Tuesday, October 28, 2014

REVIEW: “And Then There Were None” at The Empress Theatre

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It’s Halloween season, and The Empress Theatre only has two more showings left of their Agatha Christie murder mystery, “And Then There Were None”. The last two performances will be on Halloween, Friday October 31, 2014, and Saturday November 1st. We saw it last night, and highly recommend it to add creepiness and fun to your spooky season. You can get your tickets on The Empress website, or at their box office on Main Street in Magna.

“And Then There Were None” is the Agatha Christie murder mystery story of 10 people invited by a mysterious host to Soldier Island, where they will soon find out there is a murderer among them, and they could be the next to be killed. The murders take place in the same order as a mysterious poem, “Ten Little Soldiers”, sitting on the fireplace mantle along with 10 wooden soldiers.

None-1638This is one of the best cast productions we have seen yet at The Empress. Each actor played their part well, and showed much emotion with their character and in dealing with the stress of being stuck on an island with an unknown murderer. Without disclosing the name of the killer and giving away the mystery, I will say that my favorite actor was the killer himself. He isn’t revealed until the very end, at which time he gives his best performance throughout the entire production.

“There is something strangely satisfying about planning the perfect murder and about being able to figure out who the murderer is,” said co-director Kimberly Wicker. “This show examines the madness in all of us.”

Use caution when bringing small children to this intense. production. The plot and story line deal with death and dramatic killings, and some scenes may be too intense for young children. My kids are 8 and 10 years old, and they were okay with most of it, but were a little bit scared of one of the scenes. They did enjoy listening closely to each line, and trying to figure out who the killer is. They also kept the Ten Little Soldiers poem close at hand to follow along as each person was killed off. We appreciated the explanation of unfamiliar terms in the director’s notes in the program. Knowing what each of these meant beforehand made it easier to understand the English terms during the play.

None-2064One thing I noticed different in this production than other productions at The Empress is that there wasn’t any background music during scenes, and only in between scene changes. I was surprised that this actually added to the mystery and spookiness of the production, and because the actors did such a great job with their characters and lines, background music wasn’t needed and would have only been a distraction. Every spooky production we have seen at The Empress (The Addams Family, Jekyll and Hyde, and Young Frankenstein) has been done in such a unique way that the storyline is brought to life by how the scene and music is nicely done.

“I hope you don’t sit back and enjoy, but rather sit on the edge of your seats anticipating who will be next, how they will go, and how the murderer got them all to depart fro Soldier Island” – Amy Bodily, co-director.

Ten Little Soldier Boys

Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine  Little Soldier Boys sat up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Eight  Little Soldier Boys traveling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.

Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six  Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five Little Soldier Boys going in for law; One got into Chancery and then there were four.

Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got Frizzled up and then there was One.

One  Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

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DISCOUNT CODE: Mustache Dache

Mustache Dache

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about Movember.  Last year, over 500 people came to the Mustache Dache last year at Thanksgiving Point and this year we would love to see it get bigger.  The Mustache Dache is the universe’s biggest and best mustache-themed running party-that includes a 5k run and a Kid’s Run.  Although mustaches are not required, they are highly encouraged (real or not).  All participants get a Mustache Dache T-shirt and finishers receive a Mustache Bling medal.  All the kids will receive a Mustache Dache cape for participating! 

Discount Code:

For $5 off the registration fee use promo code: enjoyut5

Event Website: http://mustachedache.com/salt-lake-city/

Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mustache-dache-salt-lake-city-registration-12255531625

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Friday, October 24, 2014

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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November 18-23, 2014
Capitol Theatre

Discover the magic of Dr. Seuss' classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage.

Featuring the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," The Grinch discovers there's more to Christmas then he bargained for in this heart-warming holiday classic.

Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small", decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly cheerful bunch bursting with holiday spirit. Celebrate the holidays with this heart-warming holiday classic.

This is a sponsored calendar event.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FREE Partial Solar Eclipse Parties

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Gateway Mall – Olympic Fountain Plaza & Wheeler Farm

FREE

Clark Planetarium staff will be on site at both the Gateway Olympic Fountain Plaza and Wheeler Farm to host solar eclipse viewing parties for the public this Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 for the Partial Solar Eclipse. Attendees will have access to telescopes equipped with solar filters and can interact with Clark Planetarium staff to learn more about the eclipse and the solar system.

A Partial Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon’s shadow blocks only a portion of the Sun, casting a partial shadow onto Earth’s surface. Here in Salt Lake City, and throughout the state of Utah, the Moon’s shadow will block about 50% of the Sun. Clark Planetarium Director, Seth Jarvis, will be on ABC4 at 6:30 am on Thursday morning to talk about pinhole projectors, which you can make at home! Instructions for making one can be found on our web site at http://clarkplanetarium.org/how-to-make-a-pinhole-projector/.

Those viewers who can’t make it to a party can purchase solar eclipse glasses (the eclipse should NOT be viewed with the naked eye!) at many places throughout Salt Lake City. They can be purchased for $1.95 per pair at Clark Planetarium.

