13 Things To Do in Rancho Cucamonga With Kids
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“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.
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 formation, land use history, and more. The main trail is about 3.3 miles long. It’s open daily from sunrise to sunset.
House of Play “HOP” Indoor Playground
10582 E. Foothill Blvd. Ste. 170, 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 will “reach, think, interact, explore, and have fun.” Kids will enjoy the pretend play areas, a 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. Upcoming family-friendly shows include The Nutcracker; Oh Freedom! The Story of the Underground Railroad (recommended for children 10 and older); and Frederick, a musical adaptation of the popular Leo Lionni children’s book.
11200 Base Line Rd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Central Park is a 57,000-square foot facility which includes a senior center, a community center, as well as a playground and many outdoor amenities. The children’s play area is divided so there is appropriate equipment for those 5 and younger, and 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
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 their “red Cars.” Check the website for a map.
John Rains House
8810 Hemlock, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
For a lesson in the history of the area, families should visit the John Rains House. The Rains House is 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.” The John Rains House is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children, and children younger than 5 are free. There is a small gift shop on site as well.
12505 N. Mainstreet, 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 Johnny Rockets, Hot Dog on a Stick, and California Pizza Kitchen among others; and shops such as The Children’s Place, Gap Kids, Gymboree, 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!
Pump It Up
11966 Jack Benny Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
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. Open Jump is usually available during the week; check the website for more information. Socks are required, and children must be at least 34 inches tall to play.
Rancho Cucamonga Public Library System
Archibald Branch – 7368 Archibald Ave. and
Biane Library – 12505 Cultural Center Dr.
The city of Rancho Cucamonga has two public libraries. The Archibald Branch is open seven days a week while the Biane Branch is closed on Sundays. 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
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
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, shuffle board 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!
Toddler Town Indoor Playground
11790 Sebastian Way, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Children 45 inches and under will find lots of fun things to do at Toddler Town Indoor Playground. You’ll find jungle gyms, slides, tunnels, cars, trains, baby swings, and more at this popular indoor playground. Families can also bring in their own snacks (their are tables outside the play area). Socks must be worn when playing.
Visit a Park
more than a dozen locations, 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 here 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 exercise course).