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Children & Toddlers

We make learning fun!

Children 2-years-of-age and older are welcome on all of our San Diego kayak tours.

We paddle the protected waters of Mission Bay, San Diego Bay and the local lakes.

We use stable 2-person and 3-person kayaks with a large open cockpit so you will not feel confined. Our kayaks do not tip over so you are able to relax and enjoy the ride.

We provide properly fitting life vests that are worn at all times. We also provide child sized paddles that are light weight and fit in small hands.

Children often enjoy helping with the paddling and it gives them a sense of pride. They also have the option to ride along and let the older ones do the work.

For families with children of different ages, we partner up the older family members with the younger ones so everyone can share the fun.

Look over the list of tours below and choose the one best for you.

3-hour Sea Lion Kayak Tour on San Diego Bay

Join us for this fun and exciting tour by kayak on San Diego Bay.

We'll meet at Shelter Island for an introductory paddling lesson. Then we'll launch our kayaks for a beautiful tour of the bay traveling toward Point Loma.

Along the way we'll visit the marine mammal training area where they work with dolphins and sea lions.  Then we paddle to the local bait barge where the California Sea Lions hang out. We also see many species of birds such as Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, Double Crested Cormorants and Great Blue Herons.

We make it easy for you to join us on this paddle. We provide all the kayaks and equipment plus an introductory paddling lesson. No previous kayaking or swimming experience is required.

We use stable, comfortable 2-person kayaks that are easy to paddle for a safe, enjoyable day on the bay.

Bring your family and friends for an up-close-and-personal view of the California Sea Lions.

Cost is $44 per adult, $18 per child (2-14 years of age) sharing a kayak with an adult. Includes kayak, life vest, paddle, introductory lesson, and instructor/guide. $22 discount if you want to bring your own kayak.

Call for group discounted pricing.

Reservations

To pay by credit card, click one of the links below with the date and time you want. This will take you to the page where you just select the quantity you want for each type of ticket.  Then select the Check out with PayPal button where you can enter your credit card info.  Your information is secure as we do not keep credit card information on our computers.  Once your payment is made, a confirmation and more detailed information will be sent to you.

If you prefer to pay with a check, call us at 619-282-3520 or email us to reserve your space. Once your space is reserved, you can download and print the 2-page Trip Sign-up form. Just fill it out and mail it to the address on the form along with your check. Once your paperwork is received, a confirmation and more detailed information will be sent to you.

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW by clicking one of the dates and times below.

Sunday, August 17, 9am-noon - this session sold out

Sunday, August 17, 1-4pm - this session sold out

Saturday, August 23, 9am-noon - this session sold out

Saturday, August 23, 1-4pm - this session sold out

Sunday, August 31, 9am-noon

Sunday, August 31, 1-4pm

Saturday, September 6, 9am-noon - this session sold out

Saturday, September 6, 1-4pm

Saturday, September 20, 9am-noon

Saturday, September 20, 1-4pm

Sunday, September 28, 9am-noon

Sunday, September 28, 1-4pm

Activities for Youth Groups

We provide Kayaking Adventures for Youth Groups!

Examples are:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Kayaking Tours for the YMCA
  • Nature Tours for San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Badge Workshops for Girl Scouts
  • Kayak Camping Trips for Boy Scouts
  • Every group is different so we tailor the activity especially for you. All ages and abilities are welcome. . . girls, boys, pre-teens and teens.
  • We provide stable and comfortable tandem kayaks
  • We provide properly fitting life vests for all shapes and sizes.
  • We provide different sizes of paddles for different-sized people.
  • Our ACA Certified instructors ensure that your event is fun and safe for all.

To start planning your group event, call us at 619-282-3520 or email us.

Birding Discovery Tour, Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve

The Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve has just been modified with new tidal creeks and channels which allow the rising tides to coarse through the area more efficiently and create new habitat for fish.

 

This new environment creates a great habitat for endangered birds such as the light-footed clapper rail, western snowy plover, California least tern, and thousands of migratory birds, as well as the eastern Pacific green sea turtle.

Our weekend dates have the perfect tides for exploring and our quiet, slow-moving kayaks will not disturb the turtles or the neighboring bird habitats.

