FREE Outside Family Activities

Published by Steph on

Recently a friend of mine requested that I do a post about family friendly, free, outside activities. So today I am giving you my top 5 favorites.

*Note: Some of these places are specific for Salt Lake County. Just remember that you can find similar locations wherever you live.
  1. Parks
My personal favorite parks have lots of climbing structures and provide a challenge for my munchkins. I also like ones that are large and have big grassy areas. If you are in the Salt Lake Valley I suggest going to Sierra Newbold Memorial Park and Evergreen Park. Sierra Newbold is next to a splash pad, basketball court, tennis court, baseball field, and grassy areas. It really has everything. It is my personal favorite public park.
Sierra Newbold Memorial Park in West Jordan

Evergreen Park is surrounded by lots of mature trees. It is the perfect place to go for a picnic. The playground there has a fun pumpkin carriage to play in. The park is next to Millcreek Library and community center.

Evergreen Park in Millcreek

2. Nature walks and hikes

Make your walk exciting and engaging by playing games along the way. Search for certain plants or animals. Take a break during your walk and lie down to look at the clouds. Bring a squirt bottle full of water along and let your munchkin spray ants or plants (this is a very effective way to keep little ones entertained). Collect leaves, pine cones, and other nature items to bring home and make a fun picture.

Bell Canyon Reservoir. 30-45 minute hike in Sandy, UT

Jordan River Parkway

3. Scavenger hunts

This doesn’t even require gas! Sit down as a family and create your list of items to find. It could be anything from plants, colors, places, or animals. If you are having a hard time creating your own list just do a Google search for scavenger hunt lists. The best part of this activity? It can be completely tailored to your families skill levels.
4. Flashlight tag

Stay up a little later one night to look at the stars and play a fun game. The only things you need are flashlights. Have one person be it and if they shine the light on you, you are then it. You could also play hide and seek with the flashlights as well. Playing outside at night is a fun activity for the whole family. It is a different way to play the games your children play during the day.
5. Community events

Take advantage of the free events your community puts together! It is a great way to meet new people, do new things, and have fun all at the same time. Most communities will have some event for every holiday. Libraries also have many free events. If you live in Salt Lake County or close to it you can go here to lots of free events.
Being a mom to two littles and having a husband who is in school has helped me realize that there are all sorts of fun activities that you can do as a family that don’t cost a penny. This week I encourage you to do something exciting outside with your family! If you would like more ideas or need help finding events by you, comment below or send an email to

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