The Inland Empire covers a vast area of Southern California and there are tons of hidden gems for kids throughout the area. Below is a list of the very best of those hidden gems.
1525 Howard Access Road #F
Upland, CA 91786
The Sawdust Factory is a woodcraft shop where adults and children alike can create their very own woodcraft project. With hundreds of projects to choose from and lots of personalization touches available, this DIY craft factory is the place to be. Some projects are even made out of stenciled wood-cut children’s hands. The shop is organized in “stations” to help your project come to life. The staff is super friendly and available to lend a hand when needed. Be sure to wear old clothing and allow ample time to paint and create your very own woodcraft project. Holiday woodcraft projects are on high demand – so call ahead to check spot availability. Group field trips and birthday parties are available.
$4 workshop fee
Project prices range $9 and up
42081 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Pennypickle’s Workshop is a children’s museum full of scientific exploration and wonderment. Set up to appear as though it is the scientist Phineas Pennypickle’s home, this museum is full of thought-provoking inventions. From a bathroom and music room to time travel and more there is so much to do and explore. Pennypickle’s is open Tuesday through Sunday with specific time sessions. Tuesday through Saturday: Session 1 10:30am to 12:00pm Session 2 12:30pm to 2:30pm Session 3 3:00pm to 5:00pm. On Sundays there are two sessions to choose from Session 1 12:30pm to 2:30pm or Session 2 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Be sure to swing by the gift shop, it is stocked full of amazing scientific gadgets. Call ahead to make sure there is room in a session before you go.
Prices: $4.50 per person
The Cove – Jurupa Aquatic Center
4310 Camino Real
Riverside, CA 92509
The Cove is a family-friendly water park that is fun for all. There is a Lil’ Mates Lagoon for the younger kids, a Ne’er Ending River to relax in, 3 Crow’s Nest Slides, Riptide Reef Flowrider and more. The Cove is open from 11am to 5pm until the close of the season on October 2nd 2011. There is an enforced dress code rule and strict rule of no outside food (or water!). Food and drinks can be purchased at their “Big Backyard” café. Life jackets and tube floats are available at no extra cost. I highly suggest wearing swim shoes because the ground gets hot, hot, hot!
General Admission (48’ and taller) $16
Seniors (55+) $12
Juniors (Under 48’) $12
Under 30’ Free
Chino Youth Museum
13191 6th Street
Chino, CA 91710
Located in beautiful downtown Chin,o this children’s youth museum is inside of the historical First National Bank. The Chino Youth Museum is an interactive, hands-on, friendly museum that is small enough that you can let your kids explore freely. The Chino Youth Museum is set up with different exhibits that are interactive and fun. Let your kids ride a real Chino Police Motorcycle and be a bank teller, television program director, artist or chef. Located just next door is a beautiful shaded grassy area with water fountains that is perfect for a picnic lunch.
Children 1-12 years old $3.00
Adults 12+ $2.00
28860 Old Town Front Street Suite A2
Temecula, CA 92590
Childs play is an indoor, temperature controlled playground designed for children up to 6 years old. It is a family friendly playroom with lots of interactive opportunities to play with your child. The toys and attractions are cleaned daily. There is a large eating area stocked with vending machines, high chairs and microwave. Birthday parties, group rates and monthly memberships are available.
1st child $9.00
Each additional Child $7.00
10 months to one Year old $5.00
Under 10 months Free
Fingerprints Youth Museum
123 South Carmalita Street
Hemet, CA 92543
$5.00 per person 2-55 years old
The Fingerprints Youth Museum is located in downtown Hemet and it’s a great place for kids of all ages. There are lots of exhibits and activities to do and explore in this museum. From Police motorcycles, ambulance, rock climbing, fire engine, doll house, arts and crafts, dinosaur fossil digging, trash truck, grocery store and tons more, you can easily spend an entire day there. There is a lunch room for eating lunch in.