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Things To Do With Kids in Palm Springs

Just two hours outside of LA lies Palm Springs, a desert oasis of eternal sunshine and vacation vibes. This fashionable resort town is full of hip shops and restaurants, is home to a number of music and art festivals, and is perfect for family getaways. Kids love the many water parks, shopping centers, and family-friendly entertainment centers. Take a look at the following family-friendly hotspots that make Palm Springs the perfect place to be all year long.

Palm Springs is the perfect place for parents to unwind, thanks to the many spas and resorts. Some of these resorts, like the Palms Canyon Resort and the Westin Mission Hills, even cater to kids. For more family fun, be sure to check out:

  • San Jacinto State Park, a favorite hiking spot for locals
  • The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, home to all sorts of desert animals
  • Get Air has trampolines and foam pits to practice tricks in
  • Wet n’ Wild Palm Springs has water slides for every thrill seeker
  • Splashtopia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas is great for parents to unwind and kids to explode

Resort towns are for the whole family. After a full day of pampering, take the kids out to explore all the trendy shops and restaurants Palm Springs is known for. Some of the most family-friendly activities in town include:

  • Searching for one-of-a-kind gifts at Ruddy’s General Store Museum
  • Touring the nursery at the Moorten Botanical Gardens
  • Hiking the steep and scenic Cactus to Clouds trail
  • Grabbing lunch at Fisherman’s Market & Grill
  • Taking a jeep tour with Desert Adventure
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Many visitors come to Palm Springs to see the Mid-Century Modern architecture and the homes of Hollywood movie stars. Take the kids on celebrity tour with The Best of The Best Tours to see if you can grab a photo with your favorite actors. Don’t forget to take a look at these other Palm Springs landmarks:

  • Explore the town’s most notable places with ScavengerHunt.com
  • Get a bird’s-eye view of Chino Valley with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Have a picnic in Indian Canyon
  • Snap photos of all your favorite celebrity plaques on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars
  • Learn all about the native peoples at Cabot’s Pueblo Museum

What kid doesn’t love a day in the water? Palm Springs is full of aquatic fun, from water parks to grand resort pools. Next time you’re in town, try these other exciting activities in the desert oasis:

  • Cool down at the Desert Ice Castle
  • See the life-sized giant reptiles at Cabazon Dinosaurs
  • Take a creativity workshop at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
  • Swing higher than your friends at Ruth Hardy Park
  • Swim like a fish at the Palm Springs Aquatic Center

There’s no reason to explore Palm Springs alone. Grab the kids and all of their friends and check out the many eateries, festivals, and team building activities this town has to offer. Some of the most popular group activities include:

  • Spotting lizards on the hike to Tahquitz Falls
  • Playing a round of mini golf at Boomers Palm Springs
  • Sharing a pie at Palm Springs Pizza
  • Hitting a homerun at Palm Springs Power Baseball
  • Buying locally made gifts and goodies at VillageFest

Although Palm Springs may come off as a a town of leisure, the city has a colorful history and rich culture. Make sure to leave time to take the kids to the many art galleries and museums to learn about this California destination’s deep heritage. Make sure to visit these educational attractions in Palm Springs:

  • Take a walking tour with the Palm Springs Historical Society
  • Watch a performance at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum
  • See the energy turbines with Palm Springs Windmill Tours
  • Learn about planes at the Palm Springs Air Museum
  • Understand native culture at the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

As the home of actors, artists, and musicians, Palms Springs would be remiss to not have classes for creative children. Sign your rising star up for one of the many music, art, or acting classes in town. Here are some top-rated classes:

  • Dance With Miss Lindsay turns kids into ballerinas
  • Old Town Studios is the best place to work with clay
  • Desert Art Classes offers classes for all ages
  • The Music School teaches children to play classical instruments
  • Palm Canyon Theater has kids camps in the summer

If you and the kids are trying to avoid the desert air, head inside to beat the heat. Palm Springs has tons to do to cool down, including bowling lanes and dark laser arenas. Check out these top things to do indoors:

  • Scale the wall at Desert Rocks Indoor Climbing Gym
  • See the latest blockbuster at Regal Cinemas Palm Springs 9
  • Be the last one standings at Laser Oasis
  • Bring your lucky ball to Bowling Palm Springs Lanes
  • Browse the store at Westfield Palm Desert