A cooler season for Coachella Valley families

October 13th, 2013 | by Amelia Hadley | Comments

You guys!! The weather is amazing.

Fall in the desert reminds me of spring everywhere else. When our weather cools off, we slowly emerge from our air-conditioned homes, stretching our arms like flowers unfolding to a new season.

Or, we kick off our shoes in a fit of joy and spend every possible moment outside. We have entered what I call the “Glorious Nine.” The nine months of the year when the rest of the country covets our weather and we flip our hair over our shoulders like it’s no big deal.

Late afternoons and evenings are great times to hit the park or take a bike ride with the kids. For those whose children aren’t in school yet, there are still plenty of activities — indoor and out — to keep kids entertained and busy.

Westfield Family Fun Days: “Creepy Crawler Crafts & Treats” in the dining court from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19; 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert; Free.

Desert Recreation District: “Little Athletes” class at 9 a.m. on Fridays at the La Quinta Community Fitness Center; Information: 760-347-3484;

Desert Recreation Ditrict: Halloween Carnival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Jerry Rummonds’ Senior and Community Center in Thermal; Information: 760-347-3484;

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is hosting classes for toddlers each week. Creative Arts for Toddlers and Little Sprouts (gardening) are on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, and both classes run from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Discovery Tots is 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Fridays. Information: 760-321-0602;

Riverside Country Libraries: Nearly every local county library has activities — for all ages — during the week. These events are free. Information:

Check back next week for a listing of Halloween activities for families and children.



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