Have you spent much time in Chino? Chino, in San Bernardino County describes itself as “business friendly, community strong.” Within this city of 88,000 residents, families will find many fun, family-friendly things to do.
5541 Philadelphia Street Ste. B, Chino, CA 91710
You’ll find “fun in every corner” at The Nook, an indoor play place designed for children from infants to age 6. The play space encourages children “to read, learn, play and create. Kids are given the freedom to explore each nook to their heart’s content.” Kids will have fun exploring the reading nook, snack nook, art and music nook, and retail nook. Special classes and activities are offered as including story time and preschool prep. The Nook is open seven days a week, but may be closed on the weekends for birthday parties. Be sure to check the website before visiting for the latest information regarding Open Play hours.
Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park
15975 El Prado Rd., Chino, CA 91708
The Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park is a 22-acre park “designed to restore native habitat and natural drainage, showcasing the environmental values of the Prado Basin, largest riparian forest in southern California.” Families can explore 1.7 miles of trails and learn about and observe the value of conservation, the importance of wetlands, water efficiency, and more. In addition to the important lessons to be learned here, families will enjoy spending time in this beautiful setting. Public tours are offered twice a month; call for an appointment.
Chino Historical Walk
One way to learn about Chino is for families to engage in the Chino Historical Walk. Stroll at a leisurely pace and take in the sights and sounds of this community while learning about the city’s history. Along the way, you’ll pass many historical sites including the Old Schoolhouse Museum and the Moyse-Gray Building, to name a few. A map is available online.
San Bernardino County Library – Chino Branch Library
13180 Central Ave., Chino, CA 91710
The Chino Branch Library is a part of the San Bernardino County Library system. This branch hosts a number of special events and activities in its Kids Zone including story times, game times, book clubs, craft corners, and more. A calendar of upcoming events can be found online. Be sure to check the website for hours, they vary each day, and note that the library is closed on Sundays.
Planes of Fame Air Museum
14998 Cal Aero Dr., Chino, CA 91710
For families who are aviation-enthusiasts, the Planes of Fame Air Museum is a definite must-see! The Museum, located at the north-side of the Chino Airport, strives to “preserve aviation history, inspire an interest in aviation, educate the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans.” The Planes of Fame Air Museum is considered a “living history museum” because all the aircraft continue to fly. You can choose to explore by taking a self-guided tour or request a guided tour online. Be sure to check the website before you visit for an up-to-date aircraft flight schedule. Admission is $15; seniors 65+ and AAA members are $12; children ages 5-11 are $6, and children 4 and younger are free.
11860 Telephone Ave., Chino, CA 91710
Liberty Park is a great place to spend an afternoon. Enjoy a colorful children’s play area, picnic areas, a baseball field and basketball courts, a walking trail, as well as large open, grassy areas perfect for games of catch and tag.
Pump it Up
4510 Eucalyptus Ave., Chino, CA 91710
Pump It Up is a popular venue for children’s birthday parties. In addition, they offer “Open Jump” sessions allowing kids to explore and have fun in their indoor play space featuring huge inflatables. Check the website for more information and dates/times when Open Jump is available. Socks are required, and children must be at least 34 inches tall to play.
Chino Youth Museum
13191 Sixth St., Chino, CA 91710
The Chino Youth Museum welcomes families to come and explore. There’s plenty of space for kids to move around in, and plenty of opportunities for them to use their imagination. They can pretend to cook, hop on a police motorcycle, work at a bank, and more. The Museum also hosts a variety of seasonal events throughout the year including “Lunch With the Bunny” as well as special summer programs. Check the website for details and information on hours; hours vary from season-to-season. Admission is $4 for each guest.
3937 Schaefer Ave., Chino, CA 91710
Kids will have lots of fun at Party Kingdom, an indoor play area for all ages. The facility includes a trampoline park, toddler fun zone, an obstacle course of slides, and more. The site is often booked for parties, but Open Jump hours are usually offered Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Grip socks must be worn at all times and are available for purchase at the front desk.
Ruben S. Ayala Park
14225 Central Ave., Chino, CA 91710
The Ruben S. Ayala Park, also known as Ayala Park, is Chino’s largest community park. In its 140 acres, you’ll find picnic areas and barbecues, a skate park, batting cages, horseshoe pits, softball/baseball fields, soccer fields, playground equipment, and a multipurpose trail.
Yanks Air Museum
7000 Merrill Ave. #35-A270, Chino, CA 91710
The Yanks Air Museum is a must-see for families interested in aviation history. Here you’ll find an impressive collection of ancient aircraft, all patiently restored. Look in awe at the aircraft that make up the Museum’s 5 collections: Early Aviation (1903-1918), Golden Age (1918-1939), World War II (1939-1945), Early Jets (1945-1975), and Modern Jets (1975-Present). Additionally, you’ll find helicopters, missiles, spacecraft artifacts, and model airplanes throughout the multiple hangars at the site which also includes restoration and preservation areas and a gift shop. The Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission is $16 for adults; $15 for seniors 65+; $5 for children ages 5-11; and free for children 4 and younger.
Prado Park Equestrian Center
16629 Johnson Ave., Chino, CA 91708
Families wishing to enjoy a day of horseback riding can visit the Prado Park Equestrian Center. Hourly guided horse rentals on guided trail rides are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-ins are accepted if horses are available, so it’s best to call ahead to make a reservation. (909-597-5757) Remember, that cash is the only form of payment accepted.