Summertime Fun in Riverside County

Photo of Hunter Hobby Park in Riverside,CA courtesy of David Evans and Associates,Inc.

Got kids and no vacation plans yet?

Here are staff’s top 5 places to visit in Riverside County with kids, staycation activity ideas and an outing checklist.

  1. Hunter Hobby Park  in Riverside (all ages): Chugga, chugga, chugga, choo, choo! On the second and fourth Sundays of every month free rides on miniature steam engine trains operated by the Riverside Live Steamers are available (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at the park located on the southwest corner of Columbia and Iowa Avenues in Riverside, CA. Make it a day and bring along a picnic and some park balls and games for your little ones.
  2. Riverside County Parks’ Water Parks in Jurupa and Perris (toddler-friendly): Children less than 30” tall are admitted free for aquatic adventures featuring small waterslides, spray toys and a tubing river. Discounted prices for area residents on community days. Head to The Cove Water Park in Jurupa 7:30 a.m. June 20 for the Guiness World Record’s World’s Largest Swim Lesson (free). Get 50 percent off admission on Sunset Steal days. See calendar for specific dates/times. The Drop Zone just opened in Perris. Get happy with water geysers and sand castle building. Don’t forget swim diapers and water shoes.
  3. Temecula Children’s Museum (toddler-friendly): Hands-on science museum featuring Professor Pennypickle’s inventions, experiments and other interests. Special 10th Anniversary events held in June.
  4. Western Science Center in Hemet (toddler-friendly): Explore the past with shadow animals, sounds, rubbings and a reading corner. Children 4 and under are free.
  5. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (all ages): Head up the mountain, where it’s nearly 40 degrees cooler for great, easy hiking and exploring in the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness area.


tentDon’t have the time or energy to head out of the house? Try one of these summertime activities:

  • Pick a color for the theme of the day and incorporate it in food, dress up play and games.
  • Ice, ice, baby: Kids are fascinated by frozen water. The way it feels. The way it looks. The way it sounds. Even the way it tastes. Build ice castles. Have them excavate a toy. Slide it over plastic rivers. Make fruit pops.
  • Zap boredom: Create a “boredom-buster” kit. My Kids’ Adventures has great activity ideas to get started.
  • Neighborhood front yard hop: Get your neighbors with kids together and plan for kids to do one or two activities in everyone’s yard. This could include a snack bar, kiddie pool boat race, bubble zone, homemade obstacle course or chalk art.
  • Backyard camp: It may just be a few steps away from home, but it can be a whole new world of adventure for a little one as they help pack a bag of blankets, flashlights, toys and books; set up the tent; prep dinner; and gaze at the stars.


Sunscreen or kid-friendly bug repellant
Extra Clothes
Plenty of Water
Diaper changing station or portable potty

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