9 staycation activities for Spring Breakers sticking around Utah Valley


Spring Break is finally here, and let’s be honest — you deserve it. For when the kids start getting antsy and binging on Netflix doesn’t cut it, here are nine Utah County events to fill your Spring Break with new experiences.

Provo Beach’s Passport to Fun

Provo Beach has the flowrider as well as a variety of activities.

Pack your bags — Provo Beach has your passport ready and you’re headed towards fun. Elementary schoolers and their families are invited to visit seven continents all within Provo Beach at the Shops at Riverwoods on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. See the Wild Wonders show, watch Irish dancers perform, get your face painted, create a craft and more. Admission to the event is free, but the Provo Beach games are normal cost. Learn more about Passport to Fun here.

Plus, Provo Beach has arcade games, bowling, ropes course, laser tag and more for the rest of the week. Learn more at provobeach.com.

Hee Haw Farms

Hee Haw Farms reopens in the spring, which includes its petting farm. (Photo courtesy Hee Haw Farms)

It’s a sign that spring has finally sprung — Hee Haw Farms is opening its barn doors for the season starting on Thursday, April 5. Open only Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through May 12, the available activities include the petting farmyard, giant slide, goat walk, animal train, pony rides and more. The farm is open from noon to 6 p.m. Learn more at heehawfarms.com.

Try a program at your local library

The Provo Library has a calendar of activities.

While reading time at the library is always a win, Utah County libraries have many more programs to offer. During Spring Break week, the Springville Library has a special Spring Break activity at 10 a.m. every day, including crafts and board games. The Provo Library has a Kids and Camera class to learn about filmmaking, LEGO Crew Jr. and more. The Orem Library has CoderDojo to learn computer coding, a Timp Tellers conference to teach kids confidence in storytelling and more.

Learn more about library events for the libraries:

Visit a museum

Kids can learn about the world around them by sight, sound and touch at the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum’s daily live animal showings. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Get cultured with a variety of museums in Utah County. The BYU Monte L. Bean Museum has a live animal show every night at 7:30 p.m. except for Saturday when the show is at 3 p.m. Then get a taste of art with the Springville Museum of Art, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Currently, the free exhibits include “Whit and Whimsy,” a humorous display; “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate,” a showcase of controversial white supremacists book transformed into uplifting works; and a variety of other displays.

Lamb and Wool Festival at Thanksgiving Point

The Lamb and Wool Festival at Thanksgiving Point is on Saturday, April 7. (Photo courtesy of Thanksgiving Point)

On Saturday, April 7, it’s “shear” joy at Thanksgiving Point. The annual Lamb and Wool Festival puts sheep on center stage. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration, learn about wool use and fiber arts, and enjoy a sheep dog presentation while at Farm Country. The Lamb and Wool Festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Plus, Thanksgiving Point has its museums — Museum of Natural Curiosity and Museum of Ancient Life — open for learning exploration. Learn more at thanksgivingpoint.org.

See a play or performance

“The Little Mermaid” is showing at the Hale Center Theater Orem staring on Feb. 16. (Photo by Suzy Oliveria)

Dive under the see with the Hale Center Theater Orem’s “The Little Mermaid” or step into a trailer park with BYU’s collegiate premiere of “Single Wide.” If musicals aren’t your thing, then there are musical performances, such as BYU Noteworthy on Thursday night. See a list of local performances here.

Take me out to the ball game 

Four years ago Mike Littlewood joined the BYU baseball program as the head coach. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

Both UVU and BYU baseball have home games this week, so you can get your seventh inning stretch up to four times this week. UVU baseball plays Air Force Academy at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3. Then BYU baseball takes on Santa Clara on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. While Thursday and Friday’s games are at 6 p.m., Saturday’s game is at 1 p.m.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

ABC’s “Shark Tank” has nothing on The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. With a 300,000-gallon shark tank and a 40-foot shark tunnel, you can stare down a dozen different sharks and live to tell the tale. (Photo courtesy of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

While it is located slightly outside of Utah County, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium takes people on a trip around the globe with its animal and nature exhibits. Watch the penguins and stingrays get fed or attend the animal meet and greet. Plus, on Wednesday night, the aquarium is holding a special scout night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission will only be $5 for all Cubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their leaders in uniform. Learn more at thelivingplanet.com.

Utah Film Festival

Film junkies unite and support Utah’s local film industry. Starting on April 5, the Utah Film Festival will be showing Utah-made films at the Utah Valley Convention Center and Covey Center for the Arts. Plus, workshops are scheduled for aspiring filmmakers. The festival wraps up with an award ceremony on Saturday night at the Covey Center. See the festival schedule here.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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  1. AvatarBart Dangerfield Reply

    Currently listed on TripAdvisor as #11 of the top 25 things to do in Provo, another great museum to check out is the Crandall Historical Printing Museum. Covering 400 years of printing history, you’ll be treated to see, touch and actually print on an authentic replica of a Gutenberg press, Ben Franklin’s Common English Press, a Peter Smith Acorn Press (which printed the Book of Mormon) and a Deseret News Ramage Press. To schedule a tour, just call 801-377-7777.

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