51 fun things to do with kids in Salt Lake
Abbey Hale Jul 31, 2015
Bored kids? Here’s a mega-list of fun activities for the whole family. From a day at the aquarium to bouncing your cares away at The Wairhouse trampoline park, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in Utah!
If you are planning a trip and your time in town is limited, you could spend entire days visiting museums and Salt Lake City attractions alone, but make sure to find some time to visit the Utah ski resorts. For Utah residents, it’s time to start marking your calendars for the next year. Here are 51 fun things do with your kids in Salt Lake City.
1. Learn about your family tree at the Family History Library. Located downtown and open to the public at no charge, this library is the largest of its kind in the world.
2. Explore your creativity at The Leonardo, a one-of-a-kind museum with interactive exhibits, workshops and classes. Featuring science, technology and art, this museum will be sure to peak your kid’s curiosity.
3. Explore science and space downtown at the Clark Planetarium. There are plenty of exhibits to keep kids busy at no cost, but if you feel like spending a little money, don’t miss out on one of the 3D IMAX films in the Hansen Dome Theatre.
4. Indulge in some interactive, hands-on fun at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Located downtown at the Gateway Mall, the whole family can enjoy engaging workshops and exhibits to create, learn, and spend some quality time together.
5. Let your kids run wild in the dancing waters of the Olympic Snowflake Fountain, located in the Gateway Mall.
6. Spend the afternoon reading books with your children downtown at The City Library.
7. City Creek Center is a stunning mall downtown with retractable roofs, shops, restaurants, and events.
8. No matter what your religious affiliation, Temple Square is a must-see attraction in Salt Lake City. The beautiful temple spans thirty-five acres and is filled with historical sites, gardens, and restaurants. During winter’s holiday season, watch Temple Square illuminate the night sky with its magical lights.
9. Spend the afternoon at Liberty Park, just one of the many Utah parks, feeding ducks, playing volleyball, sledding down the hill, swimming, riding the rides, or just relaxing.
10. Hop on over to Tracy Aviary, bordering Liberty Park, and explore the hundreds of birds and different wildflowers.
11. The Salt Palace Convention Center is in the heart of downtown and is a host to a variety of conventions like Comic Con and Outdoor Retailer. Check the calendar for the different Salt Lake City events and make sure to get your tickets early.
12. Home of the Utah Symphony, Abravanel Hall, will be sure to get your musical ears in tune.
13. Walk around the Downtown Farmer’s Market. It’s dog galore and free. Don’t be alarmed if you end up buying some kettle corn or strawberries for your kids.
14. Feel like being crafty? Paint pottery at Color Me Mine. Check out their website for different classes being held, such as Mommy and Me.
15. Grab your foam finger and jersey and head on over to the Energy Solutions Arena for a Utah Jazz game. Not basketball season? Check out the many concerts and events happening year round! Don’t forget to indulge in some delicious popcorn.
16. Get your soccer fix by watching Real Salt Lake. There are also RSL youth camps for different age groups during the summer.
17. The next best thing to Major League Baseball? Minor League Baseball. Grab your baseball caps and go root on the Salt Lake Bee’s at Smith’s Ballpark.
18. Cheer on the Utah Grizzlies or enjoy one of the many Salt Lake City concerts or events happening at the Maverik Center.
19. Get your jump on at the Wairhouse Trampoline Park. Equipped with dodge ball courts, basketball lanes, foam pits, and an open jump court, the whole family is guaranteed to break a sweat while having fun.
20. Explore the natural world through the Natural History Museum of Utah. Located in the foothills above Salt Lake City, this is a great place to visit with kids, as they will love all of the interactive, hands-on exhibits, like digging in the sand to excavate dinosaur bones.
21. Stroll through the botanical gardens at Red Butte Garden. There are frequent activities and workshops for children amidst the beautiful nature.
22. The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is the ninth biggest aquarium in the United States and features four exhibits: Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, Discover Utah and Antarctic Adventure. There are a lot of fun activities for kids and many beautiful sea creatures to learn about.
23. Get up close and personal to animals at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Don’t miss the African Savanna, which has recently opened and features animals seen in an African safari.
