Activities for CASAs and Children
Free Movie Passes and Snack Deals
Thanks to the generosity of UltraStar Cinemas Mission Valley-Hazard Center, CASAs and their case children can now receive free movie passes. To request passes, please email CASAKids@speakupnow.org. Also, if you show your CASA badge at the snack bar, you can get a kid's snack box for just $5. In addition, UltraStar is hosting a summer series from June 17 to August 8. Open to the general public, UltraStar is offering $1 admission for special 9:30 a.m. showings of its movie of the week, Monday through Thursday. The movies are The Secret Life of Pets (June 17-20), The Grinch (June 24-27), Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (July 1-4), Smallfoot (July 8-11), Trolls (July 15-18), How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (July 22-25), The Lego Movie 2 (July 29-August 1), and Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (August 5-8).
New Childen's Museum
The New Children's Museum offers CASAs and their case children with free admission. For free admission, CASAs just need to show their VFC badge. The museum aims to unlock children's innate creativity by exposing them to art and the creative process. It is full of exhibits where children can play and discover. Visit the museum's website to learn about its activities and exhibits, parking and public transportation information, current hours of operation, etc. Visitors may bring snacks to eat in designated areas on premises or at a nearby park. The museum offers lockers for $1 to store food while visiting exhibits and a café offering healthful but somewhat pricey fare. Please note that some of the exhibits and art activities involve paints and clay, so dress accordingly. The museum is generally open daily until 4 p.m. and opens at 9:30 a.m. every day but Sundays, when it opens at 11 a.m. However, hours can vary so please check the website before you go. The museum is located at 200 W. Island Avenue in San Diego, near the convention center.
Balboa Park Explorer Passes
Voices for Children will be able to obtain a limited number of annual Explorer Passes for Balboa Park for CASAs and case children. These passes are valid for a whole year, can be used as often as you would like, and will automatically renew for the following year if you use them. The passes provide general admission to many museums and attractions in Balboa Park, including Centro Cultural de la Raza, Fleet Science Center, Japanese Friendship Garden, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Air and Space Museum, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Automotive Museum, San Diego History Center, San Diego Model Railroad Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Man, San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat), Timken Museum of Art, Veteran’s Museum at Balboa Park, and World Beat Center. The passes do not include admission to special exhibitions. The donor of the passes will track your attendance at the museums and will not renew your pass if you and your case child do not use them. If you are interested in receiving an annual pass for you and your case children, please email your first and last name, your address, and each of your case children’s first and last names and ages to CASAkids@speakupnow.org.
Free Passes to LEGOLAND
Through our special partnership with LEGOLAND California and Merlin's Magic Wand, CASAs and their case children can receive free admission to the amusement park. Each child may visit the park only once through this program. Email CASAkids@speakupnow.org to request your tickets. You must include CASA’s full name, CASA’s zip code, and child’s first name, last initial, and age.
Check Out Red Tricycle SoCal For Outing Ideas
With the spending limit on CASA outings, we're always on the lookout for fun and free activity ideas to share. Red Tricycle SoCal is a great online resource to find fun kid-friendly activities and cool ideas for things to do, eat, and see with children in San Diego County. View its calendar of upcoming events here. Check out its "Top 12 Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in San Diego" article here.
Voices for Children's Fostering Culture Program
Thanks to our Fostering Culture partners, CASA volunteers and their case children receive free admission to any of the museums listed below. Simply show your CASA badge and visit as often as you like!
Click on any of the following partners for more detail on each museum's programs and upcoming events!
Barona Cultural Center & Museum
Coronado Historical Association
Flying Leathernecks Aviation Museum
The Lux Art Institute
Mingei International Museum
The Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
The Museum of Making Music
The Natural History Museum *pass includes 3D movies
The New Children’s Museum
San Diego Air and Space Museum
San Diego Automotive Museum
San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana Estuary and Junior Ranger Program