Open. Hill Aerospace Museum has lots of large military vehicles. Some are outside, but many are inside, too. So even if the weather is bad, there is a lot to see. This is perfect for kids of all ages, and there is a kids zone to play and explore in. Free admission all year long.
Hang Time in Orem has a special preschool playtime where preschoolers can play anywhere in their facility on the weekday mornings from 10-12 . The cost is $6/kid and adults are FREE. Totally worth it to burn off a lot of energy. Advanced tickets are required now to limit the number of people in the building.
Open. There is a small farm at Gardner Village that is more like a petting zoo and pony rides. On Tuesdays in November-April, entrance fee is $2/person. And pony rides are $2 as well. They will even let you buy $2 tickets to use any day, so you can stock up.
Pick up your kid for free in the store and build at home during Covid. The first Saturday of every month there is a FREE kids workshop at Home Depot where kids can build a fun project. This runs all year, but is a great one in the winter because it’s inside and gets the kids doing something fun! You do need to register beforehand.
Open. This cute little store has model trains set up for you to drive and they only cost a quarter. Our boys love this place, so bring a few dollars and have a blast!
Open. There are two museums at Olympic Park and both are free all year round. The Olympic Museum focuses on the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the memories from this time in Utah. The Ski Museum is small, but talks about the snow in Utah and why skiing is such a big deal here. There are some interactive rides for $2 and $5 if you want to splurge a little.
Closed for Covid. The tours at Sweet Candy factory are FREE, but appointments are necessary. You do not get to walk through the factory, but they show videos of the inside and teach about how they make their taffy. Lots of fun spots for pictures, too!
Open, but call before to make an appointment. Tours are $5 (but $4 are applied as a credit for purchase in the shop at the end of the tour). So really the tour costs $1, and you get $4 worth of candy or ice cream at the end. The tours take you through the factory, teach you about the process of making chocolates, and include a few yummy samples.
Red Butte Gardens
We have never visited Red Butte Gardens in the winter, but in 2020/2021 admission is half price in December, January, and February. Prices are much more affordable this way, and we are interested in seeing what the gardens look like in the snow.
Mall Play Areas
Sometimes we just need to get the kids out so they can burn off some energy. There are some great play areas in local malls. We are going to get some pictures this winter of these fun spots.
- Layton Hills Mall: Our kids love this mall’s play area. There are lots of animals, cars, and other shapes to climb on, as well as a little slide.
- South Towne Center: dinosaur themed, and also a train ride through the mall (certain times and costs $3)
- University Mall: has an indoor and outdoor play area
- Provo Towne Center: a carousel upstairs that kids can ride for a few $s.
5 years ago, we had never tried a winter hike, but once we did we found that we loved hiking in the winter. It’s so peaceful and beautiful. We have 5 super easy, family friendly hikes that we tried, and we will continue to add more as we find them.
Obviously, sledding is a fun, free winter activity. It is definitely the most popular winter activity for our boys. We are hoping to collect a few favorite sledding spots and share, so let us know the best places. Our current favorite is sledding at Donut Falls.
When it’s too cold to play outside, we bring the snow inside. Our boys think this is the greatest activity. We share some of our favorite things to do with the snow inside, but let us know if you have some fun ones we can try.
A lot of adventures in Southern Utah are great year round, but here are a few indoor adventures that we enjoy if we are passing through in the winter months.
It does get cold sometimes in Southern Utah, so here are a few cheap and FREE places to visit if you need an indoor adventure while visiting St. George.
Closed for Covid. This home is a great spot to learn about the building of the St. George Temple and Brigham Young’s later years. Open daily from 9 am to dusk. Free tours.
Closed for Covid. Jacob Hamblin’s home is located outside of St. George, but you will learn some fascinating stories about this early pioneer. Open from 10-5 in the winter. Free tours.
Closed for Covid. The St. George Tabernacle is a beautiful building and it is just down the street from Brigham Young’s Winter Home and the temple. You can visit all three in one day. Open 9 am to dusk. Free tours.
Closed for Covid. This visitor’s center has lots of hands-on, interactive displays for the children (and adults) to learn about the temple and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.