It’s heeere… as in Halloween—a holiday devised by bipedal adults, I’m convinced, to justify putting out bowlfuls of human treats (a.k.a. candy) in their homes and offices for several days. They then came up with the idea of wearing costumes during the holiday to disguise who was in fact eating all the candy! I don’t blame them. Ingenious, really.
But what good are treats without fun activities to burn all that sugar-fueled energy? That’s where events like Balboa Park’s park-wide Family Day on Saturday, October 27, comes in—to provide hours of engaging hands-on activities, gallery tours, and crafts the whole family (including pets) can participate in and enjoy.
And to make it easier on everyone’s pocketbook (already lightened by all the candy purchases), participating museums are extending free admission to children 12 and under with a paid adult (no special coupon required). In addition, all the special Halloween-themed activities and crafts will also be free.
So what kinds of activities are we talking about here? you ask.
For starters, kids can make calavera masks as they learn about the Day of the Dead at the Museum of Man. Meanwhile, at the San Diego History Center, pups and their handlers can take the Tombstone Trivia quiz to test their knowledge of legendary local ghosts and notorious characters from the city’s past.
The annual Great Pumpkin parachute drop will hit the pavement in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum at 2:30pm, preceded by various craft-making activities. And at the Model Railroad Museum, passengers can take a spooky ride down the haunted tracks, hear stories about haunted railroads and make candy-eating disguises, i.e., Halloween masks.
That’s just a small sample, not even a handful, of all the special treats in store for families at this year’s Family Day fest.