5 Free Family Activities in Salt Lake City

Finding family activities that don’t cost a small fortune can be a challenge. In my experience, when it comes to balancing the family budget, nothing beats free. Fortunately, Salt Lake City has a variety of events planned that scream fun for the whole family, and the best price a young family can hope for: FREE. From movies to downtown parties, and museums for those rainy afternoons, there is something to entertain everyone.

Days of ’47 Family Fun Day

The Days of ’47 is a huge, family oriented festival in Salt Lake City. Taking place this year on July 8, 2011, organizers urge you to pack a lunch and come to This is The Place Heritage Park for a day of fun family activities. For more information, call 801-582-1847.

Friday Night Flicks

Salt Lake City hosts free movies on Friday nights for seven weeks at local parks. For more information, visit the Salt Lake City website, here. Be sure to visit the website early so you can vote on the films to be screened.

Radio Disney Days

The Gallivan Center will host a great day of fun for kids of all ages, June 21, 2011. Carnival games, free bounce toys, magicians and Radio Disney will provide the entertainment. For more information, visit the Gallivan Center’s website. Radio Disney returns for a second day of fun in August.

4th of July Celebration

Jordan Park is home to the annual 4th of July party in Salt Lake City. There is a kids bike parade (get out the crape paper), free concerts and, of course, brilliant fireworks.

Free Museums

This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of Fort Douglas and its effect on Utah and surrounding states. Admission is free, every day and they have special events planned throughout the year. Find our more here.

Do you have science fans in the family? Check out the Clark Planetarium in downtown Salt Lake City. While there is admission for the theater programs, the main exhibit area offers is free to the public. Estimated time to tour the exhibits is 1-2 hours.

The Gallivan Center

The Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City is the “outdoor living room” for our home in the west. Be sure to visit their website regularly to see what they’ve added as the year progresses.

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Salt Lake City

The Gallivan Center

Fort Douglas Museum

Clark Planetarium

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