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Free, Cheap and Fun in Utah this Summer

It’s official – school is out! The weather should finally be warming up . . . and you are wondering what to do with the kids.  We’ve gathered a few tips from our fellow Utah Mamas so that you can finish out the month of June like the mother of the year we know you are!

From Rachael Herrscher:

The Chalk Art Festival 2010 at the Gateway in Downtown Salt Lake
Friday June 18th : 4:00 -9:00 PM – Saturday June 19th : 10:00 AM – 9:00 P<

The Chalk Art Festival is a celebration of community art–an event where artists showcase their passion live before the public. Each year, more than 100 artists and more than 20,000 visitors descend on the streets of The Gateway for a unique experience known to the world as street painting, but often viewed as performance art. The Chalk Art Festival benefits the Utah Foster Care Foundation

Utah Museum of Fine Arts Free Day
Saturday, June 19th
Explore the use of yarn and cloth as art materials in the UMFA’s current exhibition, Las Artes de México, and then create a one-of-a-kind wall hanging that tells the story of you.

Free general admission to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts is offered on the third Saturday of every month. Not only can visitors of all ages explore the world’s art and cultures right here in Salt Lake City, but they can do it for free.

Saturday, June 19 from 2-4 pm

Marcia and John Price Museum Building
Emma Eccles Jones Education Center
University of Utah campus
410 Campus Center Drive
SLC, UT 84112

For more information, please visit or call 801-581-3580.

Girl Scouts – You & Me Camp

A great opportunity for moms and daughters to attend summer camp together!

More info HERE.  Contact with questions

Thanksgiving Point – TwiFest

Not free . . . but a party to remember for all of the Twilight obsessed! This list wouldn’t be complete without a little extra entertainment for mama’s with a penchant for vampires.  Check it out on June 29th from 7pm – Midnight. A party for vampires, werewolves . . .  and cougars. (could I resist saying it?)

Stick Close to Home

My other plans for sticking close to home on a budget can be found HERE.

From Jennifer Crozier:

Fat Cat’s Bowling
Kids Bowl Free is a great program for the kids Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm during June, July and August.(just register on their website…)

(801) 373-1863  1200 North University Ave.  Provo UT
(801) 262-9890  3739 South 900 East  SLC UT
(801) 627-4386  2261 Kiesel Ave.  Ogden, UT
(303) 466-7515  10685 Westminster Blvd  Westminister, CO

Mormon Miracle Pageant

Manti Pageant begins at dusk, around 9:30 p.m. and ends about 11:30 p.m.
June 17-26 (excluding Sundays and Mondays)
For more information on the Mormon Miracle Pageant or tourism information for the Sanpete area, listen to the county information radio station at 1610 AM on your radio; or call 435-835-3000 or 866-961-9040.

Hogle Zoo

Here’s how to save money: One visit for a family of four (all children 3 or older) can range from $28 to $32. More if you have more children (with my family, one visit will cost us, $50). Buy a yearly membership. Family membership for two parents and all their children 18 and younger- $65 for a year. Since the zoo is open year round, make a few visits and get your money’s worth.

Admission is: $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for children (ages 3-12), age 2 and under is free.

An extra money saving tip (inserted by Rachael) 🙂

Take 4 empty packages of Cache Valley cheese or butter for a FREE TICKET.  The Cache Valley butter at WalMart is cheaper than the generic – so I’d recommend stalking up on your Cache Valley products at WalMart and then redeeming the packaging for zoo tickets!

Bridal Veil Falls
About 2 1/2 miles up Provo Canyon on Highway 189 on south side of the road.
Hours: Provo River Parkway Trail is open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Quarry
Provo, Utah
Indoor rock climbing
$18/Adult  $10/12 and under (regular day rates)

Family night *each $7 bucks!


Grandpa V’s Family Fruit Stand

365 East Main Street, Santaquin, UT 84655

Phone: 801-754-3517.

Prepicked: Apples, Berries, Pears, Sweetcorn, Potatoes, Summer Squash, Nectorines. Pluots, Tomatoes, Pure Raw Honey. Cucumbers, Hot Peppers, Bell Peppers, Winter Squash, Grapes, melons, pumpkin patch, prepicked produce

Directions: Get off freeway at the Main Exit for Santaquin head West you are now on Santaquin Main Street, (if you come from the North it is the first Exit for Santaquin, if your coming from the South it is the 2nd Exit for Santaquin) we are easy to find our signs will say Grandpa V’s Family Fruit Stand we are right after the Gas Station on your right and between it and the Large Oil change and Car Wash Building. Crops are usually available in August, September, October. Open: Monday through Saturday 8:30 am to 6 pm

From: Camille Langston

Visit your local Farmer’s Market!
Downtown SLC
Thanksgiving Point

(complete list HERE)

$: FREE (unless you purchase something from the vendors)

The girls and I love just getting outside and meeting local vendors, trying new foods, and checking out the artistic products made by the hands of locals!.  Usually there is entertainment as well.

For pictures and links to Farmer’s Markets:

Taking the camera for a walk
location: anywhere  you want

I have a cheap-o pocket-sized camera that I don’t mind my 5-year-old to use.  We go on walks around the neighborhood, up in the mountains, any location really, and search for things based on a theme we set.  My 2yo (and my 5yo) search for things and then my 5yo takes the pictures.

Pictures of our latest walk “signs of spring”:

From: Emily King

Strawberry picking at Day Farms in Layton
2500 W. Gentile Road, Layton, UT 84041.

Phone: 801-546-4316
It’s beautiful & the kids LOVE to run around and pick
as many strawberries as they can.  The berries are huge and so sweet.
Everything is done by the honor system, you weigh your container and put
cash or check in the box.  Their prices are unbeatable.  We then head
home & make lots of strawberry jam. An every year favorite and we usually
go back several times.  Best picking in June!

price: free except cost of strawberries

Wheeler Farm
Visit Wheeler Farm to see the new baby animals. It’s free if you don’t do a tractor ride & what kid doesn’t love to look at animals?

Snow Canyon Sand Dunes

Snow Canyon, St. George UT
One of the most beautiful places anywhere the kids can dig and
slide to their hearts content & then go for a great low key kids hike
price: $5 per car or free with a national parks pass

Liberty Park water playgrounds

Liberty Park , SLC
Kids love to play on a playground that shoots out water on a hot day,
best part its free!

Temple Square Gardens
Temple Square, SLC
The gardens are beautiful to look at along with the reflection pool and fountains.
We love to go get ice cream at Hires after.
Price: free (not including the ice cream)

Still looking for more ideas?

Remember to check on the calendar of events each week for updates.

For more local deals and steals also visit Erin Collard our Local Coupon Blogger, and Lisa Anderson our local Grocery Blogger.

What are YOU doing this summer?

Please share!  Leave a comment with your free, cheap and fun activites so we can all benefit from the collective summer genius!

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