Looking for fun things to do in Palm Springs? Palm Springs is just a short drive down from Los Angeles, straight down the 10 Freeway. Often a road trip destination for Angelino’s, this oasis is perfect for a family vacation!
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Fun Things to do with Kids in Palm Springs
Parks & Trails
Tahquitz Canyon is one of the most beautiful and culturally sensitive areas of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation. Tahquitz Canyon is home to a spectacular seasonal 60-foot waterfall, rock art, ancient irrigation systems, native wildlife, and plants. Located at the entrance to the canyon, the Tahquitz Canyon Visitor Center offers educational and cultural exhibits. The Center offers a display of artifacts, an observation deck, and a theater room for viewing The Legend of Tahquitz Canyon.
The Indian Canyons is the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The Indian Canyons are home to Andreas Canyon, Murray Canyon and Palm Canyon, and they are especially sacred to the Tribe today. The Agua Caliente people have thrived here for thousands of years.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is open year-round. There are few facilities within the park’s approximately 800,000 acres, making Joshua Tree a true desert wilderness just a few hours outside Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. About 2.8 million visitors come to the park each year to enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, photography, rock climbing, and simply enjoying the serene desert scenery. The busy season in Joshua Tree runs from October through May.
The Palm Springs Self-Driving Windmill Tours is an interactive, educational and fun tour for friends and family. The tour is curated by Randy Buckmaster, Tour Manager, in which he will guide you along with a video and audio program and marked destination’s throughout the first commercial wind farm in the United States. The tour takes you on a journey of 10 marked stops starting with a display yard of non-operating wind turbines of successes and failures, along with a stop to a real generating wind turbine where you can get up close and take pictures. The tour continues through a solar farm and ends with a stop at the old gas plant. There you can exit on 19th Avenue to Indian Canyon Road more knowledgeable about renewable energy! The tour takes approximately one hour depending on your pace. We ask that you respect others by not gathering at the marked destinations. Please allow cars ahead of you to finish their exploration before your turn. Are you ready to become a wind energy nerd?
Red Jeep Tours
Since 1988, Desert Adventures has provided the most highly regarded outdoor adventures in the Greater Palm Springs area and we are the #1 Outdoor Activity in the California Desert on TripAdvisor! Our tours and events provide an authentic and unique Destination Experience that captures the true essence of the California desert.
Attractions & Activities
Boomers! Palm Springs
Boomers Palm Springs features acres of family fun and excitement, making it the best place in Palm Springs for date nights, birthday parties, team building, and family fun. Featuring exciting rides and attractions including go karts, three 18 hole miniature golf courses, bumper boats, batting cages, rockwall, and a state-of-the art game room featuring over 100 of the hottest video games, we offer fun for everyone!
My Gym – Palm Desert
A gym for kids from 3 months to 8 years old. Private and limited size classes. Camps, birthday parties and events.
Get Air Trampoline Park Palm Desert
Indoor trampoline parks offering family-friendly fun with features like wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, ninja obstacles and dodgeball, The best place in town to gather for birthday parties, team building, corporate events and more!
Palm Desert Aquatic Center
Recreational swim areas, slides and kids play zone, lap swimming, water aerobics, food & snack concession, locker rooms, multi-purpose room for parties and so much more!
Fountain Of Life
Cathedral City provides the Fountain of Life in Town Square, an award winning interactive fountain providing artistic beauty and a “sprayground” water element. This fountain serves as an attraction where children and adults can play in the water during the summer months.
Rancho Mirage Library & Observatory
The Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory is a teaching and learning tool for all ages, intended to further enhance free public educational opportunities and expand on the understanding of our night skies while offering new programming in astronomy.
Escape rooms in Palm Springs | Escape games
Choose one of the 6 escape rooms available in and around Palm Springs! Escape rooms are perfect for any occasion: a night out with friends, a date, a birthday celebration or a team-building activity. Search for clues, solve puzzles and work together to uncover the mystery – it’s time you escaped the room!
Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Bike Palm Springs
Whether you’re an advanced mountain biker thirsting for a day-long adventure or a visitor looking to ride beach cruisers around town, there are plenty of options when it comes to biking through Greater Palm Springs. Here’s how to get started.
