With so much to see and do in sunny Southern California, finding activities for toddlers is easy. The city of Ontario has a population of 163,000 and is surrounded by several other cities in San Bernardino County. It's 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and is at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains, making it a prime location for kicking off a variety of activities.
A fine activity for toddlers is Mommy and Me tumbling classes. Frequent Flyer Gymnastics (frequentflyergymnastics.com) offers this program helping to develop fine motor skills and coordinated movement. A free trial class is offered. The city of Ontario (ci.ontario.ca.us) offers several programs and classes for toddlers. It has a Parent and Me ice skating class for 2- to 5-year-olds, tot ice hockey classes for 2- to 5-year-olds and parent and me classes for 1- to 3-year-olds, featuring sing-a-longs, crafts and games.
Parks and Community Centers
The Dorothy A. Quesada Community Center (no website; 1010 S. Bon View Ave. 909-930-3344) is an excellent option for toddlers. A special tot room along with the rest of the community center is indoors. Outside, you'll find a park with a playground and open grass areas for toddlers to run and play. Centennial Park (no website; Riverside Drive; 909-930-3344) features a 9,000-square-foot tot lot with climbers, swings and a spiral slide. It also has a walking path and turf area.
For a real farm experience, Amy's Farm (amysfarm.com) is the place to go. It is a real working farm providing tours for kids of all ages. Toddlers will especially enjoy the close viewing and ability to pet farm animals. They can see cows, sheep, chickens and many more creatures. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park (no website; 800 N. Archibald Ave.; 909-481-4205) is a 150-acre recreational park. It has a small lake for paddle boats and fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds and a water splash pad perfect for tots.
Ontario is home to a Rainforest Cafe (rainforestcafe.com). It is a dining experience a toddler would enjoy. The restaurant caters to kids with waterfalls, fish tanks and plants in a jungle-like atmosphere along with mascot characters roaming around. After dinner, visit Logan's Candies (loganscandies.com). Homemade candies of all kinds are featured here, including old fashioned ribbon candy and gourmet chocolate. You and your toddler can view the candy making at certain times.
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