Imagination Workshop- Temecula Children’s Museum

I can’t believe this is the first time I’m writing about this fantastic place. The Imagination Workshop- Temecula’s Children’s Museum is a must stop for you kiddos. The museum is located in Old Town Temecula and sure to be a hit with your kiddos. The museum centers around Professor Pennypickle and his Imagination Workshop.

Your kiddos will be able to romp around each of the themed rooms and partake in hands on exhibits and gadgets. There are several themed rooms such as The Library – the kiddos will learn about time and travel and the kitchen- the kiddos will learn all about physics and chemistry. I love places that can not only entertain my children but provide them with wonderful learning experiences.

The Temucula Children’s Museum is also a great place to visit because they break up the day into sessions. I think this is a wonderful idea because it allows you to experience the exhibits without long waits and of course it means more breathing room!!
The sessions are as follows-

Imagination Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum hours:
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Saturday:
Session I – 10 am to noon
Session II – 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Session III – 3 – 5:00 pm
Phineas’ Family Night – 5:30 – 7:00 pm (Fridays only)
Session I – 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Session II – 3 – 5:00 pm

Admission is 4.50 for guests 3 years of age and older. Not only is it a great place to visit but it’s also great on the wallet!!

I hope you can all make time to visit the museum with your family and enjoy the rest of the day in beautiful Old Town Temecula!!

The museum is located at 42081 Main Street, Old Town Temecula, CA 92590. For additional information click here. I hope you can visit soon and enjoy some time in beautiful Temecula!!

Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology

Did you know that there is new museum in the inland empire dedicated to creatures from a long time ago? Yep, if your kiddos love anything related to big creatures that roamed the Hemet area some 230,000 years ago , this is the spot for you.

The Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology came about 10 years ago when the Metropolitan Water District started drilling 270-feet below the earth’s surface to build Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet. While Digging for the lake they found more than a million fossils and artifacts.

The new state of the art museum is home to 33,000 square feet of permanent and special exhibits that are sure to delight your kiddos. Current exhibits are

The Big Dam Hole

Use the interactives to learn about the people and animals that inhabited the Diamond Valley Lake site over time. Discover how scientists uncovered evidence of their existence.

Postcards from the Past

Learn about a typical 1880s house in the Diamond Valley region.

Travel farther back in time with the artifacts created and used by the earlier Native American residents.

Movies in the Theater Two short films are shown regularly in our circular, immersion theater with its 270-degree screen.

Enjoy the animated Echoes of the Past, which transports viewers to a time when giant creatures roamed the area. The informative, ten-minute documentary, Discovery and Recovery provides an eyewitness view of the excavation at Diamond Valley Lake.

photo by Jim Watters, Sr.

photo by Jim Watters, Sr.
Snapshots in Time

Be amazed by the size of mammoths and mastodons that used to live in the Diamond Valley Lake area. See the real fossils of some very large animals:

• A 10ft tall mastodon, nicknamed Max
• A 12ft. tall mammoth, nicknamed Xena,
• And a giant ground sloth nearly 7ft. tall.

Use the magnifying glass to see fossils from some very small critters including birds and lizards.

Walk over a re-created quarry site that holds the remains of “Little Stevie”, a mastodon that lived nearly 50,000 years ago.

Discovery Labphoto by Jim Watters, Sr.

Follow the trail of these animals from their discovery in the field to curation and research in the museum.

Explore discovery sites and the “Tools of the Trade” that archaeologists use in the field.

Understand techniques used to date fossils and artifacts by using an interactive “Dating Game.”

Learn why “Not Everyone Gets to Be a Fossil” and make your own fossil cast using air-dry clay and one of our molds.

The museum special exhibit- The Music behind the magic-explores Disney’s legacy and draws inspiration from Disney animation, television programming, theme parks, live-action films and Broadway musicals.

.The museum is amazing and a must for that little explorer in your family.

.Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology-2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10AM to 5PM- Admission $8.00 Adults, $6.00 Youths (5-13), under 4 -Free

For additional information click here

Free Admission- San Bernardino County Museum

The San Bernardino County Museum invites visitors to visit the museum and enjoy free admission the first Sunday of the month. The museum is a perfect place for the entire family and you won’t have to spend a single dime since parking is also free. It’s a great deal!! By the way I forgot to mention that the museum also happens to run it’s Family Day program on the same day.

For additional information and exhibit information click here

San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374

  • Open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Holiday Mondays include: Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
  • Closed most Mondays, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1