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  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Big Bowl

    There are two downtown Big Bowl locations (Gold Coast and River North) to satisfy your stir-fry cravings. It is no surprise these Asian-fusion hot spots are such a hit with everyone. With their wide array of flavorful appetizers, entrees and sharing dishes for groups, Big Bowl is always a hit with young and old alike. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Cat and Fiddle

    The outside patio with its splashing fountain makes this a great place to take the kids after a long day wandering nearby Hollywood Boulevard. The food won't wow, but there are plenty of burger-type staples to please picky palates.

  • The Warming Hut

    Simple, healthy, kid-friendly menu. A breathtaking waterfront location. Glorious views. Green space and a beach for play. It simply does not get much better than this. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/7ZiNTR

  • Ferry Building Marketplace

    This is a fun scene--beautiful locals flock here on weekend mornings to stock up on gourmet fare, sip delicious coffee, and mingle and socialize. A great way to start the day. After strolling the stalls, grab an outdoor table at MarketBar and enjoy the buzz. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/cYpFKH

  • Rosti

    This tasty Tuscan fare is the perfect hassle-free takeout option when you want a real meal on the go. They offer homemade ravioli, freshly baked focaccia for panini, grilled chicken, seafood risotto, vegan soups, lasagna, chopped salads and more. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • The Original Pantry Caf

    The Pantry Caf is a Los Angeles institution, and everyone makes an appearance here sometime. From breakfast through dinner, you'll find nothing fancy, just an old-school, slightly shabby spot that specializes in feeding the masses, from kids to the mayor. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • The Original Pantry Cafe

    The Pantry Cafe is a Los Angeles institution, and everyone makes an appearance here sometime. From breakfast through dinner, you'll find nothing fancy, just an old-school, slightly shabby spot that specializes in feeding the masses, from kids to the mayor.

  • Westfield Shopping Center

    If you're downtown and looking for food on the go, pop into the swanky Westfield Shopping Center for a dizzying array of choices, where even the pickiest eater is sure to find something to their liking. Parents should check out the delicious pan-Asian fare at Out the Door.

  • The Athenian Room

    This casual Greek eatery in the center of the charming Lincoln Park neighborhood is adept at handling the area's many young families who have made this a regular stop. Affordable entres include large salads, shish kebobs and sandwiches. Watch your kids' eyes go wide when the waiters bring out flaming plates of saganaki. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Swingers

    Sister to the groovy Hollywood new-school coffee shop, Swingers is a playful, wacky place replete with plaid swivel chairs at the counter, red booths, and a giant jukebox. Creative diner fare comes in the form of chili omelets, banana pancakes and stuffed grilled cheese, along with vegan or vegetarian options. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Yard House

    Located inside the L.A. Live complex, this outpost of a small Southern California chain knows that happy kids mean a happy mom, so they offer young ones games and coloring materials, the chance to devise their own personalized mocktail, and a kids menu with all the chicken-finger staples.

  • Wurstkuche

    Pink's may be the most famous hot dogs in town, but Wurstkche is cornering the market on the most innovative ingredients you can put in a bun. This artisanal sausage and beer house uses everything from alligator to duck to fill its casings, and the results are delectable. Pair the sausages with hand-cut Belgian fries and it's a fun lunch for moms and kids. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Giordano's

    There are dozens of Giordano's restaurants throughout the city, but the Gold Coast venue, across the street from the Peninsula Chicago, is always packed. Of course you can gorge yourself on the famous deep-dish pizza, but there's also salads, sandwiches, pastas and more to satisfy the whole family. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Pink's

    No one visits LA without a trip to Pink's, the oh-so-famous hot dog stand in mid-city that's been serving them up since 1939. The lines are long, no matter what time of day or night you cruise by, but these are some good dogs, worthy of the bragging rights you'll earn for having eaten at this legendary spot. Bring cash--no credit cards are accepted. This is a strictly to-go spot (no on-site seating). Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • 25 Degrees

    It's all about the perfect burger, whether classic or a gourmet option. The build-your-own concept can get a bit pricey, but it's worth it for the lively scene that veers from a casual lunch spot in the day to an after- clubbing hot spot late-night. For older kids who want to enjoy a bit of Hollywood glam, this is a great place--it bills itself as a "Moulin Rouge-style diner" with a hipster vibe. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Bottega Louie

