Guide to Family Fun After Dark in Palm Springs

Posted By: Friday, May 06, 2016

Part of the excitement of vacation is letting the kids stay up a little later than normal. Palm Springs has some great family-friendly events that allow the kids to enjoy the city after dark. Here are 6 of the best ways to do that:

  1. Take a trip up the Palm Springs Tram. Take the whole family on an exhilarating ride to the top of Palm Springs on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The rotating cable cars give the whole family a scenic view of the Palm Springs mountains and the valley floor below. The last tram goes up at 8 p.m. and comes down at 9:45 p.m. Once you get to the top, you can enjoy a meal at Peaks Restaurant or a less formal dinner or snack at Pines Café. Make sure everyone brings a jacket, as the temperature will be about 30 degrees cooler at the top than they are in the valley.

  2. Get relief from the heat at Desert Ice Castle. After a warm day in the sun, nothing beats a fun evening of indoor ice skating with the family. Desert Ice Castle has public skate sessions at various times listed on their website.

  3. Make it a movie night. The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Regal Cinemas offer the latest blockbusters and are within minutes from hotels and downtown restaurants.

  4. Stroll downtown during Palm Springs VillageFest. Every Thursday night, the main street downtown is closed off for pedestrians only. You can safely walk down the entire length of this open-air fair, sampling small bites, listening to local musicians, checking out interesting hand-crafted products, and chowing down on some delicious eats from food vendors.

  5. Camp outdoors where the wild things are. “Starry Safari” at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a special opportunity for families to stay after closing time and enjoy this gem like few people ever will. The highlights include a nighttime guided tour, up-close animal encounters, and a campfire under the quiet desert sky. Check their website for dates and what to bring.

  6. Play around! To kick off their newest exhibit, “Playing Together Games,” the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is having a Family Game Night on Friday, May 13, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. The entire evening will feature Desert Bubble Ball, SNAG golf, and lots of board games. Check out videos of what’s in store and purchase tickets on their website.

Which of these activities will you be including in your itinerary to make it an extra-special visit to Palm Springs?


  • Debbie Agostinelli Tuesday, September 18, 2018 14:58 PM

    My husband and I will be there the second week in October, we are looking for pet friendly restaurants, and other fun things to do


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