Come into the Clark Planetarium (FREE entry, as always!) between now and October 30th and enter to win a Orion XT8 Skyquest Dobsonian Telescope (retail ($359.95). There is no purchase necessary. Entry forms are located at the register in the Planet Fun science store right inside the planetarium.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Family Pass to Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

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We were privileged to attend a Night At The Museum a few nights ago at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, and had a ton of fun! My kids are eight and ten years old, and have just as much fun there as they did when they were toddlers. That’s the great thing about Discovery Gateway; you’re never too old to enjoy something there!

Haunted House class

My kids’ very favorite thing at Night At The Museum was the Haunted House making class they took. The educator grabbed the kids’ attention by singing a spooky song from her childhood, and telling the fun story behind it. She then showed the kids an amazing haunted house that she was working on made out of cardboard, then let the kids use their imagination to create their own haunted houses. This project lasted three days at our house; my kids were so excited about it that they kept adding to it and coming up with more fun props to add. 

All classes are free with paid museum admission, and each month has a different theme. All of the educators at Discovery Gateway have a degree in early childhood education.  You can find a complete schedule and what age groups the classes are geared towards on their website.

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Of course we enjoyed roaming the museum, and had to test our reporter skills out at the KSL news desk and weather station. The helicopter landing pad and newly added mock Primary Children’s Medical Center was also a big hit!

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Their new Sensory Room and Social Story Corner is amazing! It was designed to help families with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, but made for all families to enjoy. It is only one of two specially designed play areas like it in the country, and was designed by a women whose son has autism. Explore the senses through lights, water bubbles, touch boxes, vibrations and plasma balls. Learn about visual story making, a family life-planning tool that helps children understand and plan for life events.

Below are some upcoming events you need to check out:

You can find a complete schedule of classes and special events on the Discovery Gateway website.

  • Discovery Fun Days
    Enjoy $6 admission after 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and all day on Sunday
    with a coupon from DiscoveryGateway.org.
  • Halloween Spooktacular
    Friday, October 31, 2014 | 11 am - 7 pm
    $5 Member Tickets | $10 Non-Member Tickets
    Join Discovery Gateway: The Children's Museum of Utah, for its annual SUPER FUN Halloween celebration – Spooktacular. This special fundraising event will feature more scare-free fun than ever before including trick-or-treating in the Front Door Maze, Marvelous Moments princesses, Kipper Brothers’ puppet shows, a Mike Hamilton magic show, STEM programming, art experiences and special activities for preschoolers! Tickets available online at DiscoveryGateway.org, in advance at the museum or on the day of the event
  • Día de los Muertos
    Day of the Dead
    Saturday, Nov. 1 | 12 - 4 pm
    Join Discovery Gateway in honoring Hispanic culture during Día de los Muertos celebration. See beautiful Mexican folk art on loan from Artes de México en Utah, as well as live singing and music with Rocio del Valle and dance performances from Quetzalcoatl Cultural Club. Learn more about traditions through activities such as calavera de azúcar (sugar skull) decorating, puppets, masks and zempazuchtl (tissue paper flower) making.

Please celebrate your loved ones who have passed by bringing in photos of them to place on the Community Altar created with local artist Sonia Pentz.

  • Živio Ethnic Arts Dance Performance
    Saturday, Nov. 8 | 2 pm
    Živio Ethnic Arts will present Eastern European dances accompanied by live music. During breaks between performances, children will be invited to participate in dance lessons. In addition to the dance and children’s participatory session, the performers will showcase different items of significance used in their dances, and will provide brief information on the history and culture of the countries represented.
  • Tour of India
    Saturday, Nov. 15 | 12 - 4 pm
    Use your imagination to journey around the world to India with Discovery Gateway! Discover the arts and traditions of India through Kargi Kala Kendra musical and dance performances, hands-on activities, and an Indian marketplace with authentic merchandise, henna tattoos and food by Ganesh Indian Cuisine for sale.
  • Veterans Day
    Tuesday, November 11
    Discovery Gateway is grateful to all military families for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. Active and Retired military families with proper ID receive free admission for up to four people on Veterans Day.

  • Discovery Gateway's Holiday Food Drive
    Wednesday, November 26
    Make it a family tradition to give back to the community on the day before Thanksgiving at Discovery Gateway! Bring in a donation for the Utah Food and receive 1 FREE admission for every 2 non-perishable food items donated at the museum during this one-day-only event!
    All annual family memberships will be $10 off during the Holiday Food Drive.
  • Breakfast with Santa
    Saturdays, December 6, 13 & 20
    8-10 am
    Sundays, December 14 & 21
    10 am - 12 pm

Members: $22 Per Child/$27 Per Adult
Nonmembers: $27 Per Child/$32 Per Adult

Because we keep our event small, each child will be able to spend one-on-one time with Santa for pictures and holiday wishes. As a special treat, we will open the Museum early for Breakfast/Brunch guests only and children will enjoy exclusive play time with Santa! Each family member will receive a special stocking gift. There will also be ornament making and a Santa craft in the Curiosity Shop.

