Fun Things to do with Kids in Temecula

Annual Temecula Balloon & Wine Festival

Looking for fun things to do with kids in Temecula? Temecula is famously known as Los Angeles’ closest Wine Country, but this town also has so many fun things for kids to do, see, and explore!

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Fun Things to do with Kids in Temecula

Family Activities

Sugarplum Zoo & Chocolates
Sugarplum Farm brings together two things everyone loves—cute animals and chocolate—to create the perfect family-friendly destination. Come to this small therapy and petting zoo in Temecula for close-up looks at such animals as a camel, zebra, and a dwarf horse. There’s even a tour guide pig and a zonkey (a zebra-donkey mix). You’ll also find a shop with the premium, artisanal chocolates that Sugarplum makes for leading hotels, as well as honeys and jams produced on the farm.

Temecula Valley Alpacas
Temecula Valley Alpacas is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization charged with educating the public regarding the sustainability of alpacas. Committed to increasing the public outreach and education of alpacas, supporting the advancement of alpaca farming as a sustainable fiber and fertilizer resource, facilitating alpaca animal welfare, promoting adoption as applicable and supporting the alpaca artisan community in North America.

Temecula Wine Country E-Bike Rentals
e-Bikes are so much fun! Experience it for yourself! Convenient delivery to you or pick up in the center of Temecula Wine Country. Our bikes are all Step-thru, designed for easy access. Book online, Call or email us to reserve your e-Bike! Let’s Ride!

Golf  at Journey at Pechanga offer golf lessons for kids
Journey at Pechanga is where juniors experience the real game of golf through on-course or tournament programs. The golf course has a magnificent design by Arthur Hills, world-renowned and award-winning golf course architect and presents challenging yet playable and enjoyable. As the name implies, this golf course presents an exhilarating “journey” that is sure to create an unforgettable and lasting memory for every golf enthusiast who sets foot on the course.  

Pennypickle’s Workshop
Discover science through play at Pennypickle’s Workshop, Temecula’s Children’s Museum. Be sure to bring the kids to the home of wacky inventor Professor Phineas T. Pennypickle where they can play with his crazy scientific experiments and inventions.

Temecula Valley Museum
Take a step back in time and experience the rich history of the Temecula Valley from its discovery to today. A visit to the Temecula Valley Museum promises a fun and informational day for the entire family. Picnic facilities and a children’s playground just outside the museum’s front door in a picturesque park completes a pleasurable day. The Temecula Valley Museum has something to offer everyone, whether you are a history buff, a researcher, or a curious child. Enjoy the museum on your own or as part of a docent-guided tour.

Margarita Community Park

Margarita Community Park
The Eagle Soar Playground and Splash Pad at Margarita Community Park is intended to provide a safe, integrative, and welcoming playground where children of all abilities can come and play together where they can feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. 
*The playground and splash pad may be closed at any time at the City’s discretion. 
**The Splash Pad is closed during the rainy weather.**

Areas to Visit

Old Town Temecula  
Old Town Temecula combines the region’s storied past and its exciting up-and-coming future in a unique blend of shops, restaurants, hotels, entertainment, and event opportunities in one walkable, easy-to-navigate hub for visitors to explore.

Take a step back in time as you walk the wooden boardwalks past rustic western-era buildings, antique shops, and specialty boutiques featuring Temecula-made artisan goods, or explore the most up-to-date trends including sampling pints at craft breweries, attending outdoor festivals, grabbing a bite of local, farm-to-table dining, or dancing to live music at bars and unique outdoor venues.

Farmers Market 
Farmers’ Market Management Company, Inc. has been managing farmers’ markets for over 30 years in San Diego County and Riverside County. As small organic farmers in Fallbrook, California, we understand the need for a local marketplace where we can directly market our produce. Each of the five markets we currently manage in Riverside County boast California-certified farmers of both conventional and organic growing practices, as well as gourmet food vendors and artisans. We strive to bring southern California residents the best of local Farmers’ Markets. Our locations are open year-round to offer economic opportunity for local farmers and small businesses.

Vail Headquarters 
Vail Headquarters has been the heart of Temecula since 1867. Thanks to decades of preservation and restoration efforts, it is now a living historic park and a destination for specialty restaurants, boutique stores, and special events. Once again, Vail Headquarters is a place that brings the community together, introduces visitors to our local heritage, and welcomes everybody to enjoy the best of today’s Temecula.

You’ll find family attractions, four legged friends (Vail is a dog-and horse-friendly), historic attractions, tours and Community Events.  

Annual Events in Temecula

Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival 
The event is held annually at Lake Skinner Recreational area and park. Nestled among rolling hills of vineyards and surrounded by the Shipley Preserve, the Festival grounds offer a weekend in the park with concerts on the Main and Wine Garden Stages, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, food and wine pairing, hot air balloons and fine food.

