Updated for 2023
“Cucamonga” has been interpreted several ways and may mean “place of many springs” or “sandy place.” You’ll find many family-friendly things to do in Rancho Cucamonga whether you’re interested in visiting the city’s many parks, learning about history, shopping, or spending time indoors or out.
Fun Things To Do in Rancho Cucamonga with Kids
The Escape Game Rancho Cucamonga
12549 N Main St., #3820, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
At The Escape Game, you and your family or team will enter into a highly immersive, multi-room set where you’ll crack codes, uncover clues, and solve puzzles in order to escape in time. With several themes to choose from, this activity is full of adventure and great for the entire family.
North Etiwanda Preserve
4890 Etiwanda Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
The North Etiwanda Preserve is a 1200-acre habitat preservation area. The preserve is a wonderful place for families to explore. Hike along the trails and you’ll find interpretive informational panels providing information on the local flora and fauna, geological formations, land-use history, and more. The main trail is about 3.3 miles long and it’s open daily from sunrise to sunset.
House of Play “HOP” Indoor Playground
10582 E. Foothill Blvd., Ste. B170, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Head to House of Play when the kids have some extra energy to burn. Their open play area will provide children with lots of things to do. Children can “reach, think, interact, explore, and have fun.” Kids will enjoy the pretend play areas, zipline, trampoline, slide, and much more. Socks must be worn while playing.
Lewis Family Playhouse
12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
The Lewis Family Playhouse is a 560-seat performing arts center. “The mission of the Lewis Family Playhouse is to provide high-quality theatrical experiences for children and families and audiences of all ages.” You’ll find family-friendly theater productions here as well as live concerts and comedy shows.
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11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
Central Park is a 57,000-square-foot facility that includes a senior center, a community center, and a playground, as well as many outdoor amenities. The children’s play area is divided so there is appropriate equipment for those aged 5 and younger, and also for those older than 5. You’ll also enjoy walking paths, a large grassy play area, and access to the Pacific Electric Trail.
The Pacific Electric Inland Empire Trail
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
The Pacific Electric Trail is something special! It is a 21-mile-long path connecting Rancho Cucamonga with the surrounding cities of Montclair, Upland, Fontana, and Rialto. Families can use the trail to walk, jog, bicycle, or ride a horse.
The Rancho Cucamonga segment is about 7 miles long. The trail follows the route of the famous Pacific Electric Railway, the system that was most famous for its “red cars.” Check the website for a map.
Maria Merced Williams & John Rains House
8810 Hemlock St., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Formerly known just as the John Rains House, this historic home was renamed recently and holds a lesson in the history of the area. Families should visit the house, also referred to as the Casa de Rancho Cucamonga. The house was constructed in 1860. The site is also claimed to be the “oldest commercial winery in the state.”
12505 N. Main St., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Victoria Gardens is a large, open-air shopping center featuring lots of family-friendly things to do. You’ll find an AMC Theatre; kid-friendly dining options such as Chipotle, Panda Express, Shake Shack, and California Pizza Kitchen among others; and shops such as H&M, Zara, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, JCPenney, and more.
Families will also enjoy a Farmers Market each Friday (from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm) offering handmade arts and crafts, local produce, and grass-fed meat. Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night (through December 23rd), families can experience a “magical snowfall” as well. Be sure to take a ride on the shopping center’s Garden Trolley while you’re there!
Rancho Cucamonga Public Library System
Archibald Branch — 7368 Archibald Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Biane Library — 12505 Cultural Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
The city of Rancho Cucamonga has two public libraries. They’re both open from Tuesday through Saturday weekly.
The libraries offer weekly story times, family play spaces (complete with educational manipulatives, board games, and early learning technology stations), and their special “Play and Learn Islands.” Special activities are also offered for tweens (ages 9-12) and teens (ages 12-17). Check the website for details.
Cucamonga Service Station
9670 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
This is a great place to stop if your family likes cars! The Cucamonga Service Station was designated a historical site in 2009 and is being restored so that it looks much the same as it did back in 1915. The Service Station is “the last station reminiscent of the roadside architecture of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s.” Inside you’ll find display cases full of memorabilia and lots of interesting facts about the area and famous Route 66.
Red Hill Community Park
7484 Vineyard Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Red Hill Community Park is the largest park in the city. Families will have no trouble keeping busy here. You’ll find two children’s play areas, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, baseball fields, an exercise trail, soccer fields, and more. In addition, kids will love seeing the half-acre lake and its duck inhabitants. Be sure to pack a picnic!
11940 Foothill Blvd., Ste. 111, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
If you and your family need some TLC and relaxation, the Salt Oasis can help. They offer all-natural treatment for many health conditions as well as general anxiety relief and an energy boost. And it’s not just for adults — children can benefit from a visit to the Salt Oasis too!
Visit a Park
Multiple locations all over Rancho Cucamonga, CA
The city of Rancho Cucamonga is home to more than a dozen public parks. While this list includes descriptions of the largest parks, there are smaller, just as lovely parks worthy of exploring. Click the link for a list of park amenities so you can find the park that has just what you’re looking for (such as a volleyball court, covered tables, or an exercise course).
Hotels Near Rancho Cucamonga
- Holiday Inn Ontario Airport, 2155 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764
- Hampton Inn & Suites Ontario Rancho Cucamonga, 11669 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
- Residence Inn by Marriott Ontario Rancho Cucamonga, 9299 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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