John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the Spreckels Organ, to the City of San Diego in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition. This unique organ contains more than 5,000 pipes ranging in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet and is the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. The Spreckels Organ is housed in an ornate vaulted structure with highly embellished gables. Since 1917, San Diego has had a civic organist, who performs free weekly Sunday concerts.
The San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory (SDYS) is the 6th oldest continuously operating youth symphony in the United States, and serves over 600 students annually in ten ensembles from its home in Balboa Park. Skill levels range from beginner to pre-professional, with participating students ages 8 to 25.
Established in 1948, San Diego Junior Theatre is the oldest youth theatre program in the United States. It boasts high-quality productions throughout the year and offers numerous educational and community programs, including classes in drama, voice, dance, and theatre production for children age three to eighteen.
Junior Theatre offers a memorable theatrical experience for audiences of all ages by providing engaging, innovative and high-quality theatre education and productions to enhance the lives of children of all ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities and levels of interest
Located in the Federal Building, (formerly the San Diego Hall of Champions), the Home Plate Sports Café offers a wide variety of choices, including deli sandwiches, freshly grilled burgers, grilled panini, delicious salads and wraps. Beer, wine, and specialty coffee drinks are available to sip, while watching the latest games and sports stories on one of the large screen televisions, and then finish your meal with a scrumptious bowl of gelato,.
Open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Founded in 1945, San Diego Civic Youth Ballet has been the resident classical ballet school in Balboa Park for over 70 years - offering affordable, year-round, high-quality classes and productions for dancers ages 4 to adult in the beautiful Casa del Prado. Due to SDCYB’s thriving Outreach Program, ballet classes are available to over 600 students in San Diego area public schools as well. The mission of SDCYB is to provide the youth of San Diego with an opportunity to study, understand and appreciate, through education and participation, the art of ballet, and to enrich the cultural life
The Flying Squirrel has landed. The San Diego Natural History Museum’s new café serves brewed-to-order espresso drinks, fresh juices, wine, craft beer, and California casual fare, including salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pastries, and more. Enjoy ample seating in air-conditioned comfort in the Museum’s four-story, sky-lit atrium.
Open during regular operating hours, 10 AM–5 PM daily, and open until 8 PM on Fridays in the summer. Café entrance is on the north side of the building by the giant fig tree. Glide in for a bite!
Founded in 1948, the Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater is the longest continuous running puppet theater in the United States. Puppet performances are presented throughout the year by a variety of troupes. The theater presents approximately 45 shows a year, with different shows each week: 12 shows a week during the winter and 15 shows a week during the summer.
Founded in 1942, the Civic Dance Arts Program of the San Diego Park and Recreation Department has introduced hundreds of thousands of citizens to the art form of dance. High quality classes are offered at 22 city recreation centers and Balboa Park facilities at affordable prices (and in some instances with fees waived), enabling children and adults from all economic and cultural backgrounds full participation in the study of dance.
The real world: it sure can be real interesting. Explore the natural history of Southern California—from past to present—at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT). From rattlesnakes and flesh-eating beetles, to dinosaurs and fossils, to a pendulum that proves the earth is spinning, there’s something for everyone at theNAT. Visitors will be impressed by the unique, interactive exhibitions that span across five floors. The museum features a giant-screen theater with daily showings of 2D and 3D films, as well as rotating exhibitions that bring nature to life.