Activities and Day Trips for Moms of Tots Living in the Inland Empire

Are you always looking for fun things to do with your little ones? If you are new to the area or visiting then here are some outings from an I.E. native. Here are a few inexpensive outings that an adventurous momma can take sans significant other on a weekday. Some are quite local and some require a drive of 1 hour or less from the Rancho Cucamonga area.

1 to 2 hours:

Toddler Town in Rancho Cucamonga – Great for new walkers and up to 5 years old. Look for coupons on Yelp

LOL Kids Club in Ontario 

House of Play – great for 3 and up

Sky High Jump in Ontario

Ontario Ice Skating Arena – check ahead for open skating hours

Skate Express in Chino- depends on the crowd, of course

The Claremont Loop with a jogging stroller – go early! It’s a 5 mile inclined hike.

Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas – Play structures, a lake, ducks, swimming in the summer, and a great walking path

John’s Incredible Pizza – Food and fun in one

Color-Me-Mine in Chino Hills – You can paint your own pottery

Snow sledding – Tubing parks are pricey, but Mt. Baldy has some prime snowman building spots that are free and easy to drive to. I recommend having chains in your car just in case.

The Pacific Electric Trail – great for a walk or a bike ride. There are multiple parks on this route.

3 to 4 hours:

Los Angeles Zoo (be sure to leave by 2 to beat traffic)

Ontario Reign Game

Quakes Baseball Game – The tickets and beer are cheap 🙂 Plan wisely because these games run past bedtime but are worth the firework show on Fridays. 

Apple Picking in Oak Glen (Try Riley’s Farm and Snow Line Orchard)

Tom’s Farm – Not a real farm. There is shopping, food, and a kiddie train.

Amy’s Farm – It’s a real farm

Horseback Riding – there are lots of local trail riding companies. Try yelp.
4 to 6 hours:

Knott’s Berry Farm – Their kiddie area is great

Disneyland with an annual pass – Get it while your tot is free! Absolutely bring your stroller.

Scandia – This is good for families with a 12 year old and a 5 year old

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater – Has it been a while since you’ve seen a movie but can’t get a sitter? Let your tot sleep while you enjoy a double feature! 
Or just take a stroll and explore these shopping quarters:

Downtown Claremont – EXCELLENT food choices and a college town feel

Downtown Upland – The antique shops are a real gem

Victoria Gardens – Ride the kiddie train, play on the play set, and eat sweets

The Grove of LA and Farmers Market – every SoCal resident should go once

Downtown Laguna Beach – It is worth the drive! Shopping AND some sun. 

Ontario Mills – Good on a rainy day since its completely indoors. There’s a Rainforest Cafe, AMC, and Dave & Busters.


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