Fun Summer Field Trips

…and so we asked Stephanie Peterson with Utah Mama’s to come up with a few summer field trip ideas.

Even though it’s summer, that doesn’t mean the learning can’t stop. Here are a few ways to keep learning throughout the summer. You’ll be surprised at what your child already knows and what you have learned.

Salt Lake City Farmers Markets

Saturdays through October 18

8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Historic Pioneer Park

300 South & 300 West

What a great way to teach your kids about farming and where all their fruits and vegetables come from. This would also be a great economics lesson for older kids about starting a business and how it’s run.

Kennecott Bingham Canyon Mine

(801) 252-3234

Price: $5 per vehicle

Visitor Center and overlook is OPEN to the public from April 1 to October 31. Seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Their Visitors Center hosts approximately 160,000 guests per year from all over the world who come to experience their three-quarters of a mile deep canyon, the largest man-made excavation on earth. The mine has produced more copper than any other mine in history and still contains enough copper to last through the next century. At 150,000 tons of copper ore per day, that’s a lot of copper! Come learn more about this impressive feat of engineering when you visit the mine for yourself.

Utah Valley Llamas

8628 South State Road

Spanish Fork


Price: $2 per person

Their 15-acre farm supports 50 well-trained llamas, 10 peacocks, and a not-so-mini-pig. You may feed the llamas carrots, take them through an obstacle course and groom them. The llamas are safe for children under 60 lbs too ride.

Sweet’s Candy Factory

Monday – Thursday

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

(801) 886-1444

Their goal is to show students a working factory and share how to use the subjects they are studying in school (computers, mathematics and science) in the candy plant.


Community fisheries provide a fun, easy way to spend quality time with family and friends outdoors. They offer a setting for parents and kids to talk, enhance family interaction, and keep busy Utahns in touch with the natural world. Fishing can provide families with opportunities to get away from their day-to-day problems and share time together.

Kids benefit from fishing immensely, since they can participate solo or with others. It’s a sport that builds self-esteem and confidence while enhancing problem-solving and decision-making skills.


Great Books about hiking:
Best Hikes with Children in Utah by Maureen Keilty

Best Easy Day Hikes in Salt Lake City by Brian Briinkerhoff

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