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Dinner's Done, Now What? -  Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

Dinner's Done, Now What? - Ideas for Post-Thanksgiving Family Fun

After all the hours of prep work that go into Thanksgiving dinner, it seems as if it's gobbled up in no time flat. Now what? Here are a bunch of ideas for the entire family to enjoy after the big fe . . .

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10 Places to Buy Holiday Pies

10 Places to Buy Holiday Pies

If you don’t have the time (or desire) to make your own pies this holiday season, pick them up at one of these local favorite pie shops. Crafted Baked Goods2820 Historic Decatur Rd (Liberty Publi . . .

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Fun Family Board Games

Fun Family Board Games

Family Board Games! Check out these fun games for kids of all ages. Elmo's World Hide & Seek$19.99; 6 months+Amazon.comYour best friend is hiding somewhere around the house – but Elmo won . . .

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San Diego Family's 2017 Holiday Toy Review

San Diego Family's 2017 Holiday Toy Review

The San Diego Family Holiday Toy Review-2017 is here! Stumped for ideas on the perfect present to tuck under the tree or surprise your kiddos with this holiday season? Look no further than San Die . . .

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How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

How to Have a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

A celebration the kids will never forget!Make the kids’ table the best one in the house by celebrating like the Peanuts Gang in the popular movie, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. With Charlie Brown . . .

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Thanksgiving Roundup!

Thanksgiving Roundup!

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family-friendly events and activities, festive crafts, fall recipes and more in our Thanksgiving Round-up! You'll even find Winter Break Camps in San Diego! Quick links: . . .

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Love free stuff? Check out these fun and FREE ways for kids (and parents) to celebrate birthdays! Most require online registration; visit each website for more information.

AMF Lanes Bowling
San Marcos – 760-744-7000
www.amf.com/eclub
Sign up for the AMF Bowling eClub and you’ll get up to $20 off your next visit ($5 off per person, up to four people) and free bowling for your birthday!

Baskin-Robbins
Countywide
www.baskinrobbins.com
Sign up for the Birthday Club online and receive a free ice cream on your birthday. Parents register first; then add spouse and children to your account.

Benihana
San Diego – 619-298-4666
http://profile.benihana.com/registration/
Register for Benihana’s Chef’s Table club to receive a complimentary $30 gift certificate for your birthday meal.

The Boathouse
Harbor Island – 619-291-8011
www.boathouserestaurant.com/specials_birthdaynight.html
Celebrate your birthday with a free prime rib dinner. Check the website for Birthday Night where all the birthdays that month receive a free entrée with purchase of a second meal. Reservation is required; bring your ID for proof of birthday.

Chuck E. Cheese
Countywide
www.chuckecheese.com
Sign up for the Chuck E. Club and receive 100 free tickets for your child’s birthday. Parents register, then add the child’s first name and birth date to the account.

Denny’s
Countywide
www.dennys.com
Get a free Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday when you bring ID or proof of birth date. No sign up required.

Designer Shoe Warehouse
La Jolla – 858-657-0314
Mission Valley – 619-296-4079
Otay Ranch – 619-296-4079
www.dsw.com
Sign up to be a Rewards Member and receive a $5 birthday gift certificate. Parents, use the gift certificate for yourself—you deserve it!

IHOP
Countywide
www.ihop.com/pancake-revolution
Join the IHOP Pancake Revolution to receive free meals: One on your birthday, one upon registering and another one on your one-year anniversary of joining the Pancake Revolution!

IKEA
Mission Valley – 619-283-6166 x1330
www.ikea.com/us/en/store/san_diego/activities
On the first Tuesday of each month IKEA hosts a free birthday party for kids 10 years old and younger. Each birthday child may invite two friends. Call for reservations and more information.

Jersey Mike’s
Countywide
www.jerseymikes.com/emailclub
Register online for the Sub Club and you’ll receive a free sub and drink coupon on your birthday.

Pinkberry
Fashion Valley – 619-294-4600
Hillcrest – 619-260-9106
www.pinkberry.com/pinkcard
Register for the Pinkcard reward program (either online or download the app), to receive a free yogurt on your birthday and earn a free yogurt after every 10th purchase.

Starbucks
Countywide
www.starbucks.com
Join My Starbucks Reward (there’s an app for that!) to receive a birthday drink or food reward on your birthday and earn reward points for every purchase.

Toys R Us
Countywide
www.toysrus.com
Sign up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club for your child (under 10) to receive a $3 gift card and a birthday phone call from Geoffrey. Visit a store on (or near) your child’s birthday for a birthday crown, Geoffrey balloon and a personalized in-store announcement! 

OK, so this one isn’t in San Diego, but we thought it was worth mentioning!
Catalina Express
Dana Point – 800-995-4386
http://catalinaexpress.com/birthday_promo.php
Free roundtrip boat ride to Catalina on your birthday! Register, then book your trip online. You must bring the birthday certificate and show ID when boarding. Most importantly, you must begin travel on your actual birth date. This offer is good through 2014.


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Kristeen Evans is the editorial assistant at San Diego Family and mom of two.

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