Things To Do For Families Wanting To Get Out For A Bit In The IE and Beyond

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Feel like getting out for a bit, but not sure what to do?! No prob… we’ve got you! We all have those days where we’re itching to get out and do something with the family, but we’re not sure what. Check out this Guide for some fun and exciting ideas that’ll make any family trip memorable!

Hikes & Trails

  • Skyline Trail is now open in Corona, off of Foothill. It’s a great local hike for the whole family and a fun way to get in some fresh air and some nature lessons for the kids.
  • Mt. Rubidoux is another local favorite in Riverside. The granite hill towers above the city and has a huge cross at the top.
  • Pumpkin Rock in Norco is named after the massive boulder that’s painted at the top of this loop trail that’s a fun hike for all ages.
  • Hidden Valley Nature Trail still says it’s closed online, but like other trails that have opened, except for this one to open soon.
  • Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo is open and a 3.2-mile loop that features beautiful scenery and some good cardio.
  • Heart Rock Trail in Crestline has beautiful sights. After, some of the shops in Lake Arrowhead are open, with restaurants offering take out for an after-hike picnic.
  • Chino Creek Wetlands is a great way to spend some time outdoors in the fresh air.

Berry Picking & Farms

  • Kenny’s Strawberry Farm in Fallbrook (right outside of Temecula) is now open. For a fee, you’ll get to pick your own strawberries, bask in the sunshine and fresh air and get some great pics!
  • Temecula Berry Company is also a fun place to pick your own blueberries and get the kids out of the house for a bit
  • Los Rios Rancho in Oakglen is known for its apple pickings in the fall, but during the warmer months, you can pick strawberries on the rural property.
  • Riley’s Farm in Oakglen also offers strawberry picking that’s open to the public, along with other fruit options later in the year.
  • Tanaka Farms in Irvine is now open and allowing the public to enjoy its strawberry fields! But you have to pre-register since no walk-ups are allowed at the moment.
  • Amy’s Farms in Ontario is a field trip favorite for many schools and they’re offering the public a chance to get out of the house to see some farm animals.
  • Sugarplum Farm Zoo in Temecula is now open and is a small zoo that your kids will adore! Masks are mandatory, though, and you’ll be required to follow social distancing practices.
  • Bonelli Regional Park in San Dimas is a great way to spend the day out in nature. The park has its own lake and various trails that are perfect for a day trip and picnic with the kids.
  • Alpacas of Menifee Valley is a local farm where your kids can get up close and personal with friendly alpacas.

Beaches

  • Corona Del Mar Tide Pools are fun for kids who love to see sea animals.
  • T-Street Beach in San Clemente is a great day trip to enjoy the water and some sun. Right now, there’s only street parking.
  • Many of the OC beaches are open as long as you’re not sitting down in the sand. According to others that have gone, beaches like Newport, Huntington and others are pretty lax in their rules. The parking lots are closed and you’ll have to find street parking.

Other Attractions

  • Irvine Railroad Park is back up and running (with social distancing measures in place). You’ll be able to ride the train and rent paddle boats, which is the perfect way to get stir-crazy kids out of the house for a while.
  • Cabazon Dinosaurs is a drive, but it’ll be worth it when the kids check out these movie-famous dinos!
  • Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge is worth the drive. Just make sure you buy tickets ahead of time.
  • LA County Arboretum in Arcadia is also open, but you’ll have to make a reservation online before you go.
  • Van Buren Drive-In movie theater is open and allows kids to watch a new movie outside of the house for a bit!
  • Mission Tiki Drive-In movie theater in Montclair is another fun option for a night trip for the kids to check out a new release.
  • Lake Elsinore Storm is also doing movie nights at the stadium on a 24′ inflatable screen. Tickets must be purchased in advanced.
  • Waterwise Botanicals is located about 15 minutes south of Temecula and is a serene place to walk around and take in the property’s beauty.
  • Vail Headquarters in Temecula is a pretty happening place pre-pandemic days. Although it’s nothing like before, you can still enjoy some pizza outside in the quaint little rustic shopping center and shop some of the few local shops that are open.
  • Fiesta Village Family Fun Park in Colton is up and running. They have mini golf, go karts and more!

The list will be updated once more things are open! Or know of some family things to do in the IE that’s open and should be on the list? Comment below and we’ll add it.

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kristie moved to Corona six years ago after her husband accepted a position in a neighboring city. Since then, she’s been able to create quite an extraordinary life in this wonderful city she calls home. As a work-from-home mom of three littles (Mason 4, Kingston 3 and sweet baby Juliette 3 months), Kristie is one busy momma! Life is non-stop for this momma, but she wouldn't have it any other way. The UCLA graduate is a writer/journalist/social media and communications coordinator by trade, but a momma and wife 24/7. When she’s not working and has a much-needed break from her kids, she enjoys reading, writing, wine, fitness and living life to her fullest! You can catch up with her everyday life on IG @therealmommychronicles!

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