SoCal Families | 7 Things To Do This Week 11/16-11/20/2015

The Inland Empire is home to many Native American tribes. Take this week to teach your children about the culture and history by visiting museums and local events that celebrate the cultural heritage of Native Americans.


Shout out to November's 7 Things To Do This Week Sponsor! Join the holiday fun at the 3rd Annual Shop 'Til You Drop in Historic Downtown Upland on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12-5 p.m. Take a photo with Santa with a toy donation to Upland Spark of Love Toy Drive. Bring your pet to Pet Food Emporium for "Santa Paws" photo opportunity, with $5 donation. 100% of donation goes to Upland Animal Shelter. You receive a photo and 4lb. bag of Zignature dry dog food. Enjoy shopping, food trucks, activities, giveaways, live entertainment and more! Learn more at


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11/16, Mojave Museum – Mojave River Valley Museum in Barstow from 11a.m. to 4p.m. Admission is free. This small museum packs a ton of history. With a goal to preserve and promote the cultural, scientific and historical heritage of Mojave River Valley, you will find displays and exhibits that include history on Native Americans, miners, railroads, pioneers and even the space program.



11/17, Free Live Entertainment – Native Trails at Lewis Library & Technology Center in Fontana from 4-6p.m. Experience the culture of Native Americans through stories and dances from tribes across the United States at this colorful performance. Native American, Ben Hale, will be dressed in authentic regalia; so don’t miss this entertaining opportunity to learn more about this fascinating culture.



11/18, Native American Museum – Visit Malki Museum in Banning from 10a.m. to 4p.m. As California’s first museum founded by Native Americans, this museum shares its authentic collection of Native American art, artifacts and other historical materials for visitors to enjoy.


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11/19, Native American Museum – Visit Sherman Indian Museum in Riverside from 1-4:30p.m. The history of this museum lies within its walls and within the Sherman Cemetery.  Learn about this school’s history hands-on through yearbooks, newspapers and other memorabilia, and you will also experience Native American culture through artwork Navajo rugs, bead work, pottery and more.

11/19, Regional History Museum Visit Cooper Museum in Upland from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Educating our community with local history and culture of Upland, Ontario, Montclair, Mt. Baldy and Rancho Cucamonga, Cooper Museum also dedicates its walls to the history of the inhabitants of this land many years ago—The Tongya people. The Cooper Museum has an exhibit in the Ruth D and Frank K Nichols Gallery dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Tongva people. Learn more about our visit to the Cooper Museum and their Downtown Upland Walking tour here.



11/20, Native American Exhibit – Visit “Native Americans of Southern California” at Riverside Metropolitan Museum in Riverside from 9a.m. to 5p.m. Admission is free, however a $3 donation is suggested. This permanent exhibit will share knowledge about the many different Native American tribes who inhabit Southern California. Displays of Native American culture include basketry, clothing, tools and more.

11/20, Cultural Museum – Visit Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs from 10a.m. to 5p.m. Admission is free. Discover the cultural heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians with hands-on classes, storytelling, exhibitions and more. This experience is one not to be forgotten.


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