Ice Castle International Skating Rink, located in Lake Arrowhead, California, used to be the best ice skating rink around, and is still pretty good today. It is not expensive at all. I think it is only opened during the winter months, though. This is where Michelle Quan used to train! They do have hockey teams practice there so you will want to schedule your visit around their practice times to ensure you have the most time to skate. It does have that weird ice skating feel and smell about it (you know the one), but what place doesn't. It is a great place to take the whole family for a fun day on the ice.
Castle Park Amusement Park used to be the place to take your kids on the weekends back in the day, but in recent years it has degraded rapidly and now it pretty much sucks. It's really run down, the miniature golf is in bad condition, the arcade is full of old games, and the attractions are rickety and old. It is not expensive, but I don't even think it is worth going to with such a cheap price. At night it actually is kind of scary just because it is very poorly lit and everything is so dilapidated. It does have four different miniature courses, so that's a plus side. But once again, they all suck. Overall, I would avoid this place at all costs.
PROS: Few and far between
CONS: Too many to list
Scandia Amusement Park is a great small scale family fun park. It is pretty much like your typical little amusement park (with miniature golf, an arcade, roller coasters, and food), but is cleaner and in better condition than many others that I have been to. It does also have one pretty big roller coaster that is closer to a Six Flags scale roller coaster than a family fun park coaster. Around Halloween it is transformed into a scary park with goblins with chainsaws and whatnot running around trying to scare you. Admission is not very expensive, and there is plenty to do for hours of fun. I went there for two birthday parties when I was young and loved it both times, so I can attest that it is a great place for young kids. Parents will like it too, though.
Riverside Cyclery USA is the best bicycle store in all of Riverside. It has a huge selection on hand, is willing to order pretty much anything you need or want, and has pretty good pricing. This is where I have gotten two bikes from, and is most likely where I'll go for all my future bikes. Service here is fast, friendly, and very helpful. The people there know their stuff. I believe they also take trade-ins (but I'm not completely positive).
Leslies Swimming Pool Supplies is the best place to go for all of your pool supplies and accessories. This store has been around for many years, and the people there are always very helpful and friendly. This has been the pool supply store my family has used for as long as we have had a pool. Pricing there is very reasonable, and the service is unbeatable. They also have pretty much everything you'll ever need, so you won't have to make multiple runs to different stores to find what you're looking for.
Oxford Tutoring Center, located in Riverside, California, in the Canyon Crest shopping center, is a great place to take your son or daughter who struggles in a certain subject, especially math. I went there my sophomore year for Algebra II and it helped me go from a C to an A in one semester. It can be a little pricy, though, but I think your child'e grades and self-esteem are worth it. Chect it out.
PROS: Very helpful
CONS: A little expensive
AYSO Riverside, in Riverside, California, is the second largest youth soccer complex in the nation. Every Saturday thousands of Riverside kids play in fun-loving, competitive soccer games from 8 a.m. through the evening, and even some on the weekdays for the older kids. The complex boasts nearly 20 fields of all sizes for all age groups, and games are scheduled one right after the other all day long. There is both a spring (co-ed) and a fall season, so you can play nearly all year around. The referees are highly qualified volunteers, and the snack bar is completely volunteer operated as well. It's cheap and easy to sign up your son or daughter for a team, most of which practice twice a week at parks throughout the city. Sign your kid up today and come see what all the fuss is about.
PROS: Fun for the whole family
Champion Lumber, located in Riverside, California, has been around for quite some time and has attracted most of the lumber business in the area. People know that if you want a good deal with no hassle Champion Lumber is the place to buy from. Most contractors I know say this is the only place they'll ever shop. If you want to shop like the pros, there's only one place to go; Champion Lumber.
PROS: Good Deals, friendly, prompt service
If money is an issue for you, and high prices for groceries seem to be killing your pay check, then have we got the place for you. Maxi Foods, in Riverside, California, is by far the cheapest place to go for all your groceries, especially produce. No other grocery store can compare in pricing. As far as cleanliness, it's not the cleanest grocery store, but if you shop there you don't pay for all the overhead that you would at any other store.
PROS: Cheap pricing
CONS: Not the cleanest grocery store you'll find
Canyon Crest Travel has been my family's travel agent for the past twenty years and they've been great. Every time we plan a vacation or need emergency plane tickets they are always able to help us out. They are fast and friendly. Only one of the employees there has ever given us a problem in our twenty years of working with the, and she no longer works there. Pricing is pretty good, so you won't have to kill yourself over your next vacation.
PROS: Friendly People, fast and reliable service