We had Charlie Kim Painting Co. paint the exterior of our home this year and have been so pleased with their workmanship and professionalism. Charlie provided many paint samples to help us see the different colors that we were deciding on. In the end we, with his guidance, picked a great exterior color, and we are getting complements on the paint job from passerbys frequently! Highly recommend.
Although this kid-sized city is fun for children to explore, I feel that the owners have not kept the place very clean. Many kids visit this facility daily, as many have monthly membership to kidsville. But I have seen many very sick children and rarely do I see them spraying down their toys or sanitizing the ones that have been chewed on. My kids have gotten sick many many times visiting kidsville, especially during the winter months. I would say avoid kidsville during the flu/cold season and during the daytime when the place gets really really crowded...unless you like crowds and germs.
A small bakery in rancho penasquitos that specializes in wedding and everyday cakes. They have wonderful swiss forest cakes (chocolate with fluffy whipped topping and shaved chocolate) that you can actually purchase by the slice if you don't want to purchase the whole cake. We usually go and get several slices of different cakes so that we can have a variety- and they are always delicious and fresh!
We love Totally Thomas Toy Depot. They have all the Thomas and Brio items you want for your little train enthusiast. Although the prices are slightly higher than larger chains such as toys r us, totally thomas has better selection by far. They also have thomas hour every wednesday for the children to come and make crafts, decorate cookies, and color. The people who work there are friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
We visit Party City every time we have a party, whether it be for birthdays, halloween, or baby showers. Party City has the largest supply of party goods and all at reasonable prices! If you are looking for very specific themed party items you might want to go online. Otherwise, for the popular party themes such as Dora, Thomas, Firemen, etc go to Party City! They also carry lots of halloween costumes, and they will have coupons periodically in the sunday paper to make the deals even better!
We love going to this pet store! Even when we didn't have pets we would go in just to see the cool reptiles and beautiful fishes. The people who work at the store are knowlegeable and friendly. They often let the kids pet the bunnies or kittens. They even tried to get my son to hold a tarantula! Prices are reasonable, service is great!
I have brought my two children to Clay n Latte to paint cups and plates to give as presents to daddy and grandparents. The kids have a great time being creative, and they enjoy painting their handprints onto the items to give it an even more personal touch. The people who work there are pleasant and helpful. This would be a fun place for birthday parties.
Gymboree has the best quality children's clothes. I always purchase the clothes when they have gymbucks. You purchase $50 worth of clothing and get a $25 gymbuck which you can use to get $25 off the next $50 purchase. The quality of their clothing is great- so soft and the colors stay so vibrant even after many many washes. My two boys are hard on their clothes, but their gymboree clothes always hold up to lots of washings. Highly recommend.
I have shopped at The Gap for many years now, and I must say that although the Gap at Escondido is smaller than other Gaps, the deals are much better there than at UTC or Fashion Valley. Maybe it is because this store is so much smaller and have to move their inventory faster by having better deals. I have purchased skirts there for $10 only to find the same skirt at UTC for $29! Customer service is excellent also- they are always willing to look online for the right sizes! If the store orders something online for you, shipping is free.
My children have attended two parties at Pump it Up and have enjoyed them both. In each of the party rooms there are approx 4-5 jumps/slides. Although the jumps are fun, I feel that 1 hour of jumping is more than enough. The kids get bored after a while and are longing for something else to do. However, I feel that pump it up really does a good job making sure that the parties are running smoothly and on time. After the jumping, the children are escorted to the birthday room where the kids can enjoy food and cake. Great- because the kids can make a mess somewhere else besides your own home! Recommend.