PBS Kids Utah Reading Marathon

Every November, the PBS Kids Utah Reading Marathon happens in Utah. If kids read every day, they earn free passes to lots of great Utah venues. We’ve participated in this pass for the last few years, and our boys loved being able to visit some of their favorite places like Hogle Zoo and the Natural History Museum of Utah.

We are a family of educators, so reading is really important to us. Our kids are often found reading, which we count as a major blessing in our house. There are literally books laying everywhere around the house, so we love reading programs that reward the kids for doing something that we believe in.

We also think this pass is a great motivator if you have a reluctant reader. Sometimes children need an incentive to get them to spend a little bit of time in a book. Either way, we are happy to see kids enjoying books.

Visit PBS Kids Utah to read all the details and print out your reading log. This program is available for preschool through 6th grade. Kids need to read 20 minutes a day, or 600 minutes in the month, to earn the adventure pass. The most important part is going back to enter it online. Don’t forget!! You can enter your children’s reading minutes from December 1- 15.

Nothing better than kids reading.

Those who complete the program receive a pass to certain venues. Here are the partners with PBS Utah that were on the adventure passport in 2023. I would guess that 2024 will be similar. There are some of our favorite places in Utah, so they are a great reward for reading. Usually the passport includes free admission, but sometimes it is a free gift or discounted admission.

  • Clark Planetarium
  • Discovery Gateway
  • Hogle Zoo
  • Intermountain Therapy Animals
  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • Ogden Nature Center
  • Red Butte Garden
  • The City Library
  • Tracy Aviary
  • Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

There is always a fun kickoff party right before November arrives where readers can meet some of their favorite characters. This year the party is happening Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 10AM – 2PM at The Salt Lake City Public Library (210 E 400 W in SLC).

The PBS Kids Utah Reading Marathon is an awesome way to enjoy November and get those kids reading. We have a bunch of summer reading programs that we use, too.

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