Fun Things to Do in Wyoming

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Wyoming is known for its wide-open spaces and western hospitality. Whether you spend time outdoors or find a treasure in one of the state’s larger cities, you will be able to keep your kids entertained here if you know where to look.

Free Fun

You can tour the Wyoming State Capitol building (ai.state.wy.us/capitoltour/) free of charge during the week. Guided tours are available, but self-guided tours do not cost a cent. Similarly, the Governor’s Mansion (wyoparks.state.wy.us/), which housed the state’s governors from 1905 until 1976, is also open for self-guided tours free of charge. Both of these are in Cheyenne.

Educational Fun

Kids love to touch and feel everything in their environment, and the Wyoming Children’s Museum and Nature Center (http://sites.google.com/wyomingmuseumandnaturecenter/) offers just such an option. It has life animals, a teepee children can explore, pottery wheels they can use, and a pioneer cabin welcoming pretend play. The museum is in Laramie. The Lander Children’s Museum (www.landerchildrensmuseum.org) is more like a traditional children’s museum, with indoor, hands-on exhibits encouraging learning through play. Casper’s The Science Zone (www.thesciencezone.org) blends a traditional children’s museum with a science museum to appeal to a wide range of ages. For the kid who is fascinated by dinosaurs, the Wyoming Dinosaur Center (www.wyodino.org) is a great place to spend an afternoon of discovery. You can see working dinosaur dig sites and preserved skeletons on display at this Thermopolis location.

Environmental Fun

Wyoming does not have a zoo, but that doesn’t keep your kids from learning more about animals in this state. The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in Dubois (www.bighorn.org) gives them an excellent chance to learn about one of the animals that calls Wyoming home. Cheyenne’s Tree house and Nature Center (http://www.cheyennecity.org/) features exhibits like “Who Crossed My Path,” an interactive feature that lets kids discover animal tracks that they could find in their own backyard. Inside the nature center they can learn about the life cycle of a tree, see bird, insects, and urban wildlife, and learn about nature in an urban environment. Of course, Yellowstone National Park (www.nps.gov/YELL/) is one of the best places to let your kids experience Wyoming’s wilderness for themselves. Plan to see Old Faithful while you visit this historic park, which was the first national park in the country.

Seasonal Fun

Each December, Cheyenne, Wyoming hosts its annual Christmas parade (http://www.cheyennechristmasparade.com/). It has been having this parade the first Saturday after Thanksgiving for 20 years, so plan to take your kids to see it if the drive is not too far. In the fall, Porter hosts an annual Pumpkin Patch, where kids can bring decorated pumpkins to compete for prizes, and local vendors set up booths and displays. Bring a bag to collect all of the goodies and candies these vendors hand out.

Just for Mom Fun

A spa spells relaxation for many single moms. If you can spend a weekend away from the kids, consider a trip to the Wilderness Adventure Spa at Spring Creek Ranch (http://www.springcreekranch.com/) in Jackson. If you prefer shopping, plan to spend an afternoon shopping at the Eastridge Mall (http://www.shopeastridge.com/directory) in Casper.

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