Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around Salt Lake City, UT
There are literally hundreds of wonderful places to take your kids in and around Salt Lake, so the venue ranked #20 is not last, it's simply the 20th most popular place per our survey. For other fantastic places to take kids, just click on any of the links that interest you on the left-hand navigation bar.
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The wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park
The wAIRhouse Trampoline Park is Salt Lake's premier family fun center for ages 2-82 with 2 HUGE Open Jump Courts, 2 Dodgeball Courts, 4 Slam-Dunk Basketball Lanes, and a Foam Pit. Grab a snack at our Vertical Café or let kids ages 1-6 play in our Kids' AIRena.
Discover the power of play at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum! Located at the Gateway shopping center in downtown Salt Lake City, Discovery Gateway offers 60,000 square feet of interactive, hands-on fun. Visit the Museum to explore engaging workshops, programs, and exhibits that invite the whole family to create, learn, and play together!
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Visit the animals of the African Savanna, the bears and pinnipeds at Rocky Shores, or the big cats of the Asian Highlands plus much more! Classes, events, camps, and daily programs occur all summer long! Visit hoglezoo.org for details.
Lagoon has been thrilling Utah families for 130 years! Lagoon boasts over 55 rides, Lagoon A Beach waterpark, historic Pioneer Village, along with games, food, fun, and Frightmares in the fall. From roller coasters to entertainment, there’s something for everyone at Lagoon. Located in Farmington, just seventeen miles north of Salt Lake City.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center offers non-competitive classes, as well as summer and winter camps, open play, and birthday parties. Classes include sports skills, cardio, and pre-gymnastics. Classes/camps are geared for infants through age 13.
As a music and movement education center, Imagination Place is passionately committed to providing both children and adults with affordable, fun, and playful music, movement, and creative experiences through our gold-standard programs delivered by skillful and talented teachers. We feature all ages children's classes and summer camps, as well as Adult AntiGravity Fitness classes. Learn more at www.imaginationplace.com.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium showcases ecosystems from around the world. Come see sharks, otters, penguins, seahorses, sea jellies, snakes, caimans, piranhas, stingrays, and more! Plus visit an all-new gallery called Expedition: Asia, featuring clouded leopards, Asian small-clawed otters, giant Asian fish, birds, and more.
Boondocks Food & Fun
Boondocks is an indoor/outdoor entertainment center, offering mini golf, bumper boats, go-karts, bowling, laser tag, an arcade and a restaurant.
Treehouse Children’s Museum in Ogden invites children and their grownups to “Step into a Story”® through unique, interactive exhibits and playscapes and engaging programs with a focus on family literacy skills, the arts, and stories from around the world. With 29,000 square feet of exhibits to explore, a beautiful theater space, and a creative Art Garden, Treehouse offers learning fun for the whole family. Known for its storybook events offered throughout the year, Treehouse Museum is also the home of the award-winning Treehouse Troupe who present a season of three original plays for families each year.
Thanksgiving Point Gardens, the Children’s Discovery Garden, Farm Country, and the Museum of Ancient Life, Emporium, and restaurants offer stimulating and engaging experiences in a safe, family-friendly setting. They foster learning, bring families closer together and provide beautiful gathering places for groups of all kinds, giving them opportunities to share their cultural heritage and common bonds
Tracy Aviary offers opportunities to view hundreds of live birds. Families can also watch bird shows, attend classes and summer camps, take guided tours, and hand feed some of the birds. Birthday party packages are available.
Museum of Natural Curiosity
With more than 400 interactive experiences, you can choose a new adventure each time you visit the Museum of Natural Curiosity®. For more educational opportunities, visit the Exploratorium exhibit in the Innovation Gallery or take a class in one of the Dickson Academy classrooms. The options are endless for all curious minds at the Museum of Natural Curiosity.
Wheeler Historic Farm
Wheeler Historic Farm is a Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation facility, open to the public 365 days a year. A restoration of the turn-of-the-century dairy farm of Henry J. Wheeler, the farm includes demonstrations and exhibits. As an interactive working farm. Visitors can milk cows, view farm animals, and learn about the buildings and machines that made this 19th-century farm successful.
Enjoy great family fun at this sprawling seasonal water park with multiple slides, a wave pool and a kids' area. Cowabunga Bay is located 10 minutes south of Salt Lake City and 25 miles north of Provo at 12047 South State Street in Draper Utah.
Natural History Museum of Utah
For over four decades, the Natural History Museum of Utah has connected Utah residents and tourists alike with the natural wonders and native cultures that define Utah.
Cherry Hill features a pirate ship, a Cardiac Canyon River Run, a lazy river, water slides with fog and lighting effects, 2 swimming pools, mini golf, batting cages, a ball crawl, climbing wall, camping, and outdoor pavilions for parties.
Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden, part of the University of Utah, has over 100 acres of display and natural gardens, walking paths and hiking trails. The whole family can enjoy activities year-round including concerts, classes, festivals, events, and exhibits.
Kangaroo Zoo is an indoor playland featuring three-story inflatables, a toddler play area, obstacle courses, slides, and several themed birthday party rooms. See the website for birthday party package information and party room descriptions. Three locations available: Pleasant Grove, North Salt Lake, and Ogden.
The Leonardo is a contemporary museum that explores the unexpected ways that science, technology, art, and creativity connect. Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, The Leo is your place to see one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibits and participate in ever-changing programs, workshops, and classes.
The King's English Bookshop
Discover some of what makes The King's English one of the most unique and inviting bookstores anywhere.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumDiscovery Gateway
Favorite Nature CenterUtah's Hogle Zoo
Favorite Performing ArtsHale Centre Theater
Favorite Indoor Play CenterThe wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Wheeler Historic Farm
Favorite Place to have Fun OutdoorsUtah's Hogle Zoo
Favorite Professional Sports TeamSalt Lake Bees
Favorite Amusement ParkLagoon Amusement Park
Favorite Arts Education CenterImagination Place
Favorite Sports Education CenterMy Gym of Layton
Favorite FestivalUtah State Fair