Certified Farmers’ Market
The freshest small farm produce and artisan food in the CV! Palm Springs Outdoor CFM, adjacent to the Palm Springs Cultural Center/Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo Rd. is open for the season using modified rules. Mask wearing, no-touch shopping and physical distancing mandatory.
Zoos & Gardens
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community. The Zoo has been a top destination in the Palm Springs area for 50 years.
Shields Date Garden
For almost a century Shields Date Garden has been a place where people come to experience date culture. From the moment you walk through our doors, customers are greeted by every imaginable product incorporating dates. Sit at our quintessential 1960’s original shake counter and sip on a full flavored refreshing date shake. Learn about dates by watching our film, “The Romance & Sex Life of the Date” (which plays continuously every day). Taste the many different variety of dates we grow and harvest ourselves at our sample counter, but make sure to leave room for our award-winning Cafe that plates quality breakfast and lunch items, many featuring dates. Complete your Shields venture with a breathtaking walk through our 17-acre date grove and botanical garden which showcases 23 hand crafted statues that depict the life of Christ. Shields is a place where you can remember the past and create new memories for your future.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
CDMOD inspires & promotes intellectual curiosity & self expression through inventive & interactive exhibits & programs.
Palm Springs Air Museum
There is always something new at the Palm Springs Air Museum, where history comes alive and visitors can get close to the vintage World War II and Korea/Vietnam era aircraft. Named in 2014 as one of the top 14 aviation museums in the world by CNN Travel, 59 flyable and static planes are on display inside four climate-controlled hangars totaling 86,000 square feet inside with more outside on the tarmac. Many of the Museum docents actually flew these planes and served on the ships. The four hangars are organized by theme, with related exhibits lining the walls. Visitors enter through the Lobby, and pay at the Gift Shop to get their wristbands. From the Lobby, visitors can either go straight, past restrooms and the Buddy Rogers Theater to the hangars or head upstairs by elevator or staircase to the 9,200 volume research library and Education Center. In the outer room of the Library are computer flight simulators to entertain and teach the principles of flight to people of all ages.
Family Friendly Hotels
Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa
Enjoy a relaxing oasis with a backdrop of mountains and palm trees at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Just a few miles from Palm Springs, our resort offers an ideal escape in the Coachella Valley. Revel in timeless comforts, classic conveniences and modern technologies that have made our luxury resort a desired destination for a sun-drenched getaway.
Surrounded by a 425-foot lazy river and featuring two 100-foot waterslides, our redesigned Splashtopia on-site water park is fun for adults and kids. There is so much to enjoy at this brand new water park, including a cliff-side hot tub, sandy beach and unique water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers for the kids. You don’t even have to leave the fun behind to get a bite to eat. Splash Grill is only a few steps away with delicious burgers and cool, tropical drinks for you to enjoy. Everyone can take a break from the heat and get in on the fun at Splashtopia.
Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa
Find The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs in the secluded desert of Rancho Mirage, CA. Surrounded by mountains and situated in Coachella Valley, our vacation resort caters to relaxation and renewed energy. Spend your morning at Gary Player Golf Course, boasting an 18-hole championship course. On the weekends, take the kids to nearby Children’s Discovery Museum or stay at our premium resort for refreshing dips in our two pools. With on-site restaurants and a fitness center, we provide all your Palm Springs essentials without the resort fees. After a day of soaking up the sun, return to your vacation rental featuring a well equipped kitchen or kitchenette, washer and dryer, Westin Heavenly® Bath amenities and a Westin Heavenly® Bed. As you stand on your villa-style balcony or patio surrounded by stunning landscapes, connect to free Wi-Fi and upload your adventures in Rancho Mirage, CA. The Sonoran Desert awaits at The Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs.
Find fun for the entire family at the sparkling Paradise Pool. Enjoy poolside activities, splash with the little ones in the Kiddie pool, or take a plunge down our 155-foot slide. When you’re looking for quiet time, head to the Villa East Pool. It’s the perfect setting to relax, read a book or soak up the sun.
Welk Resorts Desert Oasis
Family-Friendly Resort With so many activities in store for you right here at our resort and nearby, you can keep everyone entertained! Are you ready to have a memorable family getaway?