Treat your little monkeys jumping on the bed to an after dark adventure! We’ve rounded up a bunch of things to do in San Diego at night with family, from roller skating to stargazing. Read on to plan an evening out on the town with your little night owls!
Catch a Flick
Treat the kids to a family movie on the big screen! They'll love digging in to popcorn and enjoying a great film. Call of the Wild and Mulan are coming out soon, so get your tickets and plan this fun outing.
We even have a list of the best family-friendly movie theaters in San Diego for you to pick a great movie-going spot near you.
Roll it out with the crew in the evening at Skateworld. Show your kids your favorite moves from when you were little. You'll find disco lights, great music and lots of laughs.
6907 Linda Vista Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Family Bowling Night
Whether you hit the lanes and enjoy the disco lights or you try a roll at cosmic bowling, the bowling alley at Kearney Mesa Bowl in San Diego and Bowlero in San Marcos are two fam faves for a little kid-friendly competition all while grabbing a bite to eat.
945 San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92069
Kearney Mesa Bowl
7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Tag you're it! Little game players love tagging each other in the foggy darkness lit up with laser lights. Parents love the laser tag at Belmont Park where the laser vest must fit comfortably to play. Even more nighttime adventure awaits at this beachside carnival. Twirl around in the new ice cream cone-themed pods on the Tilt a Whirl or defy gravity and take a dive on Zero Gravity, the new space-themed ride.
3146 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
S’mores on the Beach
No need to pack up the towels and sand toys just because the sun is setting. Instead, break out the marshmallows and skewers for s’mores beachside! Many beaches have fire pits available on a first come, first serve basis, including Coronado Beach and San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff. Fires have to be out by midnight, but the little ones will be fast asleep by then.
838 Ocean Blvd.
Coronado, CA 92118
San Elijo State Beach
2050 S Coast Hwy 101
Cardiff, CA 92007
Drive-in movies aren’t just a thing of the past! Places like the Santee Drive-In and South Bay Drive-In offer current releases—several are family-friendly—from the comfort of your own car. Bring food with you or buy snacks from the concession stand. Make sure everyone takes a nap because they often show double features!
10990 N. Woodside Ave.
Santee, CA 92071
South Bay Drive-In
2170 Coronado Ave.
San Diego, CA 92154
What could be more magical than spending the evening gazing at stars with your little astronomers? There are plenty of opportunities for “star parties” with the San Diego Astronomy Association, which has an observation site in East County — although you’ll need your own equipment. And check out these top sites around the county, ideal for stargazing.
Click here for a list of all of our favorite spots to stargaze in San Diego.
San Diego Astronomy Association
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Roar & Snore
Camping next to a rhinoceros? Brushing your teeth with a giraffe? Well, not quite, but the Safari Park does offer overnight excursions appropriate for all ages. Sleep in one of the park’s tents and enjoy after-hours tours of wildlife, camp activities, guided walks, dinner and breakfast the next morning. Who knows, you may even get to hear a lion roar, as the event title suggests!
San Diego Zoo Safari Park
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd.
Escondido, CA 92027
––Michelle Franklin, Beth Shea & Nikki Walsh