Top 5 Cheap Places for Little Ones in Casper, Wyoming
Wyoming is a great place for families with young children! There is an extensive network of museums and historic sites. Visiting Casper, Wyoming, can provide an exciting look into the recent past and ancient past. There are tons of free things to do with them, which I touched on in the Top 5 Free Places for Little Ones in Casper, Wyoming, in my dual posts today. There are also tons of fun things to do that, thankfully, don’t cost and arm or a leg unless you have a family large enough to qualify for the “large group discount.” Quite often, having a membership allows you free or a discounted admission.
- A couple of minutes outside of Casper is Edness K. Wilkins State Park, part of the Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails. Wyoming Residents pay $4.00/ per carload and Non-residents pay $6.00/ per carload, a complete deal when you consider the hundreds of acres of land and activities that are available to you. Just outside Casper (South on I25, just before Casper by the or North of Casper, off Hwy 20-26) you might have to turn around to find it, but it’s worth it for a full day of fishing, swimming, beach sand, playground, boat dock, and ADA trails! Watch a Video, here. While restrooms & the water system is closed during the winter months, weather permitting, the State Park is open year round.
- The Science Zone is downtown off of Center Street in the basement of a furniture store. It is ADA friendly, with elevator, and has “Permanent, Rotating and Traveling Exhibits, Summer Science Camps, After-School Science Classes, Storybook Science, Outreach Programs, Special Events, Birthday Parties, and live demonstrations and films in our theatre…in a community-based facility, which offers families and children of all ages, interactive science and math learning opportunities.” They have hands on exhibits, a piano (no banging, please), bubble table, small cage animals, and a small tot indoor play area. Unless you have a ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) membership card, admission is $4.00/ adults, $3.00/ children, while Members and those under the age of 2 years are free. If you have a group of 10 persons or more, the price drops to $2.00/ ea. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Members are allowed other days, check with Staff).
- How can you have a trip to Casper without visiting our Planetarium? Open since 1966 in the same building off Poplar Street/Werner Court, showings appropriate for little kids are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and the current program is Perseus and Andromeda. Admission is $2.50 per person – they do not have a under X age is free policy but I’ve found they were flexible not charging with children under 1 year of age. There is a short presentation by Staff prior to the show, you can ask questions, while the program lasts about 30 minutes. The doors to the building may not be open until shortly before 4:00 p.m. but Staff are willing to stay to answer questions. There are fun science experiments in the exhibit hall and a gift shop with prices as low as $0.25! During the summer months there several activities put on by the Astronomy society too.
This photo of National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is courtesy of TripAdvisor
4. Want to experience the Westward migration? Continue up Poplar Street and the sign proclaims the interpretative center on your right! Wyoming has a strong presence from Plains Indians (including the Shoshone, Crow, Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Utes) and pioneer life, chronicled at the Native Historic Trails Center (which is also called Casper’s National Historical Trails Interpretive Center) with a strong emphasis on the Mormon past and tragedies which occured within Wyoming. There is a theatre, a handcart where you can test your strength pulling, and different exhibits showing the tests and trials of those on the open range of Wyoming. Open year round (closed for certain holidays so check first), admission is free for those under age 15, and $4.00/ senior citizens, and under age 18, $6.00/ adults. Federal Passports – Senior Pass, Annual Pass & Access Pass – are honored with existing benefits. Best of all, all visitors are admitted free of charge on designated “Free Fee” days such as the Annual Pony Express Reride!
5. After such a day, can you handle more at a real military fort? A cool trivia fact is that the City of Casper is the official incorrect spelling of Fort Caspar (Museum) and the current site is home to a diverse history of Mormon passage, ferry crossing over the North Platte River and the sites of military forts.
All of these locations will give your family hours of outdoor fun in the warmer months and plenty to do indoors in the winter. I highly recommend going to the Science Zone to let the little ones burn off energy if you aren’t in the mood to go to the Eastridge Mall’s (free) indoor playground. If you have fun, cheap places for little ones to add to this list, please let me know!