Activities for CASAs and Children
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.
Free Admission to the USS Midway in July
CASAs and their case children can explore the USS Midway for free during July. CASAs only need to show their CASA badges at the ticket booth to receive free admission for themselves and their case children. The museum features 60 exhibits and family-oriented activities. If you go, please send your “Fun Without Faces” photos, which are photos that do not show your case child’s face, to SabrinaG@speakupnow.org so that we can share with our friends at the museum.
Adventure Kids in Egypt Exhibit
In Adventure Kids in Egypt, a children’s exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man, visitors experience what it is like to be a modern archaeologist discovering the remnants of Ancient Egypt and then see real mummies and authentic Egyptian artifacts. Visitors will be able to make finds in the exhibit’s dig site and learn about the artifacts and how mummies aission for CASAs and their case children; just show your CASA badge.re made. The exhibit features an interactive computer game to teach users about the right tools for archaeological explorations. Visitors can also dress up in ancient Egyptian garb or as an archaeologist, construct a pyramid of wooden blocks, and more. The museum, located in Balboa Park, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other current exhibit subjects include monsters, graffiti, and, for ages 13 and up, cannibalism. As a new partner in the Fostering Culture program, the museum offers free adm
Japanese Friendship Garden
VFC received a donation of free passes to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. The garden sits on a 12-acre plot and offers educational programs, exhibits, and events designed to enhance and deepen visitor appreciation for Japanese culture. The garden features stone arrangements, koi ponds, water features, sukiya-style buildings, and the Tea Pavilion. Please email CASAkids@speakupnow.org to request passes.
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.
20% Discount for CASAs and Case Children at Woodstock Pizza!
Woodstock Pizza has generously offered to give a 20% discount and free Cinnabread to CASA volunteers and their case child(ren) when you dine-in or carryout at two participating locations. Simply show your CASA badge at checkout to receive the discount at either location! Thank you to Woodstock Pizza for this fun outing opportunity!
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 Hall of Champions
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
The Water Conservation Garden
Tijuana Estuary and Junior Ranger Program