With the weather warming up, there are so many fun things that you can get out and do. If you are like my family and don’t have a lot of cash to spare, but still want to enjoy some fun family time together, here are a list of places you can visit!
We went to Tracy Aviary in the spring last year and it was GREAT! If you haven’t been there before, it is a place you will definitely want to visit. There are a few free days coming up and some other discounted days throughout the summer.
Mothers Day Weekend — May 12 & 13 : 9am to 5pm
Tracy Aviary’s gift to mothers is free admission all day Saturday and Sunday. THE ROSE SHOP will honor the first 100 mothers to visit with the gift of a FREE ROSE.
Armed Forces Day — May 19: 9am to 5pm
As a thank you from Tracy Aviary, all military personnel, veterans and their immediate family will receive admission for $1 on Armed Forces Day. Show your military or veteran organization ID to receive free admission.
$5 After 5pm — Every Monday June-August, 2012. Open late, until 8pm.
Come celebrate summer with all your favorite birds! Tracy Aviary will help you beat the heat by staying open late until 8 p.m. every Monday night beginning on June 4th and ending on August 27th. Adults receive admission for only $5 after 5pm. Enjoy educational adventures cleverly disguised as fun in the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere created by Tracy Aviary’s beautiful gardens, forest and springs.
Admission to Wheeler Farm is free everyday. Here you will be able to take your kids to see cows, horses, sheep, and several other farm animals, and interact with them. There are optional activities that you can enjoy for minimal fees. I have been there several times and my kids have always loved it! Here are some of the fun things you can do while you are there:
Cow Milking Demonstration – $1.00 per person
Daily demonstrations at 5:00 PM. All those attending the demonstration need to purchase their tokens a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the activity.
Tractor Drawn Wagon Rides – $2.00 per person ages 2 & over
See the farm, historic buildings, and hidden trails of Wheeler Woods. Rides leave every half hour, (weather permitting). Spring (NOW Open- weather dependent): 10:30am – 4:30 pm Mon-Sat. Last ride leaves at 4:30. Summer: 10 am – 5:30 pm Mon-Sat.
For more information about Wheeler Farm go here: http://wheelerfarm.com/activities/activities.html
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. I just found out that the UMFA offers Free Admission ALL YEAR ROUND on 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. Here is another fun event to look forward too:
FREE Speed Family Day: Car sun prints and tire prints on Sat, July 21, 1pm – 4pm
Come and celebrate the fantastic race cars in the museum on this family day. Get inspiration from the photographs of cars in our “Photo Finish” exhibition to create your own photograms using the sun. You can also make abstract art with toy car tire tracks and then relax and hear a car story from the Salt Lake Public Library. Admission to the museum and the family day are free but tickets must be purchased for Speed: The Art of the Performance Automobile.
The Natural History Museum of Utah has some free events coming up:
Public Lecture at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. NHMU is pleased to partner with UMFA and the Leakey Foundation for a remarkable evening with prehistoric art expert Jean.
This film is presented in conjunction with Salt Lake City Water Week
While I was on the NHMU website, I found more FREE Days coming up! The program Phun with Physics at NHMU is FREE with your FREE Admission. Free Days 2012 are July 9 & September 22!
Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden’s is offering up a few free days coming up. One is this weekend, April 27! Here are all the dates:
Friday, April 27, 2012 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
There’s no better place than Red Butte Garden to celebrate Arbor Day! As Utah’s very own Arboretum, we’ll learn all about the wonderful world of trees. Join us for a fun day of activities and interactive Exploration Stations throughout the Garden. You’ll leave with a tree of your own. Arbor Day is a FREE admission day thanks to Salt Lake County voters and Zoo, Arts, and Parks. FREE DAY Thanks to ZAP.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, September 3, 2012 9:00 am – 7:30 pm
10th Annual Holiday Open House & Art Fair
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2012 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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 admission to the public, our popular Wreath-Making workshops, and fantastic local artists offering their work for sale. Every year we attract holiday shoppers looking for special, unique gifts!
See all the details about upcoming events at Red Butte Gardens here