SoCal Families | Chino Youth Museum

By: Jamie Durante

There are many reasons why the City of Chino was voted in the 100 Best Communities for Young People—and one of those reasons is the Chino Youth Museum.


It’s not every day that you find a place to visit that is completely catered to the mind of a two-year-old. Luckily, the day my daughter and I walked into the Chino Youth Museum, she was instantly captivated by the colorful and spacious atmosphere of this kids’ paradise.


After checking in and paying admission, I set my child free to run and play to her energetic, little heart’s delight. She quickly transformed into a firefighter, doctor and construction worker as she tried on various costumes, only to moments later discover something else the museum had to offer.


We had fun holding puppet shows on the main stage and stacking Legos on walls and tables. We then headed into the science room where we found astronaut gear, a dinosaur mural, a hanging solar system, related books and more . . . the first 15 minutes of our visit was very exciting.


As we started down the hall, we turned right into a room dedicated to conserving water and the water cycle. The kid-friendly and informative displays reminded us of a place we visited before. It was no surprise then when I noticed this exhibit was in part funded by Chino Basin Water Conservation District in Montclair!


After learning a little about water conservation through interactive exhibits, we continued down to the hall to one of our favorite features of the museum—its miniature city. From a pseudo farm with a tractor jungle gym and slide to a home, newsroom and jail, this miniature city was great for imaginative play. Some of the most impressive features were the fire pole that kids can slide down and the full-size police motorcycle.


We ended our day in the arts & crafts room, where we colored in a fall craft using crayons. This was a nice and simple way to take a break after running around the museum all afternoon.

Overall, Chino Youth Museum is great for young children who are looking to let loose for a little while. Burn some energy, and let them pretend to be whoever it is they want to be when they grow up. It's safe to say that Chino Youth Museum caters to growing imaginations.


Chino Youth Museum, 13191 6th St., Chino, CA 91710. Admission is $4 for an adult, or child one year and older. Open hour and private tours are $4 per child and adult. Hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 10a.m. to 4p.m. Member only hour from 9a.m. to 10a.m. For more information call (909) 334-3270 or visit this website.