5 fun family night activities for Utah County

The Thanksgiving Point Gardens provide an educational outdoor experience for the family. (Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The Thanksgiving Point Gardens provide an educational outdoor experience for the family. (Photo courtesy of Utah Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Utah County is nothing if not family-oriented, and many local businesses offer family events and discounts on Monday nights. Here are just a few of the places offering family-themed activities this summer:

1. The Springville Museum of Art Community and Family Night — Springville

The Springville Museum of Art  is closed Mondays, except for the first Monday of the month, when the museum hosts a Community and Family Night from 6 to 8 p.m. In June, the family night featured artists from the museum’s Spring Salon, one of Utah’s largest fine arts exhibitions. There is no family night in July, but the Aug. 4 activity will feature quilting activities in honor of SMA’s 41st Annual Quilt Show.

The Springville Museum of Art is located at 126 E. 400 South in Springville. Admission to the museum and to Community and Family Night is free.

2.  “FHE” shows at the Monte L. Bean Museum — Provo

After a two-year hiatus, the Monte L. Bean Museum at Brigham Young University reopened June 7 and now features 2.8 million specimens on display. It’s a “great place to explore and learn more about the wonderful creatures of our world,” said museum director Larry St. Clair, in a news release. Your family can see preserved creatures great and small, as well as take in a free show.

Every Monday night at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., the museum hosts live animal shows for the public. Shows are between 30 to 45 minutes long and include three live animals. These live animals could be lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, tarantulas or cockroaches, said Brittany Nuttall, a member of the museum’s education staff.

The museum is open until 9 p.m. Monday nights and is located at 645 E. 1430 North in Provo. Admission and shows are free.

3. Orem Owlz Family Night — Orem

This summer on Monday nights, the Orem Owlz  minor league baseball team is offering a family night special that includes five reserved tickets, five hot dogs and five 20-ounce drinks for $45. Celebrating their 10th season, the Orem Owlz will play teams such as the Grand Junction Rockies and the Billings Mustangs at the Brent Brown Ballpark in Orem.

People who purchased the Seven Peaks Pass of All Passes can also receive free general admission to Orem Owlz home games. Find more information here on the Seven Peaks website.

4. Lindon Aquatics Center Family Night — Lindon

From 6 to 8:30 p.m., the Lindon Aquatics Center hosts a family night. All immediate family members are admitted for $16.50. This deal gives families a chance to enjoy the center’s lazy river, leisure pool, pirate ship and slides at a discounted rate. The aquatics center also has a Flowrider wave machine that is an additional $10 per person for one day of use.

The Aquatics Center is located just behind the Lindon City Center at 100 N. State St. Some additional area pools also offer family night swim and discounts. Check your city website for details.

5. Thanksgiving Point Family Night Activities — Lehi

Thanksgiving Point offers family night activities at the Museum of Ancient Life, Farm Country and the Gardens, every Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. You can visit the venue’s website  to see which themes fall on specific dates.

If you’re headed to the Gardens, it’s worth stopping by the Light of the World display. This ongoing collaboration between sculptor Angela Johnson and landscape architect Leonard Grassli features three large-scales sculpture depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Fifteen sculptures total are planned for The Light of the World Garden.

“The sculptures of the life and miracles of Jesus Christ will be an invitation to people of faith from all over the world to come and reflect, ponder and renew,” said Mike Washburn, president and CEO of Thanksgiving Point. “We believe it will provide the community a place to bring their families and talk about their beliefs in a beautiful, artistic, unique setting.”

Admission to the display is included with admission to the Gardens: $15 adults, $12 children (ages 3-12), $12 seniors (ages 65+). Thanksgiving Point’s Gardens are located at 3900 N. Garden Dr.  in Lehi.


Elyssa Andrus has worked as a journalist for 14 years, most recently as the lifestyle editor at the Daily Herald newspaper in Provo. She is a contributor to the KSL-TV show "Studio 5" and is co-author of the book "Happy Homemaking" (Cedar Fort, 2012) with Natalie Hollingshead. She lives with her husband and four young children in Utah Valley.


  1. John Bynum Reply

    Hi, Elyssa! I hope you are doing well.

    I work with Momentum Climbing Gyms and we would like to see if we can get a listing in the Things To Do section of the utahvalley360.com website. Can you let me know if that is possible and what we would need to do?

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