There is a little-known place in Del Mar that is perfect to take the kids this summer - Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary.
We have walked past this sanctuary before, and driven past it on numerous occasions and didn't even realize it was there until I was specifically searching for things to do in that area recently.
This non-profit organization is not only an exotic bird sanctuary, who save and rehabilitate exotic birds, but it is a great place for bird lovers to learn more about these exotic birds. On occasion they will consider finding forever homes for some of the birds, while others are permanent residents.
Visitors can feed the birds and koi (for a small fee). I recommend if you are taking kids, get there early if you are wanting to feed them. Obviously with a lot of hands wanting to feed the birds they get full quite quickly and will push the container away when they don't want any more. I wish I had their willpower some days.
Some of the birds will talk to you, while others are a little grouchy, but the lovely lady who works there will tell you which ones you can feed and get near, this is especially important for little ones who may think that all of the birds are friendly.
There is a small fee to enter Free Flight. From memory it was $5 for adults and $2 for children. It is also 25 cents for a scoop of food for the koi and the same for a scoop of fruit and vegetables for the birds.
Free Flight are open from 10am-4pm Monday through Sunday, except on Wednesday when they close at 2pm.