Monday, January 30, 2012

BYU Museum of Art Family Workshop

Art Tales! is a Second Saturday series that uses the magic of storytelling
 to help children and their caregivers learn more about art.
Every Second Saturday of the month families can take a guided tour of a current exhibition
and create a fun, hands-on art activity free-of-charge.
Programming is appropriate for children ages 4-9 years.

Two sessions are available for registration:

Session 1: 10:00 am-11:30 am
Session 2: 11:00 am-12:30 pm

If you are interested in registering your family for an upcoming Art Makes Sense! workshop
 please contact:

Krisanne Hastings
(801) 422-5323

Monday, January 23, 2012

FHE at the Museum!

BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures
For their website info, go HERE
700 N 100 E Provo (historic Allen Hall)
This exciting FHE activity includes a tour of the exhibit and a chance to make your own pottery!
 Scavenger Hunts and other games will be sure to challenge members of your family.

Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month

Times: 6:30 pm (for families* from the community)

7:00 pm (for student FHE groups)

Reservations are required and a $5.00 fee
($10 for groups over 15) is requested.
 Call 422-0020 to make your reservation!

*We will only be doing family groups on the 2nd Monday each month. The 6:30 slot on the 4th Mondays will be reserved for student groups.

**Reservations must be made by 12:00 p.m. the day of.**
(Calling a week prior is preferred)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Karaoke Night at the Beach!

Head on down to Provo Beach Resort and sing your heart out...
FREE karaoke Tuesday nights at the beach from 7pm-9:45pm.
Families; couples; college students welcome!

Don't forget to grab some premium Bluebell ice cream at Ike's Creamery on your way out!

Click HERE for more info

Monday, August 29, 2011

Swiss Days in Midway 2011

It's that time for Swiss Days! I can't believe I have never been, but I'm really hoping to this year! We'll have to squeeze it in with everything we have going on this weekend. Go HERE for a schedule. There is going to be some great entertainment; food and lots of craftiness! I can't wait to hear Joshua Creek and see what Stories By Me has at their booth...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Crystal Hot Springs

This place is awesome and open ALL year round! I haven't been since I was maybe 12, but our family went several times growing up. You can camp and swim in the natural hot springs. I remember the water slides and the salty taste of the water. I hope we can go there this year with the girls...

Click HERE for a link to their website...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A-Z list of Things to do in Utah

This is a list that I put together a few years ago...some of the dates on the festivals may be incorrect, but it gives you an idea of when they are...If you know of anything I haven't mentioned (which is probably a lot) that you have done that is worth mentioning, leave me a comment and I'll add it to the list! Thanks!
Things to do in Utah

