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Kids Pool Fun -Courtesy Hilton San Diego Bayfront

San Diego offers free fun for families in October

Is there any better fun than free fun?

During the entire month of October, more than 110 San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums and transportation companies offer families with children special deals, so they can enjoy San Diego without emptying their wallets. “Kids Free San Diego” provides families an opportunity to save during budget-conscious times with a variety of “kids free” incentives, ranging from complimentary attraction admission, meals and Amtrak rides to welcome amenities at area hotels and much more.

In October after the summer beach crowds diminish, visitors to San Diego can relish in the region’s sunny weather and warm temperatures and enjoy a number of fun-filled fall activities for the whole family. Home to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland California Resort and Belmont Park, San Diego is offering substantial savings this October with free kids’ admission to local attractions.

Here are a few highlights of Kids Free San Diego month.

• Amtrak is offering one child, ages 2-12, a free ride with one paid adult rail fare aboard the Pacific Surfliner route, servicing San Luis Obispo to San Diego. Stops en route include the Santa Ynez Valley, Carpinteria, Ventura, Oxnard, Van Nuys, Burbank, Glendale, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente and more.

• All kids, ages 10 and younger, are admitted free into the San Diego Zoo, home to 3,700 rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles, and the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is now home to the Tull Family Tiger Tail, featuring a new forested habitat for the Safari Park’s Sumatran tigers with up-close views of the critically endangered species.

• SeaWorld San Diego wants families to join in the celebration of their 50th anniversary by offering one child, ages 3 to 9, free admission with one full-paid adult admission. The same offer is valid at Dine with Shamu, and kids, ages 10 to 13, can participate for free in SeaWorld’s Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs with one paid adult participation.

• Legoland California Resort, featuring 128 acres of LEGO-themed fun and more than 50 interactive attractions, and SEA LIFE™ Carlsbad Aquarium, with 36,000 sq. ft. of play zones and marine exhibits including the new Jellyfish Discovery, are offering a free one-day Child Hopper Ticket for one kid, ages 12 and under, with purchase of a full-price one-day Adult Hopper Ticket.

• Kids can eat free at a number of family-friendly properties, including the luxurious Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego along San Diego Bay, The Westin San Diego in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina located near SeaWorld San Diego.

A complete listing of “Kids Free San Diego” Month participants and their special offers are available at SanDiego.org/KidsFree. All offers are valid Oct. 1–31.

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Arizona State Fair’s Mobile App Debuts

In a continued effort to improve the guest experience, the Arizona State Fair launched a new mobile app free for download for iOS and Android. The app offers immediate access to information on attractions, rides, concerts, discounts, and all things Arizona State Fair. Guests can even find community stage schedules and contest winners for the livestock and competitive entries competitions on the app.

One of the great features of the mobile app is its interactive map. Users can filter icons on the map to display only certain categories, including the locations of restrooms and ATMS, stages, or shopping areas. There is also the ability to place personal markers to help guests remember where they parked or assign a family meeting place.

Users looking to plan ahead for their visit will find detailed attraction descriptions, concert times and reserved seating prices, ride information and ticket requirements, information on gate admission discounts, and a schedule of Fair events.

Whether you are planning your Arizona State Fair visit before ever stepping foot on the fairgrounds or navigating through the Midway, the Arizona State Fair app is a tremendous resource for everything taking place across the 18 days of the 2014 season.

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

The Musical Instrument Museum: The Museum You Hear

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) located in North Phoenix has quickly become one of the must-see attractions in the Valley. Robert Ulrich, former CEO of Target Corporation and founder of MIM, was inspired to build the museum after his trip to a musical instrument museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Getting to the MIM is quite easy if you know where you’re going. But for first time visitors, it’s oddly easy to miss the 190,000-square-foot building. Right off the 101 near the Desert Ridge Marketplace, this museum’s modern architecture compliments the desert surroundings.

Upon entering MIM, the quiet stillness of a typical museum makes you feel like you may be in the wrong spot. That is, until the grand piano in the lobby and the over-sized guitars hanging from the ceiling give away that this isn’t an ordinary museum.

And the minute you’re handed the audio headset to guide your journey, you know you’re in the right spot.

Broken up into geographical exhibits, the museum takes you on a tour of instruments from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, to Africa and more —  but in no particular order. The audio headsets do not lead you, but instead assist your experience at the museum.

As you walk up to instruments and exhibits, the headset immediately switches over to playing music of the exhibit you are facing. Some exhibits include flat-screen televisions that display the way these instruments are played.

But the MIM isn’t all “look but don’t touch.” Heading downstairs, you will find the Experience Gallery that gives guests the opportunity to play some of the most unique and bizarre instruments in the world. Whether I was banging on a 10-foot gong or picking at a European harp, the hands-on gallery was one of the most popular galleries in the museum.

And right next to the Experience Gallery is the other most popular gallery in the museum. The Artist Gallery hosts instruments from famous musicians; whether it’s John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano or Eric Clapton’s guitar “brownie,” the gallery had me in complete awe.

Make sure to bring some extra cash, too! The cafe on the first floor of the museum features meals from nearly every part of the world.

From field trips to tourists to musicians to Arizona residents, the Musical Instrument Museum is an attraction I will continue to recommend to visit while in the city.

For more information about the Musical Instrument Museum, visit themim.org.

Check out our video about the Musical Instrument Museum.