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23 Fun Things to Do in Temecula with Kids 2024

Updated for 2024

If you’re looking for somewhere new to explore, and you want to get away, but not go too far, then consider Temecula —  a place rich with history and lots of family-friendly activities. You may find it’s the perfect location for your next family vacation, so check out this list of the Best Things To Do in Temecula with Kids.

Temecula means “sunshine through the mist” in the language of the Pechanga band of Luiseño Native American Indians, who were the first settlers. Old Town Temecula, which was built in the 1800s, has the feel of an Old West Town, making it fun to explore with kids.

The area is well-known for its wineries, and parents-only wine-tasting activities are also fun to plan. Girls’ weekend, anyone?

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There are tons of fun things to do in Temecula with your kids!

Family Fun in Temecula

Temecula Valley Museum
28314 Mercedes St., Temecula, CA 92590

The Temecula Valley Museum offers families a look into Temecula’s past. Exhibits include documents, photographs, ranching and farming equipment, cultural artifacts, and more. One of their permanent exhibits features artifacts and photos related to Erle Stanley Gardner, the famous “Perry Mason” author who lived in Temecula.

An interactive discovery area allows children to have fun in a “Dress Shop,” “Photographer’s Studio,” “General Store,” and a “Ride-a-Pony Station.” In addition, you’ll find a park and picnic area right outside the museum. Check the website for the latest information on hours and prices.

Kids' history play area at Temecula Museum
Kids’ history play area at Temecula Museum

Ronald Reagan Sports Park
30875 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula, CA 92592

Within the 128 acres of the Ronald Reagan Sports Park, families will find many ways to spend a day. The park includes a community center, barbecues, picnic tables, a children’s play area, 2 football/soccer fields, and ball fields. The park is also the site of special events throughout the year, including summer concerts and holiday celebrations.

This family is enjoying the Haunt Ghost Tour, photo credit: The Haunt Ghost Tours

The Haunt Ghost Tours
Meets in Old Town Temecula

Experience a thrilling journey into the past with The Haunt, a family-friendly ghost tour in Old Town Temecula. You’ll uncover fascinating local lore, crimes and ghosts while using paranormal investigation tools like EMF meters and dowsing rods. The tour is designed to be safe and engage kids and adults alike, making it an unforgettable family outing in the heart of this historic Wild West town.

Temecula Lanes
27475 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA 92590

You’ll find 20 lanes at Temecula Lanes, a popular bowling spot in Temecula. They also have a small arcade section as well as an on-site grill offering pizza, nachos, fries, and chicken strips among other snacks. Families can make online reservations now.

Pennypickle’s Workshop — Temecula Children’s Museum
42081 Main St., Temecula, CA 92590

At Pennypickle’s Workshop, it’s all about play — and learning about science while you play.  This special hands-on children’s museum is designed to look like Professor Pennypickle’s Workshop. Different rooms include the Library where kids can learn about time and travel, the Dining Room to learn about electricity, the Music Room to enjoy learning about sound, the Kitchen to learn about chemistry, and the Bedroom to learn about perception and illusion.

There’s also the Bathroom, Pantry, Play Room, and Basement. Different special family-friendly events are periodically planned at the Workshop. Please check Facebook or their website for hours and pricing.

front entrance of Penny Pickle's workshop in Temecula

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Friendship Community Park
44900 Temecula Ln., Temecula, CA 92592

Friendship Park, formerly Pala Community Park, has everything you need for a fun-filled day at the park. You’ll find volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, a football/soccer field, and a children’s play area. There are also barbecues, covered picnic areas, and on-site restrooms as well. 

Margarita Community Park
29119 Margarita Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

The Margarita Community Park isn’t like all other parks. There, you’ll find a dog park, baseball fields, a football/soccer field, tennis courts, and a roller hockey rink.  In addition, you’ll also find the Eagle Soar Playground and Splash Pad. This children’s play area is designed to be inclusive and welcoming for all children of all abilities.

Note: Keep in mind that the playground and splash pad are sometimes closed — check the website before visiting.

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Ronald H. Roberts Temecula Public Library
30600 Pauba Rd., Temecula, CA 92592

The Temecula Public Library offers many special events for children and families. In addition, the Kids’ Library is more than just a “kid’s section.” Here you’ll find puppets and toys, an outdoor Children’s Garden, the “Play and Learn Island — an interactive discovery space,” a large selection of books, CDs and DVDs, and more. Please check the website for the latest information on hours and prices.

Temecula Duck Pond and Veterans Memorial
28250 Ynez Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

The Veterans Memorial honors those who have served our country during times of peace and times of war, dating back from the Revolutionary War to the present. While young ones may not appreciate the significance of the Veterans Memorial, they’re sure to enjoy the adjacent duck pond! It’s a great spot to bring a picnic, sit back, and enjoy your surroundings.

Note: But be sure to adhere to the posted signs and remember not to feed the ducks.

