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Grandma, Grandpa, we've been thinking a lot about you. If you are like many of our parents, you are always happy to take the kids and hang out right? (You can cringe a little too.) We know, sometimes it's hard taking all our kids at once. Sometimes, you don't want grandkids at your house. Or maybe you need to take them somewhere quick, easy and super cheap. Maybe you just need them out! Maybe you are the babysitter while their parents work and you just want to change the routine. Rain, snow or sunshine, these places are awesome anytime of the year! Most are open all year round or require a call head to schedule. We've let you know if they are free, otherwise there is some kind of charge involved.

We are here to give you a few suggestions that will surely give you the label "Coolest Grandparents Ever." (I mean, you probably already are, but seriously, we all need to get out more.)

  1. Cabela's | Lehi & Farmington Locations

    Free. You don't even have to do any shopping. The animal (stuffed) displays are always fun to look at. Don't forget the fish tank.
  2. St. George Children's Museum | St. George

    Free. Well, they ask for a donation. You'll be sure to spend a few good hours here.
  3. Fat Boy Ice Cream from Casper's | Richmond

    Free to look in the windows. You can also buy "seconds/not perfect" sandwiches at a discounted rate.
  4. Clean the Sink at Angie's | Logan

    Can you and the kids clean a sink of ice cream? Bring ALL the grandkids for this challenge.
  5. Cox Honeyland | Logan

    Take a quick tour of their processing building. Check out their live beehive (seasonal availability.) Buy some real honeycomb and let the kiddos try it.
  6. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium | Draper

    You can buy season passes or just day passes. Either, this is a favorite by all ages.
  7. Home Depot Kids Workshops | All over Utah

    This requires a bit of planning. Most are once a month, but free with registration. Lowe's also runs classes as well.
  8. Thunder Junction All Abilities Park | St. George

    We've been during November/December, so we know it's a good choice all year long! Plus, $1 train rides! (Train Seasonal)
  9. Brigham Young Winter House | St. George

    Not just one Pioneer tour, but there are four! Check out the details above.
  10. Silver Reef Ghost Town | Silver Reef

    Small Fee, but another great way to check out Utah's Pioneer Heritage.
  11. Hands on Art : Art and Ceramic Studio | Farmington

    Sign you and the kids up for an art class. Monthly/Weekly classes available.
  12. Dinosaur Track Museum | St. George

    Utah is known for all the dinosaur remains, be sure to check out their footprints too.
  13. Local Library | All over Utah

    The library is so much more than books these days. Check your local library for reading/toddler/activity time. Usually always free.
  14. Park City Museum | Park City

    This fairly new museum is all about Park City's history, especially the mining history.
  15. Swaner Bird Preserve | Park City

    Free. Animal classes, hands on activities, all themed around the local birds of Park City.
  16. Museum of Natural Curiosity | Thanksgiving Point

    Hands on activities and toys! Be sure to check out their Ancient Living Museum too.
  17. Church History Museum | Salt Lake City

    You don't have to be a Mormon to enjoy this Museum. Hands on displays are always a must with kids.
  18. Clarke Planetarium | Salt Lake City

    Free, unless you go to watch movie. All the displays are free and mostly interactive.
  19. Indoor Parks | All over Utah

    Since having kids, we've been keeping Indoor Playgrounds on our radar. (City Creek above) Here's a few suggestions. Any fast food place with a playground and Mall Indoor Parks are very important for sanity.
  20. Children's Treehouse Museum | Ogden

    We've been taking our kids here since forever. Little Aiko learned to walk at 18 months on this bridge. The interactive displays change semi annually, so your kids will never get bored here.
  21. Ogden Nature Center | Ogden

    Maybe you are a bit more of an outdoor explorer with your grandkids. You can hike the trails (flat) and check out all the birds of prey and displays inside. There are always kids classes available too.
  22. Union Station Train Museum | Ogden

    If you just want to explore outside it's Free. If you want to check out one of the many museums inside, there is a small fee. This is perfect for any train lover.
  23. Ogden Eccles Dinosaur Park | Ogden

    Inside and Outside. We know your kids will love checking out all the different displays, digging for dinosaur bones and playing outside on the dino playground.
  24. Hill Aerospace Museum | Roy

