Kids Activities in Palm Desert

Single or Family Membership at Coachella Valley History Museum (50% Off)

Coachella Valley History Museum

Indio

$50 $25

Sprawling museum that includes four outdoor gardens and three historic buildings traces the history and heritage of Coachella Valley

$99.99 for a Water-Park Visit for Four with Four Meal Vouchers at Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs ($195.88 Value)

Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs

Palm Springs

$195.88 $99.99

Cool off with a seven-story water slide or a dip in an 800,000-gallon wave pool

$59 for $125 Worth of Music Lessons — Music and Voice Institute

Music And Voice Institute

Banning

$125 $59

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Two Hours of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Two, Four, or Six at AMF Bowling Co. (Up to 56% Off)

AMF Bowling Centers

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

One Month of Private 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Music Lessons at The Modern Music Studio (Up to 66% Off)

The Modern Music Studio

Beaumont

$100 $49

Experienced instructors help students expand their musical repertoire with techniques and practical skills

$149 for One Unlimited Summer Pass at Get Air Temecula ($297 Value)

Get Air Temecula

Temecula

$297 $149

Trampolines, foam pits, a halfpipe, a basketball court, and a 50-foot dodge-ball court for both kids and adults

Horse Camp for One or Two Children at Whispering Meadows Ranch (Up to 50% Off)

Whispering Meadows Ranch

Murrieta

$150 $79

Children interact with horses and ponies, learn about horse care and anatomy, and enjoy arts and crafts time

$29 for Three Same-Day Go-Kart Races on Monday–Friday at Pole Position Raceway (Up to $59.85 Value)

Pole Position Raceway

Multiple Locations

$59.85 $29

Emission-free electric go-karts zip around an indoor raceway equipped with computerized speed tracking

Three Laser Tag Games for 2, 4, or 12 People at Triple O Lazer Tag (Up to 52% Off)

Triple O Lazer Tag

Moreno Valley

$144 $69

Combatants run around black-lit arena dodging laser light in games that last 10 minutes

Kids' Gym Classes or Summer Camp at My Gym Rancho Santa Margarita (Up to 67% Off). Three Options Available.

My Gym Rancho Santa Margarita

Dove Canyon

$150 $49

Kids hone motor skills and play sports in age-appropriate gym classes; summer camps are filled with games and activities

Two or Four Private Guitar, Piano, Drums, or Vocal Lessons at Music Lessons Central (Up to 51% Off)

Music Lessons Central

West Redlands

$50 $25

Experienced musicians guide pupils through fundamentals and music reading on variety of instruments

Wolf Recovery Today Tour for Two or Four or One-Year Membership for Four at California Wolf Center (Up to 56% Off)

California Wolf Center

Palomar-Julian

$40 $20

Wolf Recovery Today program includes observation of wolf packs; membership includes program admission, newsletter, and wolf picture and bio

$150 for a Kids' Birthday Party Package at Kidstarz International Academy of Creative Arts ($300 Value)

Kidstarz International Academy of Creative Arts

Lake Elsinore

$300 $150

Before singing "Happy Birthday," partygoers work on a crafts project, painting, or science experiment with guidance from an instructor

Horse-Drawn-Carriage Ride with Snacks for Two or Four at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon (Up to 57% Off)

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Oceanside-Escondido

$160 $69

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Excursions provide a view of picturesque vineyards and scenic vistas of the San Pasqual Valley while guests relax and enjoy light snacks

90-Minute Travel Rings and Extreme Airbag Experience for Two, or Trapeze Lesson for Two at Trapeze High (51% Off)

Trapeze High

Escondido

$120 $59

Trained instructors teach students of all ages and skill levels travel rings or trapeze stunts with the help of lines and harnesses

Three or Four 60-Minute Open-Jump Sessions for Up to Four at Sky Zone Riverside (Half Off)

Sky Zone Riverside

La Sierra

$48 $24

Indoor trampoline park with bounceable floors and walls

Entry for Two, Four, or Six with Waterslides and Splash Island Use at Lake Gregory Regional Park (Up to 48% Off)

Lake Gregory Regional Park

Crestline

$38 $25

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Spend the day at an 84-acre lake shrouded in trees and a mountain range that's equipped with waterslides and inflatable on-water playground

Visit With a Feed a Big-Cat- or Bear-Feeding Experience for One or Two at Lions Tigers & Bears (Up to 39% Off)

Lions Tigers & Bears

Alpine

$130 $89

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Visit over 50 animals at a no-breed, no-kill, no-sell sanctuary for rescued exotic animals and learn responsible animal care along the way

Dragster Ride-Along from Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience (Up to 31% Off). Two Options Available.

