Things To Do In Inland Empire | Temecula Winery Getaway Tips

Temecula Wine Country is a little known secret nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles and offers a variety of options for a romantic getaway or a getaway with friends.  Whether you are a foodie and music lover like me or a wine enthusiasts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


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Inland SoCal Moms | Things To Do In Menifee

Recently when I asked my husband what there was to do in Menifee, his response was “nothing”. Which seems to be what most of our friends and neighbors seem to believe as well. But with a little digging I found that there was plenty to do, whether you wanted a free experience or you didn’t mind shelling out a few bucks.   Some of the things to do are not technically in Menifee but are so close you might as well consider it!

Here are just things to do in the city of Menifee.

Visit the Library! Visit the Library! I cannot say this enough times. It is AMAZING what is available for FREE to our entire community. We have two libraries!


Photo Credit: Riverside County Library

Sun City Library –  Located at 26982 Cherry Hills Blvd. Sun City Library has FREE WIFI, several family storytimes and you can read to a therapy dog on the first and third Thursday of every month. There is something for every age group including Yoga and Meditation for the not so young and Anime Club for the teens. There is so much more to do that I couldn’t list it all.

Paloma Valley Library  – Located on the Paloma High School Campus at 31375 Bradley Rd.   The Paloma Libary has preschool story times, family game night, a chess club and elementary and middle school tutoring. ALL ARE FREE!

Menifee Valley Flyers – Even if you don’t have an RC plane, you can still learn how to fly one. Menifee Valley Flyers has a field located off Menifee Rd. in between McCall and Simpson. The cost for membership is $25 dollars plus the cost of insurance. There are instructors that can teach you to fly or you can bring your own plane. They also have flights over Heritage Lake 3-4 times a year and night flying too!

Menifee Lakes Country Club  –  Menifee Lakes Country Club  is open to the public and has lessons that are available for adults and for children as well. In the summer there are clinics for students at a discounted rate. Menifee Lakes Country Club has a practice range, a 27 hole golf course and a grill and cocktail lounge where they have karaoke and live music.

California Golf and Art  – California Golf and Art is an 18 hole, 72 par championship course in Sun City, CA. Located at 26583 Cherry Hills Blvd. SCGA’s “Youth on the Course” Participating Facility (which apparently means $1-5 dollar course fees for SCGA youth members!)

Menifee Parks - Take your kids to the park. Fly a kite, swing a swing. For just a moment remember life through the eyes of your child. Wheatfield Park is our family favorite because in addition to the play structures and basketball and baseball courts there are also tennis and racquetball courts. If you don’t have a kid, take your dog to a dog park, we have two. Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? Menifee seems to have two of everything! Aldergate park is located on Menifee Rd. and the other dog park is E. L. Pete Peterson Park on Murrieta Rd., Menifee has many parks and if you take a look at the city of Menifee website you will be able to view them all.

Chinese Bistro – Have you ever eaten inside of a train? Chinese Bistro is located off HWY 74. My kids enjoyed the atmosphere and I was pleased to be eating authentic Chinese food on real china. Not Styrofoam. It was delicious and a unique experience for the whole family.  This is a great place for train enthusiasts!


Things to do in Redlands with Kids

Redlands is quickly growing as a destination for entertainment in the Inland Empire. From old traditions and glimpses of the past to new places to explore, there is a wide variety of activities for children in Redlands.

Photo Credit: Skytown Indoor Trampoline Park

Photo Credit: Skytown Indoor Trampoline Park

Skytown Trampoline Park 

Skytown has several trampoline areas including a foam pit, dodgeball court and a balance beam. It requires everyone to sign a waiver and children under 18 must have it signed by a parent (available on website). Special events include Toddler Time on Thursday mornings when everyone has to abide by more gentle bounce rules and ‘Kosmic Kingdom’ Friday and Saturday nights with jumping to music and lights.


‘The Y Circus’ is the destination to learn how to juggle, ride a unicycle, swing on the trapeze, make balloon animals and other circus performer skills. The circus was founded in 1929 and started giving performances several years later.  Every May the gymnasium of the YMCA hosts performances for the group, which has had students and alumni go on to perform internationally.
Formerly Pharoah’s Lost Kingdom, the park has been resurrected into a water park with extra features to provide fun for the whole family. Water park amenities include a lazy river, giant slides, wave pool and a kiddy pool. Splash Kingdom also has go karts, an arcade and other attractions and a sports bar upstairs. Season passes and family discounts are available.

San Bernardino County Museum

The San Bernardino County Museum is home  to large collections of land birds, sea birds and their eggs on the top floor, including a California Condor. The basement has local mammal and reptile life displayed as well as bison and a polar bear and a large geological collection. There is also a locomotive, mining equipment and gardens. The museum rotates exhibits with local focus and has regular family events.

Braken Bird Farm

The farm breeds and sells hundreds of bird species, bird care supplies and food. The farm is free to stroll through and includes a variety of animals outside including camels and cows. The bird farm houses an aviary with free-flying birds in it for visitors. Leave with some wild bird seed to feed backyard birds.

AK Smiley Public Library Young Reader’s room

The Young Reader’s Room in A.K. Smiley Public Library has computers, books, and puzzles to occupy children. The library hosts several half-hour storytime including evening preschoolers and Chinese and Spanish. There are two ‘tiny tots’ storytimes on Thursday mornings.

Empire Bowl

The bowling alley has a small arcade and a diner and has open bowling daily with couch seating by the lanes. Thursday and Saturday nights they have a family special for up to five people and includes shoes and a pitcher of soda, and Saturday mornings the bowling alley hosts three juniors’ leagues. There is also a small bowling shop on the premises.

Inland Empire Waterparks

Summer heat is upon us and, while splashing in a pool or running through a sprinkler can be fun, it’s nice to take a day and really immerse yourself in the joy of cooling off.  There are water parks across the Inland Empire that are private or government owned, allowing for every way you can imagine to cool off, from sliding down a waterslide, catching a wave in a wave pool or being splashed with 100 gallons of water at a play area.

Here are some water park and regional park options for cooling off this summer in the Inland Empire. Rent a cabana or bring a beach blanket and go for a wet n’ wild time!


Water Parks

Castle Park’s Buccaneer Cove has a five-level structure of wet fun, including several slides, spray fountains and a splash bucket. There are several ticket options available, from just Buccaneer Cove entry at $13 to also including mini golf and the theme park rides at Castle Park in Riverside. Season passes are available, pay to park.

See the complete list here.