Entertainment options abound for young and old
It can sometimes be a challenge to keep your entire brood entertained. In Rancho Mirage and the Palm Springs Valley, you can fill entire days with family fun when you head to the right locations. Here are five great places to consider:
Immediately after Thanksgiving (Nov. 23 and 24), the desert plays host to the largest island in French Polynesia. The Taste of Tahiti festival has entertainment for all ages with games, free workshops, vendor booths, a Grand Show gala and even the chance to win a trip to Tahiti. Proceeds from the event go to a great cause, a non-profit organization put together by a group of young people from the island of Huahine. For more information and ticket purchasing, go to www.tasteoftahiti.org.
With six acres to explore and three buildings full of exhibits, there are hundreds of experiences to have and memories to make. The museum inspires personal growth and offers a lot of hands-on exploration. Programs for your young scientist or budding little chef introduce them to the basics, tap their curiosity and give them a better understanding. Other workshops are great for creative minds. As the holidays approach, make plans to check out their special events.
This is not a typical library. Locals certainly can still get a library card and check out books, but it doesn’t stop there. Numerous book discussions, events, lectures, music, films and workshops fill the monthly program schedules, including the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Film Club. Come to take a tour of the observatory or take in an expert lecture to learn more about our night skies.
This not-to-be-missed attraction showcases an important ecosystem and shows the desert is not a desolate land in any way. Within the 1200 acre park are desert animals and plant life from around the world. Check out the gardens to see how much does grow here. Beautifully designed animal enclosures provide visitors with as close to a natural experience as possible. Viewing the giraffes is an unforgettable experience; line up eye-to-eye and feed these long neck creatures. Enjoy and feed the lorikeets, take a camel ride, hop on the carousel, step into the butterfly enclosure or check out the gigantic model train exhibit. With available wildlife chats, presentations and behind-the-scenes tours, it ’s easy for visitors of all ages to easily spend an entire day.
With all that’s going on in the world, it’s good to know there’s a place with a mission to confront intolerance in all its manifestations and encourage understanding and acceptance of differences in religion, culture and sexuality. If you’re having difficulty explaining world events to your kids, check out these exhibitions, events, lecture programs, films and library. The hope is that visitors will leave with a mind-set that rejects prejudice and hate, questions stereotypes, and promotes diversity.
Expect some oohs and ahhs when you ascend 8,516 feet from desert floor to the mountaintop in a 360-degree rotating tramcar. Located just minutes from Rancho Mirage, this unique experience lifts visitors over two-and-one-half miles along breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes and the tramcars rotate slowly, offering a picturesque and spectacular view of the valley floor. There’s a lot to do once you reach the Mountain Station; enjoy observation decks, a natural history museum, two documentary theaters, more than 50 miles of hiking trails, two restaurants and a gift shop.
I’m hungry and tired!
When stomachs start to grumble, find everything from sandwiches to sit-down meals in Rancho Mirage. And with so much to do and see, why not stay a few days to take it all in? Numerous resorts around town provide spacious rooms, poolside patios, private villas and options to suit any traveling family.