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-along adventures

Bowling Package for Two, Four, or Six with Appetizers and Small Drinks at Surf Bowl (Up to 57% Off)

Surf Bowl

South Oceanside

$57.50 $25

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Bowlers don rented shoes and send pins flying before pausing to snack on freshly fried foods

Family-Fun Park for 1 or Birthday Party for 10 at Camp Pendleton Playland (Up to 51% Off)

Camp Pendleton Playland

Oceanside

$34.95 $17

Kids burn off a lot of steam at six attractions, which stand at the ready to be bounced in, climbed on, or scampered through

$16 for $35 Worth of Music Lessons — Music Coach Mike

Music Coach Mike

Oceanside

$35 $16

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Oceanside Museum of Art Visit for Two or Four (Up to 47% Off)

Oceanside Museum of Art

Townsite

$16 $9

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Explore a wide variety of art forms from the 20th and 21st centuries, including a new special exhibition of quilts

Laser Tag at Camp Pendleton Playland, Courtesy of Laser Tag Tickets (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Laser Tag Tickets

Camp Pendleton Playland

$20 $10

After games of outdoor laser tag, players can compare scores and stats

60-Minute Stand-Up Paddleboard Lesson for Two or Four at Oceanside Paddleboard (Up to 55% Off)

Oceanside Paddleboard

Oceanside

$55 $25

Participants of all experience levels can skim the waters atop stand-up paddleboards that provide novel views of surrounding environment

Museum of Making Music Visit for Two Adults, or Two Adults and Two Children (Up to 50% Off)

Museum of Making Music

Carlsbad

$16 $8

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Interactive activities and exhibits showcase innovations in instrument construction and popular music through the 20th century

Two-Hour Visit for Two or Four to Urban Jungle Fun Park (Up to 42% Off)

Urban Jungle Fun Park

Santee

$36 $22

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Young kids and teens alike explore attractions such as a climbable skyscraper model, an inflatable obstacle course, and a trampoline court

Parents’ Night Out, Kids' Open-Gym Sessions, or Teen Dance at Cal Elite Kids (Up to Half Off). Four Options Available.

Cal Elite Kids

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

$20 $10

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Kids experience playtime while parents get a night off; open-gym sessions facilitate fun activities; teen dances are a safe way to socialize

One Month of 30-Minute Piano Lessons at Music Ed 4 U, Inc. (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Music Ed 4 U, Inc.

Ladera Ranch

$120 $60

Using a step-by-step program, a piano teacher with 40+ years of experience teaches the instrument to students of all ages

90-Minute Zoo Tour for 2, 5, or 10 at Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation (Up to 55% Off)

Rancho Las Lomas Wildlife Foundation

Silverado

$60 $29

A zookeeper leads groups past each exhibit and shares facts about tigers, zebras, and other animals, some of which are hand-fed by staff

Two 30- or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons at Academy of Music (Up to 53% Off)

Academy of Music

Multiple Locations

$60 $30

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University-trained and professional musicians teach students instruments, vocal training, and songwriting in family-friendly environment

Visit for Two or Four Adults to Mission San Juan Capistrano (50% Off)

Mission San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano

$18 $9

Built by missionaries more than 200 years ago, the mission features 10 acres of living history, artifacts, and original architecture

Four- or Eight-Week Session of Children's Music Lessons at Wagner's School of Music (53% Off)

Wagner's School of Music

La Mesa

$125 $59

Music school in business for more than three decades offers piano classes which include music theory, composition, and improvisation

Two or Four 30-Minute Classical Piano Lessons at Joyce Piano (Up to 71% Off)