    This sleek (and enormous) new gourmet market and restaurant is all white marble and high ceilings, a gleaming backdrop for the beautiful macaroons, breads and pastries filling the glass cases. The Italian menu offers up everything from rack of lamb to wood-fired pizzas, all in a bustling, friendly atmosphere that's perfect for a sit- down meal or a quick treat to go. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • uWink

    Even the rowdiest of kids will be pacified at this uber-kid-friendly spot in the Hollywood & Highland complex, created by the founder of Chuck E. Cheese and Atari. Each table has an interactive game screen with free games, balloons fall from the ceiling and chaos happily reigns. Thankfully, there's a full bar. The food is only so-so, but did we mention the full bar?

  • Pig 'N Whistle

    A semi-recent makeover has revitalized its cool factor. By day it offers respite from the heat of Hollywood Boulevard, and its menu of basics like burgers and salads makes it a great place for lunch with the kids. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Skooby's Hot Dogs

    French fries, hot dogs and lemonade. It's a simple menu, but what kid is going to complain? And the dogs here are good enough that you might not feel too guilty for indulging yourself. Grab one of the red vinyl-cushioned stools and enjoy the people-watching while you eat. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Silverlake Recreation Center Playground

    This small neighborhood playground with an adjoining rec center makes a great stop if your little one is bouncing off the walls. There are two climbing structures, a small swing set with one baby swing, and a large grassy area for running. There's also a very busy outdoor basketball court, and you can borrow balls from the rec center. The playground is at one end of the Silver Lake Reservoir, which has a walking trail around it (about 1.5 miles) if you want to take a stroll. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Portillo's

    What started in 1963 as a humble hot dog truck is now an empire of more than 50 restaurants. And for good reason: Portillo's hot dogs have achieved legendary status, as have the restaurant's Italian beef and sausage sandwiches, french fries, salads and burgers. This downtown locale has a fun Chicago memorabiliacovered charm. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

    This Golden Gate Park hideaway is a winner. Order a blueberry breeze smoothie and mac n cheese from the kids' menu, while you tuck into steamed mussels and pan-roasted chicken. All this in a beautiful historic location. A perfect finale after building castles on Ocean Beach across the street. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/7ZiNTR

  • Philippe The Original

    Philippe's has been a downtown institution since 1908, and not much has changed here in over a century. Claiming to be the birthplace of the French dip, Philippe's still serves literally thousands of patrons a day on its sawdust-covered floors. Kids will love the old-time feel and the crush and rush of the patrons (not to mention the blueberry pie). Just remember to hit the ATM--this is a cash-only joint. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Wishbone

    A delightfully daffy decor scheme will keep kids entertained at Wishbone, which serves up heaping helpings of Southern-inspired comfort food. Try to come on Tuesday's Family Night, when you get one free meal off the kids' menu with the order of an adult-sized meal. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • ESPN Zone Los Angeles

    An American menu filled with burgers and fries, more plasma TVs than a Best Buy (even in the bathrooms!), and a sports-themed video arcade are just a few of the features that make this spot in the LA Live complex a family- friendly destination. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Thai Dishes

    Authentic, affordable Thai with a lot of choices, perfect for takeout or a quick bite. House specials include Siamese Duck and Chicken on Fire. Thai Dishes has free delivery and a friendly staff. What more can we say? Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Marix Tex Mex

    Boisterous and friendly, this seaside Tex-Mex eatery is the perfect postbeach haunt for margaritas and finger foods. Fresh, made-from-scratch ingredients assure that the piquant salsa, sizzling fajitas, burly burritos and homemade tamales satisfy hungry surfers, teenagers and families alike. Energetic children will blend right in to the festive atmosphere, and parents can relax with a fresh lime Kick Ass Margarita. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • R&D Kitchen

    Montana Avenue's favorite upscale family joint boasts modern, clean design with simple, accessible fare. R&D pleases the whole family, as kids can enjoy chicken meatballs and spaghetti, while mom feasts on sushi-grade ahi tuna salad and dad carves up a center-cut filet and washes it all down with a nice cabernet. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Yerba Buena Gardens

  • Venice Canals Walk

    Stroll this quaint, gentrified, upscale neighborhood, originally built in 1904 by a fellow named Abbot Kinney who wanted to re-create the charm of Italy with his Venice in American. Today, six interwoven canals remain with walkways and architectural gems alongside. Arching bridges cross the waterways, where families of ducks float underneath, hoping to be fed. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Venice Beach Park

