Hemet, situated in the San Jacinto Valley in Southern California, was once an uninhabited area discovered by the Cahuilla Indian tribe. It is now a community with more than 78,000 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Hemet, and the surrounding cities, are home to a range of affordable family activities ranging from museum visits to playing in the park.
Parks and Recreation Activities
Spend some time with your children at area parks. The city of Hemet maintains nine parks, including Spencer Park, Gibbel Park, Simpson Park and the Griffith Way Community Park. The Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District has an array of parks and recreational facilities in the area, too. At Valley-Wide Regional Park, in Hemet, your kids can play on the playground, use the sporting fields or participate in activities inside the Simpson Center, including dance classes, gymnastics, martial arts, music classes, sports and horse camps. You could take a swim at the DVL Aquatic Center, which has a heated pool with slides and other water features for kids.
Your kids can give bowling a try at AMF Hemet Lanes, which has 32 bowling lanes and weekly specials to make bowling more affordable for families. Alternatively, kids can bowl free during the summer at the Trevi Bowling Center, 30 minutes away in Lake Elsinore. All kids have to do is have their parents sign them up for the program, providing a parent's email address, and they'll receive free bowling coupons by email each week, for two free games per day.
Visit the Fingerprints Youth Museum with your kids. This Hemet museum features a range of interactive exhibits that aim to get kids to use their imaginations. Kids can also participate in museum camps and special events, such as story times. At the Western Science Center, kids can explore exhibits such as Postcards from the Past, Discovery Lab and Big Picture. Special activities and events include fossil digs, science workshops and summer camps for kids and families.
Other Inexpensive Activities
The Idyllwild Nature Center teaches about habitats, ecology and flora. Families can also hike the trails around the center and participate in seasonal events such as Labor Day Family Fun and the Lemon Lily Festival. Kids can enjoy free activities at the Hemet Public Library, whether it be simply checking out books to take home or participating in programs such as the summer reading program. At the Ramona Bowl Amphitheatre, your entire family can enjoy events such as the Chili Cook-Off Beer and Wine Festival. You'll find live entertainment, food and family activities. Kids ages 5 and younger get in for free.