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Five free things to do with your kids this summer

May 09, 2024 01:00PM ● By Peri Kinder

Kids are out of school and they’re already bored. It can be difficult and expensive taking a bunch of children to the zoo, trampoline parks or Lagoon, but there are several activities along the Wasatch Front that are free to experience. Plan a fun outing at one of these venues and enjoy the summer.

Wheeler Historic Farm (6351 S. 900 East, Murray)

With 75 acres that include a working farm, trails, a park and playground, seasonal events and farmers markets, Wheeler Historic Farm is fun and free. Guests can walk around the farm, see the animals or take a wagon ride through the property (tickets are $3). Open every day from dusk to dawn, Wheeler Historic Farm is an easy, laid-back activity for the family. More info at

Mural Walks (Midvale Main Street and South Salt Lake’s Creative Industries Zone)

The Mural Walk in Midvale City features more than 30 creations that share the story of the city’s residents, heritage and history. Artists from the area, and around the country, create new murals each year. For more information, visit

In South Salt Lake, more than 50 murals adorn the streets and alleyways in the city. Visitors can download a map at that leads them through the dozens of murals in the SSL Creative Industries Zone. The Mural Fest was named Best Street Art by City Weekly Magazine.

Stansbury Park Observatory Complex Star Parties (252 UT-138, Stansbury Park, Tooele)

Throughout the summer, the Salt Lake Astronomical Society holds star parties where the public is invited to use the observatory’s four large telescopes. Most events happen on Saturday nights, from dusk until 11 p.m., where attendees can see stars, planets, nebulas and galaxies that are millions of light years away. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Hill Aerospace Museum (7961 Cottonwood St. Building 1955, Hill AFB)

Featuring more than 90 military, missiles, and aerospace vehicles, the Hill Aerospace Museum is great for airplane buffs and history lovers. Open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., the museum has more than 4,000 historic artifacts, including military vehicles, uniforms, aerospace ground equipment, ordnance and munitions. Visit for more information. 

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (20 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City)

Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is a gathering place for artists and creatives. Started in 1931, UMOCA has featured art education programs, exhibitions, community events and one-of-a-kind artist residency support. UMOCA features art from across the world and is a seven-time recipient of funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and a two-time recipient of the Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is located near City Creek Center Mall where the first two hours of parking are free. Visit for hours and information.