Summer is here! Longer days are upon us and school is letting out so it’s time to get creative finding things to do. Luckily, we’ve compiled this list with a little something for everybody in the family. The best part is that all of these activities are FREE, so check it out! *These are in Utah, but check your local stores/libraries for dates and times in your state!
Taking time to settle down and read in the middle of the day is a great way to refresh, especially for those of us who have families with children of different ages. Think: baby or toddler nap time and older kids reading time, it’s a win-win. So without further ado here is your list for summer reading inspiration.
Barnes & Noble
All stores have a FREE story time reading for the little ones in their children’s area and it’s usually held on Saturday mornings around 11, check the link below for the exact time at the store nearest you. Elementary school age kids can earn a FREE book by completing a summer reading log and bringing it back to any store.
Store Hours & Activity Schedule is here: http://stores.barnesandnoble.com/
Summer Reading Program is here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/summer-reading-for-kids/_/N-2mir
Read & earn a FREE Utah State Fair Ticket
Kids 6 and up can earn a free fair ticket by reading and recording 10 books. Entries must be postmarked by July 28th, details are here http://www.utahstatefair.com/readandwin
Pottery Barn Kids
Pottery Barn has weekly story time every Tuesday at 11am, they even offer a special surprise after attending 5 story time events.
Here is the link to locate a store near https://www.potterybarnkids.com/customer-service/store-locator.html
Salt Lake County Library Events
This is a link for the master calendar for all of the libraries in the Salt Lake County Library system, here you can find all sorts of FREE events for babies up through teens including crafts, Legos, movies and of course STORIES!
Salt Lake County Library Reading Program
Program runs until July 31, for this you complete a reading record for either prereaders, kids, teens are adults and get a FREE book, entry into a drawing, and a FREE museum pass. The log includes not just reading but ideas for activities too! The link for the reading log is a little hidden it says “Download Reading Record” and can be found here http://summer.slcolibrary.org.
Other Utah County Library Activities:
Most libraries offer similar activities, the summer reading program is especially popular. If you’re looking for activities at another Utah library you can find what you need after a little digging around on their website, a list of other Utah libraries can be found here: https://heritage.utah.gov/library/directory
With two visitor centers to help you plan your visit and a wealth of FREE activities Temple Square is an excellent way to spend an entire afternoon learning and exploring history. Temple square offers daily organ recitals at noon, choir concerts and recitals open to the public as well as a museum and several historical buildings. For a complete list of all they have to offer visit their website is here http://www.templesquare.com/
Waterfalls Trails & Hiking:
Bridal Veil Falls (Offers something everyone can enjoy)
Bridal Veil Falls is a beautiful natural waterfall located in Provo Canyon. The base of the water fall is easily accessible due to sidewalks and pavement. There are plenty of grassy spots and picnic areas for youngsters or those with limited mobility and those who want to try something more challenging trek up the mountain to the top of the waterfall can be made. Bring a chair and you can sit at the bottom of the waterfall to enjoy the view, little ones can play in the shallow base of the fall as well.
Best Trail Resource Online
THE resource for trails rated easy to hard with the most ratings and reviews is alltrails.com, they have an extensive database with maps and reviews to quickly find something for nature enthusiasts of all levels.