Things to do in Inland Empire – Visit Redlands

Redlands has grown so much since I was young. Once having the nickname of “Deadlands” by young locals, it is now full of great restaurant, live music performances and other entertainments.   One of the oldest cities in California, it offers a lot of options for those interested in learning about the past or just looking for a fun night.  My family loves Redlands and hope you enjoy your stay when you visit our wonderful city!
Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. downtown Redlands hosts a market night down State Street. Local stores run specials while food vendors, local farms and businesses sell wares. There are musicians and performances throughout the market and a children’s fun zone which includes a bounce house and pony rides.
The downtown stores that line the market, which closes State Street between Orange Street and Ninth Street, extend their usual hours and offer Thursday night deals.
The summer Bowl program is the oldest continually-running free concert series on the United States. Performances from Celtic groups, jazz bands, ballet companies and other genres entertain crowds in an open-air amphitheater twice a week. A yearly musical is also performed with several shows in a week. Come early and pack a picnic- but leave the wine at home.
Local theater
The free Shakespeare Summer Festival, held in the Redlands Bowl and the Redlands Theater Festival, held in Prospect Park both offer a series of plays in the warm evening air. Year round, the Redlands Footlighters and nonprofit Lifehouse Theatre offer performances locally in intimate settings.
Trails and walks
The Redlands Conservancy cares for several trails in the area, including some that go through the nearby San Timoteo Canyon area. The historical trails offer views of the local nature and history, including the zanja (locals say san-kee) built by the local Native American tribes for the settling ranchers.
Similar to bocce, lawn bowling (or bowls) is a game where balls are rolled on a smooth grass surface to get as close as possible to a smaller ball. The Redlands Lawn Bowling Club offers free lessons regularly and game play at the Sylvan Park location, located close to the 10 freeway.
Historic homes and museums
Redlands is one of the oldest cities in California and has several museums and historical homes to explore. Kimberly Crest was owned by the family who helped found Kimberly-Clark and has a mirror image twin architecture to the The Magic Castle.  The Lincoln Shrine is the only one dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War west of the Mississippi. It houses a large collection of artifacts, including weapons, and has a section devoted to the appearance of Lincoln in Star Trek.
Downtown Redlands
The downtown area stretches down Orange Street and up to Ninth Street, and from Redlands Boulevard to Citrus Avenue. The area is full of restaurants, bars, specialty shops and businesses. Try local beer, handmade ice cream, boutiques, coffee and other goods from businesses housed in historic buildings. My family’s favorite is A La Minute, a handmade ice cream shop, and The Frugal Frigate, a children’s bookstore.
The county museum hosts a large collection of preserved land and sea birds and their eggs, most of which are local to the area. Revolving galleries host local history and outside a train and mining equipment lead the way to the Exploration Station. In the basement, a downhill walk past the mineral collection there are a display of animals and reptiles that include a standing polar bear.

Things to Do In Inland Empire – San Bernardino with Kids

San Bernardino is one of the oldest communities in California and holds a lot of history, including a spot along old Route 66. Surrounded by mountains, the city offers interests for families who want a day in the great outdoors, watching a national sport or indulging in friendly competition.



Inland Empire 66ers baseball

The 66ers are San Bernardino’s minor league baseball team and current California League champions. The Angels affiliated team plays in San Manuel Stadium and is home to belly-bobbing mascot Bernie. The family-friendly venue offers not only weekly food and drink specials but theme nights, giveaways, contests and a chance to bring man’s best friend to the ball game. Season ticket packages are available.

National Orange Show

The National Orange Show festival takes place every year on Memorial Day weekend. The county-fair style event has everything from concerts to art shows, petting zoos, rides, and deep fried treats. The fair focuses on the local population and offers an educational focus on livestock and agriculture as well as affordable entertainment.

San Bernardino Raceway

Kids that are at least four feet tall and eight years old can take laps around an indoor race track on gas-powered go Karts that can go up to 40 mph. Kids under the limits can play air hockey and other arcade fun. The venue hosts birthday parties for kids and adults has cosmic racing on Saturday nights. Special offers and memberships are available.

Unofficial McDonald’s Museum

Fans of the ‘golden arches’ can take a trip to the museum in downtown San Bernardino, which is on the original location of the first McDonald’s restaurant. Happy meal boxes, playground equipment and other memorabilia fill the museum, which offers tours on the weekends. The location also houses a free Route 66 museum and is the cooperate offices of Juan Pollo Restaurants Inc.

Glen Helen Regional Park

San Manuel Amphitheater and Glen Helen Raceway share space with over 1,300 acres of recreational activities and areas to explore. Family picnics or reunions up to 300 people can be held at the park, which also has fishing, playgrounds, playing fields, campgrounds and a swimming area with water slides.  Entrance fees for the park, fishing permits and swimming area apply.

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Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 2/7/14-2/9/14

Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 2/7/14-2/9/14

This week we want to put the spotlight on the City of San Bernardino art and music scene.  There are several art galleries in town featuring photography and artifacts from around the world for a limited time only.  If you are planning on attending the Snowed in With Kingston event we also recommend you head up to the mountain early.  Big Bear is a busy place, especially if there is a big event.

Photo Credit: Mexican Consulate/ Nicolas Triedo

Photo Credit: Mexican Consulate/ Nicolas Triedo

  • Ebano – A Photographic Exhibit: The “Ebano” exhibit by Mexican photographer Nicolas Triedo at the National Orange Show Art Gallery in San Bernardino celebrates African heritage in Mexico.  (San Bernardino, CA)
Photo Credit: Orange Railway Museum

Photo Credit: Orange Railway Museum

  • Orange Railway Museum:  The non-profit Orange Empire Railway Museum has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California.  Family approved.
  • Temecula Valley MuseumThe Many Faces of George Washington exhibit.  January 11 – February 16 (Temecula, CA)
  • Music to My Eyes exhibit:   David Edward Byrd: Posters and Music Related Designs 1968-Now Cost: FREE. $3 donation recommended  (San Bernardino, CA)
  • Treasures of Ancient Egypt exhibit: Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influences in the Italian Peninsula as Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions, ca. 800-200 B.C. Cost: FREE. $3 donation recommended  (San Bernardino, CA)
  • The Permanent Collection:  The largest, most comprehensive photographic center in the West features four sub-collections: the Bingham Technology Collection, University Print Collection, the UCR/California Museum of Photography Study Center Library Collection, and the Digital Virtual Collectio  Cost:    (Riverside, CA)
  • Sentry: Works by Joe Biel:  The museum exhibition featuring a series of large-scale, two-dimensional drawings on paper and a monumental drawing installation specifically produced for the Culver Center of the Arts.
  • The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley: Stanley Lambchop is a normal boy in all respects who wants to do something amazing. One night, the bulletin board above his bed falls right on top of him – and he wakes up flat!


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Celebrating Lunar New Year At Pechanga Resort

Inland Moms attended the Lunar New Year celebration at Pechanga Casino & Resort.  The official seven day Chinese New Year Holiday was kicked off at the entrance of the Pechanga Hotel with colorful decor and fireworks.


It was a festive event! Make sure to watch the video to capture the spectacular traditional festivities and fireworks!

The Chinese festival marking the start of the new year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.  We were so excited to be able to participate in the celebration.