We have just arrived home from our seven weeks away. You may have thought that you escaped any further Palm Desert posts. Not so! One of the highlights of our trip was spending quality time with family. Below Charlie (3) and Jordyn (2) model things to do in Palm Desert with children.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Ride the world’s largest tramway for 2.5 miles as it travels up (and back down) the Chino Canyon. The views are spectacular! Jordyn loved the ride….and loved asking Grandma for pennies so that she could ‘make wishes’ by throwing them off the edge of the lookout. (Don’t worry we didn’t throw them far…and the coins are later collected). More Info.
The Living Desert: The Living Desert’s mission is: “Desert conservation through preservation, education, and appreciation.” It is a unique zoo/botanical garden that specializes in deserts of the world. Here you can find cheetahs, mountain lions, and zebras amidst many other awe-inspiring animals and plants. Charlie highly recommends feeding the giraffes…and the lorikeets. More Info.
Sunnylands: At this 200-acre winter residence in Rancho Mirage, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg entertained well-known leaders, thinkers, and personalities. This estate ground is now open to the public. A variety of programs, changing exhibits, guided walks and estate/house tours are on offer, including free yoga classes at 12:00 noon ever Friday (modeled by Grandpa). While we were there, we took advantage of the Día de Muertos celebration, which is one of Jordyn’s favourite festivals. More Info.
Palm Springs Air Museum: This unique museum offers exhibits, displays and historic aircraft from World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. Many of the planes are still in flyable condition. If money is no object, private flights can be arranged. It was hard to tell who enjoyed this event the most — Charlie, his parents or Grandpa! More Info.
And What We Loved Best of All — Just Hanging Out! Being surrounded by great weather, inviting pools, awesome food, and a remarkable compound (Sun City) meant that we never ran out of cool things to do. We loved every minute of this family (and friend) time together. We look forward to having more of this at Jordyn’s upcoming birthday (November 24), followed by an even larger family reunion this Christmas. Stay tuned!