Have you run out of ideas of things to do in the Inland Empire with the kids? We’ve got you covered with a diverse list of both weekday & weekend options!
1) “Air Adventures”- Feel like you’re skydiving, while staying a safe in a wind tunnel. If they’re adventurous, children as young as 3 can do it! Perris Skyventure in Perris.
2) Alpine Slides at Big Bear Mountain- Year-round tubing with chairlift ride, plus go-karts, miniature golf course, summer water slide and winter snow play area. There’s always something to do at Alpine Slides.
3) Animals– Amys Farm in Ontario is a non-profit community farm that offers tours! Sign up for a tour with your school or moms group, or if there’s just a few of you, tag along with another group. They have goats, pigs, chickens, cows, and a couple barn cats. DeJongs Dairy in Wildomar has a ton of dairy cows and they let you tour the farm! Be sure to get fresh milk before you leave. Don’t forget about Horse Riding Lessons in Menifee from The Riding Academy.
4)Arts & Crafts– Paint ceramics at Color me Mine in Riverside, Redlands, and Rancho Cucamonga, and Ceramic Cupboard in Norco. Paint wood projects in Upland at the Sawdust Factory. Be sure to check your local Michaels, Lowes, and Home Depot for weekly/monthly kids projects!
5) Birds– Bracken Bird Farm in Redlands (a store with a back room filled with trees, a stream, and small birds flying around). Magnolia Bird Farm-A store with more exotic birds on display. Think of it as a large pet store with just birds!
7) Castle Park– Castle Park is a small amusement park next to Tyler Mall in Riverside.
8) Trains– Does your child love trains? Check out the Orange Empire Railroad Museum in Perris, or try Metrolink Weekends “ride anywhere for $10 all weekend” ! Every second and fourth Sunday of the month, you can get free rides at Hunter Park on small steam locomotives from Riverside Live Steamers!
9) Planes– March Field museum attached to March Air Force Base has a great collection of planes, including a B-47 mock up you can climb into, and Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino has only “fly-able” airplanes. Have a bite to eat at Maniac Mikes at the Cable Airport in Upland and watch small planes land and take-off.
11) Jungle Island– A paintballers dream! Jungle Island is located in Lake Elsinore.
12) Temecula– Visit Mr. Pennypickles museum, followed by a root beer at The Old Town Rootbeer Company. Finish your trip to Temecula with a glass of wine at Longshadow Ranch & Winery while the kids play with the animals!
13) Oak Glen– Immerse yourself in historical reinactments at the beautiful Rileys Farm, explore the restaurants, shops & little zoo at Oak Tree Village, and try some freshly pressed cider or apple butter at the Parrish Pioneer Ranch (otherwise known as the Big Red Barn).
14) Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center– Gold panning, dinosaur walk, rock collecting, and an Earth Science Museum. Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center is located in Jurupa in Riverside Coumty. Check website for tour dates and times.
15) Palm Springs Aeriel Tramway– The Palm Springs Aeriel Tramway is the worlds largest rotating tramway which takes you 8, 516 up Chino Canyon to Mountain Station! Hiking, snow (seasonal), and Peaks Restaurant await you!
17) Toms Farms– Train, carousel, pan for gold, tractor driving, shooting gallery, pony rides, petting zoo, and live entertainment. Cute shops, restaurants, and seasonal entertainment (Easter Bunny, Santa). Toms Farms is open during the week, but most events happen on the weekends.
19) Ice Skating/Roller Skating– If you enjoy ice skating check out Ice Towns open skate in Riverside, Ontario Ice Skating Center in Ontario and Corona at The Rinks. Roller skating is offered in Riverside at Roller City 2001, and Skate Express in Chino.
20) Waterparks – The Inland Empire boasts 2 great waterparks! Splash Kingdom @ Pharaoh’s Kingdom in Redlands, and The Cove Waterpark in Jurupa (Riverside). Don’t forget the famous Raging Waters in San Dimas, though it will cost you a little more.
21) The Living Desert– A different type of zoo that’s built into the current desert landscape. The Living Desert in Palm Desert features animals and plants that thrive in deserts from all around the world, including all four deserts of North America. Camel rides and giraffe feeding!
22) Museums– The San Bernardino Museum– Special exhibits, the Exploration Station live animal discovery center, stuffed animals, bugs, and birds, and public programs for the whole family. Fender Museum– A museum that features Fender guitars! Near Hemet? Try the Fingerprints Youth Museum. Please check out our page full of museums in the IE.
23) California Citrus State Historical Park– Take a guided tour through working citrus groves. You’ll learn about the rich history of Riverside’s citrus industry, and even sample fresh fruit straight from the tree! As a bonus, your family goes home with a bag of citrus selected by your guide during your tour. The park is open daily, but tours are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10:30am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm. Parking is a mere $5 but the tour is free.
24) Movies– Did you know there are some actual drive-in movie theatres left out there? Check out this great list of ones in the IE!
25) Theatre- Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Mostly kids plays such as Cinderella, Princess & the Pea, and Seussical.
27) Storytimes– Most libraries in the IE offer storytimes. My favorites are the Downtown Riverside Branch– Two storytimes, one for kids 0-2 and one for 3 and up. It’s held on the top floor which is an enclosed area so your kids can wander or make noise without disturbing others. The storytime is filled with music and ways to get everyone moving they won’t be bored! Corona Public Library– Storytime plus craft in an enclosed room! A.K Smiley Library in Redlands is a great library that has age appropriate storytimes. They have additional themed storytimes (such as pajama & Chinese storytimes) on Tuesday nights. A few libraries in the Riverside Branch are involved in the BARK program- where your kids can actually read to service dogs!
28) Mini Golf– GLO Mini golf (An indoor Glow in the dark Mini Golf Course) in Riverside. Or check out Scandia in Ontario & Victorville, Fiesta Village in Colton, Boomers in Upland, or Castle Park in Riverside. You can also take your kids to learn how to play golf from the So Cal Golf Club– Riverside, Palm Springs, Beaumont, Norco.
29) Hiking– Check out our page on the great hiking trails in the IE.