.
Superhero training lets kids meet a real superhero and they’ll learn how to be their own hero for the day. A specialized superhero training course for youngsters will include hurdles, a crawling tunnel, an agility ladder and balance modules to practice jumping from building to building. There will even be a villain to fight and a baby to save, the sponsors said.
All events are designed to get kids moving.
“Moving the body, overcoming obstacles and celebrating victories is something that teaches very important lessons to our young people and we are proud to provide that,” said Hark.
Some of the participating hotels also offer additional special offers, including free children’s meals for their guests. For more details, visit discovermissionbay.org/kids-free-october.
“There will be something for everyone and memories will be made,” Hark said.
Discover Mission Bay participates in the Kids Free San Diego program, a citywide initiative through the San Diego Tourism Authority. According to VisitCalifornia.com, the program began 30 years ago when San Diego Zoo officials decided to celebrate the zoo’s founding in October by admitting children free of charge throughout the month.
Soon after, the San Diego Museum Council, which includes more than 100 museums, joined in the fun and now more than 100 partners are participating. Major theme parks, including SeaWorld and Legoland, also offer free and special programs during the month.
Participating hotels and resorts in Mission Bay include Bahia Resort Hotel, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, The Dana on Mission Bay, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, Paradise Point Resort, and San Diego Mission Bay Resort.
San Diego is a world-renowned destination, with plenty of activities and attractions for the whole family – and many are free year-round. For more free attractions including beaches, concerts, hikes, parks, scenic drives and more, visit tinyurl.com/FreeThingsSanDiego.
For more free kids events in San Diego County this October, visit sandiego.org.