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Fun Things to Do Indoors With Young Children in Orem, Utah

by Kay Ireland

Settled at the base of Mount Timpanogos, Orem, Utah, is a family friendly city where you can find plenty of activities for your little ones. Orem has plenty of outdoor activities, but from physical activities to cheap thrills, your kids won't be bored when the weather forces them indoors.

Get Air Hang Time

If your kids need to burn off some energy, the indoor trampoline park at Get Air Hang Time (getairhangtime.com) gives them infinite opportunity to get physical. While most of the park is geared toward children taller than 46 inches, both the foam pit and the Slamball court have areas designated for children shorter than 46 inches. Get Air Hang Time admits on a per-session basis, so head over on the hour to get in as soon as the session starts and to get the most out of your child's admission fee.

Nickel City

Not all kids are in the mood to jump around -- some are gamers. If your little one loves the lights and sounds of a noisy video game, go to the Nickel City arcade (nickelcityorem.com). Every machine in the arcade takes nickels only, which means you get a serious bang for your buck after paying the $2.25 admission fee for everyone in your party. The place is filled with kid-centric games, especially those for kids younger than 6 years of age, including a popcorn catching game, a spider stomping game and even a small merry-go-round.

The Quarry

Found on the road between Orem and its sister city Provo, The Quarry (quarryclimbing.com) is a rock climbing gym that caters to families. While you might see tall walls and cabling systems on the first floor, head upstairs and your younger kids will find an entire floor dedicated to free climbing and various other activities. As a bonus, you can kick back with a book while your kids climb -- the floor is visible from observation areas so you can keep an eye out.

University Mall Play Area

You might not automatically think "mall" when you think about kid activities, but that's probably because you haven't shopped at the University Mall (shopuniversitymall.com) on University Parkway in Orem. There, you'll score free access to the mall's play area, which is designed for younger kids in mind, complete with a full-size tree house, bumpy slide, hollow log for climbing and dinosaur bones and fossils for discovering. Have your kids also check out the water feature, which is a globe that kids can touch and spin.

About the Author

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.