Ontario Mills: a Mall with Class

Dave & Buster's Pasta

 Thanks to Ontario Mills for hosting our trip


Ontario Mills: an Outlet Mall with Class 

Ontario Mills is an outlet mall with class.  The first thing you’ll notice are the fresh and hip stores at Ontario Mills, from to Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5thto Nordstrom RackCoach to Forever 21, Puma to Guess.  There’s nothing worse than driving to an outlet mall only to find dated brands and stores that you wouldn’t normally shop.  Not the case here.  They not only have the best stores, Ontario Mills has amazingly low prices.  I purchased some dresses and tops from Neiman Marcus Last Call marked down over 70% off!  That’s actually another one of my pet-peeves, when you drive to an outlet mall only to find the prices are the same as a normal store.  Ontario Mills is different in that a large percentage of their stores are outlets.  The great brands and prices are enough to bring me here, but that’s not all that Ontario Mills has to offer.


 Ontario Mills Mall

A Family Friendly Ontario Mills Mall  

Ontario Mills is my kids’ new favorite mall, with three stores in particular that could have easily filled their Christmas lists: The LEGO Store, Disney Store and Build-A-Bear Workshop. The LEGO Store was raging, with tons of kids and adults taking in the setups all around the store and the custom build area.  The big Mickey Ears drew us into Disney Store, where we found great discounts and geared up on Frozen and Star Wars.  Speaking of Star Wars, if you haven’t been to a Build-A-Bear Workshop for a while you need to check out their adorable Stormtrooper™, Chewbacca Bear ™, and others from both new and old Star Wars movies.  How adorable!

The Paw Patrol Bears were really cute too, I love this place.  With Carter’s Stride Rite, The Children’s Place Outlet and a lot of other kid stores I was also able to fill out their wardrobes for the winter months ahead.  On-top of the stores there are more kid-friendly kiosks than other malls.  Custom-made posters were a hit for our kids with their names written in calligraphy.  There was also fun eye-candy throughout the mall that they enjoyed (such as the VW van driven by Looney Tunes characters, and a gorgeous Ferrari).

Holiday Season Shopping at Ontario Mills 

Ontario Mills is the perfect mall for holiday shopping.  The stores already have insane prices, and many add big additional promotions for the holidays (I caught the Wrap It Up Super Sale with some stores shaving 70% off their prices).  On top of the holiday deals, Ontario Mills as mentioned it’s a mall with Santa Clause all setup for the kids.  With his winter wonderland setting you’ll walk away with some great pictures as did we.

Another reason that makes Ontario Mills the best mall for the holidays is that there are tons of things to do right inside the mall.  Break up a marathon day of shopping with a movie at the attached AMC, or better yet with some games and food at Dave and Buster’s.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch there with my family that included steak, burgers and a killer version of a fire grilled salmon.  The kids stayed and “had the most fun ever” with daddy playing games, giving me a couple of hours to knock out shopping for their gifts.

Location of the Ontario Mills Mall

The Ontario Mills mall is located close to Los AngelesOrange County and of course the Inland Empire.  We came up from San Diego and found it was an easy, straight shot up Interstate 15.  Knowing this will definitely change the course of our future shopping as the deals at Ontario Mills are unbeatable.  It will also be the perfect stop on the way home from Las Vegas road trip, (assuming we don’t blow all of our savings at the blackjack table).

The X-Factors that Makes Ontario Mills Unique

When I go to a mall the last thing that I want is a drab, stale feeling.  Ontario Mills has a lot of unique stores to make the shopping experience fun and fresh.  Some of the places I already mentioned like the LEGO Store and Dave and Buster’s are obvious slam dunks, but there are a lot of other stores that make Ontario Mills stand out.  Here are just a few:

The Rainforest Café: with its simulated and thunderstorms and huge animals even if you don’t eat there it’s fun to spend time there.

Pin Up Bootique: Vintage looking dresses and other rockabilly items… very fun.

Sam Ash Music Stores – Guitars, drums and other instruments as far as the eye can see (the store is huge).

Ghirardelli Chocolate – This store is beautiful, and it’s one of my favorite chocolate companies.

Tuttimellon  – I am so hooked on self-serve froyo, and theirs is great.

Shoes Shoes Shoes!  There are tons of options whether picking up some skater shoes at Vans or old school Chuck Taylors at Converse, or maybe some newer school Crocs they have at least 10 stores just for shoes.