Joyce Piano

Lake Forest

$60 $19

Instructor with 15 years of experience leads private lessons in classical piano playing six days a week

$34 for Day of Fun with Rides, Petting Zoo, and Pumpkin Credit (Up to $65 Value)

Pumpkin City's Pumpkin Farm

Laguna Hills Mall

$65 $34

Thousands of pumpkins highlight a large harvest festival, which also includes kids' rides, a petting zoo, game booths, and other activities

Two Races with Membership for One, Two, or Four at Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing (Up to 48% Off)

Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing

Ontario

$41 $25

10- to 12-minute races in gas-powered Sodi go-karts heat up an IKF-designed track

$48 for 12 Laser-Tag Adventure Passes at Laser Island (Up to $96 Value)

Laser Island

Upland

$96 $48

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4,000 sq. ft. laser-tag arena mimics the look of a cargo-flight crash on a deserted island, complete with black lights and pumping music

Kids' Party with Indoor Sports, Pizza, and Cake for 25 at The Upland Arena Indoor Sports Complex (Up to 51% Off)

The Upland Arena Indoor Sports Complex

Upland

$329 $160

Indoor field hosts kids' birthday parties with games such as soccer or dodgeball, as well as pizza, drinks, and cake for up to 25 people

Two or Four 30- or 60-Minute Private Music Lessons at Mitch's Music School (Up to 59% Off)

Mitch's Music School

Upland

$55 $30

Drum, guitar, piano, voice, or woodwinds lessons for students of all ability levels and ages

Performing-Arts Classes or Private Piano or Voice Lessons at Ovation School for the Performing Arts (Up to 57% Off)

Ovation School for the Performing Arts

Upland

$150 $69

Veteran performers teach kids and teens acting, singing, and dancing in twice-weekly classes; private music lessons focus on voice or piano

Four or Eight Guitar Lessons at Pat Hurley Music School (Up to 60% Off)

Pat Hurley Music School

Laguna Niguel

$130 $59

Music instructor with more than 35 years of experience teaches students to play the guitar at their own pace

Admission for Two or Four to Planes of Fame Air Museum (Up to Half Off)

Planes of Fame

Chino

$22 $11

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More than 150 aircraft and displays—including an N9MB Flying Wing—fill the aviation museum

30-Day Unlimited Open-Play and Family-Night Pass for One or Two at Party Kingdom (Up to 69% Off)

Party Kingdom

Chino

$56 $20

Kids bounce around on 12 inflatables, scale a rock wall, climb through a 60 ft. obstacle course, and play on a new zipline and foam pit

VIP Admission for Two or Four or a One-Year Individual or Family Membership at Yanks Air Museum (Up to 41% Off)

Yanks Air Museum

Chino

$32 $19

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More than 200, mostly American-made aircraft take museum visitors on trips through different eras of flight

Two-Hour Evening Whale-Watching Cruise for One, Two, or Four from Dana Wharf Whale Watching (Up to 54% Off)

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Dana Point

$25 $12

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Experienced crew guides sightseers on two-hour evening tours to catch views of scenic seascapes and blue and gray whales

Two or Four 30-Minute Piano Lessons from Jenise Piano Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Jenise Piano Studio

Aliso Viejo

$60 $29

Students of all ages and experience levels learn to play the piano

Standup Paddleboard Rental, 4-Hour Soft-Top Surfboard Rental, or Both from Everyday California (Up to 60% Off)

Everyday California

La Jolla Shores

$30 $15

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Guests work their core while paddling a standup board, or ride the waves on a soft-top surfboard

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At The Living Desert, a dedicated conservation team tends to plants and animals populating more than 1,800 acres of desert—1,000 of which remain in their natural, undisturbed state. In addition to protecting the Colorado Desert's native population of birds, wolves, reptiles, and minotaurs, The Living Desert houses bighorn sheep, cheetahs, striped hyenas, leopards, and parrots from arid regions throughout the globe. Through annual contributions, members of the nonprofit organization help preserve the Colorado Desert and bolster the population of endangered desert species. Members also gain unlimited access to the park, discounts in the gift shop, and invitations to special events, such as the annual member-cheetah race.

