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Where should I go during the 10 days I’m spending in San Diego this August?

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Question by AnnalynneR: Where should I go during the 10 days I’m spending in San Diego this August?
I am planning on the following:
Balboa Park
Astronaut Museum
San Diego Zoo

Day trips to Los Angeles
Disney Land
Chinese Theater
Museum of Modern Art

What am I missing? Any specific cool activites/ festivals/ must sees in San Diego??


Best answer:

Answer by Ruby Osiris
Over the Line might be going on in August, on Fiesta Island – it’s really cool
Old Town has old missions/history of SD stuff
Ocean Beach is my favorite beach here
LA sucks, I went there for a day & hated it
Sea World is cool
Wild Animal Park is different than the zoo, but affilliated with it – the animals run free there
There’s wine tasting at various vineyards (especially in Temecula)
Gaslamp district for nightlife

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Spending Quality Family Time With Toy Train Sets

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

If you want to spend some time as a family, one of the best ways to do it is with toy model train sets. There is a difference though with toy trains, and not all of them are ‘toys.’ there are many different styles of trains, and they come in a variety of sizes, or scales of trains. If you have smaller children, you can purchase toy train sets that are made from wood, or hardened plastic, and are completely manual. You and your kids can set up a number of different layouts, and push the little train cars around the tracks.

There are also model trains sets that are crafted to resemble the real thing. Many of these sets are also ideal for family play, and some common scales are G, O, and HO. G scales are large and can easily be handled by smaller children, but while there are many different kinds of layout designs, these trains are large, and take up a lot of room. You usually see this sized train sets in abundance around Christmas time, and are a great addition under any tree. Some of these are electric, but many battery operated models are quite safe for smaller kids.


Model trains have been popular for well over a hundred years, and were first made from wood, in Europe, and had pull strings for kids to drag them along. It seems that toy trains have developed just as fast and unique as their real life counterparts. They are now made by several different companies, with Lionel, Hornby, and Bachmann being among the tops brands.

The nice part about newer models of toy train sets is the fact that they are relatively easy to put together. They come with simple snap together track systems, color coordinated wiring, and you can have them up and running to play with your family in just about an hour, depending on the layout. These Ready To Run sets come with everything you need to get started, track, train, and power supply, and are fun for the whole family.

Now while you can buy just about any kind of train set for your family to enjoy, there are some things to note when enjoying family time with your toy model train sets. Even the wood sets have some small parts included, and precautions should be taken when letting your smaller kids play with them. Scale model trains, ones that have electric power, should only be used under adult supervision.

You can buy toy model train sets just about anywhere. You can buy them from toy stores, hobby shops and mass marketing merchandisers. If you want to most variety, the best place to start is online. The costs for some of these are quite reasonable, and some sets are under fifty dollars. Serious train sets start at around 0, but there are some that are well above that.

So if you want a great way to spend quality time with your family, why not consider buying a toy train set. There are classic models to choose from, especially around the holidays. If you aren’t sure if this is the kind of hobby you and your family can get into, there are many websites you can use for checking out if this sort of thing is in your future.

The author, Claire Rigby owns Anara Toys which had an amazing range of wooden trains and accessories including wooden train sets.

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