Glo have fun! Glo Mini Golf Riverside Ca

Glo have fun! Glo Mini Golf Riverside Ca

When you are born and raised in Riverside California, you take pride in knowing all of the spots to go when you want something to do. Little did I know I have been missing out on a true gem.

Located on the outside of the Riverside Tyler Mall is Glo Mini Golf, an indoor mini golf space. Among mini golf, you can play arcade games, rent an Xbox and have fun with a little virtual reality. There is also an ice cream and snack bar on the top floor.

When checking in for golf, you are able to pick a color golf ball that of course is neon and your club that is as well a neon color. 12$ for 27 holes is a wonderful price, especially when you get the added experience of it being in the dark! You also have the option of getting 3D glasses to wear during your golf game for a small 2$ fee.

After getting our golf necessities, we headed to our first golf hole. The 3D glasses were awesome. The floor popped under our feet, the wall seemed to be moving and our putt appeared to be perfect! Mini golfing with a 3 & 5-year-old is not the easiest, especially when you are also golfing with a very competitive husband, but watching them all laugh and jump with excitement when they got a ball  in the hole was priceless.

Most of the holes were dedicated to another portion of the world. It was fun guessing the landmark used and where it was from. The walls were adorned with amazing artwork, painted in bright colors so that they too would pop in the black lights. Although the holes were not very challenging, they were exactly perfect for the space.

After our round of mini golf, we tried out some arcade games. All of the games cost a minimal amount, compared to other arcades. Games were geared towards all ages, some for smaller children and some for the older crowd. They were all very generous with tickets and the prizes were great.

Since you are going to want to go back to Glo Mini Golf over and over again, you might want to pick up some of their Glo merchandise to wear around town or next time you stop by for a round of golf or an arcade game or two!

Overall I have to say this was one of the funnest things we have done in Riverside lately and I definitely suggest you all check it out! Head to their website and plan your trip to Glo Mini Golf!

Escape Games Riverside

Escape Games Riverside

My husband and I have always wanted to try an escape room type experience, so when we heard that one was opening in Riverside, we were excited to try it out. We enlisted our good friends to come with us and make a night of it. You really must choose your friends wisely when you are going to be locked in a room for an hour with them.

When we arrived, Jonathan, the owner, was there to greet us. He was so kind and personable. His enthusiasm made us even more pumped for the experience. As far as customer service goes, he was a breath of fresh air. After a quick briefing on our scenario and a few tips, we were “locked” in the pirate captains quarters.

As a group we were tasked with finding clues, solving puzzles and locating the key to escape the room, all of which were pirate themed. The challenges were fun and kept you thinking. I haven’t felt that dumb and smart in an hours time since college. If you get stuck, Jonathan is in a room nearby to give you a hint or two, heading you in the direction you need to go.

Every one of us felt very accomplished when we were able to find the key and make it out of the room with no time to spare. It was an experience we will laugh about for years to come and I definitely recommend everyone try it.

Escape Games Riverside will soon be expanding to have two options for rooms. You will be able to choose from the pirate captain or the toy maker. I personally cannot wait till the next room opens so that my friends and I can return to try our skills, or lack thereof, on another escape room.

If you would like to try out the Escape Games Riverside, head to the website and use code shiningthoughtsblog for a discount when booking. Good luck and have fun!

About The Owner

Jonathan was born and raised in a little town outside of Santa Cruz California. He moved to Riverside California to finish up his education at CBU and then CSUSB. (Go Coyote’s) After receiving his degree and meeting his now wife, they decided to stay in Riverside. With access to mountains, beaches, deserts, all within an hour, they knew they would thrive here.

Both Jonathan and his wife love to visit Escape rooms wherever they go. This inspired him to open up his very own here in Riverside. With Riverside’s ever growing small business community, he knew this was going to be the perfect place to start their business.

It is people like Jonathan that help keep our city alive and we are so lucky to have him and his wife apart of our community!

Hello Riverside! Signed Book Giveaway

Hello Riverside! Signed Book Giveaway

Shining Thoughts Blog has teamed up with Hello Riverside for an amazing GIVEAWAY!
Being a Riverside CA blog and loving all things Riverside has to offer, we were thrilled to see a child’s board book published called Hello Riverside. This beautifully illustrated book depicts some of the best places to play throughout our gorgeous city.
So here is the scoop. We have an author signed copy of Hello Riverside that we want to give away to one lucky family. All you have to do to enter is like Shining Thoughts Blog as well as Hello Riverside on Facebook AND leave us a comment on the giveaway post with your favorite memory of Riverside. Your memory can be from the past or present, bonus points for pictures!! If you are not from Riverside, you can still win! Just comment what you would like to see if you were visiting.

Winner will be drawn at random on February 14th and announced on this post. Feel free to share with your friends and family so they can get in on the fun as well. Good luck!

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media outlet. Please keep comments and pictures G rated, this is a family blog/book.

Camping at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park

Camping at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park

This past week my family and I have been camping at Rancho Jurupa Regional Park. We camp here often because it is close to home but still makes you feel like you are out in the wilderness. I’m much more of a glamper vs a camper so this campground is perfect for that. They have many options for camp spots and things to do, so it definitely covers all types of campers.