    Located behind the boardwalk and Muscle Beach, this beachside playground is a joy for small children, but ultimately it's a cool international experience--you'll hear a multitude of languages being spoken as you race down the slides and roll in the sand. It's a nice break from the mayhem of the boardwalk and bike path, and the ocean is right there when you need to cool off. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Venice Beach Boardwalk

    Enjoy eye candy galore with Rollerblading dancers, drumming circles, skateboarding tricksters, Muscle Beach and more. Excellent shopping, plenty of food and fun for all ages. Walk, bike, surf, play basketball, hit the playground, dance, Rollerblade--you name it. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Universal Studios

    It's hard to skip this movie-based theme park when you've come to LA with the kids--and you shouldn't miss it, as it truly dazzles young and old. The renowned Studio Tour takes you behind the scenes to movie sets and magic. Mega-attractions like The Simpsons Ride are state of the art. And who can resist seeing the shark from Jaws burst from the lagoon? Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Universal City Walk

    This working film and TV studio, theme park and outdoor mall is a must-see if you're traveling with kids. They'll go nuts for the attractions. There's also a studio tour that takes you for a behind-the-scenes look at Universal productions, the CityWalk (restaurants, shops and cinemas). Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Third Street Promenade

    Many of the beachfront hotels are walking distance to the Third Street Promenade and action in downtown, so you can walk or bike around Santa Monica. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/cwqmdE

  • Swings, Rings Ropes

    Once the original Muscle Beach, this area south of the Santa Monica Pier has great ropes, swings, rings, and pull-up bars for athletic feats and fun. A giant chess board adds to the entertainment with people watching galore. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Stinson Beach

    Great for sand-castle extravaganzas, picnics, kite-flying, sand-dollar hunting, and more. Don't forget to pack hats and sunscreen. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides.

  • Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor

    About an hour's drive from downtown Chicago, this amusement park offers entertainment for Adrenaline junkies, but there's plenty for smaller kids (and less courageous adults) to enjoy, too. The adjoining water park has a huge wave pool, water tube slides and rafting adventures. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Sidewalk stands at Fisherman's Wharf

    Yes, it's touristy, but kids will love checking out the fresh crab on the street--and parents will love the taste of it. One of the nearby highlights here is the sea lions, which you can watch from Pier 39. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/7ZiNTR

  • Santa Monica Surf School

    Don't miss the quintessential Southern Cali experience. Get in the curl, and go surfing with these laid- back experts who teach beginners on long foam boards or take seasoned surfers to exciting breaks. Group or private lessons are available. Cowabunga. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Santa Monica Bike Path

    The 21-mile path that travels the Santa Monica coastline is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Perrys has eight locations in Santa Monica and Venice. Boasting the largest inventory in California of bikes, blades and beach gear, Perrys will hook you up for your beach-blanket-bingo afternoon whether you want to surf, sun, cycle, skate or boogie board. Their four beach cafs sling burgers and serve pizza. See more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/aUjJrc

  • Runyon Canyon Park

    This popular 130-acre park winds uphill to a vantage point that overlooks the entire city as far as the ocean. It's not for the faint of heartthis is a serious uphill climb (and be warned, it's an off-leash dog area, and there are dozens of mostly well-behaved canines sharing the trail), but the vista is worth the effort. There is also a kids playground at the start of the trail for something a little more low-key. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Alta Plaza Playground

    This beautiful hilltop park in posh Pacific Heights has a fun little playground and plenty of green space for a scenic picnic (easily procured at nearby Molly Stone's at California and Fillmore St.). Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/acVSjm

  • Children's Playground-Golden Gate Park

    This fabulous playground is the perfect way to exercise a little one who's been cooped up in a plane too long. Families come from all over town to enjoy this fabulously over-the-top play area. Check out the historic carousel while you are there. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Douglas Park (Santa Monica)

    This quaint park has a terrific playground, duck ponds loaded with quackers who like to be fed and an amazing wet area with sprinklers for water play in the summer. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Yo Mama Yoga

    Need your yoga fix but can't break away from the kids? Bring them along! Yo Mama Yoga offers classes for families with kids from six weeks to six years of age. Children can participate or play with toys while you're in downward dog at this friendly, laid-back spot on the Promenade right in the heart of Santa Monica. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center