Whether you are a tourist or a local I recommend spending some time at Ontario Mills mall.  You may intend to only spend an hour or two but don’t be surprised if you have a blast and stay the whole day, as that’s exactly what happened to me!

Due to customer demand, Ontario Mills is extending its Wrap It Up Super Sale for an additional week –now through Sunday, December 20!

Ontario Mills is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 & 15 in Ontario, CA, 38 miles east of Los Angeles and within driving distance west of Palm Springs and north of San Diego. It is open regularly from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Sat, and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Ontario Mills, please call (909) 484-8300, visit www.OntarioMills.com or follow Ontario Mills on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OntarioMills or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShopOntario.

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    Dec 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    We have almost the exact same all here. It is called Arizona mills mall we have the exact same stores that place is awesome!!

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    Dec 18, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Outlet malls and stores are the best. You can get so much great stuff, and the prices are amazing.

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    Dec 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    That’s a fantastic store line-up. (I know what you mean when you talk about dated brands.) I’ve never been here but I’ll make a point to stop in on my next trip over that way.

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    Megan Elford
    Dec 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    We love the Rainforest Cafe! The kids always have such a blast. Ontario Mills looks like a great place for a day of shopping followed by dinner!

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    Dec 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    what a great store! The rainforest café is always a hit with kids and the toy section looks so inviting… shopping with kids here would be a breeze..

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    Dec 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Oh my goodness that food looks so good! I love when the malls have a santa. Makes it really convenient! And rainforest cafe is fun!

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    Jenn (@Mommy_Jennof3)
    Dec 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    What a great mall!! I never heard about it before!! I’ll have to check it out!!

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    Liz Mays
    Dec 18, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    What a fun mall outing! I’d be pretty happy to have a mall like that in my hometown. I’d be there every week!

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    Dec 18, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun, it reminds me of a mall we have here in DC. To bad they closed the Rainforest Cafe in ours.

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    Elizabeth O.
    Dec 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    This is awesome! Love the place. I’d always go for the food first, lol, which looks so good as well! Thanks for sharing!

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    Travel Blogger
    Dec 18, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    This mall looks awesome! My son would love the LEGO store. I will have to check this out if I am ever in the area.

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    Dec 19, 2015 at 8:32 am

    The mall looks so nice. The food looks great as well. I’ll make sure not to miss this when I’m in the area.

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    Dec 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Looks like a really awesome mall! We just visited our local mall last weekend to do some holiday shopping.

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    Dec 19, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    This looks like a fantastic mall! We have a couple nice malls but none that are close enough to really enjoy.

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    Jonathan Key
    Dec 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    This mall looks amazing! Love all the wonderful pictures and your kids are too cute.

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    Ann Bacciaglia
    Dec 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    This mall looks like a fun place to shop. I have always wanted to go to The Rain Forest Cafe.

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    Dec 20, 2015 at 2:17 am

    I have always wanted to eat at a Rainforest Cafe. We’re headed out to the mall today too. 🙂

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    Dec 20, 2015 at 7:15 am

    The Rainforest Cafe definitely looks like a fun and delightful place to spend time with family. I would love to check that mall if we get to visit CA.

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    lisa @bitesforbabies
    Dec 20, 2015 at 7:59 am

    We have Somerset Mall (in Michigan) which is pretty close to me…it’s such an experience going there!

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    Dec 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    If I lived closer I would totally be going to this mall every day!! What an awesome place to shop and grab a bite to eat!!

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    Dec 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Wow! I bet if I went there it would my new favorite mall too. Looks really fun.

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    Dec 20, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    That mall is beautiful! It has actually been ages since I’ve been to the mall. Sometimes, it can be sensory overload for me. ~lol~

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    Dec 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I have never been to Ontario but would like to someday! Looks like Ontario Mills Mall has a great variety of shops to choose from.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    Dec 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Ughhhhh you just made me miss the mall that I lived near in Orlando!!! Nemiun Marcus last call is one of my favorite stores!

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    Crystal McWhirter-Lopez
    Dec 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Wow this looks like an awesome mall! I have never been to Ontario but this looks like a prime shopping area for sure!

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    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen
    Jan 14, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I love malls! I think I’ll have a grand time at Ontario Mills.

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