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Mount Laurel, New...
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2 year old

Is it possible to do some of the wineries with a 2 year old? What are the hours for most of the wineries?

We will be flying from the east coast on a Thursday and need to be in Indio, CA for a tennis tournament on Friday so we would jue have Thursday around noon until Friday around 1 to hang out.

THoughts? Are there kid friendly activities in the area?


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1. Re: 2 year old

There really isn't too much emphasis put on by the wineries to accomodate a toddler. Nonetheless, one can still have an enjoyable visit.

Try visiting the newer of the wineries, Europa Village. It would be nice to pack up a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds and views. You can then take a tour which would be fun.

If anything, the grounds are very picturesque and maybe you can get some really nice photos of the little one.

Have fun at the Open Tournament. If you guys have time afterwards, maybe take your daughter up the Palm Springs Tramway. I'm sure you're sick of snow being from the East but the views and trails up there are nice.

Dr. Z

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2. Re: 2 year old

Hello and Welcome to the Temecula Forum - as Dr. Z indicates, the wineries themselves don't really accommodate children for the obvious reasons, but some of the wineries have very nice facilities where you can grab a bite to eat or picnic out on the grass. Many of the wineries have very nice gift shops with a lot of breakable merchandise precariously positioned to fall when little fingers reach if you catch my meaning :)

There is, however, a wonderful children's museum in Old Town that would delight your child - go here for more information: http://pennypickles.org.

Also our parks are second to none - we have wonderful safe parks that are very very child friendly. Go here for locations:


Old Town has several tasting venues where you can stroll through and taste wine, and at the same time, accommodate your daughter's natural instinct to explore. There's several places to eat that are good for children - Rosa's Cantina is one. Its a relaxed patio seating situation rather than the stuffy restaurant settings you will most likely find in wine country. Go here for more info on Old Town: www.oldtowntemecula.org/

If you truly are stuck on going into wine country, Ponte Winery and Wilson Creek would be better places for your toddler - they have patio seating at both locations for their restaurants and both have grassy areas where your little one can run off some energy.

If you do go into the wineries, make sure that you take the De Portola trail - there is a ranch that is along De Portola that has a herd of Ankole cattle. These are gorgeous animals. My kids loved looking at them when they were young.

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3. Re: 2 year old

one more thing - the Duck Pond at the corner of Rancho California and Ynez is a great place for a picnic and the kids just love feeding the local ducks and geese in the pond. Above the pond is a place called Pat and Oscars - serves relatively good food. You can take out and eat at the small parkish area next to the Duck Pond.

Did you know that Temecula is the only city that has a law that gives ducks the right of way when crossing the street in Temecula? :)

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All the wineries claim to welcome families, even with little ones. They are used to children coming with their parents. You've received some great suggestions already. Also, Wilson Creek has a playground in their lower park section.

In addition to Pennypickle’s Workshop and The Pond, there is Zoofari, http://www.wildwonders.org/, located in Bonsall, and Mulligan’s Family Fun Center in Murrieta, http://www.mulliganmurrieta.com/.

If you have any further questions you can contact the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-888-363-2852 and someone at the front desk can help answer any questions.

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