Antelope Island- Antelope Island State Park, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is home to a roaming herd of 500 bison. Pronghorn and bighorn sheep also share the rangelands that overlook the desert lake. Take Exit 332 off Interstate 15, then drive west on Antelope Drive to the park entrance. $9 for a day visit
Boondocks- Go-Karts, Bumper boats, miniature golf, batting cages, arcade, etc. 14200 S 75 E Draper, Utah
Cascade Springs- To get to Cascade Springs take the Alpine Scenic Loop up American Fork canyon. There is a $3.00 dollar use fee to access the canyon. From the summit of the Alpine Scenic Loop you will come to a turn off that will be marked Cascade Springs.
Clark Planetarium at Gateway- Learn about science and astronomy
CLAS Ropes Course-(Challenge Leadership Adventure Systems) Team building exercises in a park by Provo River. Through hands-on challenges and experiences you will internalize concepts like problem-solving, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, group cooperation, trust, teamwork and self-confidence.
Comedy Sportz-improvisational comedy… appropriate for all ages. Friday and Saturday night shows…
Deer Creek Beach- You don’t need a boat to enjoy Deer Creek Reservoir, because along this well-groomed beach you can sunbathe, play volleyball, have a barbecue and of course swim in the marina. Also, at the beach you can rent paddle boats, fishing boats, water ski boats, in  addition to personal watercrafts (such as a Jet Ski or a Wave runner). Deer Creek Reservoir is southwest of Heber along Hwy 189. 
Discovery Gateway children’s museum - Where children are guaranteed a fun-filled action packed day learning about the arts, humanities and sciences.
444 W 100 S SLC
Eccles Dinosaur Park-  1544 E Park Boulevard Ogden, UT
Gardner Village- Stroll our quaint paths and discover our retail specialty shops surrounding the historic Gardner Mill. With the ambiance and charm of an early Utah Village, you'll enjoy shopping and dining in a leisurely-paced setting. Also pony rides, petting zoo, restaurant, and bakery. Dress up as your favorite witch and join them for Witches Night Out in October… 1100 West 7800 South
Heber creeper- –Includes fun rides like Day Out with Thomas; Moonlight and Fire ride; Raft and Rails adventure; Comedy Murder Mystery; Hay Train; Haunted Canyon Train; Cowboy Poetry; North Pole Christmas Train; Fiddlers & Fireworks and more…
Hogle Zoo- See the new baby giraffe and new baby monkeys and baby orangutan
Hollywood connection- State-of-the-art indoor entertainment center featuring amusement rides, minigolf, roller skating, a '50s style diner, games, laser tag and a 15 screen theater.  3217 Decker Lake Dr., West Valley. (801) 973-4386.
Homestead Resort (Midway)- –home of the “Crater.” Soak, Swim, or Snorkel. 
Johnson Farm Dinosaur Discovery Site (St George)- displays some of the oldest and best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world.
Tour at Kennecott
Lagoon- Lagoon boasts over 40 rides that will thrill, chill, excite and delight you. Fly the Bat, twist and turn on the Spider, splash on Rattlesnake Rapids, or zip upside down in two huge loops on Colossus - the Fire Dragon. Kids under 3 are free.
Living Planet Aquarium-  Experience the “jellyfish” room and touch pool- 725 E 10600 S Sandy, Utah
The Mayan restaurant-  Cliff divers and tree-top dining
Orem Owlz baseball games- Kids can join the junior Knight Owlz
Park City-Alpine slide; Alpine Coaster; Zip line; Legacy Launcher; life rides; horseback riding; etc Also shop the Factory Stores
Raging Waters- Water Park opening May 24th 1200 W 1700 S
Salt Lake City
, UT
Ride the UTA bus
Ride Traxx
The –movies, indoor/outdoor concerts, plays…
Seven Peaks Water Park- /Peaks Ice Arena- –swimming in the summer or indoor ice-skating and soccer year round.
Sundance Resort- –Summer activities include a scenic full moon lift ride, hiking and horseback riding, plays, concerts, etc. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, owl watching, etc.
Temple square- Garden tours, Legacy theatre, Conference Center (free guided tours); Joseph Smith Memorial Building; listen to the MOTAB choir practice; free organ concerts
Thanksgiving point- Farm Country; Gardens (fun children’s discovery garden with water to splash in, caves to explore and mazes to find your way through); Dinosaur Museum; Gift shop
This is the Place Park- We’ll have puppet shows, rug making, crafts, and pioneer classes at the school. Visit the newspaper print shop, see how butter is churned and taste it on fresh bread, find old-fashioned penny candy at Z.C.M.I., see nearly-lost arts (such as basket making, rug making, needlework or hair weaving) demonstrated, or go on a handcart mini-trek. Young visitors can help do chores by watering the real garden, beating dirt from rugs hung on the fence rail or scrubbing clothes on a washboard in a large metal tub. They can see and touch domestic animals typical of the era: cows, sheep, goats, chickens, horses and huge oxen – even ride a pony! 2601 Sunnyside Avenue SLC
Timpanogas Cave- A short but strenuous hike of 1.5 miles is required to reach the cave, located 1,000 feet above the canyon floor. (The round trip through the cave and back to the trailhead is about 3.5 miles and takes about 3 hours. Temperatures inside the caves are about 45 degrees Fahrenheit so a light jacket is advised. The cave is open mid-May to mid-October, funding and weather permitting. Timpanogos Cave is located off I-15 up American Fork Canyon. Take Exit 284, turn east onto State Highway 92, and go 10 miles to the monument. There are picnic areas along American Fork Creek
Tracey Aviary- Year-round exhibits, bird shows, and educational classes for all ages. Tracy Aviary is located at 589 East 1300 South in the southwest corner of Liberty Park in Salt Lake City
Trafalaga- Miniature golf, slick track, batting cages, arcade
Treehouse Museum- (Ogden, Ut)
Tuacahn Amphitheatre- Ivins, Utah (an outdoor theatre near St George)- featuring concerts and plays-Broadway in the desert!
Wheeler Farm- take a tour of an old farmhouse; experience farm life by milking the cows, feeding the pigs and going on wagon rides…