Temecula Duck Pond
Temecula Duck Pond

Kent Hintergardt Memorial Park
31465 Via Cordoba, Temecula, CA 92592

At the Kent Hintergardt Memorial Park, families will find picnic tables, barbecues, and a children’s play area. Large grassy areas make this park a great place for relay races and games of tag, catch, and Frisbee.

Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park
32380 Deer Hollow Way, Temecula, CA 92592

The Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park is 44 acres, allowing space for basketball courts, ball fields, picnic areas, barbecues, a children’s playground, and a football/soccer field. And while you’ll find lots of parking spaces, you won’t find much shade near the children’s playground (keep that in mind as the swings and slide can become quite hot!).

Painted Earth Pottery and Art Studio
27507 Ynez Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

The Painted Earth Pottery and Art Studio is a place where the whole family can get creative! Families can take a workshop or enjoy open studio time. Select a ceramic piece and then make it uniquely yours by adding paint, patterns, and stencils. Painted Earth will then glaze and fire the piece in their kilns, making it safe for food and dishwasher use. In the Clay Room, children, as well as adults, can create priceless keepsakes featuring their handprints or footprints. Be sure to check the website for information on classes as well as hours, fees, and other special gift ideas.


Temecula Creek Trail Park
33662 Channel St., Temecula, CA 92592

Temecula Creek Trail Park is the place to go if you’re searching for hiking/jogging trails. Families can stroll, hike, or jog (depending on their energy level!) and explore the surrounding views and vegetation. You’ll find a small children’s play area here as well. 

Old Town Temecula
Old Town Front St., Temecula, CA

Old Town Temecula has been in existence since the 1880s. You’ll find many historical features here as well as shops, restaurants, art galleries, and more. In addition, special events are held in Old Town throughout the year. You can take a self-guided walking tour of Old Town “viewing rustic buildings, sidewalks, and storefronts reminiscent of our historic golden west in the 1880s.” Be sure to check the website for a list of historical places you can explore on a self-guided walking tour.

Harveston Lake Park 
29005 Lake House Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

Harveston Lake Park is a “picturesque lakeside park with a tranquil vibe offering trails for walking and jogging.” This 17-acre park is an ideal place for a family picnic. Additionally, families can rent pedal boats off the dock.

Peltzer Farm and Winery
40275 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591

Peltzer Farm and Winery “offers a quaint farm atmosphere and an industrial-chic winery with a vintage feel.” Be sure to visit in the fall to visit the Pumpkin Farm. In winter, come and check out the annual Peltzer Ice Rink with 8400 square feet of skating space. Please check the website for the latest information regarding visiting hours and pricing. 

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Temecula Berry Company
39700 Cantrell Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

Founded in the 90s, the Temecula Berry Company grows blueberries and lets you pick your own fruit every season — usually in May and June. They also sell honey, jams, syrup, and more.

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Sugarplum Farm of Temecula
39695 Berenda Rd., Temecula, CA 92591

“Sugarplum Farm brings together two things everyone loves — cute animals and chocolate — to create the perfect family-friendly destination.” At this charming petting zoo, families will see a camel, zebra, and dwarf horse. Inside the shop, you’ll find artisanal chocolates as well as honeys and jams that are produced on the farm. The zoo is open seven days a week with no reservations required.

Located a few miles outside of Temecula, this is a site to behold: a vast outdoor gallery of metal sculptures, all created by artist Ricardo Breceda. The drive is lovely, and it’s worth it when you arrive to find row after row of these creations. The sculptures range from depictions of the natural world, like this steer in the foreground, to whimsical dinosaurs and even Transformers. We’re sure you and your kids will be impressed and enjoy the experience.

Overlooking the many, many metal sculptures by artist Ricardo Breceda
Overlooking the many, many metal sculptures by artist Ricardo Breceda

Rose Haven Heritage Garden
30592 Jedediah Smith Rd., Temecula, CA  92592

Rose Haven Heritage Garden is home to about 1,6000 roses as well as many succulents. Traditionally, spring and fall have the best rose displays. The Garden is the perfect place for a peaceful family outing, enjoying the sights and smells of the roses. The Garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no admission fee though donations are gratefully accepted. 

Mulligan Family Fun Center
24950 Madison Ave., Murrieta, CA 92562

While you are in Temecula, load up the family and head to Mulligan Family Fun Center to enjoy lots of different fun entertainment options. A few of the many attractions available are laser tag, go-karts, batting cages, and water rides. They also have party packages available. Check their website for more information including pricing and hours.

Uptown Jungle Fun Park
39493 Los Alamos Rd., Murrieta, CA 92563

If your kids need to burn off some energy but the weather won’t let them play outside, take them to Uptown Jungle’s indoor playground. They can jump, climb, and play to their hearts’ content while the adults relax in the adult lounge. Some attractions have restrictions, so check out the website thoroughly as well as to find out hours and prices.

Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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