St. George for Kids: Mini-slot Canyon, Children’s Museum
Traveling to southwestern Utah is an amazing vacation for kids and parents alike. You can hike, you can climb, you can camp, you can pretty much do any outdoor activity you can think of. But, when you have kids it’s sometimes nice to mix things up a bit, and the city of St. George has just the things that kids will love — good eats, short kid-length hikes and fun places for kids only!
One of the first places you should head with children in tow is the St. George Children’s Museum, officially opened to the public in 2014. You can easily spend an entire day here as your children explore all the interactive exhibits the museum has to offer — dress up like a postman and deliver the mail, go shopping at the grocery store and check out your own food, hop aboard an airplane ready to take flight, or, and this is so cool, head to the bubble room, where you can encase yourself in a big bubble before popping your way out.
The museum is a nonprofit with a mission to welcome all children, and “encourage them to appreciate the power of play and exploration.” In addition to their exhibits, they hold classes year-round, from music and storytime to science and language classes.
The suggested donation for admission is $3 per child and $4 per adult. They are open year-round on Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for members only; Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and they are closed Sunday. Please call for holiday hours and information, (435) 986-4000.
Next on the must-see list with kids is Pioneer Park’s The Crack, also known as the St. George Narrows and The Red Crack by locals. It’s the ideal place for kids in St. George to get a taste for the wonders and thrills of canyoneering and the natural environment surrounding them. It’s a super short .33-mile hike from the Pioneer Park lot to get to The Crack’s entrance, and it’s extremely kid friendly; the one-way trail can be completed in less than 30 minutes. The St. George narrows mini-slot canyon is perfectly sized for children to squeeze through, so sorry, you adults may have to step back and let the kiddos have fun with this one.
It’s best to visit this hike spring through fall, and don’t forget to pack a lunch and sunscreen. The Dixie Rock mural is right there as well, which is fun to see up close. Entrance is free and there is a bathroom, drinking fountain and picnic facilities.
For those looking for a little more adventure, try one of the other trails in Pioneer Park. You’ll feel the slickrock under hands and feet while taking in the sandstone formations all around. Keep an eye out for birds, mammals and turtles. There are also beautiful views as you hike around the red rock country. Trails in the park range from one-third of a mile to a 2.5-mile loop.
Managed by the city, the park is well-marked with lots of signage, and has well-maintained picnic areas. St. George parks are generally open 7 a.m.–8 p.m., but may vary by season.
St. George Museum
86 South Main Street, St, George
Pioneer Park: 37.1151027,-113.5765701