Idyllwild is about as kid-friendly as it gets, with fascinating wildlife, clean air, and lots of activities for children. We put together some information here to help you plan time with your kids in Idyllwild:
Idyllwild Nature Center – 25225 Hwy 243, 951-659-3850
Idyllwild has a plethora of hiking trails, and for kids we especially recommend the County Park Nature Center. Along with activities and crafts for children, you and your family (even your leashed pup) will be rewarded after a 5-10 minute walk with extended views from fabulous vista points.
Earth & Fire, paint your own pottery! – located in "The Fort" in the Village center. 951-659-4481.
Little Yellow Rose Horse Ranch – guided trail rides, ages 7+ (seasonal locations), 951-659-1221
ICRC Skate Park -- open to ages 7-17 -- 26375 Highway 243, next to Idyllwild Pines Camp and across from Strawberry Creek Inn B&B
The Rustic Theatre – family-friendly new releases in a charming vintage theatre – 54290 North Circle Drive, 951-659-2747
US Forest Service 'Just for Kids' page – information on the importance of getting your kids outdoors, as well as events and special programs for kids.
Festivals: Introduce your kids to seasonal small-town festivals and events reminiscent of a time gone by, including the Haunted Ghost Town (around Halloween), the Independence Day Parade (July 4th), and the Christmas Tree Lighting (Thanksgiving weekend). Check the Idyllwild Community Calendar as these dates approach.
Snow Fun: Have your Southern California-reared kids never seen snow? Idyllwild is the perfect nearby getaway to experience a winter wonderland and get in some sledding without being 'snowed-in'. If the forecast calls for rain in your Southern California neighborhood between November and April, it might just call for snow in Idyllwild!
Shops your kids will love:
Pony Express – Wild West apparel and gifts, including toys and plush animals -- 54301 N Circle Dr., 951-659-5700
Idyllwild Soda Pop and Sweet Shop/Remember When Toys – 54245 North Circle Drive (951-659-6456) Serving up vintage sodas, nostalgic candy, and vintage toys, just like when YOU were a kid!
Candy Cupboard – candy favorites, shaved ice, chocolate-covered ice cream bars, handmade chocolates, novelty candies; "Candy Care Packages" prepared and delivered to kids at Idyllwild Arts and summer camps -- 54250 North Circle Drive, 951-659-5502
Idyllwild Pizza Co. in the Strawberry Creek Plaza (951-659-5900) Video games and pinball for the kids, micro-brews and free WiFi for the big kids!
Sky Island Organics In the Strawberry Creek Plaza across from the Post Office. 951-659-4555 (Free WiFi)