Boating on Puddingstone Lakes in Bonelli Park is one of the fun things to do in San Dimas, California

The City of San Dimas is located in the San Gabriel Valley, about 25 miles east of Los Angeles. Within San Dimas, you’ll find a city that feels like a small-town, offering much for families to see and do.

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Boating on Puddingstone Lakes in Bonelli Park is one of the fun things to do in San Dimas, California

photo courtesy of Bonelli Park Support Foundation

Horsethief Canyon Park
301 Horsethief Canyon Rd., San Dimas, CA 91773

Families are in for a full day of fun at the Horsethief Canyon Park. Facilities include a soccer field, children’s playground, dog park, picnic tables, and more. Lots of big open spaces make this a great spot for a game of catch, tag, or relay racing.

San Dimas Library
145 N. Walnut Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

The San Dimas Library is a part of the County of Los Angeles Library system. Here you’ll find a designated children’s area along with a “Family Place.” (The Family Place offers special parent-child workshops, resources for parents, as well as programs, activities, and toys for little ones). Special library events include Toddler Storytime, Maker Saturday, Read to a Therapy Dog, and more. (The library is closed on Sundays).

San Dimas Canyon Community Regional Park
1628 Sycamore Canyon Rd., San Dimas, CA 91773

The San Dimas Canyon Community Regional Park is made up of 138 acres. Families will enjoy a camping area, hiking trail, picnic spots, a children’s play area, and an animal sanctuary here. Be sure to explore the Nature Center, which includes information about native animals, artifacts, and other historical information.

Chaparral Lanes
400 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

Chaparral Lanes offers 48 lanes for bowling fun. In addition, you’ll enjoy food (there is an on-site cafe), music, and an arcade. The bowling alley also offers different special activities including Nuke @ Night which includes a live DJ, unlimited bowling, and black lights. Check the website for pricing information.

Pioneer Park
225 S. Cataract Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

Pioneer Park offers families many amenities to keep you busy all day long. Within these 5 acres, you’ll find tennis courts, barbecue grills, basketball courts, a baseball field, skate park, and children’s playground.  

Pacific Railroad Society Museum
210 W. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

If your child is interested in trains, you’ll want to plan to visit the Pacific Railroad Society Museum. The Museum is open to the public On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays (check the website for hours). Families will view a variety of artifacts and exhibits all related to railroads. The Pacific Railroad Society operates the Museum in the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe depot to represent a working railroad station.

Rockin’ Jump
533 W. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773

Rockin’ Jump is an indoor trampoline park. In this facility, you can jump, soar, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults, and more. They are also a popular venue for birthday parties. Special events include Rockin’ Tots, when young children (up to 6 years of age) can play at a designated time on Saturdays and Rockin’ Fridays geared for teens and tweens (ages 11-17) who can jump while listening to popular music. Check the website for hours and fees.  

Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park
120 Via Verde Park Rd., San Dimas, CA 91773

The Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park isn’t your run-of-the-mill neighborhood park. Within this 1,800-acre facility you’ll find a 250-acre lake (Puddingstone Lake), 14 miles of multi-use trails, and more. It’s the perfect spot for nature walks, hiking, family picnics, and boating. Check the website for information about fees.

Explore Historic Downtown
Bonita Avenue (between Cataract & Walnut), San Dimas, CA

Historic Downtown San Dimas is quite pedestrian-friendly. Families will find much to explore here including restaurants, shops, antique stores, and more. Make sure to stop by the 1887 Walker House which is now the home of the San Dimas Historical Society. Check the website for hours and to arrange a guided tour of the museum.

Via Verde Park
1010 Puente Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773

Families will enjoy the big open green spaces here at Via Verde Park. You’ll find picnic tables, 2 children’s playgrounds, a soccer field, and a walking/jogging path. Pack a picnic and bring some balls, kites, and Frisbees, and you can make a day of it.

Raging Waters
111 Raging Waters Dr., San Dimas, CA 91773

Raging Waters is considered to be the largest water park in California. You’ll find 50 acres of slides, rides, attractions, and a sand beach all set for family fun. Parents will feel comfortable knowing that young children have their own fun area including Kid’s Kingdom and Splash Island. Keep in mind that you can’t bring your own food, so if you get hungry, you’ll have to purchase from the on-site eateries. (Raging Waters will be re-opening in May.)

San Dimas Farmers Market
245 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA

Mark you calendars for April, when the San Dimas Farmers Market will resume. The Farmers Market is held each Wednesday evening and offers fresh produce, prepared foods, and a live band to entertain shoppers. Last season, the Farmers Market also offered a bounce house and inflatable slide! You can sign up online to receive notification when the Farmers Market is up and running again.

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