Childhood memories tend to stick for a long time, and when it comes to Palm Springs, there are plenty of fun experiences to fit every child’s interest. Despite being a desert, Palm Springs has a surprising variety of activities for any taste or preference. It offers world-class outdoor experiences as well as some unique and fun indoor activities.

No matter what your kids enjoy, they’ll find plenty of reasons to love their time in Palm Springs. Here are some of the best kid-friendly activities to do while you’re there.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
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1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

1 Tramway Rd

Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs, CA 92262-1828

760-325-1391 - Click here for map

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is an absolute no-brainer considering its profound effect on adult and young minds alike. You start off in the desert and climb 8,000 feet to the San Jacinto Mountains in 15 minutes by tram.

Like all great journeys, what you experience during your time in the tram is what really matters. The views on the way up are mesmerizing as the landscape stretches into the distance.

Once you reach the top there are further opportunities for adventure lovers, such as hiking, if your kids enjoy that sort of thing. There’s some wildlife as well which is always a treat for kids.

If you get hungry along the way don’t worry, there are eating options including a cafe which serves reasonably good food. Keep in mind that there’s a parking fee of $8 as well as a fee for the tickets themselves - $16.95 for kids, $25.95 for adults.

Children's Discovery Museum
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2. Children’s Discovery Museum

71701 Gerald Ford Dr

Rancho Mirage

Greater Palm Springs, CA 92270-1934

760-321-0602 - Click here for map

The Children’s Discovery Museum is not to be missed if you’re in the Palm Desert area with children, including toddlers! This museum features several fun yet educational indoors activities that kids of any age will enjoy.

There’s a special class for little children (young scientists class) which is handled by a teacher who is excellent at working with them. There’s a garden to explore with bugs, crafts to be made and a lot more.

You’ll definitely enjoy spending time here along with your children. Pro-tip: you can leave and come back the same day if you have the receipt.

Please note that while the museum has tables outdoors, they do not serve food. But we’d say that bringing your own lunch just adds to the sense of fun!

Coachella Valley Preserve
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3. Coachella Valley Preserve

29200 Thousand Palms Canyon Road

Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs, CA

760-343-1234 - Click here for map

Are your kids fans of fantasy worlds? Then the Coachella Valley Preserve is the spot for your next family outing. It’s basically a beautiful oasis in the middle of the desert and has some of the most gigantic palms you’ll ever see.

The experience truly is otherworldly, as this area is still pretty much secluded and it’s easy to imagine it being a traveler’s sanctuary in the olden days. The staff here is super-friendly and knowledgeable and will explain the history of the oasis as well as some of the available hiking routes around it.

There are picnic tables, benches and clean composting bathrooms which means you can spend a good part of your day here. What’s more, there are no ticket fees to worry about but you can make a small donation. Keep in mind however that it’s still located in a desert, so bring plenty of water and sunblock.

Cabazon Dinosaurs
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4. Cabazon Dinosaurs

50800 Seminole Dr

Cabazon

CA 92230-2304

951-922-8700 - Click here for map

Dinosaurs are the object of every child’s fantasy, so why not allow your kids to get up and close to the giant lizards? Cabazon Dinosaurs is a popular attraction has an impressive lineup of dinosaur statues including a Brontosaurus and a T-Rex.

What’s great about this place is that it’s not just another cheesy money-grab attraction. The staff here is very friendly and they are eager to take care of every guest. The tour ($13 for adults and $11 for kids) has been very well designed and features well-maintained props.

The dinosaurs have been positioned in way that provides you with an opportunity to shoot from multiple angles for dramatic and Instagrammable photos. After you’ve completed the tour there’s also a dinosaur-themed gift shop, which can be problematic as the potential for spending money is nearly endless.

Indian Canyons
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5. Indian Canyons

38500 S Palm Canyon Dr

Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs

CA 92264-9332

760-323-6018 - Click here for map

The Indian Canyons are another star attraction that absolutely have to be experienced. There’s no entry fee and there are hiking trails to suit all fitness levels, making it the perfect place for a family with young children.

The area as a whole is very clean and the friendly workers are happy to answer any questions. The hike down to Palm Canyon and Andreas Canyon is especially suitable for children under the age of 5 as it’s mostly flat.

The surroundings are stunningly beautiful and peaceful and upon reaching Andreas Canyon there’s a pleasurably cool river to dip your feet in.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs
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6. Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs

1500 S Gene Autry Trl

Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs

CA 92264-3505

780-327-0499 - Click here for map

Said to be the ‘coolest place in the desert’, Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs has over 21 acres of water attractions for all ages. If you’re looking to beat the heat, Wet ‘n’ Wild will definitely help you.

When you go to this water park you’ll find that it’s not too crowded, which is great as it gives you more room in the water.

As far as water park attractions go, it’s got the lot. There’s a wave pool, a lazy river, boogie board wave machine, some fairly scary slides and a kids-only water playground. They have adult beverages as well so while your kids are playing in the water, you can grab some drinks to relax.

Remember to bring sandals or water shoes as it’s quite easy to burn your feet on the sun-scorched concrete! Prices for tickets vary, but start from $29.99 for kids and $33.99 for adults. If you plan on going here regularly season passes are available for $59.99 per person.

As you can see from our roundup of kid-friendly attractions, Palm Springs has a lot to offer in the way of fun experiences that the whole family can enjoy!