The kids have gone back to school and you’re (quietly) doing a happy dance. Why not kick up your heels and hit the town with your partner to celebrate? There’s no need to book a babysitter for these day-dates that can be enjoyed before the end of day school bell rings. Whether you’re a foodie, party animal, wave maker or beach lover, scroll through our list of playdates for parents to see where you cool cats should play while the mice are away…

Explore a Historic Icon

After 80 years of being closed, the beautiful California Tower at The Museum of Man now offers daily tours. Take advantage of this historic occasion with an expert guide who leads you up 125 winding steps to an observation deck with gorgeous panoramic views. After you take unlimited selfies, wind down with lunch on the patio at The Prado or Panama 66 in the Park. Insider’s Tips: Tour tickets are time specific. We recommend reserving online to claim your ideal time slot. Guests are required to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their climb. Stow small personal items in the museum’s free locker.

Read our guide to Balboa Park to plan even more fun after your tour.

1350 El Prado
San Diego, Ca 92101
Cost: $22.50/adult (Includes museum admission + tower tour)
Online: museumofman/californiatower

Photo: Museum of Man

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Where’s your favorite place to go on a day-date with your partner? Share in the comments!

––Cherie Gough