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Best Summer Time Activities For Kids In The Inland Empire

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School's out for summer and now is a great time to get out and explore all that the Inland Empire has to offer with the kids. The weather is pretty toasty out here in the IE during the summer, so we've curated a list of the best places to stay indoors or to cool off and get the most out of your summer vacation as possible.

Indoor Sports & High Activity

Sky Zone
4031 Flat Rock Drive
Riverside, CA 92505
(951) 643–0099

Sky Zone provides guests with thrilling activities fit for all ages and fitness levels where you and your kids are guaranteed to have a 'soaring' time. Filled with wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky Zone provides a brand new way to move and sets the stage for a variety of activities such as 3-D Dodgeball, SkyRobics, open jump, basketball, and jumping into the giant foam pit.

Pump It Up
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Pump It Up
11966 Jack Benny Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 466-0806

The Open Play Jumps at Pump it Up are the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family, meet other families and make new friends in a safe, clean, climate controlled environment.The massive inflatables spark kids imaginations to run wild. It's not only fun for the kids, but provides a healthy workout that burns off excess energy and helps keep them fit. It's fun for kids of all ages. Toddlers under 2 are free

Hangar 18
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Hangar 18 Climbing Gyms
256 Stowell Street Suite A
Upland, CA 91786
(909) 931-5991

With over 12,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain, lead routes that range up to seventy feet long, world-class bouldering, and a professional and friendly staff, Hangar 18 is one of Southern California's premier indoor climbing facilities. Family Night program at Hangar 18 Climbing Gyms are on the first Thursday of every month from 4pm to close at all Hangar 18 locations.

Splash Pads and Splash Parks
Citrus Splash Zone

Citrus Splash Zone
1250 Santana Way
Corona, CA 92881
(951) 736-2241

The Citrus Splash Zone at Citrus Park in Corona is a free splash park with zero-depth water. Next to the splash park which operates every day during the summer, there is a playground. There is a large grassy area surrounded the entire park and plenty of shaded picnic benches.

Guasti Regional Park

Guasti Regional Park
800 N Archibald Avenue
Ontario, CA 91764
(909) 481-4205

Guasti Regional Park provides 150 acres of outdoor recreation activities in an urban setting. Families ca enjoy a wide range of activities including two lakes for fishing, a swim complex with giant pool and two twisty water slides, a zero depth water play park and plenty of picnic tables. Guasti Regional Park is an economical way to spend a fantastic day.

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DropZone Water Park
2165 Trumble Road
Perris, CA 92570
(951) 210-1600

Owned by Riverside County, the DropZone Water Park features fun for everyone! Offering 2 body slides, 2 mat racers, sand volleyball courts, a lazy river, a FlowRider surf machine, an activity play structure, ground geysers, a small pool and a 50 meter competition pool, there's something for everyone at this Perris water park.

The Cove Waterpark
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The Cove
4310 Camino Real
Riverside, CA 92509
(951) 360-1974

A family-friendly water park that is fun for all, Riverside's The Cove Waterpark offers up a ton of fun in the sun. From a Lil' Mates Lagoon for the younger kids, to a Ne'er Ending River to relax in, 3 Crow's Nest Slides, Riptide Reef Flowrider and many more water attractions, the water park in Riverside is a definite must for kids and adults looking to cool off during the Summer months! Life jackets and tube floats are available at no extra cost.

Splash Kingdom Waterpark
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Splash Kingdom Waterpark
1101 California Street
Redlands, CA 92374
(909) 335-7275

Splash Kingdom Waterpark is the Inland Empire's "beach within reach", featuring 20 acres of pools, rides, and slides. Splash Kingdom is open seasonally every May through September, and features several splashin' options for the whole family.

Wet N Wild Palm Springs
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Wet n' Wild Palm Springs
1500 S Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA
(760) 327-0499

Formerly Knott's Soak City, the Wet n' Wild Palm Springs is a perfect oasis in the dry desert heat. With over 10 wet n' crazy water attractions, there's something for every member of the family. Wet n' Wild water attractions include the FlowRider, Gremmie Lagoon for the littles, Kahuna's Beach house – perfect for the whole family and the Pacific Spin, Pipeline Point and Tidal Wave Tower for your daredevils and more!

Indoor Kids Museums
PennyPickles Childrens Museum

42081 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 308-6376

Pennypickle's Workshop is an indoor children's museum full of scientific exploration and wonderment. Set up to appear as though it is the scientist Phineas Pennypickle's home, this museum is full of thought-provoking inventions. From a bathroom and music room to time travel and more there is so much to do and explore. Closed on Mondays, Pennypickle's is open Tuesday through Sunday with specific time sessions.

Fingerprints Youth Museum

Fingerprints Youth Museum
123 S Carmalita Street
Hemet, CA 92543
(951) 765-1223

The Fingerprints Youth Museum is located in downtown Hemet and it's a great place for kids of all ages. There are lots of exhibits and activities to do and explore in this museum. From Police motorcycles, ambulance, rock climbing, fire engine, doll house, arts and crafts, dinosaur fossil digging, trash truck, grocery store and tons more, you can easily spend an entire day there.

Imagine Me Grow
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Imagine Me Grow
39520 Murrieta Hot Springs Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 514-9489

Imagine Me Grow is an upbeat imaginary town where children are able to experience fun adventures in a "grown-up's world." Let your little one create their dreams in the imaginary university, show off their dance moves in the dance hall or serve up a dish in the city's local fish house. Your child's imagination won't stop there as they wander to the local fire station or participate in a life-like armed-forces training facility.

Western Science Center

Western Science Center
2345 Searl Parkway
Hemet, CA 92543
(951) 791-0033

Located in the city of Hemet, the state of the art Western Science Center contains Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed during construction of the Diamond Valley Lake. Opened in 2006, the museum has been designed to offer world-class facilities for just about one million specimens discovered during the development of the Diamond Valley Lake.

Chino Youth Museum

Chino Youth Museum
13191 6th St
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 464-0499

Located in beautiful downtown Chino, The Chino Youth Museum sits inside of the historical First National Bank and offers children an interactive, hands-on, friendly museum that is small enough that your kids explore freely. Set up with different exhibits that are both interactive and fun, let your kids ride a real Chino Police Motorcycle and be a bank teller, television program director, artist or chef. Located just next door is a beautiful shaded grassy area with water fountains that is perfect for a picnic lunch.

Desiree Eaglin is an Inland Empire resident and a crazy momma of four. When the kids aren't jumping off the couch and bouncing off the walls, they go to all of the places on this list during the loooong summer days. You can follow Desiree's adventures on her blog The Funny Mom Blog or you can follow her crazy family adventures on Twitter.
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