If you live in San Diego, or even S. Ca, you really need to take your kids to The Children's Museum in Escondido. It's an interactive learning and playing museum, where kids get to make bubbles, with the big bubble machine, climb a treehouse, where they learn about birds, bats, plants, puppet theatre, where they get to make up there own shows, crafts area, toddler area, learning areas about magnets, weather, garden, cultures. It's a really amazing place. There is also a picnic area, if you'd like to bring your lunch. There is a nice park close by (Grape Park) which has giant grapes and grape leaves as play structures, and shops and restaurants close by. There was a very interesting Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead memorial nearby, which we all enjoyed looking at and reading about dearly departed family and friends of locals. Check it out if you're ever in the area. For more photos, see my Flicker group. Afterwards, we had lunch and went to the Goodwill nearby and found some great stuff, see here.