Explore BIG FUN during The Big Exchange from May 1 – 18, 2024. It’s EASY! Just use your museum membership card (or join one today) to visit more than 50 participating museums for FREE.

The Big Exchange gives members of participating organizations reciprocal admission at more than 50 museums, historic sites, gardens, and more throughout San Diego County. Show your current membership card and get free entry to the organizations listed below.


How It Works: During the Big Exchange, members of any of the participating organizations (see list below) can simply head to another participating museum and show their membership card for complimentary reciprocal admission.

Tip: Not yet a museum member? Contact your favorite museum to join today and ask for a temporary Big Exchange Membership Card to visit other participating sites. Each membership is reciprocal per guest or membership status. For example, a single membership would enjoy similar access for one attendee at a participating museum. A family membership might enjoy entrance for up to four guests at another participating museum.

Note: The Balboa Park Explorer Pass or Go San Diego Card will not be accepted as part of this program. Reciprocal admission requires proof of current membership from one of the participating museums.

Become a member of your favorite local museum or renew your current membership now.

The Big Exchange 2024 will run May 1 -18.

outh Ride Free with PRONTO

Plus the City and County has made it easier and more affordable for families to access more San Diego FUN. Starting All riders 18 & under are able to ride MTS and North County Transit District (NCTD) services for FREE with a Youth PRONTO app account, or a Youth PRONTO card. The Youth Opportunity Pass is a pilot program, sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and County of San Diego, through June 30, 2024. Find out more here.

The Water Conservation Garden invites you to our annual Perennial Party. As The Garden’s main fundraising event of the year, Perennial Party, supports core programs in environmental education, water conservation, and horticulture.

“Fundraising is critical to the success of an organization for so many reasons. The obvious one is securing the financial future of The Water Conservation Garden to expand the impact and reach of water conservation education further into the San Diego Community. But it’s more than just that, this fundraiser will strengthen relationships and support, raise awareness about the importance and ease of conserving water, provide recognition of our donors and sponsors, expand our donor base, and pave the foundation for other forms of fundraising and engagement. Most importantly it’s a Party with a Purpose that will bring the community together to have fun, dance, and enjoy a taste of San Diego.” expressed Jennifer Pillsbury, Executive Director and CEO.

Surrounded by nearly 6-acres of beautiful drought-tolerant landscaping, guests will enjoy beautifully themed, eye-catching exhibits featuring “more beauty, less water.” Guest are invited to wear their best dressy casual attire, listen to music performances, and enjoy a seasonal taste of San Diego including bites from Four Seasons Foods Catering

Live music at The Garden! From beautiful ceremony ballads to the frenetic beats of the last dance, Shades of Blue knows how to create the right moments for every part of the Perennial Party.

Thank You! 


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Questions? Contact [email protected] 

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