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Summertime is coming up real fast. I have mixed feelings about it. I’m excited because I don’t need to get up and drive kids early in the morning. I won’t need to deal with my kids moving like a literal snail in the morning. No more making lunches, no more yelling at my kids to hurry it up or we’re going to be late.
While I am SUPER excited about all of this, I am also stressed out trying to figure out what to do over the summer so I don’t go insane trying to entertain kids. Summertime fun is important to my sanity and I’ve been doing research for a few weeks.
While doing fun things with your kids is important, its also important to have your kids entertain themselves and not rely so much on you. Ill get to that in another post.
Today, we’ll be talking about some fun and cheap things to do in Salt Lake City!
Hiking is a fun summertime activity in Utah because there are trails all over the place. I have been on a few that I love and are family friendly.
The only thing I recommend is to go on a hike earlier in the day before it gets too hot because then, you’ll just be miserable.
- Donut Falls in a great kid friendly hike up in the Cottonwood Canyons. The air is clean and fresh, the views are amazing, and there is a waterfall at the end which is fun for everyone. The good thing is, it’s free! Just pack a lunch and take a little break to eat on a big rock. For more information on the location and to see some amazing pictures, click here.
- Hidden Falls is another beautiful family friendly hike which is free and fun. The kids will really enjoy meandering around in the wilderness. There is also a waterfall at the end of this hike. It is a very short hike at 0.3 miles but sometimes that’s important with younger kids. The hike is located 4.4 miles up Cottonwood Canyon. For more information on this hike, click here.
- Silver Lake is another beautiful hike that’s located up Cottonwood Canyon. This is also free for the entire family. There is a pretty lake for your viewing or fishing purposes. I’ve been up to Silver Lake several times and it’s always a fun activity for the family to be outdoors. For more information on this hike, click here.
Summertime in Utah gets so hot! If you don’t have access to a pool then the next best thing is finding a splash pad. These are free and perfect for families with small children to have fun.
- City Creek has a really awesome splash pad for kids or anyone lets be honest. It’s located near Nordstoms. Maybe you can start the day off doing some shopping and have a bite to eat at the food court. Then when your kids are getting bored, have them run around and cool off in the splash pad! For more information on hours and location, click here.
- Wardle Fields Splash Pad and Playground is another splash pad that’s located in Bluffdale, UT. I’ve been to this one once and I can tell you, there are tons of things to do. If you are anxiety stricken like me though, I would not go with really small children who can run because it is a huge place! This is the perfect place for slightly older kids that can find you in a central spot. Be warned, there are no shaded areas so it would be smart to bring your own shade umbrella of some sort. For more information, click here.
- Amphitheater Park in Sandy has a great splash pad for kids! Its located right next to the Sandy Amphitheater where they throw concerts. I’ve been to this one as well and really love it because it is more confined so I can keep an eye on my kids. For more information, click here.
So what if you want to take your children on an educational adventure? I’ve got you covered on that one. Summertime fun in Utah is more than just running around at splash pads and hiking. Although, these things are super fun!
- The Clark Planetarium is free to enter and look at the exhibits. They do have quite a bit to look at so it will keep the kids busy. The only purchase you would make is to watch any of the films or to buy something from the gift shop. However, no purchase is necessary to go in and look around. I love to go there and learn about the planets! The kids always have fun too. For more information, click here.
- Hill Aerospace Museum is another free museum all year round. My kids enjoy going here because of all the different types of planes you can see. Some of the planes are open so you can walk through them too! This one will be a fun activity for your whole family. For more information, click here.
- If your kids are into dinosaurs, then you might want to try the BYU Museum Of Paleontology. This is a free museum but they do accept donations. It is located on the BYU campus. I have never been to this location but I am going to give it a go this summer when the kids are bored and driving me nuts. For more information, click here.
So, what ideas do you have for summertime fun in Utah? I hope you liked these ideas I shared to help have a budget friendly summer! If you have any other cool ideas, please let me know down below!