Downtown Holiday Celebrations 
Escape this winter to a place that feels far away but is close to home. In Southern California Wine Country you can discover your favorite wine, stroll and shop historic Old Town Temecula, taste creative “chilled” menu items, ice skate under open skies, and end the day with a fireside cuddle.

Places to Stay

Best Western Plus (located in Old Town Temecula)
Centrally located in Temecula, the Best Western Plus Temecula Wine Country Hotel & Suites is convenient to Promenade, walking distance to Historic Old Town Temecula. At the Best Western Plus Temecula Wine Country Hotel & Suites you’re sure to find that little something extra. With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, the Best Western Plus Temecula Wine Country Hotel & Suites will stand out among other hotels in Temecula,CA. For extended stays, each room provides a convenient in-room mini fridge that is ideal for drinks and snacks.

Home2 Suites
Nestled between Temecula Wine Country and the historic Old Town, our pet-friendly suites are at the juncture of seven championship golf courses and more than 30 world-class wineries. We’re just off I-15, less than an hour from San Diego International Airport, and close to countless local restaurants. Enjoy free WiFi and breakfast on us, or cook in your in-suite kitchen.

Hampton Inn & Suites
Off I-15, we’re within 20 minutes of 40 wineries. Pechanga Casino is a 10-minute drive away, and we’re within walking distance of restaurants, breweries, and Old Town Temecula. We’ve got a fitness center and a palm-lined outdoor pool. WiFi and daily hot breakfast are included with every stay.

Embassy Suites
Off I-15, our hotel is a mile from Old Town and 10 minutes from Promenade Temecula and Temecula Valley Hospital. The resort casino and over a dozen wineries are within 15 minutes, including Wilson Creek Winery and Vindemia Vineyard & Winery. We have an outdoor hot tub, free parking, and a complimentary evening social. Breakfast and WiFi are on us.

Signature Temecula
The Signature Temecula offers a touch of nostalgia with a modern twist.  Centrally located between San Diego and Los Angeles off I-15, Signature Temecula is just 22 miles from Pacific Ocean and a short stroll from Old Town Temecula. With wineries, golf courses, lakes and hot springs close by, Signature Temecula provides a breezy backdrop to play filled vacations. Close to the fun with modern amenities.

Staybridge Suites (opening March 15)
The Staybridge Suites is a four-story, 106 guestrooms, 92,000 SF hotel located just off I-15 in Temecula, CA. The hotel project is situated 2.2 miles from the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, 7 miles from the Pechanga Resort & Casino and 11.8 miles from the Santa Rosa Plateau eco reserve.

The hotel has the standard amenities that include an outdoor swimming pool, guest laundries and fitness center.

Family Friendly Places to Eat in Temecula

Devilicious Eatery

Satiate your inner demon at Devilicious Eatery with “food so good, it’s bad.” We originated as award-winning grills on wheels, driving through hunger by serving up delicious gourmet sandwiches and sides. We appeared on the “Great Food Truck Race” Season 2 and were seen on the Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street” and Time Warner Cable’s “Let’s Eat.” Devilicious also won the 2013 and 2014 Best Food Truck by UT San Diego Reader’s Poll, 2014 Best Food Truck by San Diego City Beat and selected by The Daily Meal as one of the Top 101 Best Food Trucks in America.

Our concept thrives on taking ordinary food and twist it up to new heights of flavor and ingenuity and pairing our awesome creations with craft beer & local wines. We serve up our Butter Poached Lobster Grilled Cheese, All Crab Crab Cake on a artisan sour dough English muffin, Duck Confit Grilled cheese with gruyere & mozzarella cheeses and honey port reduction and other fiendishly scrumptious fare. You will get hooked on our twisted comfort food so visit us often. It so delicious down here, we will save you a seat.

Bottega Italia Temecula

Everything you love about Italy! Old Town TemeculaPizzeria, Caffeteria, Gelateria, Ristorante, and more!

Oak Grove Culinary Creations

Oak Grove Center’s Culinary Creations, a dessert boutique in Old Town Temecula’s Truax Building, crafts high quality coffee drinks and a variety of desserts. Hospitality, pastry, & barista vocational training program for local at-risk youth.

Old Town Sweet Shop

Visit Old Town Sweet Shop in Old Town Temecula; it’s not just a store it’s an experience. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy our store, just a kid at heart! We have Candy, Fudge, Chocolate, Ice Cream and a whole lot more!

We carry all the retro candy that people remember from their childhoods. Fudge and gourmet apples made fresh on site. Handmade custom chocolates and specialty molds and barks. Chocolate covered bacon and potato chips. Retro toys, tin signs and so much more. Stop by and enjoy our latest addition Glacier Cascade Ice Cream in 20 different flavors.

Farmers Markets are on Tuesday at Vail Headquarters, Wednesday at Promenade Temecula, and Saturdays in Old Town Temecula

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