Heading to Salt Lake City with the kids in tow? No fear, we’ve got you covered with this list of all the indoor attractions, museums, amusement parks and more that are perfect for kids. Check out our Salt Lake City events calendar for daily events to pack your schedule full of family fun. Read on!

photo: Mike Renlund via flickr

Hogle Zoo
Utah’s Hogle Zoo dates from 1931 and is located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. It covers 42 acres and includes more than 800 animals. Be sure to check out the bird show in the Wildlife Theater and other daily attractions while you are there.

2600 Sunnyside Ave. S
Salt Lake City, UT
Online: hoglezoo.org

Natural History Museum of Utah
The Natural History Museum of Utah, near the University of Utah and Red Butte Garden, is an important part of Utah’s scientific community but also a great place to visit with kids. Permanent exhibits cover archaeology, geology, paleontology, mineralogy and zoology.​​ They offer family late nights and other activities so check the schedule before you visit.

301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT
Online: nhmu.utah.edu

Red Butte Garden
Red Butte Garden is a botanical garden and arboretum near the University of Utah. The garden offers walking paths through 11 themed gardens and nearly four miles of hiking trails. In addition to the botanical garden and arboretum, Red Butte provides children’s activities, seasonal family events and summer camps.

300 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT
Online: redbuttegarden.org

The Leonardo
Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, The Leonardo is a first-of-a-kind museum where you can explore the unexpected places and ways that science, technology, art and creativity connect. It’s a hybrid museum that’s a blast to visit, with cool interactive exhibits. Extra family focus is given on the once-a-month family night.

209 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT
Online: theleonardo.org

Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point is a vast recreation area near the Point of the Mountain that includes themed gardens, a farm and agriculture center, movie theaters, an IMAX, shops, restaurants, a golf course, party and reception facilities, the Museum of Natural Curiosity, and the world’s largest indoor dinosaur museum. Don’t miss a visit to the Butterfly Biosphere!

3003 North Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, UT
Online: thanksgivingpoint.org

photo: Mike S. via flickr

Living Planet Aquarium
The Living Planet Aquarium in Draper features four main exhibits—Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America and Penguin Encounter. The aquarium houses 4,500 animals and more than 550 species. This world-class Aquarium features a 300,000-gallon shark exhibit with a 40-foot tunnel that guests can walk through and enjoy an underwater view of sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and more.

12033 Lone Peak Pkwy.
Draper, UT
Online: thelivingplanet.com

Lagoon Park
Lagoon is a large amusement park about 15 miles north of Salt Lake City, near the town of Farmington. In operation since 1896, the park’s mix of old and new elements are one of its main draws. The park’s carousel has been in operation since 1906, and the wooden roller coaster has been running since 1921.

375 North Lagoon Dr.
Farmington, UT
Online: lagoonpark.com

photo: Jeff T. via yelp

One of Salt Lake’s favorite family attractions in the Wairhouse, a trampoline park where you can book time to jump on your very own trampoline or in a room full of dozens. With more than 35,000 square feet, the Wairhouse has plenty of activities for those who aren’t trampoline fans, including basketball lanes, dodgeball courts, and more.

3653 500 W, South
Salt Lake, UT
Online: thewairhouse.com

Fat Cats
Fat Cats combines a bowling alley with an arcade, pizza place and Mexican restaurant. It’s not an original idea, but Fat Cats beats out the competition with consistently decent food and a clean, high-energy atmosphere. It’s a great place for a birthday party, reunion or family outing.

3739 South 900 East
Millcreek, UT
Online: fatcatsfun.com

The Gateway
The Gateway, in downtown Salt Lake City, has plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options for everyone, but kids will especially enjoy the Clark Planetarium and Discovery Gateway children’s museum. The Olympic Snowflake Fountain in the Olympic Plaza is great for water play in hot weather.

110 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT
Online: shopthegateway.com

The Best Upcoming Events for Kids in Salt Lake City
If you’re looking for events and activities, don’t miss our local Salt Lake City events calendar, which has everything from story times to seasonal activities like apple picking, pumpkin patches and Christmas tree farms.

—Kate Loweth