    If your kids are just hankering for some good old-fashioned fun, the rooftop above Moscone Convention Center is the place to go--they can choose from bowling or ice skating right in the heart of downtown. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/7ZiNTR

  • The Skydeck

    See Chicago from the 103rd floor of the soaring Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The newly redesigned Skydeck now boasts the Ledge, composed of glass-enclosed boxes that jut out from the building more than 1,000 feet above the city. Are your kids (and you) up to the challenge? If not, just enjoy the view through high-powered telescopes while your tots take part in the entertaining Skydeck Scavenger Hunt. See more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/aUTFU1

  • The Red Balloon

    A favorite of families in the surrounding Bucktown neighborhood and beyond, the Red Balloon stocks clothing, toys, books and more for infants through pre-teens. Kids will be delighted by the array of timeless toys, such as adorable pull toys, jack-in-the-boxes and decorate-your-own playhouses. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • The Ark Toy Store

    If you're looking for unusual, uber-creative, high-quality toys, this is the place. A veritable wonderland for kids. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • The Acorn Store

    The Acorn Store has amazing handmade natural toys made from lead-free and wood products, along with organic toys, dollhouses, puzzles, extensive dress-up clothes, and games. They carry many European products, with an especially good selection from Germany. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Staples Center

    LA's premier sporting and event venue, Staples Center is home to the Lakers, the Clippers, the NHL's Kings and the WNBA's Sparks. It also hosts top concerts and special events. Check out the calendar on the website for an unforgettable family night out. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Sony Metreon

    A unique entertainment complex that includes restaurants, shops, arcades and the West Coast's largest IMAX theatre. (415/781-3956). Read more at Family Travel Forum: http://bit.ly/c0utcV

  • Skylight Books

    This independent bookstore on the shopping stretch of hip Vermont Avenue has a great children's section covering everything from board books for babies to trendy teen thrillers. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Shedd Aquarium

    All three museums in the Museum Campus are set along the lakefront a short walking distance from each other. The Shedd recently unveiled its completely overhauled Oceanarium. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Scribble Press

    Young aspiring authors can fulfill their dream here. Children create their own books onsite, which are then scanned, bound and published with the author's photo inside. Great activities abound--make books, note cards, holiday cards and gifts with your kid's art. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Santa Monica Swim Center

    Part of Santa Monica College, this well-maintained aquatics center sports two heated outdoor poolsthe Splash Pool for kids and the Fitness Pool (25 yards by 50 meters) for laps. Lessons are available for adults and kids. The pools are heated between 79 and 86 degrees, so you can swim outdoors year round. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Border Grill

    Those "Too Hot Tamales" from the Food Network, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, serve upscale Mexican food with dishes inspired by home cooking of the Yucatán and Oaxaca at their casual fiesta-styled eatery. This original set the standard for gourmet Mexican in LA and continues to present fresh, sustainable foods in innovative styles. And the margs are darn good too. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Broadway Deli

    Wine bar, deli, pastry shop and diner all in one, this iconic spot on the Promenade has gourmet treats to suit every taste. Great soups; bagels and lox; meatloaf; roasted chicken; pizza; thick, meaty sandwiches; pastas; even Kobe flatiron steak. Desserts are seriously sinful. Perfect takeout for gourmet picnics or days at the beach. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Hyatt Regency Chicago

    This gargantuan riverfront compound has no less than seven dining and drinking options on the premises, plus plush rooms and a comprehensive array of conveniences at a great price. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Hot Dog on a Stick

    This famous shack, an icon since 1946, sits at the end of the Pier, where young kids in brightly colored outfits jump up and down on pogo-stick devices to juice lemons for their fresh lemonade. Cheap and cheerful corndogs, fries, cheese sticks and lemonade are perfect quick bites before a Ferris-wheel ride or Rollerblade. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Al's Beef

    There's no shortage of Al's Beef locations in the city and suburbs (20 and counting), but the River North location is by far the most popular. Don't expect anything fancy, just juicy Italian beef sandwiches made according to family recipe. Be sure to try some of the popular french fries (think chili-cheddar, buffalo-bleu and excellent Chicago- style hot dogs and char-grilled burgers. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Goose Island

    Soak up some local suds while checking your e-mail at Goose Island's Lincoln Park brewpub. Grab one of the famous burgers, loaded salads or fish-and-chips while you're at it. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Fred 62

