Family Travel Question:

Q | What are some fun things to do in Palm Springs with a young child in tow?

We are traveling to Palm Springs April 10-16th and need some fun activities for us do with our 4 year old boy? Help! -Paige, WA

A | Activities and resorts for young children in Palm Springs

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Palm Springs is a fun place for a family vacation! Even though it’s in the desert, this part of Southern California still gets pretty cold in the winter. By the second week of April though, Palm Springs is beginning to warm up.

My family has stayed at several resorts in Palm Springs over the years. Without knowing if you’ve already reserved a room or suite somewhere, I’d like to point you to a couple of my family vacation favorites. La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs is a gorgeous property, and is very child-friendly. When my kids were little, they loved the kids’ camp here, with its low student-to-counselor ratio and outdoor scavenger hunts. Another resort, Rancho Las Palmas, has great water features: Splashtopia keeps children entertained for hours. However, with a four-year-old son, you should know that only kids 42″ or taller are allowed to go on the water slides here, and kids are allowed on the river feature only if with an adult if they’re under 48″ tall.

No matter where you stay, the town of Palm Springs is lively and exciting, and if your son was a little bit older I’d recommend one of the live shows. Four, however, is probably too young to enjoy the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. Instead, I’d recommend outdoor activities. Since it’s springtime, the desert really comes alive with tiny, colorful flowers. Check out the Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Park; I think your son will like it. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is also fun for kids–grownups will enjoy the view as well. It slowly goes up over 8,000 feet in the Chino Canyon, and guess what? It’s the world’s largest rotating tram! Little kids with an interest in either the outdoors or technology will be thrilled.

Enjoy your time in Palm Springs!

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