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Weber State University Brings Science and Art to Ogden Parks

Jul 06, 2016 09:34AM ● By Cassidy Ward

WSU programs Arts in the Parks and Science in the Parks offer free activities to local kids Monday through Friday for six weeks through June and July.

By Cassidy Ward


It’s been said that some things are more art than science, but this summer you don’t have to choose. Through a partnership with various departments on the Weber State University campus, Ogden parks will be home to the Arts in the Parks and Science in the Parks programs. 

Each week a different park will be host to the free festivities, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. As of this summer, Science in the Parks has been running for a decade, Arts in the Parks is in its seventh year. 

The programs run for a total of six weeks throughout June and July and are designed to engage kids from preschool age to middle school, but are open to the whole family. Arts in the Parks aims to engage children in projects ranging the creative spectrum, from storytelling and dance, to puppetry and painting. 

Science in the Parks aims to engage kids through various learning methods including visual, auditory, and tactile. Each day of the week will have a theme which projects strategically chosen to fit that theme. In addition, Science in the Parks is working in conjunction with Ogden School District’s free school lunch program. Kids can show up at 11:30, grab a bite to eat, and get their hands dirty with the day’s experiment. 

The Parks programs are made possible via funding from Weber County R.A.M.P., the Val A. Browning Charitable Foundation, Utah Families Foundation, the Alan and Jeanne Hall Endowment for Community Outreach, as well as private donations. 

If you’re looking for a way to stimulate your child’s mind this summer, get them active and thinking critically and creatively, Arts in the Parks and Science in the Parks offers the perfect opportunity to break up the monotony, and no one will blame you if you want to join in too. The parks programs are also always looking for volunteers to help run the activities. 

Arts in the Parks 2016 Dates and Locations

June 6-10, 2016 (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) at Lorin Farr Park (769 Canyon Road, Ogden)

June 13-17, 2016 (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) at 4th Street Park  (275 4th Street, Ogden)

June 20-24, 2016 (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) at Lester Park (663 24th Street, Ogden)

June 27-July 1, 2016  (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) at Monroe Park  (850 30th Street, Ogden)

July 5 - 8, 2016  (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) at Mt. Ogden Park (3144 Taylor Avenue, Ogden)

July 11-15, 2016 (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) at West Ogden Park (751 West 24th Street, Ogden)

Science in the Parks 2016 Dates and Locations

June 6-10, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at West Ogden Park (751 West 24th Street, Ogden)

June 13-17, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Lorin Farr Park (769 Canyon Road, Ogden)

June 20-24, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at 4th Street Park (275 4th Street, Ogden)

June 27-July 1, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)  at Lester Park (663 24th Street, Ogden) *NOTE: THIS LOCATION CHANGED from a previously advertised park due to construction projects.

July 5 – 8, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Monroe Park (850 30th Street, Ogden) 

July 11-15, 2016 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Mt. Ogden Park (3144 Taylor Avenue, Ogden)

Activities will be suspended July 4, in observance of Independence Day. You can find additional information and sign up to help at weber.edu/artsintheparks or scienceintheparks.org.