The last day of school is Day 1 of Family Summer Fun Academy. Boredom will be crushed to smithereens with explosions of explore-your-own-backyard enthusiasm. All that pent-up desk-sitting energy will be unleashed upon the Wasatch Range. And your kids might actually learn something!
Sure, summer’s longer than two days, but these sample itineraries will kick start the flywheel on your kids’ energetic, exuberant, educational summer. Just imagine what all these trails, parks, animals, museums and picnics can do for both your familial bonds and summer memories!
Albion Basin, Hike to Cecret Lake
• City Creek: 6.3 miles round trip; go as far as you please• Ensign Peak: 1 mile round trip; sunset is pretty pretty• Red Butte Canyon: 4 miles round trip; city views and end up in the gardens or the museum
• string cheese
• M&Ms (for you to steal a few)
• granola bars
• potato chips (salt aids water retention)
• compulsory water breaks
• Bagels with cream cheese
• cheesy Couscous
• PB & J/honey (pro tip: pack in a hard container to prevent smushing)
• pasta salad (with black olives for little fingers)
• Extra bag for trash
• wet wipes (always & forever)
• bandana (dip in river for one of life's greatest pleasures)
• Band-Aids for blisters • mini first aid kit
• Liberty Park: playground, restroom, basketball, tennis, jogging/walking path, drinking fountain, volleyball, pavilion (reservations), picnic tables, swimming pool, horseshoes• Laird Park: playground, multi-purpose fields, softball, drinking fountain, picnic tables, sandbox, sand toys• Sunnyside Park: playground, restroom, multi-purpose fields, basketball, tennis, softball, baseball, drinking fountain, volleyball, pavilion (reservations), picnic tables
There’s the standard hot dogs + hamburgers + a bottle of ketchup for each child, but here are some other ideas for foodie kids who’ve been eating tikka masala and quinoa since their days livin’ it up in the womb:
• Grilled pizza
• grilled salmon & veggies
• hummus & veggies
• seasonal fruits & cheese
• cherry tomatoes & corn on the cob
• Bug Brigade: Observe and handle live bugs and learn about arthropods' anatomy, behavior and important ecological roles. (Every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)• Foothill Wildflower Walk: Join museum entomologists and botanists on a 45-minute walk just outside the museum to learn about local plant biology and identify insects found on the trail.
• Nature in the City: Nature walks, nature storytime, eco-art, soundscape interpretation, stream exploration, sensing the seasons, and more educational ways to learn more about Salt Lake City.• Little Chicks Classes: Preschoolers and kindergarteners do arts and crafts and meet a new special bird guest every week.
• Lil' Buds: Designed for 3–4 year-olds to explore the gardens, do a fun craft or activity and grab a snack and a story.• Sprout House Workshops: Customizable workshops for any group of 5–12 year olds. Garden staff lead interactive, nature-themed experiments and hands-on projects that your kid can take home.
• Science Lab: Kids learn how to slow down, put their screens down, observe the world around them and how to ask questions about what they hear, see, feel, smell and taste.
Burgers, Fries & Shakes
Sandwiches, Soups & Salads
All the Other Stuff
• fly's up
• freeze tag
• Mother, may I
• "Lava" at the playground
• coloring books
• read under a tree