FREE Admission Days in Utah
Here is a great list of the free days offered by Hogle Zoo, Tracy Aviary, The Loveland Living Planets Aquarium, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and Red Butte Gardens! They are all throughout the winter, but they are a great way to get out of the house and enjoy (a usually expensive) fun activity for FREE or really cheap!
For the 25th Anniversary of the KUED PBS Kids Reading Marathon, there will two big kickoff parties on November 4.
KUED Kids main event will be the party with The City Library – a STEM Festival and Reading Marathon Kickoff on November 4 from 1PM – 4PM at the Salt Lake City Public Library.
Families from Utah County are invited to the FREE All Things Kids Expo, hosted by the Children’s Service Society, at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn on November 4 from 10AM – 8PM.
Challenge your kids, preschool through sixth grade, to read 20 minutes each day during the month of November. Print off the reading log or pick one up at the parties on November 4th to keep track of minutes read each day from Nov 1-30. At the end of the month submit your minutes online to get a KUED Kids Adventure Pass, with tickets to their favorite museums, zoos, and aviaries.
I think my most favorite FREE Admission days are the ones at Hogle Zoo, and that’s mostly because of my kids! They LOVE the Zoo! I haven’t ever gone in the winter before, and I am very excited to try it this year. Free Days for Hogle Zoo in 2017-2018 are on:
- Saturday,November 11, 2017 – Free for military and veterans and their immediate family
- Wednesday, November 29, 2017 – Free admission day at Hogle Zoo for everyone
- Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – Free admission day at Hogle Zoo for everyone
- Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Free admission day at Hogle Zoo for everyone
- Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – Free admission day at Hogle Zoo for everyone
We have gone to Tracy Aviary often since living in Salt Lake! Each time we go, our kids love it just as much as our first visit. There are so many birds there and they are all so interesting and neat to watch and see. I think my favorites are the Flamingos. They are so cute!
I just found out that The second Wednesday of the month November-February will be $1 admission! And that $1 goes towards Tracy Aviary’s conservation programs. (it’s a great deal, and donating it to a good cause!). Mark it on your calendars and plan a visit. This is a great place to take your family to.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is dedicated to cultivating public interest in the environment, conservation, and the enhancement of our planet and its creatures through adoption, education, research, and recreation. We have gone to Living Planet Aquarium dozens of times, and it is just as interesting each time. My kids especially love the penguins, otters, and Sharks.
Right now you can take advantage of $5 off through October if you pay with your America First Credit Union VISA card
This is a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful aquarium. See our visit to the Haunted Aquarium.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
I have never been to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, but often thought it would be a fun experience My kids love to paint and do crafts and all of that, so I am sure that they would enjoy looking around at everything too. The UMFA offers Free Admission ALL YEAR ROUND on the first Wednesday of the month and the third Saturday of the month. There are FREE Crafts on the Third Saturday as well! You can’t beat that! I am looking forward to going and taking my family out for a FREE fun and educational day. Military families can get in for free any day of the year.
You can also get in free anytime if you are one of these:
UMFA members | FREE
U of U students, staff, and faculty | FREE
Students at public Utah universities | FREE
Utah Horizon/EBT cardholders | FREE
Active duty military families | FREE
The Natural History Museum of Utah is an amazing experience. If you haven’t taken your family, be prepared to spend the day (and bring a camera!). There are four free days at the NHMU in 2017-2018 each, so mark them on your calendar.
Free Days 2017
- Monday, January 23
- Monday, May 15
- Monday, August 21
- Monday, December 11
Free Days 2018
- Monday, January 8
- Monday, May 14
- Monday, August 27
- Monday, December 17
- Advance reservations for Free Day will be made available online at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday a week prior to each scheduled Free Day.
- A limited number of tickets will be set aside for visitors who arrive on Free Day without a ticket. We encourage you to come to the Museum on Free Day even if you don’t have an advance reservation. If tickets are still available, you will be admitted. You may be asked to wait until later in the day and, unfortunately, you may be turned away.
View their upcoming events here
Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden’s is holding their Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017 with FREE ADMISSION and complimentary cider and hot chocolate!
Held the first weekend of every December, the Holiday Open House has become a wonderful tradition at the Garden. For two days we have free Garden admission to the public and fantastic local artists offering their work for sale. Every year we attract holiday shoppers looking for special, unique gifts and guests who explore the winter garden.
They are offering FREE admission, free drinks and acres of winter wonderland to explore.
Discovery Gateway is an amazing place to visit with your kids! There are a couple of promotions going on.
Get $6 admission every Sunday with free parking
If you have never been there or you have been there 100 times, your kids will love to explore, play and create and Discovery Gateway! They have so much to do there and it fits all different ages! From a real Helicopter to a life size horse and everything in between, your kids will have so much to do for hours. It’s a great place for parents to connect with your kids and have fun playing and exploring too!
Visiting Gardner Village is always fun! There is so much to see and do, and tons of cute shops you can look through. Walk around and see the beautiful decorations and see all the shops. From November 21 to December 31 they will have their Elves out so you will be able to go on a Elf Hunt and try to find them all! If you do, you can go to the local bakery and get a cookie for a small fee!
You can also enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride, classes, portraits and more!
Admission is always free.
Admission is always free to get into Clark Planetarium and explore their exhibits. They have tons of interactive things you can do with your kids, even a gravity station. Its awesome! They have shows/movies for a fee. Outside the Clark Planetarium is the Gateway Mall, and there is a huge splash pad that is free. It is a great way to spend a day with your kids for FREE!
Exciting news! If you have a fourth grader you can get a FREE NPS Park Pass! Thanks to the Every Kid In A Park Program, you get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Visit https://www.everykidinapark.gov for all the details and to get your free pass!
FREE Admission to ALL National Parks, Trails, Monuments, and Recreation Areas!
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2017:
- January 16
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- February 20
- April 15, 16, 22, 23
Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25
National Park Service Birthday
- September 30
National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12
Veterans Day Weekend
Get all the details here for the NPS free days.
National Parks, Trails, Monuments, and Recreation Areas that are in Utah:
Here’s a tip-265 of your 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!
The Lights at Temple Square are truly amazing! You won’t see a better light display in Utah in my opinion. Temple Square is open from 9am to 9pm everyday. They light the lights around or after Thanksgiving. Take your family to go see this beautiful free display and be sure to take your camera too! Dress warm, it gets really cold, but they have to two large visitors centers you can go in to warm up and look around as well.
If you know of other events please let me know and I will add them. I would love to make this an more extensive list – so leave a comment and I will add it to the list. Thanks!