    Free. They also ask for donations. You can tour inside just as easily as outside.
  25. Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History | Cedar City

    Oddities are somewhat of a specialty here at the Salt Project. We love checking out the weird museums.
  26. Old Iron Town | Old Iron Town (West of Cedar City)

    Free. While this is outdoors, you can walk the trails and take a quick peak at some of Southern Utah's mining history.
  27. Kangaroo Zoo | Various Utah Locations

    Get some of those winter wiggles out! Jumping around will surely get them tuckered out.
  28. Spiral Jetty | Great Salt Lake

    If you are up to a long drive, this is the perfect place to drive to. This art display is sure to wow the kids. Be sure to stop at the next picture below.
  29. Golden Spike National Monument | Brigham City

    For the train lovers of Utah. This is a National Monument, so be sure to sign up to become a Jr. Ranger. Check the train schedule before heading out.
  30. Dartside | Layton

    For some reason, shooting little foam discs at each other is really fun.
  31. Puppies for Rent | Various Utah Locations

    Want to just stay home? You can totally rent a puppy and let your kids love it. You might even end up adopting...
  32. Classic Fun Center | Layton

    Fun for the whole family. Play some games, show off your roller skate skills and eat some pizza.
  33. Seaquest Interactive Museum | Layton

    One of the newest attractions in Davis County. We bought passes and go multiple times a month.
  34. Surf N' Swim | Layton

    Winter won't stop these kids from swimming. We've got a list of Indoor Utah Pools.
  35. Heber Valley Railroad | Heber Creeper

    Open year round, but don't forget to bundle up. Your train lovers will love riding a REAL train.
  36. Tracy Aviary | Salt Lake City

    Sign up for Little Chicks classes, tour the whole aviary, or visit the Gift Shop. Your kids will love it.
  37. This is The Place Heritage Center | Salt Lake City

    Give you kids a chance to see what Utah was like back in pioneer days. They can get a shave, work some leather, ride the train and so much more.
  38. Wall Mural Scavenger Hunt | Salt Lake City

    If it's a little too cold outside, we suggest going for a Scavenger Hunt for some of the Murals in Downtown Salt Lake!
  39. The Leonardo Museum | Salt Lake City

    Buy a pass, or a day pass. Either way, you are going to love the fun learning experiences here.
  40. Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolate Tour | Salt Lake City

    Call ahead and schedule a tour. It's all so delicious.
  41. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art | Salt Lake City

    Give your kids the fine arts they need.
  42. Natural History Museum of Utah | Salt Lake City

    Another great place to buy a family pass, or just visit once. You'll be wowed and the kids will be too.
  43. Utah Children's Theatre | Salt lake City

    Always changing, this theatre is kid friendly and keeps everyone happy.
  44. Nickel Mania | Sandy

    Cheap fun right! How long will a dollar last you in nickels?
  45. Canyon Country Discovery Center | Monticello

    If you are down in the southeast region of Utah, have you been to the newest Discovery Center?
  46. Provo Pioneer Village | Provo

    Free, but during the winter they do ask for appointments. Go on a scavenger hunt of your own!
  47. Soap Factory | Provo

    Make your own soap or chocolates! Super kid friendly.
  48. Krishna Temple | Spanish Fork

    This is a unique piece of history in Utah. Check out the Lotus Temple and try some of their buffet.
  49. Young Living Lavender Farm | Mona

    On the road? Stop in Mona and check out the Lavender Farm. It's more like a mini theme park that's perfect for an hour stop.
  50. South Davis Recreation Center | Bountiful

    Need a little more physical activity for the kids? Check out all the different things to do at the Recreation Center.
  51. Frontier Homestead State Park | Southern Utah | Cedar City

    Cedar City has lots of pioneer history. Check out some of the authentic pieces found in their Museum.

Alright, what do you think? You can definitely hit some of these during the winter months right? If you head out, be sure to #thesaltproject on your photos, we want to see your adventures with the grandkids!


Sharon Sevy Sat, 01/21/2017 - 17:43

Ogden also has a wonderful Pioneer Museum and it has the Miles Goodyear cabin on it's grounds. Located at 2104 Lincoln Ave. and is free. In the summer there are bread making classes, butter making, quilting, and many others. It's a fun place to visit!

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