Kids-older kids for house tours, any age for gardens and park
Cost-house tours $10/adults, $5/children, park is free
The Kimberly Crest house in Redlands is a grand old place built in the style of a French chateau. The 6500sq ft house was built in 1897. It can't easily be seen from the road, neither can the park, for that matter, as the entire property is surrounded by orange trees and in a quiet residential neighborhood. I'm not saying it's hard to find-it's quite easy, once you know where to look, and I don't know too many people outside of Redlands who know.
The house was donated to the people of Redlands by its last resident, Mary Kimberly-Shirk in 1969. It's now a museum and wedding venue. Tours are only available for a few hours on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday and aren't really appropriate for younger kids. The tour includes going up and down stairs and there is no room for strollers. No photography is allowed inside, which is a shame. There are some beautiful pieces, including several Tiffany lamps, stunning fireplaces and antique furniture.
The grounds outside the home are open during the same hours as the tours. They have special events on second Sunday's of the month and many of those do seem to be geared towards younger children. Check those out on the website. No professional photography is allowed unless you rent time to do so. I interpreted this to mean that it was okay to snap a few outside with my iPhone. As you can see it would be a romantic background for some wedding photos.
Adjacent to the house is Prospect Park, donated to the city by various landowners. Here you can hike through the orange trees or up a wide drive until you reach the top of the hill and discover the view that inspired the name "Prospect". If you hike just a little farther you'll find a mysterious entrance sign between trees. Enter and you'll find an outdoor amphitheater and a grassy area where summer theater is hosted. I remember going here when I was in high school to watch my thespian friends perform in musicals and plays. It's a great venue to introduce kids to theater.
The park's hiking trail is partially uphill. The paths accommodate strollers. (There is a short cut into the park found next to the house parking lot for those who'd rather not hike uphill).