If you’ve hit all of the go-to spots in San Diego and are looking for somewhere different to explore, grab the kiddos and head to Chula Vista. This South Bay community is the perfect place for family fun, both during the week and on sun-filled weekends. From community playgrounds and pet-friendly areas, to unique indoor play spaces, Chula Vista offers a world of possibilities for your kids to enjoy. To help you explore the city, check out these five kid-friendly places to visit.

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For a Cool Treat: Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt
With locations throughout San Diego, you may wonder why this FroYo spot is on the Chula Vista must-see list. What sets this location apart is the atmosphere: The patio outside their doors offers shaded seating and a duck pond, complete with a duck-food vending machine. Little ones can take a break from their cup of fro-yo to stand on the bridge and watch the water feature and wildlife.

872 Eastlake Pkwy., Ste. 410
Chula Vista, Ca
Online: goldenspoon.com
Cost: $3-$5/person

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For Sports Fans: The Olympic Training Center
Calling all young athletes! Kids will love this look into the life of U.S. Olympians. Self-guided tours are offered daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., but educational tours can also be scheduled for students in the second grade and above. Not only are the grounds amazing (sand volleyball courts and four soccer fields), but if you take a walk over to Mountain Hawk Park less than a quarter mile from the CVOTC, you might just see the rowing teams practicing!

2800 Olympic Pkwy.
Chula Vista, Ca
Online: teamusa.org
Cost: Free

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For Indoor Playgrounds: Mon Petite Château
Perfect for an unusual gloomy day, this French-inspired play space offers imaginative areas for all ages to enjoy. This indoor playground is a great place to let little ones get creative and release some extra energy. With areas including a castle, train, airplane and a boutique, your kiddos are sure to go home tired and happy. We also love the French-inspired cafe for parents to enjoy a bite to eat and coffee.

861 Harold Pl., Ste 204
Chula Vista, Ca
Online: mpchateau.com
Cost: $12/first child + $7/additional siblings, or $5/child up to 12 months

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For Outdoor Family Fun: Montevalle Community Park
If you have active kids and dogs, you definitely need to visit this park. The green open play fields feature expansive playgrounds and two dog parks, each for different sized dogs (so Fido the poodle won’t have to play alongside Spot the Dalmatian). Along with playing on the swings and slides, be sure to bring a baseball mitt to play a round of catch or a Frisbee to chase in the open fields. There is also a skate park for the adventurous ones. This park has something for everyone, not to mention a friendly neighborhood feel that will make you feel welcome.

840 Duncan Ranch Rd.
Chula Vista, Ca
Online: chulavistaca.gov/city_Services 
Cost: Free

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For Nature Adventures: The Living Coast Discovery Center
Sea creatures, birds of prey, and amphibians, oh my! This nature center let you check out nature’s best in an up-close environment. Live feedings of the eagles, sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays happen throughout the day and are accompanied by an informational presentation by one of the interactive animal-keepers. The habitats are sure to amuse even the littlest adventurers!

1000 Gunpowder Point Dr.
Chula Vista, Ca
Online: www.thelivingcoast.org
Cost: $14/adult, $9/child, free for kids under 3

Did we miss your go-to spot for kids in Chula Vista? Tell us what it is in the comments!

– Lisa Van Curen