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American Canyon: 6th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration!

oktoberfest2012-3810.jpgCalling all herren, frauen, and kinder (men, women, and children)! Come celebrate American Canyon Chamber's 6th annual Oktoberfest on September 27, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm.

This family-friendly event features activities the whole clan is sure to enjoy. Take part in the many festivities including the popular beer stein contest, best authentic Oktoberfest attire, best yodel, wiener dog races, and a chicken dance competition. That's not all! There will be a nice play area for the kinder (children) complete with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, face-painting and more.

By popular demand, delicious Bavarian food will be available to purchase along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Savor scrumptious bratwursts, pretzels, potato salad, apple strudel and delicious Napa Smith beer will have your palate singing "myoleladywho!" while polka music by the Karl Lebherz band will get you dancing.

Tickets cost only $5.00 per person, and kids 12 years old and under are FREE!
Schedule of Events:

• 1:00 p.m. - Best Authentic Attire
• 1:30 p.m. - Best Yodel
• 2:00 p.m. - Beer Stein Contest
• 2:30 p.m. - Wiener Dog Races *
• 3:00 p.m. - Wurst Eating Championship
• 3:30 p.m. - Chicken Dance
• 4:00 p.m. - Raffle Drawing

(*Wiener Dog race participants are asked to pre-register online at

American Canyon: Movies in the Park

2014-june---movies-in-the-park 400x518.jpgAmerican Canyon is your destination for family fun this summer with the town's annual Movies in the Park! 

After a day of wine tasting or perhaps spending the day at nearby amusement park Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, take the whole family for "Movies in the Park".

Bring blankets and popcorn, spread out on the grass, and enjoy outdoor family-friendly movies starting at dusk every Friday night through the end of July in American Canyon's Main Street Park.

Movie Schedule:
  • June 27 - Smurfs 2
  • July 11 -  Free Birds
  • July 18 - The Lego Movie
  • July 25 - Muppets Most Wanted
  • August 1 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Movie Night is FREE and visitors and locals alike are invited to join the fun!

Looking for a place to stay for your family vacation? Be sure to check out local American Canyon hotels - Doubletree Hotel by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn Express.

Be sure to also check out our guide to visiting wine country with kids!

American Canyon is mere minutes from several family friendly wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valley. All in all, this small town is definitely a great place to stay to play when visiting wine country!

Family Fun in Napa

Five Kid-Friendly Wine Country Activities
By Courtney Cochran

Napa may not seem like the obvious choice for families with kids in tow, but it turns out there are a number of activities tailor-made for touring with little ones.  Read on for a few of our favorites.  

Oxbow Market
Home to several retailers with mega kid appeal (Kara's Cupcakes, anyone?), downtown Napa's popular Oxbow Market place is a natural fit for your little ones.  Start your visit with famously good burgers at adjacent Gott's Roadside Tray Gourmet before heading into the market for free live music (Tuesday and Friday evenings) and face painting by Popo the Clown (first Tuesday of every month; $2 per child).  Sample oysters at Hog Island and wines at the Oxbow Wine Merchant while your kids wrap up their evening with a scoop of Three Twins Ice Cream.

Sterling Vineyards
With its hilltop tram ride and self-guided tour (so you and your little ones can go at your own pace), Sterling Vineyards is easily one of the valley's most intriguing spots to taste with kids.  Follow the tour path through art galleries, overlooks and elevated walkways as you and your family learn the winemaking process from grape to glass; motion-activated flat-screen televisions provide detailed explanations along the way (not to mention ample fun for active youngsters). Wrap up your visit in the tasting room, which offers juice boxes for thirsty tykes.

A Family Vacation Spot For Less

Grab the kids, gas up the car and head to Tri-Valley, California for an affordable and family-friendly vacation. Tri-Valley, California, is rich in family-friendly attractions and is an affordable, charming and unspoiled destination where families are welcomed to experience the beauties and highlights of the San Francisco Bay Area. While many visitors make Tri-Valley their "home base" while exploring the more touristy San Francisco spots, there is actually quite a bit to see right here in the Tri-Valley.

LEARN: Day One, 8 a.m. - Lasers!
Start the day with a visit to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Discovery Center which provides visitors with a window into its state-of-the-art research programs, computational capabilities, and experimental tools. Here kids can experience a broad-based display of science and technology, as well as highlights of the Laboratory's history. After learning about the science, take the kids to play a round of laser tag at Boomers.

An African Safari in Sonoma Wine Country?

Always dreamed of going on an African Safari, but funds dictate otherwise? Don't fret; at Safari West in Sonoma Wine Country you can experience the wonder of exotic creatures like giraffes, gazellas, zebras and many other animals at a fraction of the cost. As their tagline appropriately says "the spirit of Africa in the heart of the Wine Country".

Your safari escape includes a three hour drive by jeep throughout the preserve and then a trek around the inner grounds. You can also spend the night in a Safari Tent (built on high wooden platforms with spacious decks) or in one of their two bedroom cottages.

Recently featured on ABC7 News as one of the most popular destinations in Northern California:

Safari West is also a great place to take the family and kids too.
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Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa
(707) 579-2551

The Kid Stays in the Picture

safari_west.jpgPlenty of Options in Wine Country When Traveling Without Children is Not an Option
By Robert P. Farmer

By now you've heard me go on about life changing drastically for my wife and me. This of course can be pinned squarely on a single pair of tiny shoulders. Since our daughter was born in late 2007, our lifestyle of "Wine Country whenever we want to" has morphed in to a lifestyle of "remember when we used to go to Wine Country."

But now that our little one is reaching a stage when she's decidedly more mobile, the result is a family that has become more mobile as well. In fact we have been to Wine Country on a couple occasions in the months between her birthday and now. Those trips, however, were more anxiety ridden than relaxing - is she going to be comfortable in the portable crib? Will she suddenly erupt if we bring her to dinner? We traveled in Defense Condition Red.

Family Fun in the Wine Country

By Robert Farmer

fatherBaby.jpgThe trip from San Francisco to California's Wine Country is a quick one. But for several months in my life it might as well have been half way around the globe. The addition to our family of a baby--our beautiful daughter--had countless positive effects. However, there was one drawback. It turned the Golden Gate Bridge, over which we previously had skipped so effortlessly into Wine Country into a Bridge Too Far.

For several months on end, not only did we not make one of our favorite day trips or easy weekend getaways, we scarcely even let the prospect enter our minds.  So recently when we had occasion to try it again--owing mostly to being forced out of our house to make way for some minor construction--we weren't quite sure what to expect.