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About Me & My Family

I'm a mostly SAHM who works 2 hours a day at my daughter's school & is the PTO President & Girl Scout Treasurer. We LOVE to travel! We've gone from freebies & cheap adventures, all the way to the most decadent...whatever we can afford at the time! We love to visit historical sites wherever we go & we use travel opportunities to teach our daughter about local history & culture. Our latest obsession is old school road tripping. We treasure the family bonding & wacky adventures that only this type of travel can provide!
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, pampered, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
Epic Road Trip - Grand Canyon, AZ, UT, NM, Four Corners, Route 66
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Maui & Italy
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Greece, Russia, Prague
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter's 8th birthday...we spent a Girl's Only Weekend at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. This was the first year she agreed to go on the thrill rides & we ended up going on Tower of Terror, California Screamin' & Space Mountain over & over again. She screamed herself hoarse but had the biggest smile I'd ever seen.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My then 8-month old daughter had a MAJOR diaper blowout on a road trip between Madison, WI & Chicago, IL. It was THE mother of all blowouts! Thank goodness for the kindhearted employees at the truck stop who allowed us to use the showers & provided us with free soap & towels!
Websites I Like:
Roadside America www.roadsideamerica.com Geocaching www.geocaching.com/guide/default.aspx Ashley & Brian's Hiking Blog abhiking.blogspot.com Il Borro Resort - Tuscany ilborro.com/eng Grand Wailea Maui www.grandwailea.com Disneyland disneyland.disney.go.com City of Temecula www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/Visitors Temecula Wine Country www.temeculawines.org

Fall Family Activites Near Temecula, California

Fall is in the air...it's time to start thinking of pumpkin patches, apple picking & Halloween! There's so much to do in the Temecula Valley this fall. Try one or all of these great family activities!

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30875 Rancho Vista Road
Temecula, California

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October 24, 2014 - Halloween Family Carnival - Come to the park near the Hockey arena from 6:00-9:00 for an old-fasioned carnival. Try your luck in the screaming contest & costume contest, play carnival games for prizes, face painting, tons of activities, & food vendors. A $5 wristband gives you unlimited activities & games, food vendors are extra.

reviewed on: April 03 2011

"Tons of facilities"
This is one of the largest parks in Temecula. With 128 acres of rolling hills & trees, there's something for everyone. You will find 5 unlit ball fields, 5 lit ball fields, 2 lit football/soccer fields, inline skate rink, gazebo, playground, picnic shelter, BBQs & restrooms. The park is adjacent to the Community Recreation Center with a heated outdoor pool, indoor basketball courts, teen arcade, billiards & rooms for various community events.

There are special seasonal events like the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the spring & Harvest Festival & Carnival in the fall.


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39925 Calle Contento
Temecula, California

Comment:
Pumpkins, train rides, petting zoo, corn maze

reviewed on: October 24 2010

"Cheap entertainment - a family tradition!"
Peltzer Farms have been family owned & operated since 1913. they are tucked away on a narrow road off Rancho California Road in wine country.

There is so much more to this farm than pumpkins! There's a petting zoo, pony rides, train ride, corn maze, pig races, Mound-O-Hay & tractor collection.

We never buy our pumpkins at a patch (they're cheaper at Henry's or Winco). We just come here for the annual traditions & activities.

The train ride is $4 per person (children under 2 free), the pony rides are $5 per person, & the petting zoo is $4 per family (bring quarters for feed). All other activites are free! The corn maze is cute - big enough for the little ones to feel like they're really in a maze, but small enough that you can actually find your way out (if you've been to the one at Big Feed, you know what I mean!).

They also do a X-Mas tree farm, but we've never been for that, so I'm not sure if they have the same activities. A great place to go for some Fall fun!

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33320 Temecula Parkway
Temecula, California

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Seasonal world famous corn maze - this is HUGE! October 4 - 31, 2014. Lots of fall activities, hay rides & a pumpkin patch. Corn Maze is $9 per person, 3 & under free. Get a combo ticket with Corn Maze plus 3 activities of your choice for $15. MILITARY DISCOUNTS WITH ID. M-F 1:00-5:00, Weekends 10:00-4:00.


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38244 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd.
Corner of Murrieta Hot Springs Road & Winchester Avenue Murrieta, California

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Pupkins, pony rides, jumpy houses, huge slides, small rides & more.


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42081 Main Street
Temecula, California

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October 31, 2014 - 3:00 - 6:00 pm....Halloween Trail - Trick or Treat Open House - $2 for children over 2, free for adults.

reviewed on: October 23 2010

"Cheap & fun for younger ones"
We have been going here for years as a rainy day activity. The entry is reasonable at $4.50 per person. It's of those things that the kids like to do over & over, where the adults can tire of it quickly.

The museum is old, but still cute. There are lots of hands-on activities for the kids & seasonal activities like Winter Wonderland (snow in the parking lot) & Haunted Museum.  On the weekends, there are demonstrations & crafts.

The hours are a bit strange. They are closed on Mondays & there are 2-hour blocks of time that you can go on the other days with 30-minute blocks in between when they are closed. Be sure & check the website for specific hours.

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12253 South Oak Glen Road
Yucaipa, California

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U-Pick raspberries, pears & strawberries are already in season. The season lasts until mid-late October. Don't miss out!

reviewed on: October 24 2010

"UPDATED"
We go to Riley's every fall for apple & berry picking season. there are lots of farms & U-Pick places in Oak Glen, but we love Riley's for the rolling hills, berry patches & colonial charm.

