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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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Come visit beautiful Temecula Valley on a weekend family day-trip.

Visit Temecula – Fun Things to Do for Families

Just an hour north of San Diego off the I-15 highway lies the bustling community of Temecula. Popular for its sun-drenched valley, fragrant vineyards and snow-capped mountains in the distance, the city is quickly becoming a destination for SoCal residents looking to escape city life and indulge in some of life’s finer pleasures.

Here are some of the best spots to visit on your family day trip to Temecula:

California Dreamin’ Hot Air 
Balloon Rides

Look to the skies on any given morning in Temecula, and chances are you will see a colorful collection of hot air balloons dotting the skyline. Launching from Temecula wine country, ballooning offers a breathtaking view of the valley below for an unforgettable experience.

Pennypickle's Workshop is a must see when visiting Temecula with the kids.

Pennypickle’s Workshop — Temecula Children’s Museum

This award-winning museum is a truly innovative exploration into all the joys of science with the help of Professor Pennypickle, of course. Kids get to explore galore at this Old Town Temecula gem.

The Storm strikes with exciting minor league professional baseball and it's right here in our backyard!

Lake Elsinore Storm


Just 15 minutes north of Temecula, the stars of tomorrow invite baseball fans of all ages to watch them play America’s favorite pastime. The Minor League Baseball single-A San Diego Padres affiliate enjoys a solid fan base and draws good crowds who love watching professional ball up close and personal.

Old Town Temecula


Stroll down Main Street in Old Town Temecula and you will be treated to a variety of antique shops, country stores, ice cream and coffee cafes, an old-time candy shop, tasty root beer fountain and The Temecula Olive Oil Company. By night, the streets light up with trendy bistros, pubs, wine tasting rooms and the Stampede—a rocking and rolling country music dance hall.

The fun to be had at Vail Lake Resort is countless.

Vail Lake Resort



Water play is the order of the day at Vail Lake Resort, where a sparkling blue reservoir is nestled among sloping hillsides. RV campsites are available. For a day use fee, families who aren’t staying at the resort can hike, bike, fish, swim, boat and horseback ride throughout the rural paradise. 

Temecula’s Annual Events

Hot air balloons are are as much a part of Temecula Valley as the mountains themselves.

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival takes place every year around Memorial Day at Lake Skinner. The event includes concerts, wine tasting, a Kids Faire and the popular nighttime balloon glow. 

Shakespeare in the Vines brings the Bard to life with summer plays performed on outdoor stages in wine country. www.shakespeareinthevines.org

Temecula Rod Run. Hot rods and cool cruisers stroll Main Street in this annual event, held in spring and fall. http://temeculaevents.org/temecularodrun

The Pechanga Powwow draws thousands every year in July for fireworks and authentic Native American festivities. www.pechanga.com

The Temecula Grape Drop takes place every New Year’s Eve at City Hall, where residents count down to the New Year as kids ice skate and the bands play on. http://temeculaevents.org/grapedrop

Kerri S. Mabee is a longtime contributor to San Diego Family Magazine.

Published: March 2015

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