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Things to Do With Toddlers and Preschoolers Near Provo, Utah

by Heather Montgomery

As the third-largest city in Utah, Provo has some 115,000 residents, and is home to more than 9,000 children under the age of 5, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Provo has a wide range of activities for toddlers and preschoolers, and with Brigham Young University and the Wasatch mountains close by, parents can experience everything from education to adventure within a short distance.

Museums

Keeping your toddler or preschooler occupied, even when the weather outside is not cooperating is challenging. Provo has a variety of indoor activities for your child to take part in all year round. The Provo Recreation Center is a new facility that has a wide range of indoor activities. The indoor play area has tunnels, slides and other obstacles for your toddler to navigate, with no age limit on the use of the play area. For some water fun, you can explore the zero-depth pool with slides or the indoor lazy river. Floaties are not allowed in the pool; your preschooler should be proficient in water safety, although the zero-depth pool contains only a few inches of water. The Provo Recreation center also offers swimming lessons; the Aqua-Tot School is for ages 6 months through 3 years and the Pre-School Aquatics levels serve children ages 3 to 4 years old. The Little Gym in Orem, just outside of Provo, offers a wide variety of classes for your toddler. You can take part in a parent and child class or enroll your toddler in gymnastics, dance or karate lessons. Class schedules vary depending on the season and families can save money on classes by purchasing a family membership.

Indoor

Quarry is a rock climbing gym that allows all ages to explore the thrill of climbing, The Quarry reports that some 3 year olds have taken to the rock wall with success. Your preschooler will need to wear close-toed athletic shoes and listen to a quick safety course on rock climbing; additionally you will need to sign a waiver for safety reasons before you or your preschooler can climb. To get your toddlers wiggles out, consider visiting one of the two nearby jumping centers. Jump On It in Lindon offers a Mom and Me Jumptime during the school year from 10 to 11 a.m. for you and your preschooler -- age 5 and under -- to show off your jumping skills. All participants at Jump On It must sign a waiver before jumping. Jumpin’ Jack’s in Springville offers an inflatable playground and Jack's Tot Spot for ages 1 through 5, to participate you must sign a waiver. Make sure your toddler brings socks for his jumping adventure.

Adventure

If your toddler climbs the walls at home, imagine the fun he will have on a rock wall. The Quarry is a rock climbing gym that allows all ages to explore the thrill of climbing, The Quarry reports that some 3 year olds have taken to the rock wall with success. Your preschooler will need to wear close-toed athletic shoes and listen to a quick safety course on rock climbing; additionally you will need to sign a waiver for safety reasons before you or your preschooler can climb. To get your toddlers wiggles out, consider visiting one of the two nearby jumping centers. Jump On It in Lindon offers a Mom and Me Jumptime during the school year from 10 to 11 a.m. for you and your preschooler -- age 5 and under -- to show off your jumping skills. All participants at Jump On It must sign a waiver before jumping. Jumpin’ Jack’s in Springville offers an inflatable playground and Jack's Tot Spot for ages 1 through 5, to participate you must sign a waiver. Make sure your toddler brings socks for his jumping adventure.

Family Fun

For activities that satisfy family members of all ages, consider Provo Beach Resort. This family activity center has toddler-approved playgrounds and adventure centers as well as water activities, rope courses and games for all ages. Seven Peaks Water Park in Provo or the Seven Peaks Fun Center in Orem also offer a wide range of activities. The water park has a toddler and preschooler friendly play area with age-appropriate water slides and activities in the Tadpole Pond and Adventure Bay; children must be under 48 inches tall and accompanied by an adult at all times. Toddlers and preschoolers can also ride Canyon River and Cascade Falls as long as a guest over the age of 16 is present and supervising the child. The Fun Center offers mini-golf and arcades games for children under 36 inches tall. If your child is over 36 inches tall, you can also drive her around the go-kart track for a thrilling ride or visit the XD Theater.

About the Author

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.

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