San Marcos

San Marcos is located in the foothills of Northern San Diego County. Yes, it’s a great vacation spot, but can you imagine how the locals live here? It has everything you need to raise a family — enviable weather, great public school system and educational programs, quality parks and unlimited opportunities for recreational and cultural activities.

Here are a few of the best things to do in San Marcos with your kids.

Double Peak Park

If you want something that will blow your minds, bring the entire family to Double Peak Park, where you can enjoy a 360-degree view of North County. Here’s what to expect, the ocean, the mountains, a hiking trail, and a playground for the kids and a picnic area.

Discovery Lake

Many activities in San Marcos bring you close to nature. If you come from the city, this is a true game-changer. Discovery lake is a neighborhood lake that features a hiking trail loop, it’s pretty simple and you can take the entire family since it requires no steep climb. The trail is literally surrounded by diverse flora and fauna and is a favorite of families in San Marcos. Other features include a playground and a chance to do catch-and-release fishing.

Jack’s Pond Park & Nature Center

The nature center is 23 acres of land that functions as an interactive learning center for kids. Examples of activities include hikes, hones-on studies, and rustic outdoor experiences. The programs are designed for the fun and learning of kids. They will ignite a passion for nature, the environment, and even biology in your kids. The nature center also features exhibits on local wildlife (rabbits, coyotes, and lizards to name a few) and bird species. Plus, there is a playground area for kids. Jack’s Pond Park & Nature is a very popular destination for families with kids.

Invasion Laser Tag

For indoor action where the entire family can play, there’s Invasion Laser Tag. It is a premier Laser Tag destination and is a very popular spot for birthday parties. However, it’s more than just a game. Laser Tag encourages teamwork and hones individual skills. But most of all, it is a perfect way for the entire family to unwind and have some fun! It is a great way to bond.

Super STEM Saturday at CSUSM

San Marcos is a major destination for science enthusiasts. Every year, there is a Super STEM Saturday held at Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM). It is a festival of Science, Technology and Engineering and features over 100 interactive experiences where kids can build rockets, interact with robots, learn about DNA, climb inside a flight simulator, and more. If there was ever an experience that could change your kids’ life and put him or her on the path to a scientific career, this would be it. Best of all, it is free for everyone!

Montessori School in San Marcos

If you are looking for a Montessori school for your kids, our passionate educators welcome you to the Montessori School of Oceanside. Our mission ever since our inception is to foster an environment of education and nurturing in our school so that children develop a love of learning!

We offer individualized care to Infants, Toddlers, Pre-School and Elementary Students! To find out more about our programs, call the Montessori School of Oceanside at 760-722-0243 or send us an email at [email protected]. We cannot wait to meet you!