Category Archives: Outings - Grandparent Autism Network

Sea World – San Diego will sponsor an “escort.”

The “escort” of a child with autism is granted free entry. If two adults accompany the child, you may be able to use a “buy one full adult admission, child’s admission is free” offer if it is available.  Call ahead to confirm this policy is still in effect.

Things to Do at the San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo has a new guide for guests with disabilities to help make your visit there comfortable. Plan ahead and take advantage of the many special accommodations they can provide for your family. Refer to the the Guide for Guests with Disabilities at the link below.

Follow the tracks for an “enter-training” day!

Round trip train rides can be lots of fun for grandchildren. If you are accompanying a child with disabilities, Amtrak will allow a caregiver or shadow to travel free of cost. Take Amtrak to San Juan Capistrano, Los Angeles or other local destinations. Have lunch or just visit the near-by attractions. Amtrak goes to San Diego where you can visit the Zoo, Wild Animal Park, Sea World or other attractions.  Annual passes are relatively inexpensive.  Call ahead to ask about policies in effect for special needs individuals.

Don’t get bowled over

At bowling alleys, ask for special gutter bumpers and ramps for balls. This will make bowling easier for grandchildren and more enjoyable for everyone.

Hands-on fun at museums

Look for local children’s museums or exhibits that allow children to explore them.   In Orange County you can visit the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana,,  Pretend City in Irvine, and Museo in Anaheim,  For additional listings of local attractions for special needs children, please go to our other website, Family Autism Network,