24. Learn about the prehistoric crawlers at the Dinosaur Park in Ogden.
25. Milk cows and ride wagons for a small fee (one to two dollars), at the Wheeler Historic Farm. Escape the fees and walk around to explore the woods of this working farm.
26. Step back in time and see where Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers first entered Salt Lake Valley at This is the Place Heritage Park. Partake in some of the many kid activities including panning for gold, making handkerchief pioneers, pulling handcarts and taking tours.
27. Make a splash at Salt Lake City’s Seven Peaks Waterpark.
28. Head to Lagoon to visit one of the many attractions, including Lagoon-a-beach, rides, and Pioneer Village. Cut the cost and bring your own cooler for an all day picnic and fun.
29. Escape the city and drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Stop along one of the many trails for a hike or utilize the picnic tables and BBQ for a fun, care-free day.
30. Whether it be winter or summer, Snowbird Resort is the perfect place to ski, hike, and explore. During the summer there are live concerts and family flicks.
31. Go for the day to Solitude Ski Resort and enjoy the plethora of outdoor activities such as, skiing, hiking, disc golf, mountain biking, ice skating or fishing.
32. Head out of the Valley and into the fresh, crisp air of Park City. Spend your day at the resort zip lining and sliding down the Alpine Slide or simply enjoy a nice walk downtown. Don’t miss out on the Park Silly Sunday Market during the summer.
33. Let your kids discover their inner monkeys at Monkey Mountain in Park City.
34. A close equivalent to being at the Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park, home to the Winter Olympics in 2002, hosts a variety of different family activities in both the winter and summer. Experience a thrill of a lifetime on the Comet Bobsled.
35. Sleep under the stars and amongst nature at one of the many campgrounds in Utah. Campsites are endless, so check them out here, and don’t forget the marshmallows!
36. Hike, boat, fish, kayak, picnic, learn, and explore at one of the 43 Utah State Parks.
37. View wildlife at Antelope Island. November is a good time to watch the annual bison roundup and to learn about the techniques used on a working buffalo ranch.
38. Chug along while viewing the beautiful scenery on the Heber Creeper, the Heber Valley Railroad.
39. During the summer season, channel your adventurous side and tube down the Provo River with the family. Tubers are recommended to be 14 years or older and at least 100 pounds.
40. Bring the family together at Thanksgiving Point. The whole family can find fun activities to stay busy with the 55-acre gardens, Museum of Ancient Life, Mammoth Screen 3D theatre, Harvest Restaurant, the Emporium and an 18-hole golf course.
41. Explore a winter wonderland in awe while visiting the Ice Castles in Midway.
42. Enjoy the seven unique rides in Midvale at Jungle Jim’s Playland, an indoor amusement park exclusively for children from infants to 11 years old.
43. If you didn’t know bounce house heaven was such a thing, now you do. Kids will be on cloud nine when they enter Jump N’ Bounce, a family fun center, located in West Jordan.
44. Try not to smile and laugh as much as your children at Boondocks in Draper. Go-karts, mini golf, arcades, laser tag, and bowling are just some of the many fun activities to keep the entire family happy.
45. “Step into a Story” at the Treehouse Museum. Located in Ogden, families and children can partake in hands-on activities while learning about family literacy, children’s literature, the arts, and humanities.
46. Take the family to enjoy one of the many Salt Lake City concerts at the Sandy Amphitheater.
47. Create experiences with your children through music and movement at the Imagination Place, located in the Brickyard Plaza in Salt Lake City.
48. Get your child active at one of the two Momentum Indoor Climbing gyms. Not only can you utilize the excellent climbing facilities, but the gym offers numerous youth programs for children of different ages.
49. Watch a movie under the stars every Friday night during the summer. For 7 weeks straight, a movie will be shown in a different park. Just bring your blankets, chairs, and an imagination.
50. Take the kids to see a fun play at the Salt Lake Acting Co.
51. If you still don’t know what to do in Salt Lake City with your kids, head downtown and grab a Salt Lake City map. Point to a random destination and go explore!