Family Focused How to keep the kiddos happy in Park City

  • 7 Things Kids Will Love
  • Utah Olympic Park
  • Jupiter Bowl
  • Park City museum
  • Kimball Art Center
  • Alpine coaster
  • Gorgoza Park

It can be exhausting on everyone in the family to do continuous days on the slopes.

Luckily, not all of winter’s best activities take place on the mountain.

Thanks to Park City’s vibrant community, kid-centric activities, and family-friendly dining options, you’ll have no problem filling up a weekend if the kids have had enough of the hill.

Day one:

Fill your bellies at Wasatch Bagel & Grill.

Freshly made bagels, homemade cream cheese, made-to-order eggs and omelets, pancakes, waffles, and custom coffee drinks are just a few choices from the lengthy menu.

Bonus: In a town where parking can be difficult, this place has ample spots if you rent a car and want to drive.

Utah Olympic Park is an absolute must.

Parking and admission to the venue and two museums are free with daily guided tours.

If you’re adventurous, book a ride on the Park’s defining adventure, the Comet Bobsled, which zips down the official 2002 Olympic Sliding Track.

You can also ride an alpine slide, one of two ziplines, or do a ropes course challenge. You might even get to see athletes training!

After a morning of thrill-seeking and Olympic inspiration, head across the highway and grab a quick lunch at Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery.

Serving whole pies or by the slice, this is the best pizza in town—and always a crowd pleaser with the short set.

If sandwiches are more your kids’ thing, they’re also famous for the Philly Cheesesteak.

From Maxwell’s, it’s a short walk over to the Red Stone Center, where you can visit the unofficial toy store of Park City: J.W Allen & Sons Children’s Provisions.

Stocked with unique toys and games and bins full of candy, the shop offers just enough nostalgia to delight the kid in everyone.

Jupiter Bowl

In the same complex is Park City’s only bowling alley, Jupiter Bowl.

The modern bowling (complete with flashing lights) is good, and the food is better.

Sip on a signature cocktail or a cold beer and choose from menu items as varied as fattoush salad and a custom burger and fries.

The rug rats can scarf down pizza and a grilled cheese while you enjoy what’s become a favorite local tradition.

If you haven’t had enough adventure for one day, make your way back to Park City Resort and take a spin on the ice skating rink or visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for some well-earned dessert.

Review: Jupiter Bowl By Kim-Marie Evans

As any parent knows, the hardest part of skiing can often be the end of the day. You’re tired. They aren’t. Instead of cajoling the troops into a table-and-chairs après scenario or a mellow trip to the hot tub and pool, we remedy this situation at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl

—an après ski family activity you can’t beat. 

For starters, they’ll deliver drinks right to your lane. 

That alone feels like a win—reminiscent of the après-ski fun we had before kids. 

Also, you can entertain and feed your children at the same time. 

Double win. 

Our favorite way to kick back at Jupiter Bowl is with multiple families. 

The kids love competing against someone other than their siblings, and we appreciate unwinding with other adults. 

Tip: Reserve lanes ahead of time (up to two weeks), especially during high season. 

Each lane can hold six to eight people. 

If you try to walk in (we have), you will end up on a long wait list. 

This is not your grandpa’s bowling alley. 

Jupiter Bowl is high-tech, with lanes that face a massive 70-foot video wall that’s often showing Warren Miller-esque ski movies (read: jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring, daredevil skiing), which the kids (and I) love. 

Everything is fully programmable; we have the lane bumpers come up just for our youngest. 

He thought he was winning. 

The food is also not typical bowling-alley fare; I was expecting rushed burgers and chicken nuggets, but the Lift Grill and Lounge offers gourmet takes on your après favorites: Think pizza topped with brie, gruyere, prosciutto, and Granny Smith apples. 

The specialty cocktails, local brews, and an extensive wine list are a bonus. 

 When the two hours at the lane are up, my kids are generally still full of energy, so I give them rolls of quarters and send them happily off to Jupiter’s arcade. 

We retire to the Black Diamond Bar, watch the game on TV, and catch up with our friends.

Day two:

The Eating Establishment on historic Main Street is the longest running restaurant in town.

With a blazing fire in the fireplace, it’s the quintessential place to have a hearty family breakfast.

The Eating Establishment

Delicious homemade granola, multiple Benedict options, and a Hungry Miner Skillet that’ll challenge the heartiest of appetites are just a few choices on the breakfast menu.

Take a coffee to go, bundle up, and plan on spending the morning walking up and down Historic Main Street to window shop and sight see.

Favorite stops to entertain and educate include the Park City Museum, Dolly’s Bookstore, Burns Cowboy Shop, and the Kimball Art Center.

If you need to warm up (or cool down) grab a hot chocolate or ice cream cone at Java Cow Cafe and Bakery.

If the kids are getting antsy, get the crew to the Alpine Coaster at Park City Resort, pronto. 

No matter what time of year, it’s always a winner (with grown-ups as much as the kids).

Bundle up against the wind and enjoy flying through the snow-covered mountains on a metal track.

Settle in for lunch at an official locals’ joint, El Chubasco.

This is Mexican food at its finest: It’s cheap, it’s consistently good, and it comes out fast when you most need it to (read: wired kids still amped from the coaster).

Highlights are the shrimp tacos and chicken enchiladas, and each meal comes with chips and a self-serve salsa bar.

A super fun afternoon/evening activity is the giant tubing park located just outside of town.

Gorgoza Park offers lift-served tubing on seven tracks that are separated into beginner and advanced runs.

Take helmets and dress warmly since you’re not moving much to keep the blood flowing.

Kids love tubing at night; it’s pretty magical under the stars. A yurt at the base lets you warm up and grab a hot chocolate to refuel.

If the weather is just too nasty to spend too much time outdoors, you can always take advantage of one of the two movie theatres in town or take the kids to Monkey Mountain, an indoor play space with couches and free wi-fi for adults and lots of climbing and slides for the little ones.

End your day at Vinto, a go-to family dinner spot located at the bottom of Main Street.

Wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta, and generous salads make it a hit with everyone. Don’t forget to save room for the homemade gelato.

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