Free Things for Kids to Do in The Summer and More
Summer's here and will be gone before you know it. Keep the kids busy this summer with Summer Camps, Museums, Movies, Bowling. Cooking Classes and more. Utah has so many great summer programs, activities and summer classes and camps. Here's a list of some summer activities for kids that we favor. Where do you like hanging out for your kids in the summer?
FREE Activities for kids in the Summer!
Free Fishing Day – June 11, 2022 there is no license required to fish.
Barnes and Noble – Kids read at least 8 books and record them in the Barnes & Noble Journal will earn a free book.
Summer Reading Bees Ticket – Kids can read their way to earn free Bees baseball ticket.
Utah State Fair Read and Win: Kids must read 10 books to receive special goodies from the State Fair. Included is a free admission pass, concession coupon and more
Splash Pads – Cool off with this comprehensive list of 60+ Utah Splash Pads in Utah.
Home Depot – Kids workshops have started back up.
Geo-Caching – Use the free Geo-Caching app. to find secret hidden boxes. Log in and leave something special in the box.
Wheeler Farm – Fun place to learn about farm animals. There is no admission fee to enter. But, there are fees for activities such as wagon rides, milking the cow and other special events.
Liberty Park – The park has trails, playgrounds, a pond, paddle boat rentals, amusement rides and a great place for water play area. Take a picnic and enjoy the day on the cheap.
Murray City Park – Summer Children Matinee Series are free every Thursday at 2 pm in Murray Park Pavilion 5.
Discounted Entertainment Activities for Kids:
Kids movies in the theater – Kids showings for just $1
Scera Cinema Series (Orem) – 11-week movie series for kids and youth. $10 for the series or $2 at the door.
Hogle Zoo Discounts (Salt Lake) – 5 ways to save on admission
Loveland Planet Aquarium Discounts (Draper) – 6 ways to save on admission
Splash Summit Discount (Provo) – Save on admission or season pass
Salt Lake Connect Pass – Get admission into 13 different venues.
Summer Camps and Continued Learning for Kids:
FREE* Virtual Microsoft Summer Workshops – This year, kids ages k-12 can sign up for virtual workshops.
FREE* Apple Camp – this year, kids ages 8-12 can take part in a virtual camp. Shows your Camper new ways to create in video, art & design, and coding. Registration for virtual camps has not opened yet.
FREE* West Jordan Conservation Garden Park – Various camps throughout the summer. Register early, these fill up.
Harmon's Cooking Classes – TBA
Wheeler Farm Summer Camp – Activities include Cow Milking, Gathering Eggs, Farm Chores, Horseback Riding and more. These camps fill up quickly. Reserve early.
Tracy Aviary Avian Adventure Summer Camp – Join Tracy Aviary’s bird experts for an Avian Adventure during week-long summer camps for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade! They offer both full-day and half-day camps. In addition to in-person camps, they are offering virtual camp experiences throughout the summer.
The Leonardo Summer Camp – Summer camps are open. Your child will encounter academically and socially interesting topics that engage in multi-disciplinary themes. Suitable for grades 1-8.
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Summer Camp – In-person camps that offer hands on experiences.
Hogle Zoo Summer Camps – ideal for grades 2-5.
Thanksgiving Point Summer Day Camps – fun learning experiences as they blast to the past discovering dinosaurs, live in the moment creating unique art, and see the future experimenting with topics in STEM.
Discovery Gateway – Explore STEAM concepts with Discovery Gateway ages 2-9
Red Butte Gardens – Discover science, nature, art, and more.
Activities for kids to do at Home with Things you have around the house!
Check out this post for 26 ideas that will help you keep the kids busy at home (or Grandma's) with things you probably have around the house or can get at the Dollar Store on the cheap.
Last, make sure to check out calendar of events. There's are tons of free activities that pop up weekly. You can search the calendar or use the tabs at the top and checkout the free category. There are tons of free events listed at local Library's and more.
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