Riverside Restaurant Week

The City of Riverside is celebrating Restaurant Week from June 20 – June 29th.   Over 70 Riverside restaurants are participating in the 10 day event.  This is the perfect time to visit Riverside, California to enjoy the beautiful architecture, area tourism and fine dining at affordable prices.


Some of our favorite participating restaurants including The Old Spaghetti Factory, The Mission Inn, PF Changs, Mezcal Riverside, Farrells Ice Cream, Casey’s Cupcakes, Cafe Sevilla, Anchos Southwest Grill and Amaya Japanese Restaurant.

The special menus offer various discounts for your culinary experience.   Cafe Sevilla is offering a $70 prix fixe for two people.    You can also mention “Riverside Restaurant Week 2014″ to get the Happy Hour menu prices all day.  Amaya Japanese restaurant offers a FREE California roll and Edame appetizer with the purchase of a specialty roll.  Then head over to Casey’s Cupcakes and get a FREE cupcake and pink lemonade with purchase of Five cupcakes or Banana Cream pie at Cocos restaurant for $7.99.


Whether you are driving thru the area or a local resident of Inland Empire, make sure to stop by and support the City of Riverside Restaurant Week participating restaurants.


Riverside Restaurnt Week Details


Riverside Restaurant Week


June 20th – June 29th

Particpants Discounts and Deals

Restaurant Week Discounts & Specials


Inland Empire Splash Pads

June is just beginning, but the summer heat has already shown up in the Inland Empire.

I recently took my boys to a splash pad – a recreation area with no or little standing water – is a great place to cool off in the summer heat without all the stress of going to the neighborhood pool.


A splash pad is something all of the kids can enjoy – from bigger kids to toddling babies. My one-year-old loved to splash in a small pool of water but got mad when his face got wet. My older son loved watching other kids manipulate streams of water and sticking his feet in the fountains in the ground.

Some advice for splash pads:

-Wear sunscreen and bring an umbrella is there is not going to be shade nearby.

-Wear a swimsuit to play in the water and consider water shoes. Avoid flip flops that get slippery when wet or catch on rubberized ground.

-Please don’t bring the family dog to a splash pad. Not only could a child with a fear of dogs be forced to leave the pad, but even a well-trained dog could get nervous or overexcited around screaming, running kids.

-Since there is no need for a lifeguard at a splash pad, keep a close eye on your children.

-Wear swimsuits to a splash pad if possible, including swim diapers if needed.


There are many splash pads all over Riverside and San Bernardino counties  – from public spaces, regional parks to water parks. Here’s a list of some you don’t need to pay admission to get you started.

·         Citrus Park Splash Pad at Citrus Parkin Corona is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until September 30th. The splash pad, which features water cannons, leaf-like structures and other ways to play, is near two playgrounds and grass areas for drying off in the sun.

·         Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga has a small fountain feature splash pad in the center of the shopping area, close to Bath & Body Works and Ben and Jerry’s. There is a family-friendly bathroom nearby for changing.

·         Monte Vista Park in Chino features a fenced-in splash pad with a tall geyser spray and has benches nearby.  The seven-acre park, which also features playgrounds and basketball courts, will have the splash pad running 7 days a week

·         The colorfully-lit interactive fountain at The Shoppes at Chino Hills is in the middle of the shopping center. There is a bathroom for changing nearby, so change out of your swimsuit and get dry before you go shopping or have lunch. n

·         Veterans Park in Colton has along with the splash pad has large trees and grass nearby for moms to stay in the shade. There is two playgrounds, other activities and a library and community center.

·         The splash pad at Tom Minor Park in San Bernardino is right next to a covered area with picnic benches and a playground. However, there are no bathrooms at the park – the nearby Arco station bathroom (by Starbucks) is the closest option.

·         Lake Elsinore’s Canyon Hills Community Park has a splash pad along with its 18 acres of park activities and sport fields. The  whimsical splash pad is walled off and surrounded by umbrellas to keep parents cool.

A Day At The Temecula Berry Company

We recently visited the Temecula Berry Company in Temecula, CA .  The Temecula Berry Farm was founded in the late 1990s as a family farm and is located towards the east side of Temecula near Temecula Wine Country.   We visit the farm a couple times each year with our family.   It’s the only Blueberry Farm in Southern California.  You can pick blueberries with your family, bring a larger group for a tour or visit the farms on a  field trip with your students and/or preschoolers.  All tours are free.

In addition to picking berries you can purchase blueberry jam and honey.    Picking berries at the Temecula Berry Co is a great way to bond with your family.


Temecula Berry Co

Berry Season


39700 Cantrell Road, Temecula CA 92591


8am-6pm, 7 days a week.

*Blueberry season starts in Spring and ends at the end of summer


No entry fee. Berries cost $5 a pint

Pets Allowed


Additional Details



We had a fantastic day at the farm! We started our day by meeting farmer Mike and visiting the pig farm and hen house.  We learned about the care and animal eating habits.  They were a lot of fun to watch.  Afterwards, we headed over to the Berry farm for a fun afternoon of picking berries.  

Temecula Berry Co




 Tips for Visiting the Farm

We recommend a hat, umbrella and backpack to ensure you have your hands free while you pick berries.   For hot days we also recommend a couple of bottles of water.  Make sure to bring a wagon or jogging stroller for smaller children who walk slow.  If you have very active kids, they may enjoy walking through the blueberry trees and may feel restricted if you try confine them to a stroller.   Consider letting the kids roam through the blueberry trees to watch them explore.  Their eyes will light up as they discover blueberries.


 Tips For Picking Berries

Our grand daughter loved her first visit to the farm.  Not only did she get to spend quality time with us, but she felt very independent as she picked berries and showed us her bucket getting fuller and fuller.

If it is your first time, get a bucket for each of the children in your group.  Make sure to ask the staff where the best berry picking is located today, then find an area where there are a few people to pick the best berries.  We found the best areas near the foothills and came home with 2 pints of berries, blueberry jam and honey.  Don’t forget to wash your berries before eating them.


We’re off to pick Blueberries… Wait for us!

 Tips For Creating Lasting Memories

One of the reasons we love to visit the blueberry farm is because we can get away from the busyness and hustle and bustle of our lives and take day trips to create lasting family memories.  Bring the camera, stay awhile and take candid shots of your family.   Also consider dressing up the kids in cute spring clothing or matching outfits to take a memorable family photo or candid shots of your kids.




I picked the largest Blueberrie!


We truly enjoyed our visit to the Temecula Berry Farm. Looking forward to our next visit!  Hope to see you there!

Starbucks Grand Opening In Temecula

A new Starbucks opened up in Temecula on Winchester and Ynez a couple weeks ago. The new Starbucks store boasts a new look and is strategically located next to the freeway for a quick stop before your commute. The newly upgraded facility also has some curb appeal and adds to the beauty of the area.


As a Technology centered mom, I judge a coffee store by their hot strong coffee, free WiFi and electrical outlets.  I counted almost 60 outlets in the new Starbucks, comfortable seating and several tables. The outdoor seating area is also very spacious. The Americanos are awesome here, as always and we have no complaints about the WiFi.  The staff is also very friendly and the ambiance provides a great atmosphere for meetups with friends, college student or neighbors waiting out the traffic.  We will definitely miss the old location, but love the added amenities of the new location.

If you’re visiting Temecula, make sure to stop buy and check out the new Family approved Starbucks. We love it!