Hey all! Spring is just around the corner and with the spring weather, my kids and I are eager to spend more time outdoors adventuring. If you've never visited the American West Heritage Center* (AWHC) in Wellsville, UT (just south of Logan), spring is the perfect time to visit, because of Baby Animal Days! I took my kids last year, and they loved it! This annual 4-day event features all sorts of baby animals - lambs, piglets, calves, kids, foals, chicks, ducklings, and even baby bears! Most of the animals can be touched (except for the bears), which is so fun for little kids.
My kids and I had a good time walking around the huge complex. The layout kind of reminds me of Wheeler Farm in Murray, UT, if you've ever been there. The AWHC is full of little farm buildings, each housing different animals and activities. When you arrive, be prepared to do some walking on dirt roads. I had a stroller with me, which was easy enough to push on the dirt roads. My kids were excited to see every kind of baby animal, especially the baby bears. You have to wait in line to see the bears, but it's so worth it. They're so cute! One of the buildings also showcased little turtles that kids could hold if they wanted to. My kids really liked that.
Other activities you can check out while you're there include a free candy cannon that shoots out candy daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm; watching carpenters in action at the Woodwright Shop; saying hello to the Mountain Men in the trader's cabin; pony and train rides from 10 am - 5 pm; watching an old-fashioned sheep shearing; and learning about search and rescue dogs. My kids also participated in panning for gold, which is always entertaining.
Since I had planned to spend a good chunk of the day at the AWHC, I had packed lunches for my kids, but you can buy food there if you need to.
Baby Bears are super popular, so plan for lines.
All in all, my kids and I had a great time, and we will definitely return to Baby Animal Days in the future!
*If you've never heard of the American West Heritage Center, here's a bit of info from their website:
"The American West Heritage Center (AWHC) is a living history museum located in northern Utah’s Cache Valley at the foot of the Wellsville Mountains. The AWHC was organized in 1995 when two Utah State University programs, the Ronald V. Jensen Historical Farm and the Festival of the American West, merged to form a non-profit foundation. The AWHC is under a contractual agreement with Utah State University to manage nearly 300 acres of open space, historical buildings and related structures. The Foundation’s activities are centered around and focus on the preservation of the living history within the time period of 1820-1920."
- No Smoking allowed.
- No Pets allowed.
- Strollers are allowed, but just know that the paths are all dirt roads, so plan accordingly.
- Bring a lunch, or buy something there.
- Bring lots of water and snacks.
- Plan for at least a half day, if not more.