Bring your family and friends and come on down for an enjoyable few hours of exploring this beautiful nature reserve.

We make it easy for you to join us on this paddle. We provide all the kayaks, life vests and equipment plus an introductory paddling lesson. No previous kayaking or swimming experience is required.

We use stable, comfortable kayaks that are easy to paddle for a safe, enjoyable day on the bay.

Cost is $44 per adult, $18 per child (2-14 years of age) sharing a kayak with an adult. Includes kayak, life vest, paddle, introductory lesson, and instructor/guide. $22 discount with your own kayak.

Call for group discounted pricing.

Reservations

To pay by credit card, click one of the links below with the date and time you want. This will take you to the page where you just select the quantity you want for each type of ticket.  Then select the Check out with PayPal button where you can enter your credit card info.  Your information is secure as we do not keep credit card information on our computers.  Once your payment is made, a confirmation and more detailed information will be sent to you.

If you prefer to pay with a check, call us at 619-282-3520 or email us to reserve your space. Once your space is reserved, you can download and print the 2-page Trip Sign-up form. Just fill it out and mail it to the address on the form along with your check. Once your paperwork is received, a confirmation and more detailed information will be sent to you.

Or PURCHASE TICKETS NOW online by clicking one of the dates and times below:

Saturday, March 1, 1-4pm

Sunday, March 2, 1-4pm - this session sold out

For Teens Only: Sea Lion Paddle on San Diego Bay

Here is an opportunity to get out of the house and away from the folks. Join us for this fun and easy 3-hour paddle on San Diego Bay.

After an introductory paddling lesson we will explore the bay in our nimble kayaks to discover the many varieties of wildlife that live there. We will paddle by a submarine and research vessel on our way to a favorite hangout of the playful sea lions. Bring your friends for an enjoyable day on the bay.

Cost is $30 per teen. Includes kayak, life vest, paddle, introductory lesson, and full-time instructor/guide.

Girl Scout Kayak Adventures!

Family Kayak Adventure Center is excited to announce our programs offering Fun Paddles and Campouts as well as Badge and Interest Project workshops for Girl Scouts.

We have been advertised in Program News for over 9 years and our liability insurance is on file at Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council headquarters.  This makes it easy for you to get approval on our workshops.

Girls and leaders will participate in fun and informative kayaking sessions in a safe and comfortable environment. We hold our sessions in the protected waters of a lake or bay.

Kids Birthday Parties

Impress your friends with a Kayaking Birthday party at Mission Bay or Lake Murray. 

We provide the kayaks, life vests and paddling equipment as well as basic kayak instruction.

We will teach everyone how to kayak and then go for a nature tour or play games on the water.

Our ACA certified kayak instructors make sure that your experience is safe and comfortable and fun!!

Or, if you prefer, we can just drop off kayaks, life vests and paddles at your location on Mission Bay or San Diego Bay.

Kids Lessons

We make learning fun!

We offer private and small group lessons for your kids so we can really focus our attention on their needs and abilities. All kids are different but a child 10 and older is very capable of handling a kayak. It helps if the child is already comfortable around the water.

Nature Tour by Kayak at Lake Murray

Join us for a day of exploring Lake Murray, located in Mission Trails Regional Park just east of San Diego.

We see more different species of birds here than on any of the other lakes. Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Great Blue Herons, and Night Herons, as well as a variety of Swans, Ducks and Geese all make their home here. We also see migrating birds such as White Pelicans and Canada Geese here in the winter. Bring your binoculars and see how many different species you can find.

We make it easy for you to join us on this paddle. We provide all the kayaks and equipment plus an introductory paddling lesson. No previous kayaking or swimming experience is required.

Nature Tour on Miramar Lake

Join us for a beautiful morning of kayaking on Miramar Lake in Scripps Ranch. The lake has 4 miles of shoreline so there is lots of area for exploring.

The lake is home to many water birds such as ospreys, mallard ducks, great egrets, great blue herons, and American coots. In addition, hundreds of birds stop here during their annual winter migration.

After in introductory kayak lesson, we will explore the lake looking for birds in our quiet kayaks. Bring your binoculars and see how many different species you can find.