Mr. Pennypickles Museum- Explore the house/lab of a crazy (fic) inventor, who has changed every room to be an interactive wonderland. In his living room he has a hot air balloon, his study has a time machine, and don’t even think about using the restroom, because he’s turned his toilet into a hydroelectric generator! Although this childrens museum is probably geared toward 10 year olds, kids of all ages are able to participate. Babies and toddlers will love to push buttons and see something light up or make a fun noise. I couldn’t get my 3 year old out of their interactive kitchen! Older kids can see how cool science really is, by participating in all sorts of hands on science experiments (Cool, funny, and yes even gross), they won’t even realize they’re learning. By far, the age group who had the most fun were the group of dads who’s cries of “Whoa!” and “Look at this!” were even louder than their kids. Admission: $5/person. 2 & under are free. Please check the website for hours, which are a bit complicated as they only allow you 2 hours sessions (it’s a small place, it’s all you’ll need!).
Old Town Root Beer Company- Walls of rootbeer, ginger ale, and things that could only be described as “other”! How else can I describe bottles with Aliens on them, root beer scented candles, and a back room filled with “Coca-Cola” nostalgia? Buy your weight in root-beer to take home, and be sure to ask for a cold one from the back to drink on the porch. I like the “Old Town Root Beer Companies” brand the best, but I’m still on a tasting adventure. Good luck finding your favorite!
Dipping Dots – No, not a kiosk, vending machine, or cart, but an actual Dipping Dots Ice Cream Shop. If you’ve never had it, “Dipping Dots” are tiny beads of ice cream or sorbet cryogenically frozen into a fun futuristic treat. They have the tried and true flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), and the non-standard like Alien Vanilla Crunch, Cotton Candy, and Moose Tracks. You can even get Dipping Dot Sundaes, Shakes, and Floats!
Longshadow Ranch Vineyard & Winery- You have kids, and you want to check out the wineries. Being the cool person that you are, you don’t want to subject others (ok and yourself) to hours of crying, whining, and “Can we go now?!” if you try going to a more traditional winery. Grab some wine, and check out the ranch style setting complete with wooden stables that house horses and goats. Try to find the ranch dogs that have been known to greet guests, or take a carriage wide through the vineyards. Longshadow Ranch offers a different take on a winery with a nice, relaxed, old western type vibe.
Wilson Creek Winery- Wilson Creek is a family run winery who encourages other families to explore their grounds. Winery dogs, and a winery cat only add to the picturesque beauty of the vineyard. In order to help you explore, Wilson Creek offers picnic lunches which you can purchase and take with you, or try the family friendly “Creekside Grill” (complete with a kids menu!). After lunch, take the kids to the playground. Yup, this winery has an actual playground. The whole family may also enjoy the huge open grassy fields, great for tag, picnics, and wandering aimlessly! Wilson Creek is a great addition to your list on your next family trip to Temecula.