Fun and Affordable Summer Activities for Families

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Among many things, Cache Valley is known for its family-friendly atmosphere. There are many affordable and free programs with activities for families of all ages and sizes. Here are the top seven most popular summer family activities.

Logan City Parks and Recreation

Whether you’d like to enjoy a day with your family at the park or your child wants to join a youth soccer team, Logan City Parks and Recreation provides information each year about youth swim lessons, trails in Logan, youth sports, the Willow Park Zoo, 4th of July events, and more. These are excellent and very affordable ways to enjoy time with your family.  The playgrounds, basketball courts, barbecues, skate park and open grassy areas are free to the public.  Admission to the swimming pool and Willow Park Zoo are $2-5 per person depending on age. Youth sports and other programs can be a great way for kids to meet and develop teamwork skills.

Logan City Parks and Recreation provides a Leisure Guide each season.

American West Heritage Center: Summer Camps

American West Heritage Center offers both four-day and one-day camps to 1st-6th graders where they can learn how to gather eggs, make crafts, learn archery, play pioneer games, learn to fish, and take care of animals.  Four-day camps are $69 and one-day camps are $19. These historic camps teach kids skills used by many pioneers and American Indians in a fun hands-on way.

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures

Common Ground Outdoor Adventures provides affordable opportunities to people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities along with their peers. So, your kid can participate in canoeing, cycling, hiking, fishing or other outdoor activities, regardless of ability. This summer they plan to visit Glacier National Park, Zion’s National Park and Bear Lake.

Minnetonka Cave

If you haven’t seen the incredible stalagmites and stalactites in the Minnetonka Cave, it is well worth the 2-hour drive. The cave opens in late May and is open 7 days a week 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Adults $8, Children (6-15 yrs old) $6, Under 5 Free.

Dolores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care and Education

If you would like your child to receive high quality care that creates learning environments that support children’s natural tendency for play, curiosity, and exploration, the Dolores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care & Education is a good fit for you. Located on the USU campus, the curriculum in this program is designed encourage cognitive, social and creative child development.  The summer program runs from May 31-August 19 and includes field trips, arts and crafts, lunches and snacks, and science experiments. USU students with children can apply for scholarships to help with costs.

Cache Country 4-H Programs

Does your child love animals? Are they interested in robotics? Maybe they enjoy gardening or cooking? Many 4-H programs are offered in your area, and many of them only require a $5 fee to participate and the Mommy (or Daddy) & Me program is free. These can be a great way for your child to learn a new skill. Different programs are offered throughout the year.

USU Museum of Anthropology

Interested in exploring food, dancing, and art from around the world? The Museum of Anthropology‘s “Family 1st Saturdays” are free! On the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. you will have the chance to learn about a new culture. These activities are best suited for kids ages 3-12 yrs old or those who are young at heart. The museum is located on the 2nd floor of Old Main in room 252.