Updated for 2021
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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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.” The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 each, or $10 per family. In addition, you’ll find a park and picnic area right outside the museum. (The museum is currently open and operating at 50% capacity.)
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.
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. As of this writing, the museum remains closed with plans to reopen in May 2021
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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. Here, 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 here. This children’s play area is designed to be inclusive and welcoming for all children of all abilities. (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. (The library is currently open with limited services and limited capacity.)
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. (But be sure to adhere to the posted signs and remember not to feed the ducks.)
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 also 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 be sure to visit and check out the annual Peltzer Ice Rink, 8400 square feet of skating space. Check the website for the latest information regarding visiting hours.
The Alpaca Hacienda
31755 Rancho Vista Rd., Temecula, CA 92592
To keep visitors as safe as possible, families can arrange to enjoy a private tour of The Alpaca Hacienda. At this “hilltop, family ranch enjoy the views and meet our alpacas and our llama.” Tours begin with a presentation and then the opportunity to feed and interact with the alpacas. Tours are about an hour to an hour and a half. Check the website for details on how to book your family’s tour.
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.
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.
Metal Sculpture Outdoor Gallery by Artist Ricardo Breceda
44450 Hwy. 79 South, Aguanga, CA 92536
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.
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.
Other Places to Stay in the Temecula Area
If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel over a VRBO, here are a few places to consider while you look for fun things to do in Temecula with kids:
- Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula, 28190 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA 92590
- Rodeway Inn Old Town Temecula, 28718 Front St., Temecula, CA 92590
- La Quinta by Wyndham Temecula, 27330 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA 92590
- Holiday Inn Express Temecula, 27660 Jefferson Ave., Temecula, CA 92590
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Temecula, 29345 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
- South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, 34843 Rancho California Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
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 WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).