There is a few different areas that you can camp in. We always get the same spot in the Cottonwood area of the park. It is the newest area and has grass as well as shade tree’s. The spots are large for pull through trailers, your camper will be on cement and they have nice bathrooms/showers for campers of this area. Full hook ups is amazing as well as it is closest to the front entrance and a lot of the amenities. You will have a gorgeous view of Mt. Rubidoux and can still watch the rabbits play in the grass. It is a very well kept area of the park and each site has a fire pit.


Lakeside Campground is the area closest to the lake, this may be a perfect spot for the fishers in your family. A close walk to the lake and all the catfish you can handle. The lake is well kept and surrounded by beautiful greenery. It is a quiet spot to relax and cast your line. Just make sure you have your fishing licence and have paid the small fee to camp in the park. Most of these camp spots have partial hook ups but are located in the dirt.


The campground also has the option to rent a cabin. It will cost you about the same as a nights stay in a hotel but if you do not have a tent and still want to feel like you are camping, this is a great option for you. They are very spacious and the layout is accommodating to a family with children.


Rancho Jurupa offers a seasonal splash pad that is fantastic for kids and adults. It gets so hot in the summertime and this is a great way to cool off and help those kids burn off some energy. The water is recycled and definitely cold at first, but oh so refreshing. To add to your cool down, you can step into the general store and purchase a delicious ice cream.


The general store has most items you might have forgot at home as well as other trinkets and items you may need to catch the big one in the lake. You can also purchase a round of miniature golf while you are picking out your ice cream. The golf course is located next to the splash pad and even though I have not had the opportunity to play on it yet, It looks like a ton of fun!


There are two playgrounds for your children to choose from and lots of area for them to ride their bikes. If frisbee golf is your thing then make sure to take advantage of their frisbee golf course. There are lots of covered patios to stop and enjoy the sounds of nature as you take a morning walk.


My children have a blast camping here and if you want to add a little lesson in here and there, there is so much to teach. This recent trip we did a nature walk, a nature scavenger hunt, leaf rubbings and examined many bugs with our magnifying glasses.

If you want to camp at Rancho Jurupa or any of the other Riverside County Parks, check out their website for fees and schedules. Riverside County Parks


March Field Air Museum

March Field Air Museum

I cannot believe I have lived in Riverside my entire life and I have never taken the time to go into the March Field Air Museum. I have driven by it hundreds, maybe even thousands of times and honestly thought I had seen it all already. You can see almost 70 airplanes around a large hanger when you drive by, so what else is there to see? Well I’m here to tell you that I have been wrong the entire time. March Field Air Museum is a aviators dream with over 30,000 artifacts and over 70 different planes.


The museum opened in 1979 but quickly out grew its original building and was moved to another building on base. In 1993 the museum was moved once again to its current location which consists of 3 hangars located next to the 215 freeway and Van Buren Blvd. It is a non-profit institution and privately owned.


When you enter the museum you are greeted by courteous and friendly volunteers, most who are veterans themselves. They are positioned throughout the museum to answer any questions you may have and are very knowledgeable of aviation and MAFB history. Your eyes will not know where to look because of all the beautifully designed exhibits featuring items from WW1, WW2, Vietnam, Korea, Cold War and More. Each exhibit features a wonderfully written information placard telling the history of each piece. There are plenty of interactive exhibits as well, one being a flight simulator.


After absorbing all of the amazing history featured inside, head on out to the walking paths that surround air planes from all era’s. See bombers, fighter jets, prop planes and cargo planes. They also feature a replica of a Vietnam base camp that you can walk through.


After your stroll through time, stop by the gift store where you can find a unique souvenir to take home and remember your time spent at the March Field Air Museum. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 9-4 and closed on certain holidays. Admission is only 10$ for anyone older than 12, 5$ for 5-11 y/o and free for veterans, active duty and kids under 4. Check out their website for any upcoming events.

California Citrus State Historic Park

California Citrus State Historic Park


Growing up in Riverside California, some of my earliest memories include the smell of orange blossoms on a hot summer night. Almost everywhere you would drive had an orange tree grove near by. Things have changed a lot since I was young, the orange groves have all but disappeared and been replaced by housing tracks. It is very rare that you are able to smell an orange blossom but when you do, like a ratatouille moment, the past comes racing back to you.

Front Citrus Park

On the corner of Dufferin Ave and Van Buren Blvd is a nostalgic reminder of citrus in Riverside, known as the California Citrus State Historic Park. At only 5$ a car entrance fee, you can take advantage of the walking paths, the museum, have a picnic or take a citrus tasting tour.

Walk Through Time Citrus Park

Enter the visitor center for a walk through time. The museum is on the smaller side but filled with information. You start your tour by watching a short video on the history of oranges in California and then begin your walk through exhibits. You are presented with the timeline of citrus through the world, their beginnings in Asia, their trip down the silk road and their voyage across the ocean, then gifted to a Riverside woman by the name of Tibbets. You can then exit out the gift shop to a patio and the start of a walking path through the orange tree’s themselves. If you are looking for a beautiful place to have a photo shoot, a family reunion or a birthday party, there is plenty of open space, gazebos and picturesque back drops. Open from 8-5 on most days with extended hours in the summertime.

Picnic Citrus Park

When you leave the park and all you have on your mind is oranges, you can stop at the corner fruit stand and pick up a delicious bag of Gless Ranch oranges or grapefruit. California Citrus State Historic Park is rich with history and pride. It is a wonderful place to spend a day with family or just on a mind clearing walk alone.

corner fruit stand

To check out all the upcoming events and times, go to California Citrus SHP