The Greater Palm Springs area may be known as a playground for adults, but there are plenty of attractions geared for kids.
Here are some suggestions:
Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs. This is how Palm Springs kids stay cool. Smile as your brood enjoys the 14 water slides or the new Flow Rider. 1500 S. Gene Autry Tr., Palm Springs. 760-327-0499; www.wetnwildpalmsprings.com
Desert Ice Castle. From youth hockey and night skates to special events, locals and visitors can enjoy a cozy winter experience in the heart of the desert. 68600 Perez Rd., Cathedral City. 760-324-0400; www.deserticecastle.com
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. With more than 60 hands-on exhibits, children learn and have fun while creating, exploring, and experimenting in a safe environment. 71701 Gerald Ford Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-321-0602; www.cdmod.org
The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden. Adventure through protected areas representing North America and Africa, right here in the desert. See wild animals, live shows, a children’s discovery center, and an animal carousel. 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert. 760-346-5694; www.livingdesert.org
Splashtopia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Play in each of Splashtopia’s outstanding attractions, or cool off as you float down the aqua blue water in an inner tube. 41000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho Mirage. 866-423-1195; www.rancholaspalmas.com