    With its vinyl booths and old-school counter that is always filled with artsy, fashion-forward Eastside types, this retro diner is one of the hippest eating spots in LA. The energetic vibe and American menu make it a perennial family favorite for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Lucca Delicatessen

    Grab delicious Italian subs at local favorite Lucca Delicatessen (2120 Chestnut St.), some candy at the darling old-school Sweet Dish (2144 Chestnut St.), and then walk to the Palace of Fine Arts for a scenic picnic. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/7ZiNTR

  • Five Guys

    This booming burger chain has had great success with a surprisingly simple concept: serve up awesome burgers, hot dogs and fries, and the crowds will keep coming back. Kids will dig the little versions of hamburgers and cheeseburgers, along with grilled cheeses. Don't miss the crispy French fries, served plain or Cajun style. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Rose Caf

    This caf, bakery and casual restaurant serves consistently good fare. Order straight from the deli-- stocked with dishes like Greek salads, tabouleh or smoked salmon--or tasty fish tacos and burgers from the grill. Don't pass up dessert, as the Almond Roca Cake and Lemon Hazelnut Meringue take the cake. Great for takeout and free one-hour parking. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Zimmer Children's Museum

    This great place on museum row in Los Angeles offers a variety of unique exhibits and educational programs for kids including studio art, blue-screen technology, one of the world's largest pinball machines, a music island, water tables, a Zimmer airplane and more. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Children's Creativity Museum / Merry-Go-Round

    Another local hot spot for kids, Zeum features interactive tech and art exhibits, where kids can create clay animation, make music videos, compose a soundtrack, or experiment with digital art. The exhibits are certainly geared towards older kids, but younger ones will get a kick out of it too. See more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/aV8M1M

  • Starline Tours

    Starline Tours has been showing visitors the highlights of the City of Angels--from Hollywood hangouts to celebrity homes--since 1935. Many tours take place on a big double-decker red bus, which means there's no mistaking you as anything but a gawking tourist. (The upside is you get some sun while sitting on the open top level.) And of course it's an easy way to check out sights like Hollywood Boulevard and the La Brea Tar Pits, and star homes such as those of Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Nic Cage. See more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/bRblR2

  • South Water Kitchen

    South Water Kitchen serves up a comfortable, unfussy atmosphere and accessible regional American cooking that appeals to all ages. Choose from lunch items like hearty salads and sandwiches, along with fun TV dinner style entres, pastas, fish and grilled meats for dinner. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Protein Bar

    Bypass the fast food and power up your team with take-out from Protein Bar, a one-stop resource for healthy, protein-filled foods like blended drinks (with vitamin-rich "boosts"), bowls, soups, wraps and salads. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • The Meatloaf Bakery

    The inspired menu at the Meatloaf Bakery features eight types of freshly made meatloaf, all shaped like cakes, pies and tarts. With vegetarian, turkey and salmon versions always on offer, even finicky eaters will find something to love. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Kay 'n Dave's

    This fresh Mex cantina features homemade sauces, salsas, soups and wholesome ingredients. There are great finger foods for the kids (think taquitos, tamales, tacos and quesadillas), while parents can savor mango-chutney sole, chicken mole and hefty burritos with a cold cerveza. Reliable and affordable, especially on Taco Tuesdays! Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • RIVA

    This elegant yet fairly casual neighborhood spot is all about thin-crusted pizzas, crudo and Italian wines. The high-energy, buzzing scene hosts a varied clientele, running the gamut from young couples and businessmen to parents at the pizza bar with the kids in tow, all there to enjoy the good food and jovial vibe. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Grand Central Market

    This iconic open-air marketplace has been in business since 1917. It offers everything from ice cream to chop suey--with taco stands, Hawaiian BBQ and pizza in between. It's great when you have a group of picky eaters with different tastes. If you opt to eat-in instead of taking your food to go, there are plenty of casual communal tables inside. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Spitfire Grill

    Tykes and big kids at heart will love this spot, which sits across from the Santa Monica Airport. Watch the Cessnas and Learjets come and go as you tuck into hearty American fare with aviator names, like the Spirit of St. Louis burger. Parents can imbibe nice wines or draft beers while aspiring pilots are entertained by the aerial show and aviation memorabilia on the walls.