**Free Things to do in Utah

The Bean museum on BYU campus- Natural History Museum/Live animal shows every evening- 645 E 1430 N Provo
Bridal Veil Falls (Provo Canyon)-hike the falls, take pictures, wade in the water, have a picnic
The Beehive House- The Beehive House offers various beautifully decorated rooms including the play room, the kitchen, the family store, the fairy castle, Brigham Young's room/office, and the sitting room where family members would get together to sing and play various musical instruments. Located on the corner of State Street and South Temple 
Brigham Young Historic Park and Concerts in the Park- Listen to beautiful music in beautiful surroundings. Make it a point to attend the free concerts in the Brigham Young Historic Park on summer evenings. June and July concerts begin at 8:00 P.M. August concerts begin at 7:30 P.M. The park is located at the southeast corner of State Street and North Temple (Second Avenue). Seating is available, but visitors can also bring blankets or their own lawn chairs.
Cabela’s- see the big fish aquariums and animals, waterfalls…Play in the shooting and archery ranges. Eat in the resturaunt and watch the big fish get fed every day at 6pm and Fridays at 12pm.
Children’s Discovery Park- Around the fortress, children play in the dinosaur sandbox or with the fiber optics volcano. In the fortress, your child’s creativity will take-off with the kaleidoscope space shuttle, only later to get shaken up on the earthquake platform. The park is free.
1555 N. 100 East Pleasant Grove
Feed the ducks near Utah Lake
Fifth Water Hot Springs- Diamond Fork Canyon Take I-15 south to the US-6 (Price/Manti) Exit (exit 258) Take the exit east towards the mountains all the way up Spanish Fork canyon for about 11 miles (from the exit) Not too far after the highway turns from one lane each way to two lanes you will see a turn off on the left side of the road that says Diamond Fork. Take that turn off and follow the road until you see a sign that says Three Forks Trail head.-      
Gallivan Center- unique art projects, an amphitheater, an ice rink and pond that will reopen November 14th 2008 (free with your own skates or rent them for under $4), a huge outdoor chess board, and an aviary. Lots of events including Radio Disney Days June 19th & July 10th and Lunch Bunch Concerts. The Gallivan Center is located in the middle of the block between 200 South and 300 South and State Street and Main 
Historic Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll- Every 1st Friday night from 6-9pm. Meet artists, browse fine art, enjoy free refreshments and live music.
Inlet Park Hot Springs-North end of Utah Lake. Water is around 109 degrees. Wear your swimming suit and enjoy the therapeutic soak. Park closes at 10pm. From Salt Lake City head south on I-15 to exit 282.  Head west on highway 73. Continue West until you come to Redwood Rd, highway 68. On Redwood Rd turn south for 2.3 miles.  On the left hand side of the road there will be a paved road. Turn East on this road. Travel for approx 1/2 mile to a stop sign. Turn North and travel approx 1/4 mile to the Inlet Park Parking Lot. There are two parking lots for this park, you want the furthest one South. Park here and follow the paved trail south into the trees.
Jordan Parkway/ Provo River Parkway-walk, run, bike or skate
Museum of Church History and Art- Visitors can see a real covered wagon, climb a ship bunk like those in which immigrants from Europe traveled on, see an original 1830 copy of the Book of Mormon and see art pieces from around the World.  The museum is a great place for kids, it offers many interactive displays and activities for kids to enjoy such as puppet shows, films, and costumed actors 45 North West Temple Street
Museum of Art @ BYU-
Rock Hounding- Many locations throughout Utah to look for Trilobites, shell fossils (Spanish Fork Canyon), Geodes, quartz, crystals, sunstones, topaz, obsidian and more…
Rosecrest Splash Pad in Herriman-Free splash park-14070 S Rose Crest Rd (5600 W)
Springville Museum of Art-  Community and Family night the first Monday of each month @ 6pm
Temple Square- Mormon Tabernacle Choir practice; concerts; tours

**City Festivals

Pony Express Days in Eagle Mountain- May 30th – June 7th Baby contest, parade, dutch oven cook-off, Carnival, movie, pancake breakfast, helicopter rides, dune buggy tours, Movie under the starts and concert featuring Blackhawk.
Zion Canyon Art and Flute Festival- June 9th -15th
Art City Days in Springville- June 9th – 14th
Orem Summerfest- June 13th -14th
Scottish Festival and Highland Games(Thanksgiving Point)- June 13th -14th
Strawberry Days in Pleasant Grove- June 16th – 21st Concerts, parade, rodeo, carnival,
Huck Finn Day
Utah Arts Festival- June 26th -29th
Lehi Round-up- June 23rd – 28th
Lavender Days (Young Living Farms)- June 27th -28th
Logan Pumpkin Walk- North Logan- October 18-20th , 22-23rd Dozens of displays created from pumpkins.
Freedom Festival in Provo-July 3rd ,4th and 5th
American Fork Steel Days- July 14th -19th
Spanish Fork Fiesta Days- July 21st -24th
Alpine Days- 2nd Week in August with a parade and rodeo, and art/craft show on Friday and Saturday
Timpanogas Storytelling Festival- August 28th -30th  Music, entertainment, puppetry, bedtime stories, laugh night
Payson’s Onion Days- Aug 29th –Sept 1st
Midway Swiss Days-Aug 29th – Aug 30th

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blickenstaff's Toy Store...Treasure Hunt! May 14th

If you can't tell, I'm all about the Shops at the Riverwoods in Provo. They have some great things going on down there...including free entertainment; good food and great stores. If you haven't been to this toy store, you are missing out. I know this doesn't really qualify for a "date" but Ric and I had as much fun as the kids did! They have some really awesome toys...Some of them took me back to my childhood. 

You gotta check them out!

Blickenstaff's turns 1!

Date: 14 May 2011 - 10 am-9pm Location: Blickenstaff's
Blickenstaff's is celebrating it's first birthday on Saturday May 14! Come down to the store located at the Shops at Riverwoods to celebrate with us! There will be a treasure hunt held all day long! Come in and grab a treasure map so that you can claim some of the finest ocean salt water taffy! Each completed treasure map will be entered in our random drawings held every hour to win prizes like games, candy, sodas and more. One lucky treasure hunter will win a $100 gift card to Blickenstaff's. Stop by the store to celebrate with us all day long!