The Greater Palm Springs Area is packed with free and “almost free” family fun from hiking trails to art museums to street fairs and public parks. Locals and visitors of all ages love the variety of things to do in Greater Palm Springs that are super affordable.  

Palm Springs Art Museum | Palm Springs

The nationally noted Palm Springs Art Museum offers “free 2nd Sundays” with children’s activities, performances, exhibitions and films. Admission is also free every Thursday night from 4-8 p.m.

Palm Springs VillageFest | Palm Springs

Every Thursday night, historic Palm Canyon Drive (between Baristo and Amado) is the place to be during VillageFest. This giant “block party,” a Palm Springs tradition, offers music, food and entertainment.  Locals shop the Farmer’s Market. Find unique jewelry, clothing, art and other perfect gifts for those back home.

Palm Springs Art Museum Trail | Palm Springs

This “moderate” hike begins at the rear of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s parking lot. The 2-miler sports a 900- foot gain and is about a two- hour hike.  Picnic tables overlook the Greater Palm Springs area and its endless views.

Shields Date Garden | Indio

shields date garden family fun

Opened in 1924, Shields Date Garden is worth a visit. Explore the Garden, a 17-acre landscaped date farm and have a date shake or lunch on the patio overlooking the gardens.

Rancho Mirage Public Library | Rancho Mirage

The award- winning Rancho Mirage Public Library’s programming for adults includes:  lectures, film screenings, theater, concerts and author talks. Children enjoy story hours, magic shows, puppetry, book discussions, crafts and music.

Historical Society and Museum of Palm Desert | Palm Desert

The Historical Society and Museum of Palm Desert showcases the rich history of Palm Desert and the celebrities who called it home. Kids love the old fire truck.

Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert (The Galen)  

“Free First Friday Nights” of Music and Art at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert (The Galen) and its Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden are always fun.  Admission to the Galen is always free.

Art Smith Trail | Palm Desert

The Art Smith Trail is great for family hiking. It’s 16 miles in and out, but a short easy hike offers awe inspiring views of the Greater Palm Springs Area. Located on CA highway 74 (about 4 miles south of El Paseo and Highway 111).

Fritz Burns Park | La Quinta

Families and dogs enjoy one of La Qunita’s premier parks. Besides the dog park, Fritz Burns Park offers picnic tables, a playground, public art, skate park, swimming pool, tennis courts and a water feature. Located at Avenue 52 and Avenue Bermudas.


Summer Family Fun Deals

Save on a summer of chill for the entire family with our Chill Deals website. Check back often for the latest deals, and check out a few of this summer's deals below.

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

Imaginations run free at the Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert, where kids can get hands-on with interactive exhibits.

The Living Desert

the living desert family fun

Discover the wild side of the oasis at The Living Desert. This summer, the family can enjoy 50% off a Summer Chill Tour Package, which includes behind-the-scenes tours and a guided shuttle tour.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Save up to 25% on your next chill family getaway with the Stay and Splash Package at Omni Rancho Las Palmas, where the entire family can cool off by the pool or at the onsite waterpark, Splashtopia.