We’re off to a strong start with our New Year’s resolutions from eating healthier to going out with the family a lot more. For anyone interested in new ways to spend time with the little ones, we recommend scavenger hunts, circuses, space exploration and old-fashioned good times that double as educational activties. Believe it or not, all this and more is happening this week in the IE!


1/12, Kids Activity – Balloon Twisting Workshop at the Main Library’s Auditorium of Riverside Public Library at 4:30p.m. Up to 100 children can enjoy this free event. Buster Balloon is going to provide a colorful workshop to kids in the library. Learn his techniques on twisting the coolest balloon animals and things, and participants may even get to take home a balloon masterpiece of their own.



1/13, Circus – Circus Vargas at 1955 S. Waterman Ave. in San Bernardino at 7:30p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets prices range between $15 to $70 depending on age and seat location. Children under two are admitted free, given they sit on an adult’s lap. The New Year of this traveling circus presents ArleQuin, a show of aerialist performances, clowns, acrobats, and all the fun and excitement that you remember from the big top as a kid.


1/14, Scavenger Hunt – Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure starting at the Big Bear Lake Visitor Center. Price is $30 for a team of two to five people. Sign up online any day of the year to enjoy an at-your-own-pace quest throughout the history-ridden mountain town—all by the comfort of your smartphone. From the Village to the waterfront, you will see beautiful sights along the way.


1/15, Ceramic Painting Fun – Ceramic Painting at Cermic Cupboard in Norco from 11a.m. to 6p.m. Price is $6 for an entire day of painting, plus the cost of ceramics. Bring your budding artists to create something unique at this painting haven. With unlimited use of paints, brushes, the kiln and more, you’ll have a creative day with the kids at an affordable price.

1/15, Wildlife Ecology Lecture – Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat at Church of the Nazarene in Redlands at 7p.m. As a professor trained in Wildlife Ecology, Kurt Leuschner shares his expertise on creating a wildlife habitat for anyone who is interested in learning more. This free event includes refreshments and the chance to win door prizes—on top of a fascinating learning experience.


1/16, Classic Play – Cinderella at Lifehouse Theater in Redlands at 7:30p.m. Cost is between $14 and $18. Children and adults of all ages can relate to the magical fairytale of Cinderella. From being treated like a maid to entertaining the possibility of falling in love with the prince of her dreams, the story of this young woman’s journey into growing up is enchanting.

1/16, Space Exploration – To Infinity and Beyond at PennyPickles’ Workshop, Temecula Children’s Museum from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Admission is free for children under two. Space is known as the final frontier. Get ready to explore the skies and solar system, and watch at your childrens’ eyes widen in amazement. See planets and stars you didn’t even knew existed before your first ever space exploration.