The farm is huge. You stop off at the little barn to buy your bags & baskets for picking. Some of the picking can be done right behind the barn, but the rest requires a short drive and/or walk.

Here's a list of what you can pick: pumpkins, apples, flowers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, blackberries, cherries & seasonal vegetables. The prices are reasonable & the experience is wonderful.

Remember, YOU ARE ON A FARM! If you have an adversity to bugs or other wildlife, don't come. Dress appropriately (long pants, closed-toe shoes, sun protection).

Note that there are TWO Riley's - Riley's Farms & Riley's Apple Farm. You want Riley's Farms. It's the first one you hit coming into Oak Glen from Hemet.

There is a colonial restaurant (lit by a fireplace & candles only) on site with a fabulous menu & reasonable prices. The hours kind of stink, though. They close at 4:00 during the week.

Riley's has tons of seasonal events: Big Band Nights, Sleepy Hollow, Harvest Feast, Christmas in the Colonies, A Christmas Carol performance, Valentine's Dinner, St. Patrick's Day Ball, Mother's & Father's Day Barn Dances, Evening in the Colonies & the Blue/Gray Ball (colonial cotumes required).

On Saturdays from 10-4, enjoy activities such as archery ($3), tomahawk throwing ($2), pie baking & candle making.

Riley's is open Monday - Saturday & various parts of the varm have different hours. Check the website for complete hours.

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We had never tried the Hawk's Head Restaurant, and always wanted to, so we decided to give it a shot. Like the prior reviewer, we went at a time when EVERYTHING was supposed to be available to pick (per their website) - early October. When we arrived, it was absolutely packed. We went to pay for our picking baskets & were told that there were no more apples - only strawberries & blueberries.

Unfortunately, the strawberries & blueberries were also gone - which we learned after we paid for our baskets & headed for the fields. We ended up with about 3 edible strawberries & 5 edible blueberries....and we had to WORK for those!

On to the Hawk's Head - yikes....NEVER AGAIN! It started when we put our name on the list & were told 15 minutes. I thought that was odd, considering how crowded they were, but figured it was because we were a small party of 3. After no less than 8 trips to the hostess station and 90 minutes later, we were seated. Each time we asked, we were told we were "next." Why didn't we leave, you ask? At this point it was a matter of principal & I knew I would be writing this review. I wanted to see it through!

Once seated, we NEVER saw a server. The people sitting next to us felt bad for us & shared their bread basket. Fifteen minutes after being seated, I actually had to ask to see the manager. I explained the entire situation (long wait, no server, etc.). She was very nice & told us she would take care of us personally, which she did. She even comped our appetizer.

I wish the service wasn't so horrendous, because the food is fabulous. It is all grown fresh on the farm & you can tell. We had the Stilton Cheese served with the farm's own apples & fresh baked bread. It was awesome! I had an Apple Walnut Salad & bowl of seasonal Pumpkin Soup...both to die for. My husband had a salad & bowl of Colony Corn Chowder - equally delicious.

If I could rate the Hawk's Head separately, I would give it zero stars for the service, but 5 for the food. For Riley's Farm as a whole, I still love it & it has become a tradition for us. I would definitely call next time before driving up, to confirm exactly what is available to pick.

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500 Diamond Drive
Lake Elsinore, California

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The Field of Screams is recommended for ages 12 & over. This scary event has attractions such as Exorcism, Hillbilly Hell 2, Lakeside Inn, Paranormal Entity, & Uncle Chuckles Returns. Thursday - Sunday through November 1, 2014 from 7:00-10:00 or 11:00 pm. Admission is $15 per person. http://hauntedstadium.com/

reviewed on: October 24 2010

"You CAN afford to take the whole family to a baseball game!"
We absolutely love the LE Storm games. The Storm plays at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. The stadium is beautiful, there is ample parking, ALL of the seats are good (no nosebleeds!) and the tickets are cheap.

There is always some sort of promotion going on. The best game ever is the Super Splash Game in the summer. Beware though...it is HOT (about 112 last year)!!!! Be sure to purchase tickets in the Splash Zone - you'll be begging for the fire hoses, water cannons & water balloons to hit you!

There is a kiddie play area for before the game with bounce houses & a grassy knoll for the little ones to run around one. Oh, and it's free! The mascot, Thunder, is always willing to give hugs & take photos.

The beer garden is very nice and the outdoor seating area is beautiful. The food is average baseball food - okay but expensive.

If you skip or limit the refreshments, you can get out of here pretty cheap! Tickets range from $8 - $10. The team hangs out at the dugout after each winning game & is more than willing to sign autographs. Want a game ball? Just ask! Run up to the dugout & ask the guy who fetches the foul balls if you can have one. Chances are he'll toss one up to you!


40600 California Oaks Rd
Murrieta, California

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Fall Festival - Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 5:30 - 8:30. $3 wristbands include unlimited carnival games. Food vendors will also be present.



40820 Winchester Road
Promenade Mall - Edwards Cinema Parking Lot Temecula, California

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Pumpkins, Food, Carnival Games, Prizes, Zoo Riders, Lots of Inflatable Rides, Kids Tractor Rides, Petting Zoo, Worlds Largest Inflatable Dry Slide "The Kraken", Face Painter, Kids Hay Maze, & great music.