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Escondido News

What’s Happening in Escondido, California

escondido history center

The Escondido History Center museum complex is located in Grape Day Park in historic downtown Escondido!

The museum complex includes the original Escondido Library building, an interpretive Victorian country home, the Penner Barn, the working Bandy Blacksmith shop where you can watch our blacksmiths and wheelwrights create amazing pieces of art, the Santa Fe Depot, and a Pullman railroad car complete with a model railroad. The area also has a handful of smaller structures including windmills, a tank house, a Native American stone artifact and agricultural machines all on display.

The staff and volunteers host field trips, lectures, tours, and events.

Escondido History Center
Museum Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday – 1:00-4:00 pm (760) 743-8207
321 N Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

queen califia's magical circle kit carson park escondido

Kids of ALL ages love this park… bring your family, friends, imaginations and cameras! Docents will be on hand for questions.

The “snake wall” opens into a maze whose walls and floors are covered with black, white, and mirrored tiles. Once through the maze, visitors enter into the central courtyard. There are nine freestanding sculptures in the garden. The imposing mosaic sculpture of Queen Califia standing on the back of a five-legged eagle commands the center of the garden.

Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is the only American sculpture garden and the last major international project created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002).

Inspired by California’s mythic, historic, and cultural roots, the garden consists of nine large-scale sculptures, a circular “snake wall” and maze entryway, sculpturally integrated bench seating and native shrubs and trees planted within the interior plaza and along the outer perimeter. The garden bears the brilliant, unique mosaic ornamentation that is an unmistakable part of de Saint Phalle’s later work.

Open Days/Hours:
The garden is open to the public, weather permitting*, with free entrance, on:
– Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to Noon
– 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Kit Carson Park – click through for a map of the park
(In the Iris Sankey Arboretum)
3333 Bear Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025 760-839-4000

*Weather Permitting: After recent rain or heavy fog, there is chance that the sculpture garden will be closed, due to safety issues, usually 24-48 hours after a rain event, while it dries.

FOR MORE INFO… including history, artist, etc. go to our News Post

san diego children's discovery museum escondido


San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM) is a nonprofit organization providing hands-on educational exhibits and programs focusing on science, art, and world cultures for over 100,000 visitors including children, families and school groups annually.

Have daily fun in the interactive museum, attend great educational events and camps, and you can even book a birthday party.

The SDCDM’s mission is to inspire children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation. The Museum serves local families, school and play groups, and visitors from across southern California and beyond.

The SDCDM also has Sensory Friendly Museum Mornings on the first Sunday of each month from 9:00 – 10:00 am.

Open Daily – Members and Public
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – (760) 233-7755
320 North Broadway, Escondido CA 92025

Members (and children under the age of one): Free – Children & Adults: $8.00 – Military Family Discount: $5.00 per person –
(with valid military ID)

EBT Cardholders Discount: $1.00 per person (up to four per card)

Group Rate (10 or more people): $7.00 per person (Must book ahead here: sdcdm.org/group-play)

We’re so excited to launch our new Escondido tourism video
come for the wildlife – stay for the culture! Enjoy!

Visit Escondido

Escondido, CA 92025

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