5 Utah County daytime activities for parents and tots

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The Provo City Library holds Story Time on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays. (Photo courtesy Provo City Library's Facebook Page)

The Provo City Library holds Story Time on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. (Photo courtesy Provo City Library’s Facebook Page)

because-I-said-so-blueNo park? No problem! When it’s too cold to comfortably play outside, Utah County offers a number of toddler-centered classes and activities perfect for whiling away the winter hours. Whether you and your child like to read, roll, jump or kick, there are plenty of local activities to keep you both occupied for a morning.

1. Jump on It Mom and Me Jumptime

When: 10–11 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays during the school year
Where: 7 S. 1550 West, Suite 200, Lindon
Cost: $3 first child, $2 each additional child
Ages: 5 and younger

During the school year, this indoor trampoline park offers a chance for parents and kids ages 5 and younger to literally bounce their wiggles out. The Lindon activity center has more than 12,000 square feet of indoor jumping areas, including a section for little children. There are also inflatables and a small toy area. The best part? Parents jump for free during the Mom and Me Jumptime.

2. Melody Makers at the Museum of Natural Curiosity

When: Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Where: Thanksgiving Point, 3605 Garden Dr., Lehi
Cost: Free for Thanksgiving Point members or with museum admission. Museum admission is $15 adults, $12 children (ages 3-12) and $12 seniors (65 and older).
Ages: No designation

Museum staff lead kids through a variety of music and dance styles, while parents can sit and watch from chairs at the sidelines. Afterwards, parents can help children make an “instrument” to take home. Before or after the class, children can take part in the more than 400 interactive experiences located throughout the museum. For additional toddler activities, check out Tales for Tots  held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at multiple Thanksgiving Point venues. Melody Makers is also held Thursdays at 11 a.m. at Farm Country.

3. Story times at the Provo City Library

When: Preschool Time (ages 3-5) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Toddler Time (ages 1-2) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:05 and 11:05 a.m., and Fridays at 11:05 a.m.  (Parents must stay with children for Toddler Time.)
Where: 550 N. University Ave., Provo
Cost: Free
Ages: 3-5 Preschool Time and 1-2 Toddler Time

Throughout Utah County, local libraries offer free story times that include things such as games, stories and crafts. The Provo City Library, for example, has an extensive offering of child-centered classes, including special needs classes, Spanish story time, and Book Babies for infants ages newborn to 12 months.

4. Parent and child gymnastics classes at The Little Gym in Orem

When: Six classes by age are available at various times each semester
Where: 150 W. Center St., Orem
Ages: 4 months to 3 years
Cost: Annual $40 family membership fee, plus $66 monthly tuition. (Various payment options and discounts are available.) The gym also offers a 3-week “introductory experience” for $30.

This Orem gym’s classes are focused on “three-dimensional” learning, covering physical, intellectual and social development. Instructors teach children to strengthen their muscles, gain spatial and perceptual awareness, and develop social skills by interacting with peers and other adults. Classes are broken down by age and are offered for infants as young as 4 months.

5. Itty Bitty Ball at the American Fork Fitness Center

When: Mondays and Wednesdays 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. 11 a.m.; or Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:15 a.m.  to 10 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monthly dates and times can vary, so check the website for more information, or call Rebecca at 801-763-3084 ext. 206.
Where: 454 North Center St. in American Fork
Ages: 3-5
Cost: $30 per session, which typically includes 6 lessons and a T-shirt

For residents of north Utah County, the American Fork Fitness Center is an attractive option because it does not charge a non-resident fee for its Itty Bitty Ball classes. The theme of the class rotates monthly and includes different sports such as football (March 2015), T-ball (April 2015), soccer and basketball. Although strictly not a “mom and me” activity, parents can either watch from the sidelines, or workout (for a fee) at the fitness center simultaneously.

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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.

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