Visiting the Greater Palm Springs during the Spring Break? Here are 20 Fun Things to do in Palm Springs with Kids. From riding the world’s largest rotating tramcar to riding a boat, a camel, and maybe even a dinosaur. If you’re visiting during the hotter months, don’t forget to visit some of the dessert spots in the desert!
20 FUN THINGS TO DO IN PALM SPRINGS WITH KIDS:
1. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Enjoy a fun rotating tram ride that will leave you and your kids breathless with the spectacular views of the Coachella Valley. There is a restaurant and a museum at the top of the tram and a hike in the pristine San Jacinto mountains offers a great adventure for the entire family.
This is by far the easiest way to enjoy the snow in Southern California during the winter without having to drive up windy and dangerous snow-filled roads to Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead or Idyllwild. If you’re looking for things to in Palm Spring with Families, this is it! It’s fun for all ages.
2. See the Cabazon Dinosaurs
50770 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230
The kids will not only get up close but actually ride a large dinosaur at the Cabazon Dinosaur Museum. This is the world’s largest dinosaur museum and it will surely impress the little ones on the sheer size and scale of these behemoths. While you’re visiting, you can also check out the premium outlet mall next door to shop at the Disney Store at a discount and other retailers.
3. Play at Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
71701 Gerald Ford Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Looking for things to do in Palm Spring with Kids especially the toddlers? Visit the Children’s Museum. Their interactive exhibits and activities will stimulate your kids’ minds and allow them to learn and discover how the world works. Plus the play areas will keep them busy and active to let out their energy and let them just be kids. It’s perfect for young kids.
4. Visit The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260
This is definitely one of the top attractions in Greater Palm Springs. Located in the City of Palm Desert, the kids will enjoy seeing animals from every world habitat with the opportunity to ride a camel and feed a giraffe! It also has a petting zoo and an incredible toy train display.
5. Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum
745 N Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92262
See vintage and modern airplanes up close with the family. The kids will learn about the history of aviation and there are interactive exhibits and plenty of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. You can even book a ride on a historic plane to give the kids an experience they’ll never forget!
6. Play Games and Golf at Boomers
67-700 E Palm Canyon Dr, Cathedral City, CA 92234
Enjoy miniature golf, go-karting, bumper boats and video games at Boomers in Cathedral City. There is also a climbing rock wall and batting cages for the younger ones and young at heart. This is also a perfect place to have a birthday party but book early – reservations go fast.
7. Play at Laser Oasis
46805 Dune Palms Rd, La Quinta, CA 92253
Lazer tag anyone? This is the place to go for family-filled entertainment with a 6,000 sq. ft. laser tag arena, an indoor rope course and arcade games. Enjoy food and drinks as well.
8. Ride the Lazy River at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort
41000 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
It’s sunny 360 days per year in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley so lounging on an inner tube at the Omni’s lazy river is the perfect place to enjoy the sun and water in Southern California. The resort is family friendly and located across from The River shopping center where you can grab a bite and watch a movie.
9. Take a Boat Ride at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
Besides the luxurious rooms and amenities at this famous hotel resort, the kids can take a gondola boat ride along its expansive waterways. The scenery is spectacular and the ducks and birds will keep the little ones entertained.
10. Drink a Date Shake, Shop, and Stroll through a Date Garden
80225 CA-111, Indio, CA 92201
A visit to Greater Palm Springs isn’t complete without drinking the world-famous date shake at Shields Date Garden. Located in the City of Indio – the Date Capital of the Western Hemisphere and home of the world-famous Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Don’t forget to stroll through the Date Garden, shop for curios, and pick up a few date snacks for the trip back home, especially the date cookies – you can’t find these at Trader Joe’s!
11. Go Bowling at Fantasy Lanes Family Bowling Center
84245 Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA 92203
For fun things to do in Palm Springs with bigger kids, I would suggest entertaining the entire family with a game of bowling at Fantasy Lanes at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. It has 24 lanes, an arcade and even late-night laser bowling. There are game and food packages for larger parties and kid-friendly snacks.
12. Ride a Bike in La Quinta’s Old Town and Community Park
78-075 Main St #104, La Quinta, CA 92253
Bring your own bike or rent one at Pedego Electric Bikes in Old Town La Quinta to enjoy the charm of Old Town and ride through the 5-acre La Quinta Community Park. The kids will enjoy the quaint and safe streets of Old Town La Quinta filled with shops and eateries. The Community Park showcases various lakes and grassy areas that are perfect for a picnic or quick nap.
13. Get Up Close with Birds at the Coachella Valley Wild Bird Center
46500 Van Buren St, Indio, CA 92201
This little-known gem of Greater Palm Springs, located in Indio, is a non-profit organization that cares for and rehabilitates wild birds. It’s never busy and the kids can learn about and see barn owls, hawks and falcons. The center sits on many acres of land that serves as a rest and feeding area for migratory birds.
14. Visit the Coachella Valley History Museum
82616 Miles Ave, Indio, CA 92201
Learn about the birthplace of Greater Palm Springs and let your family experience what life was like in the early 1900s at the Coachella Valley History Museum. The only Date Museum in the world is also located here as well as the original 1909 Indio Schoolhouse. Ask staff about showtimes for the only light-projection system in Greater Palm Springs and watch spectacular shows on the historic M.H. Whittier Water Tower.
15. Enjoy the Best Pineapple Dole Whip
78206 Varner Rd ste g, Palm Desert, CA 92211 & 130 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Forget Disneyland, you can satisfy your kids’ Pineapple Dole Whip cravings at Lappert’s Premium Gourmet Ice Cream & Dole Whip in Palm Springs and Palm Desert. The Dole Whip is made to perfection and ideal when it’s 100 degrees outside during the summer months. Other ice creams are also available.
16. Taste the Best Cupcakes at Tiffany’s Sweet Spot
79410 CA-111 Ste 101, La Quinta, CA 92253
This dessert adventure in the desert is a must when visiting Greater Palm Springs with kids. The delectable and tasty cupcakes have the ideal combination of frosting and cake with a variety of flavors that will make you and your family want to taste every one. Try the Red Velvet, Tres Leches, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch.
17. Watch Polo at the Empire and Eldorado Polo Clubs
50950 Madison St, Indio, CA 92201
Between January to March, the “Sport of Kings” comes alive at the Empire and Eldorado Polo Clubs in Indio. If your kids have never watched a polo game, they’ll be sure to enjoy this fast-paced and exciting event. You can tailgate and drive your car right next to the polo field with a car entry fee, and bring any food or drinks you wish in the comfort of your vehicle.
18. Go Ice Skating in the Desert
68-600 Perez Rd, Cathedral City, CA 92234
Yes, there is ice in the desert! The Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City offers ice skating for the entire family. Kids must be three years and older and check the times for public sessions. There are serious hockey games and figure skating also taking place at the facility.
19. Splash Around at the Palm Desert Aquatic Center
73751 Magnesia Falls Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260
This is a swimming paradise for the kids with massive pools, waterslides, and splash pads. It gets a bit busy with the locals during the summer but the center is large and waiting times on the waterslides isn’t too bad. Plus, lifeguards on duty make sure the little ones are always safe.
20. Go Jumping at Get Air Trampoline Park
34450 Gateway Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211
The kids will have a blast jumping on trampolines at Get Air Trampoline Park in Palm Desert. This indoor park also includes foam pits, a ninja course and a play area for toddlers.
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