Provo, Utah, located to the south of Salt Lake City, has a high population of children and, not surprisingly therefore, plenty of fun things for kids to do. The centerpiece of the city (and the reason it exists, I suspect) is Brigham Young University. The school sponsors various events that make the community a good place for children, but there are non-university activities to enjoy, too. Here are my three top picks for Provo kids’ activities:
Provo Kids’ Activity #1: Picnic at Bridal Veil Falls. Provo Canyon is scenic and beautiful. It also sports many picnic areas. One of the best is at the bottom of Bridal Veil Falls, a short distance up the canyon. You cannot visit Utah without participating in nature in some way. If you don’t want to hike nearby Mt. Timpanogos, the next best thing is to eat lunch with your children at Bridal Veil Falls. The waterfall is pretty, as are the mountains, the river, and everything else. On Saturdays in the summer this area can be crowded, but otherwise it is not very congested.
Provo Kids’ Activity #2: The Bean Museum. Brigham Young University’s natural history museum, the Bean Museum, is located on campus and includes an impressive collection of animal specimens. Currently, if you go on Wednesday morning at 11 AM, you can participate in story time (call ahead to check on that time before attending). At story time, children (not surprisingly) hear a couple of stories about animals. Then they have an opportunity to touch one or more of the museum’s live animals, which include snakes, lizards, tarantulas, and more. For adventurous kids, that can be a lot of fun. But even if you go when it is not story time, you are sure to have a good time. The displays are excellent and appropriate for children.
Salt Lake City Kids’ Activity #3: The Duck Pond. On the south side of Brigham Young University’s campus, there is a university-owned duck pond. During warmer months, it is always mobbed by ducks, turtles, and other wildlife. Take a bag of bread crumbs or other duck-friendly food and spend an hour or two feeding the ducks. It is a really fun time; your children won’t want to leave. The ducks are not at all afraid of humans. They will mob around you, trying to get their share of the food. The fun wildlife interaction plus the peaceful atmosphere makes this a great activity for families.
With these recommended activities, you can enjoy a day in Provo with your kids. Best of all, each of these activities is completely free (except for the cost of bread crumbs for the duck pond activity). There are plenty of other fun, kid-friendly activities in Provo, Utah, but this list will get you started.