SoCal Families | Five Kid-Friendly Museums in the Inland Empire

By: Jamie Durante

One of the perks of this job is being able to travel to fun destinations throughout the Inland Empire with my family in tow . . . all in the name of finding the best kid-friendly places to recommend to our readers. Last year, we visited five museums that are especially interactive for children.

Do not let boredom get the best of you; instead visit these five kid-friendly museums.


Chino Youth Museum in Chino


This childrens museum caters to the imaginations of young children in every sense of the word! From a miniature city to puppet shows, dinosaurs, space, Legos, crafts and more . . . this spacious and colorful museum gives children the freedom to explore. 

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


Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino


Families of all ages will be captivated by the planes and artifacts of this huge aviation museum. From a hangar dedicated to the U.S. Army Airforce unit that won 562 victories in WWII to an old school Rolls Royce, this museum is inflated with fascinating pieces of history.

Planes of Fame Air Museum is located at 7000 Merrill Ave., Ste. #17 in Chino, CA 91710. Normal hours are Sundays through Fridays from 10a.m. to 5p.m. and Saturdays from 9a.m. to 5p.m. General admission is $11. Admission for children under 12 is $4, children under five admitted free. Seniors ages 65+ and veterans admitted for $10, members sand active duty military, police and firefighters admitted free. For more information call (909) 597-3722 or visit this website


The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont

You can visit an impressive dinosaur museum without leaving the comforts of your own backyard. Interactive exhibits and large dinosaur skeleton displays are just the beginning of this museum’s kid-friendly fun.  

Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, 1174 W. Baseline Rd., Claremont, CA 91711. Visiting hours are Mondays thru Fridays from 8a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturday from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Admission is $6 per person and free for children four and under (cash or check only). For more information call (909) 624-2798 or visit this website.


San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands


Children can explore prehistoric sea life, dress up as a sheriff and more at this exciting museum. From fascintating exhibits to a beautiful plant garden, you will have no problem spending your day exploring this wonderful kid-friendly museum. Memberships are available and highly encouraged! They have member-only nights to preview exhibits and partake in extra fun.

San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Ln., Redlands CA 92374. Visiting hours are Tuesdays through Sundays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for military or seniors, $7 for students, and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 admitted free. For more information call (909) 792-1462 or visit this website.


Yanks Air Museum in Chino


This comfortable indoor aviation museum is huge! It houses airplanes that are original and airworthy, meaning that even the oldest, vintage crafts are still able to soar through the sky. You’ll be impressed by the various vehicles on display, and you will even get to know more about our history of exceptional manmade aircraft and our expanding technology over time.

Yanks Air Museum is located at 7000 Merrill Ave. #35-A270, Chino, CA 91710. Visiting hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 8a.m. to 4p.m. General admission is $16, seniors ages 65 and older admitted for $15, children under 11 admitted for $5, children under four admitted free. Fore more information call (909) 597-1735 or visit this website.