Parents are rejoicing — and children mourning — the fact that school starts in just a few short days.
In Weber and Davis school districts, classes start Tuesday, Aug. 20. In Ogden and Box Elder districts, they start Aug. 26, and up in Morgan, Edupocalypse 2019 kicks off Aug. 27.
That means, depending on where you live and when you’re reading this, you’ve got somewhere between five and a dozen days left to cram in all those fun things you’d intended to do as a family over summer vacation.
Need a few last-minute ideas? Here are 12 solid suggestions of things to do before the summer slips away, in no particular order:
-- MARK SAAL, Standard-Examiner
Lagoon, 375 N. Lagoon Drive, Farmington
It may not be the Happiest Place on Earth, but it’s certainly a reasonable facsimile. Utah’s biggest and best amusement park is open daily through Monday, Aug. 19. After that, it’s mostly accessible on the weekends and holidays into October.
Single-day passes vary from $46.95 to $64.95.
For more information, visit www.lagoonpark.com, or call 801-451-8000.
Eccles Dinosaur Park, 1544 E. Park Blvd., Ogden
Enjoy this collection of more than 100 dinosaur sculptures, as well as a wealth of other prehistoric exhibits. And to help ease the kids’ sting of going back to school, you can always give them the satisfaction of repeatedly asking you what it was like back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. That one always cheers them up.
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $5 for children.
For more information, visit www.dinosaurpark.org or call 801-393-3466.
Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St., Ogden
An entire center dedicated to nature in Northern Utah? Yes, please.
The 152-acre nature preserve offers exhibits, picnic areas, nature spotting areas, walking trails and more.
And the best part? The center has been offering free admission on Saturdays throughout the summer. The final free-admission day is coming up Saturday, Aug. 17.
Otherwise, admission is $5 per person, $4 for seniors, and $3 for ages 2-12.
For more information, visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595
Hill Aerospace Museum, 7961 Wardleigh Road, Hill Air Force Base
If you’ve ever dreamed of flying — and who hasn’t? — the Hill Aerospace Museum is for you. Stroll 30 acres of aircraft from the earliest days of flight to more recent aerospace pioneering efforts. And the best part? Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.aerospaceutah.org or call 801-825-5817.
Weber County Ice Sheet, 4390 Harrison Blvd., Ogden
Looking to cool off here in the final days of summer? Why not take the family up to the Ice Sheet for a little ice skating?
Open skate is held at various times six days a week.
Cost is $6.50 for ages 18 and older, $5.50 for ages 3-17, and $5 for Weber State University students, military and seniors. Prices include skate rental.
For more information, visit www.webercountyutah.gov/Ice_Sheet or call 801-778-6360.
Treehouse Museum, 347 22nd St., Ogden
Step into a story with the reading-centered Treehouse Museum. Geared toward children ages 1 to 12, the interactive exhibits and programs attract more than 175,000 visitors each year.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for children, $5 for youth and adults.
For more information, visit treehousemuseum.org or call 801-394-9663.
Union Station museums, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden
Ease the kids back into school gradually with a visit to Union Station and its various educational museums. The station includes the Utah State Railroad Museum, the Browning Firearms Museum, the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, the Utah State Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Art Gallery at the Station, and the Myra Powell Art Gallery.
The museum is open Monday through Saturday. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for teens and $3 for youth.
For more information, visit theunionstation.org or call 801-629-8680.
Antelope Island State Park, 4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse
Drive the island, ride bikes, hike and just otherwise explore this starkly beautiful state park. Be warned that there’s almost no shade on the island — except at Fielding Garr Ranch — so on hot days it can be on the warm-ish side.
The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle.
For more information, visit stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island, or call 801-773-2941.
Boondocks Food & Fun, 525 S. Deseret Drive, Kaysville
Enjoy miniature golf, go-cart racing, laser tag, bowling, bumper boats, batting cages, arcade games, a kids play area, and much more.
Admission and passes to various attractions range from $2 to $29.95.
For more information, visit kaysville.boondocks.com or call 801-660-6800.
Golden Spike National Historical Park, Promontory Summit, Box Elder County
The transcontinental railroad sesquicentennial celebration is rapidly receding in our rearview mirror, so if you haven’t been out to the site of the driving of the golden spike yet this year you’d better get a move on.
Reenactment ceremonies take place on Saturdays and holidays, along with all the other history to be had there at the historical park.
Entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/gosp, or call 435-471-2209.
Ogden and Weber river parkways
These paved parkway trails run along the Ogden and Weber rivers, between Riverdale and the mouth of Ogden Canyon. With plenty of shade and beautiful scenery, it’s a great place to take the family walking or biking.
For more information, visit www.weberpathways.org, or call 801-393-2304.
Coleman’s Motor-Vu Drive-In, 5368 S. 1050 West, Riverdale
Summer’s just not complete without at least one trip to the drive-in movie theater. What the experience lacks in picture and sound quality, it more than makes up for in ambiance and overall experience. Among the upcoming movies scheduled at the Motor-Vu are “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” “Ad Astra,” “Good Boys,” and “Overcomer.”
Admission is $9 for adults, $4 for ages 5 to 11, and free for ages 4 and younger.
For more information, visit motorvu.com.