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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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los-angelesConsidering a day-trip to the Los Angeles area? In addition to Hollywood’s upscale boutiques and star-studded streets, LA offers a rich variety of museums, outdoor shopping experiences and other family-friendly activities. Look at stars of a different kind at Griffith Observatory, or find fun and sun on the Santa Monica Pier.
Choose from one of the following destinations—Los Angeles, Long Beach, or Santa Monica—to begin planning your visit.  

  

Central Los Angeles

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
www.griffithobs.org; 213-473-0800
The revamped Samuel Oschin Planetarium theater features a new dome, star projector, digital laser projectors, seats and sound system. Grab lunch at the new Café at the End of the Universe with its space-age design and healthy menu.

Farmers Market
6333 West Third Street
www.farmersmarketla.com
323-933-9211

Since 1934, this historic outdoor market has been a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The eclectic mix of grocers, shops and restaurants offers everything from homemade ice cream to fresh baked goods and local produce. During the summer, the Farmers Market offers children’s activities on weekends and a free music series. Parking available in two nearby lots: two hours free with validated parking ticket from a Farmers Market vendor.

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive
www.lazoo.org; 323-644-4200
Ready to stretch out after a long drive? Located at the northeast corner of Griffith Park, this hilly spacious zoo offers lots of pathways for walking. Don’t miss the children’s zoo and new Campo Gorilla Reserve.

Travel Town Museum
5200 Zoo Drive
traveltown.org; 323-662-5874
Get hands-on with transportation history, and explore antique railroad cars and locomotives, wagons, a Japanese fighter plane from World War II and much more. Top your visit with a miniature train ride.

Good Eats in Los Angeles

American Girl Café
The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive
Gourmet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Du-par’s Restaurant & Bakery

Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd Street, Stall #210
Homestyle breakfast and comfort food.




Long Beach

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
www.aquariumofpacific.org; 562-590-3100
See more than 500 species from exhibits that showcase the Pacific Ocean’s three regions. Buy a “Zoo Combo” ticket and visit the Los Angeles Zoo, too, for one low price.

Rancho Los Cerritos

4600 Virginia Road
www.rancholoscerritos.org; 562-570-1755
Built in 1844, this historic rancho offers a view into Southern California’s early days. Bring old shoes and clothes, and participate in “Mud Mania” on Sunday, August 16, where you can make adobe bricks, play muddy tug-o-war, run mud relay races and more. Cleaning stations.

Good Eats in Long Beach

Johnny Reb’s Southern Roadhouse
4663 Long Beach Boulevard
Old-fashioned Southern food.

Jongewaard’s Bake N Broil
3697 Atlantic Avenue
Family-owned; homey cuisine. 




Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade
1920 Main Street, Suite B
(Visitor Center)
http://3rdstreetpromenade.com
310-319-6263
Download a walking map and enjoy this pedestrian-only street. Kids will delight in the ivy-covered dinosaur fountains and colorful street performers. Parents will love the selection of shops. Public restrooms located in the parking structures adjacent to the Promenade.

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Ste. A
www.santamonicapier.org
310-458-8900
Besides stunning views of the Pacific, the Pier hosts music festivals, concerts and other events year-round. Kids will love the carousel, rides, arcade and shops.
Hungry? Enjoy the pier’s numerous eateries.

Good Eats in Santa Monica

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
301 Santa Monica Pier, Building 9
Seafood and one-of-a-kind smoothies.

Jinky’s Café
1447 2nd Street
Outdoor patio and diverse menu.

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Ronni Rowland is a freelance writer and mom of two daughters, ages 9 and 12.

Updated: January 2016

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