Children love learning. Even if it’s hard to get them to school in the morning, there’s no doubt children thrive in educational environments. This is especially true when the education is experiential. If you’re looking to provide your children with some educational entertainment, make sure to visit some of the following best places for educational children’s activities in Utah!
Located discreetly in the Gateway outdoor mall, Discovery Gateway is comprised of 60,000 square-feet of interactive activity for children. With workshops, exhibits, and permanent educational play areas, there’s no question Discovery Gateway is different than your average museum. While general admission is $9.50, tickets are only $6 on Sundays.
Nothing screams interactive and educational quite like a planetarium. Fortunately for Salt Lake City residents, the Clark Planetarium is pretty hard to beat. Children can learn about science and space, all through free interactive activities. And if the parents want a fun night out? Try the Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd laser light shows.
Utah has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. Birds of prey are unusually plentiful, but it can be hard to realize this when you live in the city. Luckily, the Tracy Aviary allows children to better understand the environment in which they live, as well as the creatures with whom they share it. Various educational programs and summer camps for children are regularly available.
The Treehouse Museum in Ogden is a community staple. With a number of changing events including storytelling and art workshops, the museum uses literature and art as a means to engage and inspire children.
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Utah doesn’t have much to show in terms of sea life. In fact, the closest ocean is all the way in California. Draper’s Living Planet Aquarium, however, brings the deep sea to the desert. Although a simple visit with your family could easily suffice as an educational activity, the aquarium also offers special summer camps and scout nights.
For some inexplicable reason, nearly every little kid becomes fascinated with dinosaurs at one point or another. That’s where the Museum of Ancient Life comes in. With permanent exhibits showcasing an impressive paleontology collection, the museum also offers workshops for the molding and casting of dinosaur bones as well as for fossil preparation.
Utah family farms are not yet a thing of the past, thanks in part to Wheeler Historic Farm which does a fantastic job of keeping the tradition alive. In fact, if you want your children to participate in holiday festivities or summer camps, you better act fast. A simple visit to the farm, however, gives children the opportunity to milk cows and explore the functions of a farm house.
Salt Lake City’s most loved bookstore, the King’s English hosts weekly story time every Saturday at 11 a.m. The best part? It is 100 percent and completely free!
A newly-popularized museum on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, the Museum of Peoples and Cultures prides itself on being family friendly. The museum offers weekly educational activities for children, including scavenger hunts and merit badge workshops.
Nestled into the beauty of Mount Timpanogos, Sundance Mountain Resort is arguably one of the prettiest places in Utah. While you and your spouse enjoy mountain biking and hiking in the great outdoors, send your children to the small resort’s “Kids Camp.” There, your children will do art, play outside, and learn about environmental awareness.