Balboa Park STEAM Family Day on March 16

A world of discovery awaits children of all ages at the next Balboa Park Family Day on Sunday, March 16, when nearly two dozen cultural organizations present a wide range of activities that put the fun into STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Activities take place from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and are free with paid museum admission. Participating museums are also offering free admission to children 12 and under with a paying adult.

New this year is the addition of Maker exhibits inside the museums and on the El Prado walkway. Maker culture is an emerging technology-based extension of the modern DIY movement, and its family-friendly Maker Faires are well-known for entertaining and educating the public with demonstrations of new and exciting technology applications. Among the featured Maker exhibits at the Family Day will be an interactive Giant Electric Giraffe inside the San Diego Air & Space Museum and a machine made of office materials that bakes Solar Cookies inside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

For a complete list of activities from each museum, visit

Participating Museums and Institutions

  • House of Pacific Relations International Cottages
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre
  • Mingei International Museum
  • Museum of Photographic Arts
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Automotive Museum
  • San Diego Floral Association
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • San Diego Youth Symphony
  • Spanish Village Art Center
  • Spreckels Organ Society
  • Timken Museum of Art
  • UNA International Gift Shop

Booths outside the Visitors Center:

  • Balboa Park Cultural Program
  • Fiesta de Reyes/Old Town Historic State Park
  • House of Pacific Relations
  • Japanese Friendship Garden
  • Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
  • San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering
  • SDG&E
  • San Diego History Center
  • San Diego Public Library
  • San Diego Youth Symphony
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • STE(+a)M Connect
  • Worldview Project
  • XEWT Channel 12, Club Infantil and El Trompo, Museo Interactivo Tijuana

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