  • Hot Doug's

    A must for hot dog lovers. Chicago's first gourmet hot dog and sausage emporium features a fun menu with plenty of unusual takes on the humble hot dog (veggie versions, chicken varieties and various game specials), along with the classics. Kids go crazy for the mini bagel dogs and tater tots. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Southport Grocery and Caf

    Decorated in pristine white and gleaming chrome, this petite gourmet grocery and chic caf beckons with all manner of tasty gotta-have-'em treats (don't miss the signature fist-sized cupcakes), cheeses, chocolatesand wine for the adults. But it's not just about the sweets--they offer a variety of simple, made-from-scratch comfort foods to round out your meal. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Uncommon Ground

    Uncommon Ground is an unpretentious coffeehouse that serves tasty mostly organic and locally sourced food. Little ones can feast on all of their favorites: pancakes (with or without chocolate chips), grilled cheese, PB&J and macaroni and cheese, while adults can tuck into salads, sandwiches and entres made with ingredients from Midwestern farms. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Pazzo Gelato

    Offers up some of the best homemade gelato you're likely to sample outside of Rome--made with organic milk and farmers market fruits. Canoodling adults, kids and families pack the sidewalk tables every night, happily testing out exotic flavors like Mexican Chocolate and Santa Rosa Plum. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Scoozi

    The Italian cuisine (reliable standards like brick-oven pizzas, pasta and the like) is made for sharing. The kids' menu is no afterthought, with smaller versions of Mom and Dad's food. On Sundays, the kids can make their own pizzas. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers

    This local favorite has locations throughout the Bay Area, but this one is in one of the city's kid- friendliest neighborhoods. With outdoor seating, seriously good chow, a casual vibe, and happy kids, this is a surefire hit with one and all. Read more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/7ZiNTR

  • Jury's Food and Drink

    This neighborhood hangout is home to some of the city's best burgers, as well as a lovely leafy beer garden that is a godsend for cooped-up kids. The rest of the menu is sprinkled with plenty of kid-friendly standards. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Adler Planetarium

    All three museums of the Museum Campus are set along the lakefront a short walking distance from each other. The Adler's greatest attraction is the CyberSpace exhibit. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Aquarium of the Pacific

    This world-class aquarium with over 500 species has incredible interactive exhibits, shows and creatures from the deep. Pat the stingrays, touch a shark, and watch the sea lions perform. Do not miss seeing the mesmerizing sea dragons and feeding the lorikeet birds. It is well worth the drive, as this aquarium is really dynamite. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • California Academy of Sciences

    This newly revamped aquarium is a hot ticket these days and it is no surprise why. With loads of eye popping exhibits with a four-story rain forest, anacondas, a T rex skeleton, a digital planetarium, an albino white crocodile, and more, this place really delivers. See more at See Jane Fly: http://bit.ly/cA7jaB

  • California Science Center

    This hands-on museum located near the USC campus is a wonderland for kids, with interactive exhibits covering everything from human biology to aerospace achievements. Best of all, admission to the regular galleries is free. Check what is showing at the IMAX theater while you're here. Bonus: It's next to the Natural History Museum, if you have any energy left after exploring here. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Allyu Spa

    If you are hankering for a meditative moment, head to this eco-friendly retreat, which offers family yoga sessions in addition to an array of yoga classes and other workshops. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • American Girl Place Chicago

    As important a Chicago landmark as any (to your daughter at least), American Girl Place will have her entranced for hours. Visit the Doll Hair Salon, the Photo Studio and a cute caf, plus see all of the new American Girl merchandise set up in pretty little boutiques within the store. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Arclight Cinemas

    How can you pass up seeing a flick while in Hollywood? These state-of-the-art cinemas are some of the most popular in the city, and premiers are often held here. The vast lobby, with its cocktail bar and gift shop, feels more like a train station than a theater. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Books Inc.

    There are several branches, but this one in Laurel Village has a big kids' selection. The knowledgeable staff can give you some new ideas too. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Bubbles Academy

    Need to let off some steam during your vacation? Head to Bubbles Academy in Lincoln Park, where kids five and under can participate in yoga and creative movement classes, music and art lessons and other activities in a fun, friendly setting. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

  • Chronicle Books Store

    This colorful shop has lots of kids' books (all published by Chronicle Books, of course) and a great little kid-sized seating area so they can browse the selection in comfort. Read more at www.seejanefly.com/guides

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