Snow Tubing at Alpine Slide

Maruska —  February 23, 2017

Alpine SlideIf you want to take the kids snow tubing this winter, head to the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, my favorite snow tubing park in the area. Alpine Slide offers exhilarating rides down one of their 5 snow-tubing lanes, a covered moving carpet for an easy ride to the top, several outdoor tables for family members that prefer to watch, indoor tables to eat a warm lunch on colder days, an arcade area, and easy free parking. Afterwards, make sure to try their bobsled experience which offers two quarter-mile long cement tracks that you can ride with a sled on wheels. Did I mention that kids under 7 ride for free? You can easily spend a full day at Alpine Slide having a blast with your kiddos.


Know Before You Go:

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 6 ride free with a paying adult and will ride with the adult
  • I recommend you wear snow boots, gloves and snow pants to stay warm and dry. However, many people, including my husband, wore jeans and tennis shoes and they were just fine.
  • The inner tubes are provided and are included in the price of admission
  • They only accept cash. They do have an ATM machine in case you forget to bring cash.
  • Day unlimited sessions are from 10 am to 4pm which means you have great flexibility. You can snow tube all day long, or you can snow tube in the morning, leave for lunch, and then come back for more in the afternoon.
  • They do offer evening sessions on Fridays and Saturdays. Evening sessions are from 5pm to 9pm and they are normally less crowded. You also save $5 per person.
  • Pack your own lunch, or purchase a meal from their cafe’. They sell hot/cold beverages, burgers, french fries, hot dogs and more.
  • We went on one of the busiest holiday weekends of the season, and yes there were a lot of people. We almost left when we saw the line to purchase tickets but I am happy we didn’t. The line moved very fast and once we got our passes we never waited more than 2 minutes to go down the hill.


Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315


Snow Play Unlimited Day Pass:

Day time sessions: daily, 10am-4pm
$30 per person
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 ride free with a paid adult

Evening Sessions: Friday and Saturday Nights only, 5pm-9pm
$25 per person
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 ride free with a paid adult

Bobsled Experience:

Single Ride: $6
5-ride book: $25
Children between the ages of 2 and 6 and under 48″ ride free with an adult.



Snow Play Day Time: open daily, November through Easter, 10am to 4pm

Snow Play Night Time: open Friday, Saturday and holidays, November through Easter,  5pm to 9pm

Bobsled Experience (Winter):
Monday-Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday-Sundays: 10am to dusk


Close by Activities:

Big Bear Discovery Center offers fun and educational exhibits, weekly programs such as story time, eco-tours, and other special events. Free.


Big Bear Alpine Zoo: an amazing facility that rehabilitates injured animals. This fun zoo has lots of animals such as deer, coyotes, owls, foxes, mountain lions, a snow leopard, wolves, black bears, and even grizzly bears. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-10. I believe it is free if you have a Santa Ana Zoo membership.

Discovery Days

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Do you know that Centennial farm has discovery days open to the public once or twice a month? These are completely free events.

During your visit the kids can see a milking demonstration (9:30am only), pet a chick, plant and take home a radish and of course explore the farm which is home to pigs, chickens, cattle, goats, and fruit/vegetable gardens. You can also stop at the many educational stations located around the farm. Fantastic!

Almost forgot, you are welcome to take any of the freshly picked produce in their produce bin. It is free but they ask that you place a donation in the box next to it. Last time we took 4 delicious carrots and they were in our bellies by the time we got home.

So that you know, the Discovery Days take place during the week in the morning, from 9am to 12pm. If you can’t make it to one of these events, you can always visit the Centennial farm Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm, and Sat/Sun 9am-4pm. You won’t get to see the milking demonstrations, pet a chick, plant a radish  or check out the educational stations, but all the animals will still be there and kids just love it.

Next event:

Friday March 3, 2017Click here for more information and to see all the dates on which this event takes place. Reservations are only required for groups of 6+ children.

trader joes pretend cityIf you love Trader Joe’s, then you’ll go ga-ga for the new grocery exhibit at Pretend City. It’s exactly like a real Trader Joe’s, only it’s kid-sized!  You’ll recognize the colorful chalkboard displays and wooden shelves stocked with Trader Joe’s branded products.  Don’t we wish our kids were always this excited to grocery shop?


  • It looks just like Trader Joe’s with wooden shelves and check-out stands!
  • Kid-sized shopping carts, so your children can shop for their own groceries
  • Stocked with Trader Joe’s branded items…Joe’s O’s anyone?
  • Bright and colorful chalkboard displays just like the store
  • Kids can wear crew member Hawaiian shirts and look just like a TJ’s employee

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Know Before You Go:

  • There are special events and visitors during the exhibit. Check the calendar of events on the website for more information. On the second Friday of every month, you can get 2-for-1 admission during Way to Play Days.
  • Pretend City is a nut-free facility, so choose your snacks carefully. They also have a few vending machines with lots of variety, including some healthier options.
  • There is a water play area, so you may want to bring a change of clothes if your child loves to splash.
  • Parking is free. There are about 20 spots in front of the museum that fill fast, as well as overflow parking behind the building. Follow the signs for parking.

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Admission is $12.50 for children and adults (Infants 12 months and younger are free). Yearly Memberships are available.


Pretend City 
29 Hubble, Irvine CA 92618


Hours of Operation: Mondays 10am-1pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm.

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Amy Dilling
Blog Contributor

About the Author:
Amy and her husband have to boys 2 and 5. She loves to find fun places to keep her active guys busy! Parks, beaches and special events are on her top list of things to do with her family.