Balboa Park Family Activity Guide Now Available!

The Family Guide is designed with YOU in mind!  We hope you will stay longer and play more by doing these activities while visiting Balboa Park with your family.  There are activities for nine museums and twelve outdoor areas in Balboa Park.  Have fun exploring the museums and free outdoor gardens.  For some of the activities you will need a pencil, but for all of them you will definitely need your wonderful imagination.  The guide is a project of the Informal Curriculum Experience (I.C.E.) sub-committee of the Balboa Park Educators’ Council (BPEC).  Printed copies will be available at the Visitors Center, thanks to support from Balboa Park Central.  Have fun, be creative, and PLAY!  Click here to download a complete guide.

Friends of Balboa Park photo gallery

Check out our photo gallery to view photos from our past events including:

  • Bird Park Volunteer Planting April 2013
  • Rotarians at Work Day April 2013
  • Arbor Day Celebration April 2013
  • Butterfly Release March 2013
  • Lily Pond Celebration February 2013
  • Lily Pond Repair and Restoration Jan-Feb 2013
  • Lily Pond Box Build Dec 2012
  • Friends of Balboa Park Annual Awards Luncheon Oct 2012

Plaza de Panama Update

On  July 9, by a vote of 6-1, the City Council approved the plan to remove cars from the Plaza de Panama.  For more information on the project, please visit the official website of the Plaza de Panama project.

Tapestry of Time now available online!

Enjoy stories written in this rich history of Balboa Park as told through people’s memories of Balboa Park from the Expositions in 1915 and 1935.  The stories were collected and published by Betty and Homer Peabody in 1997 in a volume entitled “Tapestries of Time.”  If you would like to contribute a memory or story of Balboa Park in the early days, please send to our office:  We will add to our online collection.  The stories are organized by last name of the contributing authors.  Click here to download Tapestries of Time.

Postcard courtesy of David Marshall

Balboa Park Task Force Final Report

Regarding the Formation of a New Public Benefit Non-Profit Corporation & the Creation of a Public Private Partnership with the City of San Diego to Assist with Funding, Management, and Governance of Balboa Park. Click here.

Free Tuesdays

Park museums offer free admission on a rotating basis on the first four Tuesdays of every month for San Diego City and County Residents. Click here for a listing.