When you start at one end of the mall and start wandering around remember that you have to go back. We usually get tired and wish we hadn't wandered so far. Some stores like H&M go all the way through the middle in case you parked on the exact opposite of where you are. There is a very good food court with a good mix of food. It's the only mall I've seen with a lego store. Check out the website to look for deals before you go. Around Christmas the mall itself offers special offers if you spend so much.
On those rainy days when you feel stuck inside...bring your stroller and get walking!! The Mills mall in Ontario is, if nothing else, a workout, even though you may find absolutely nothing to buy. The plus about this place is that the kiddos are usually so tired out from just walking that they sleep the whole way home! The usual shops, from the junky to the high end are there, but the kids love the massive food court, Rainforest cafe, and Build a Bear Workshop. It's worth the trip.
Lots of great shopping for the whole family with wonderful treats along the way! Has great clothing stores for all ages! And outlet department stores, JC Penny's, Marshall's and TJ Max. The Coach outlet for women and men have a great selection and variety to choose from with excellent prices!
Ontario Mills started as an indoor, all-outlet mall, but some stores have been replaced by their traditional counterparts. However, there are still plenty of outlet stores to find a good bargain.
Many mall-walkers can be spotted here in the a.m., since it takes a while to get around this oval-shaped mall and is perfect for rainy day strolls. And, if you forget your stroller, you can rent one or catch a ride on the indoor kiddie train ;-)
We found ourselves in the middle of the food court, after battling our way through the skinny, super long hallway that connects the two sides of the mall and wondered what we were doing there. We came to kill some time before a flight out of Ontario but there just wasn't enough time to really shop and take advantage of sale prices.
The food court was loud, large and crowded and we were ready to leave as soon as we scarfed our food down. We didn't know how to avoid the long hallway, unless we walked an extra mile (exaggeration, I know) to get around the mall... so we headed down the skinny corridor to our car.
We'll have to plan better next time.
Lesson learned.. don't come here for the food court. And if you are a building designer: build a bigger hallway, especially when it leads moms and strollers to the bathroom!
Since it's opening day - coincidentally on MamaRycerz's mother's birthday - our family have been regular visitors to "O Mills". We average about 3 visits per year to southern CA, and this is always our go-to for emergency clothing runs, bargain shopping for school clothes and finding items (read: Sanrio store!) you just can't find in central Connecticut.
Since 2007, however, O Mills has seen a decline in the quality of its stores and visitors. While the weekend crowds have always been intense, it appears to become moreso in the summer months (naturally) and most of these crowd inhabitants are unsupervised tweens. If you're traveling with small children, it is best to visit early in the day Monday through Thursday and have a set game plan as to which stores you'd like to visit.
The food court is huge, but not as well kept as it was in the mall's early days. There is trash everywhere and janitorial staff seem to be absent from the property.
Of all the restaurants attached to the mall, Rainforest Cafe appears to have upheld its corporate standards. Be prepared to wait at least 30 minutes for a table during a weekend visit.
The adjacent movie theatres have also seen better days. During our last visit (August '09), MamaRycerz's father nearly came to blows with a fellow movie watcher, about 20 years his junior. When MamaRycerz complained to AMC management, she was told "this is just the way things are now". The restrooms, once well-maintained, have gone straight to the toilet (pardon the pun) and the overall maintenance has followed. The valet parking has disappeared, as has any security around the venue during the evening.
If you have visions of an outlet mega-mall, with everything the kids could ever imagine (more than 200 shops, including Children’s Place, Off 5th/Saks Fifth Avenue, plus AMC Theatres, the Improv Comedy Club, and Game Works), you’ll be glad to know that the Ontario Mills (1 Mills Circle; www.ontariomills.com), Southern California’s largest entertainment and outlet mall, is open seven days a week. At the intersection of Interstate 15 and Interstate 10, Ontario Mills has it all. It’s mere minutes from the Ontario airport, thirty minutes from Disneyland, and forty minutes from downtown L.A.
Start with a noisy lunch at the Rainforest Cafe (909–941–7979), where you’ll find animated wildlife, environmental education, and a spunky menu with hamburgers, salads, and more. You’ll hear the sounds of the rain forest as you dine. Dave & Busters (909–987–1557) is another hit here with state-of-the-art interactive games and simulators. Snackers will like the food court, which is near the Virgin Megastore. Parents will love the smooth-as-silk cheesecake in more flavors than you thought possible at the Cheesecake Factory. Dig in!
We enjoy visiting both Ontario Mills and the Victoria Gardens outdoor shopping center which is nearby. Ontario Mills is large, a great place to walk a big loop and get some exercise. We would often eat at the D&Bs or Rainforest Cafe. But what made the trip worth it for us was the large selection at the StrideRite outlet. We would get great quality tennis shoes for our kiddos at Wal-Mart prices! The shoes last and last, and we usually had very helpful salespersons to help us get the right fit. A trip to Krispy Kreme outside the mall was also always on the agenda! Other good outlets include the Children's Place, Nordstrom Rack, Gap (2 pairs of Jeans for $25 once!), Old Navy, and the Disney Store to name a few!