Looking for some kid friendly activities in La Quinta? Whether you’re a resident or just visiting the Valley, if you have kids, you want to keep them busy while you’re here. We know that the area is full of art, golf, music and other adult-type of activities, but what is there to do for the kids? Lots!
Joshua Tree National Park
Just visiting the park is a treat for kids and adults alike, but there is so much more to do here. Kids can become a Junior Ranger, which is where they take an oath to protect and learn more about the parks and then complete a series of activities during their park visits. They are then rewarded with an official Junior Ranger badge. Besides this, kids could partake in:
• Horseback riding
• Mountain biking
• Nature walks
Wet ‘n’ Wild
On those hot desert days, why not cool off at a waterpark? With a huge number of water slides, family rides and raft rides, plus a large wave pool flanked by covered cabanas, parents and kids can have a great day here. Buy a season pass, and enjoy the waterpark from its opening in March until the end of the season. You’ll also enjoy free parking, discounts and free dive-in movies (which is a bonus all on its own).
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Visit the many deserts of the world at the Living Desert Zoo, with daily activities including specialized exhibits, animal feedings, wildlife show, animal chat and more. Education is king at this zoo, where they have many programs targeted to kids learning about the environment, animal welfare and sustainable practices. Even toddlers can participate in these programs and their Park after Dark is highly-touted and a great way to experience the nocturnal animals and roast up some s’mores.
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
Providing a fun, community resource for children to learn about themselves and the world around them, the Children’s Discovery Museum has a number of amazing exhibits like:
• Brain Buster Road
• Hidden Treasures
• How Things Work
• Maker Space
They have scheduled programs as well for every age and interest, including cooking, stories, science and so much more. You can even drop your kids off for the “drop off and dine” program, where you can enjoy a prepared dinner, entertainment while your kid has his or her own fun!
Palm Springs Air Museum
Every kid loves airplanes, so why not experience them up-close and learn more about their history? Open daily, the Palm Springs Air Museum has planes and other exhibits from the world wars, plus other important wars in our history. With Veterans working as docents, they share their experiences with visitors, keeping that history alive. Not only is this a fun place to visit, it incorporates important lessons for all kids.