We know what you’re thinking: the kids will be on Thanksgiving vacation for a week with nothing to do! Fret not, parents. We’ve put together a list of family-friendly activities to do in Liberty Station. So if you need to entertain the kids before Thanksgiving or on Black Friday, head out to this San Diego hotspot for several family fun activities.

The Hot Spot
Get creative and have fun while in this family-friendly pottery and candle making studio where anyone can be artistic. The Hot Spot offers hundreds of pottery items such as picture frames, pasta bowls, dinnerware, flower vases and kids items galore. It’s also the only place in San Diego to offer chunky candle making. Kiddos choose the shape and fragrance they want, and the knowledgeable Hot Spot staff shows you the rest.

2770 Historic Decatur Rd.
619-223-1339
Online: thehotspotstudio.com

Yellow Book Road
This children’s bookstore is all about instilling the love of reading in the classroom and at home. The Yellow Book Road is an independent bookstore with a huge variety of kids books, writing tools, educational toys, and much more. Plus the store offers special storytime events for preschoolers, infants and toddlers, and babies.

2750 Historic Decatur Rd.
619-463-4900
Online: yellowbookroad.com

Bravo School of Art
This innovative art school offers one-day workshops and classes for kids to explore their creativity in a safe, supportive and fun environment. Hands-on activities include fine art, mixed media, fibers, digital photography, mosaic, jewelry, and lots more. The studio has more than 50 hands-on art, craft and home decorating workshops for the experienced and novice artist alike.

2690 Historic Decatur Rd.
619-223-0058
Online: bravoschoolofart.com

Pigtails and Crewcuts
There’s no reason you can’t take the kiddos to get their holiday haircuts while they enjoy playtime. Pigtails and Crewcuts  is a kid-centric salon turned into a colorful wonderland with toys, trains, books, movies and video games. What kid wouldn’t want to get his hair cut in this salon? And don’t worry, there are plenty of chairs for mom, dad and siblings who are not getting their locks trimmed.

2816 Historic Decatur Rd.
619-501-2375
Online: pigtailsandcrewcuts.com

Corvette Diner
Before you find your calendar filled with holiday parties and family gatherings, have some pre-holiday fun at Corvette Diner. This 1950s-style restaurant features rock n’ roll, burgers and shakes, waitresses in poodle skirts, and music and dancing for the kiddos to enjoy. And don’t forget to enjoy the arcade games. Take advantage of Galactic Gaming Wednesdays to get half off games all day long. Stick around after dark and watch the Gamers Garage go Galactic when the lights go off and only the neon brights remain creating an out-of-this-world arcade experience.

2965 Historic Decatur Rd.
619-542-1476
Online: corvettediner.com

How does your family cure Thanksgiving break boredom? 

– Leah R. Singer

Photos courtesy of Corvette Diner and The Hot Spot’s Facebook pages