9 activities for families during the winter months

The Zipline Utah course is huge, allowing you to complete a two-mile loop (yes, it’s the longest continuous course in the world). Ziplining is part of this list of nine ideas for getting out with your kids during the winter months. (Grant Olsen)

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WINTER WONDERLAND – There are a lot of unknowns as to how much snow we will get in Utah this winter. But one thing is crystal clear, and that is how important it is for parents to have an arsenal of ideas for family activities, because being cooped up in the house too long is not good. for no one.

Here are nine ideas for fun family activities – indoors and outdoors – to enjoy during the winter months.

1. Browse the Winter Market at Ogden Union Station

For six Saturdays in January and February, local producers and businesses showcase their offerings at the winter market. It’s a bustling scene that offers something for everyone. Plus, there are two free art galleries at Union Station that you can take advantage of if you decide to head inside for a bit.

The winter market is open to the public and there is no entrance fee. Located at 2501 Wall Ave. in Ogden, it takes place every Saturday from January 22 to February 26. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2. Sledding at Rock Canyon Park in Provo

There are plenty of toboggan runs in Utah, but few are as perfectly designed as Rock Canyon Park. You’ll find steep runs for older kids to toboggan and tube, as well as gentler routes for those not quite ready for the big hill. In the middle of the bowl is a huge open space where you can build a snowman or just kick back and relax.

Rock Canyon Park is open to the public and there is no admission charge. It is located at 2620 N. 1200 East in Provo.

3. Visit the Utah State Capitol

The visit is free and your children will be amazed by the grandeur of the building. Before you go, be sure to visit the Utah State Capitol website to download the scavenger hunt game (there are also downloadable flashcards and other activities available).

The State Capitol is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. On weekends and holidays, hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can either take a self-guided tour or schedule a free guided tour.

4. Explore the Clark Planetarium

There are fascinating science and space exhibits for your kids to experience at the planetarium, starting with our Earth and then expanding into deep space. Be sure to check the calendar of upcoming events, as there are great opportunities for interactive experiences.

The planetarium is located at 110 S. 400 West in Salt Lake City. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. Admission is free (unless you want to purchase IMAX theater tickets).

5. Attend an event at Wheeler Farm

The farm is quite nice, with animals of all shapes and sizes for your kids to interact with, but did you know they have free events during the winter? One of the program’s most popular activities is “Farm Storytime”, where young children can sing songs and hear fun stories.

Wheeler Historic Farm is located at 6351 S. 900 East in Murray. There are no admission fees. It opens at dawn each day and closes at dusk.

6. Swim in Homestead Crater

There aren’t many places where you can swim in a geothermal hot spring (covered by a natural dome) that stays at 90-96 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. But the Homestead Crater has always been unique. And it’s the perfect place to take your family for a rejuvenating bath on a cold day. Make sure you have snorkel gear to make your visit even more fun.

Homestead Crater is located at 700 N. Homestead Drive in Midway. It is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A weekday swim is $15 per person, and comfortable accommodation can be booked through www.homesteadresort.com if you want to stay the night.

7. Check out the BYU Museum of Paleontology

Did you know there were thousands of fossils stored under LaVell Edwards Stadium? It’s true. But now most of them have been taken out of this dark dungeon to be displayed in the museum just opposite. The building isn’t particularly large, but it’s full of amazing fossils collected from sites in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado.

The BYU Museum of Paleontology is located at 1683 N. Canyon Road in Provo. Free entry. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m.

8. Go to the Hill Aerospace Museum

While BYU’s Paleontology Museum is small in size, Hill’s Aerospace Museum looks downright massive for younger visitors. Covering 30 acres between its outdoor and indoor exhibits, it features more than 70 aircraft. There are also thousands of aviation artifacts to discover, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to figure it all out.

The Hill Aerospace Museum is located at 7961 Cottonwood St., Building 1955, Hill Air Force Base. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free entry.

9. Ride the world’s longest zipline course

For a totally unique winter excursion, you can head to Deer Creek State Park to go ziplining. The Zipline Utah course is huge, allowing you to complete a 2-mile loop (yes, it’s the longest continuous course in the world). The most intense line, dubbed the Screaming Falcon, stretches nearly 4,000 feet and takes you above the frozen waters of Deer Creek Reservoir. There are several zipline options, but just make sure your children are of the required age before booking.

Zipline Utah is located in Deer Creek State Park – Rainbow Bay on US Highway 189. It is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter months. Prices start around $40 per person.


About the Author: Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen joined KSL.com’s team of contributors in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews, and other great stuff. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble”. To read more of his articles, visit Grant’s author page on KSL.com.

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