47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert,
CA
US

At Boomers!, thrill-seeking families and fun-enabling friends can attack a variety of appealing attractions, including mini golf, batting cages, bumper boats, and the button-mashing joys housed inside the exhilarating game room. The Vista location entertains families of sharpshooters with a blacklight-illuminated laser-tag arena before little ones climb and crawl through the Kidopolis play area. The El Cajon and San Diego locations let rivals celebrate the spirit of competition as they fly past each other in speedy go-karts or have a snail-paced Ferris wheel race at the kid's county fair. Unlimited pass holders at the El Cajon location can also scale the 32-foot-tall climbing wall, which, like America, enables citizens to climb to the top via myriad routes.

67-700 E Palm Canyon Dr.
Cathedral City,
CA
US

While zipping around Xceleration Indoor Kart Racing's indoor go-kart track, there's only one thing drivers have to worry about: the competition. That's because the Italian-made go-karts are completely electric-powered, from their 48-volt engines to the lightning bolts that turn each kart on, which means they never release emissions.

Still, the speedy karts easily burn rubber inside Xceleration's 50,000-square-foot air-conditioned center, whose track is modeled after those used in Formula 1 races. Drivers can stop by for some quick laps or, in groups, partake in grand-prix-style competitions—after which the top three finishers receive trophies and pose for photos on a winner's podium. Drivers then unwind with soft drinks from Xceleration's concessions stand or games of pool inside the arcade.

35780 Date Palm Drive
Cathedral City,
CA
US

Before Coachella Valley became the incubator for modern design that it is today, it was an agricultural center, a major railroad stop, and home to the indigenous Cahuilla people. In 1965, valley residents formed The Coachella Valley Historical Society to preserve each of these eras, and opened the Coachella Valley History Museum nearly two decades later as the embodiment of that mission.

  • Size: the museum campus includes four sprawling outdoor gardens, three buildings, and all the air that surrounds them
  • Eye Catcher: the historic water tower that looms over the outdoor gallery
  • Permanent Mainstay: the 1926 adobe Smiley-Tyler House?this building, once owned by Dr. Smiley and his wife, houses the main exhibits, including a kitchen straight from the 1930s and 1940s
  • Visiting Exhibits: Journey of a People: A History of the Cahuilla & Chemehuevi Tribes in the Coachella Valley, which includes artifacts from the five tribes indigenous to the valley
  • Don't Miss: amid the gardens, which surround visitors in working date groves, desert flora, and roses, is Liberty Tree, Coachella Valley's oldest cork tree
82616 Miles Ave
Indio,
CA
US

People looking for a quick dip or dramatic splash have plenty of options at Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs. Not only does the water park feature two chutes that send riders on a high-speed trip from the peak of a seven-story tower, it also harbors a massive, 800,000-gallon wave pool. This is because Wet 'n' Wild Palm Springs strives to cool off people of all stripes—whether they're looking for an adrenaline boost or hoping to work on their driftwood impression. For the former are slides for children of all sizes, while the latter can chat and tan as they effortlessly float along a 600-foot lazy river.

The water park stretches onto land, too. Lounge chairs let visitors soak up the sun while snacking on ice cream and pizza, and canopy-covered cabanas wait for groups seeking a private place to regroup between rides.

2052 Entertainment Cir
Palm Springs,
CA
US

In 1913, Cabot Yerxa re-discovered Desert Hot Springs' eponymous springs while digging for water on his 160 acres of homesteaded land. In 1941, the pioneer decided to build a Hopi-inspired pueblo on this land using materials he reclaimed or found in the desert. The result is now known as Cabot's Pueblo Museum, and it encompasses 5,000 square feet.

The building, which rises four stories above the desert and utilizes the Venturi Effect for air conditioning, is constructed out of adobe-style sun-dried brick that Cabot made himself in his courtyard. Cabot also used materials from cabins abandoned in the 1930s. Visitors can wander through his pueblo's 35 rooms, peer out of the 150 windows, and stage elaborate Scooby-Doo chases through the 65 doors.

67616 Desert View Ave
Desert Hot Springs,
CA
US