Menu includes: Pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, pastries, yogurt, fruit, juice, coffee, and hot cocoa

  • Zaniac Robotics: LEGO® Workshop
    Saturday, December 27
    12 – 2 pm & 3 – 5 pm
    Zaniac's LEGO robotics gets children excited about STEM by teaching them real world applications for math and science. Your child will have a blast learning everything
    from the scientific method to mechanics to physics principles to innovation and design and a lot in between.

  • Super Kids Save the World
    New traveling Exhibit
    May 16 - August 23, 2015.
    Super Kids Save the World interactive exhibit teaches kids how to save the world,
    one action at a time
    . Super Kids Save the World gives kids (and their parents) the power to go green! Designed with “green” materials and practices, this super exhibit gives kids real super hero training starting with the four Rs:
    Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle!

GIVEAWAY:

Because we love Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, we want to give you the chance to love it as much as we do! Enter the Rafflecopter below to win one of two family passes to the Museum.

Deadline to enter is Wednesday October 29th 2014 at 11:59pm. Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Enjoy Utah and Discovery Gateway will not be held responsible for any reason email is not received after it is sent. This includes, but is not limited to, lack of internet, spam email filtering, etc.

Winners will be mailed a family pass that’s good for up to six visitors to Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Pass expires on October 31, 2015. We will also not be held responsible for passes lost in the mail after we drop them in the mailbox.

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I was provided with complimentary admission for me and my family to the Museum, along with two family passes to give away, in exchange for my write-up and review. The views and opinions expressed in this write-up are all my own. I was not compensated financially, nor was I required or persuaded to write any specific type of review.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 UEA Weekend Kids’ Camps at The Leonardo

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With the kids out of school this Thursday and Friday for Fall Break, the Leonardo Museum has some fun kids’ camps scheduled! Sign up online.

Bubble Bubble, Toil and Trouble | Grades 1-3 

Think bubbles are just for baths? Think again! Pop on in and get carried away in the sweet, soapy, and sometimes strange world of bubbles, then take a guided tour of our newest attraction, Spooky Science. This camp is so fun, it’s unbelievabubble! Note: campers need to bring their own lunches.
Dates: Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th
Price: $30/day or $55 for both days
Time: 8:30 AM-12:30 PM

Gross Anatomy | Grades 4-6

Why is snot green? Why do we have pinky toes? And better yet, what’s a burp made of? Come flex your science muscles and explore the human body firsthand—but be forewarned—we’ll leave no topic unturned, whether it’s icky, sticky, or just plain weird!  Note: campers need to bring their own lunches.
Dates: Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th
Price: $55/day or $100 for both days.
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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A Mom’s Guide to Trick or Treating

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Author: Alyssa Craig

It is October and there is one thing on every kid’s mind - Halloween is coming! As your little princesses and superheroes prepare for their night on the town, there are quite a few details to keep in mind. From picking a costume, to having the best treats, and knowing what to do once the festivities are over, there is a lot for you to consider. Use this guide to make sure you and your kids are ready for a safe and enjoyable night come All Hallow’s Eve!

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Costumes

For kids this is the most important part of the holiday (second maybe only to the candy). While they might have an idea in their minds of what they need to look like, as a parent you want to make sure they will also be safe as they go about trick or treating. As you put together your child’s costume, take some of these factors into account:

  • Use bright colors that will make your child more visible in the dark.
  • Buy costumes that are flame resistant.
  • Consider using face paint rather than masks that may restrict visibility.
  • If swords or other “weapons” are part of the costume, make sure they are not sharp and are age appropriate.
  • If you live in a part of the country where it will be chilly (and maybe even snow!) use skin suits for layering underneath costumes, to help keep your kiddos warm while not covering up their costumes.
  • Make sure the costume is short enough they won’t risk tripping over it while they walk.

Trick or Treating

While trick or treating is a beloved tradition, it usually takes place after dark and there are definitely safety concerns with so many young children running around. Follow these suggestions to keep your family safe.

  • Put reflective tape on costumes or treat bags to make them more visible.
  • Give each child a flashlight to carry.
  • Always require children to go in groups. If an adult is not able to go, an older teenage sibling may also supervise.
  • Teach children to walk and not run between houses.
  • Only go to well-lit homes.
  • Never enter the homes of strangers.
  • Stay on the sidewalks as much as possible.
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Check the candy for each of your children before they eat it.

In addition to safety concerns, there are some general tips for trick or treating that will make it more enjoyable for you as well! Make sure your children use the bathroom before you head out. This will remove (or at least reduce) the risk of an emergency potty break. Also consider feeding your children a healthy meal for dinner before going out, so they don’t jump into their bag of goodies simply out of hunger.

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Best Treats to Hand Out

Since you will likely also be handing out Halloween treats, as well as partaking of the goodies, remember to hand out only factory wrapped candy, as this is the only candy you would safely feel good about your own children eating. If you would rather give out non-sweet treats, consider things like crackers, chips, raisins, or popcorn. You can even do non-food goodies, like fun Halloween themed rings or pencils.

Post Trick or Treating

Once the fun of going from house to house is complete and you now find yourself at home with massive amounts of candy, there are things you can do to help manage the load. First, sit down with your children and decide how many pieces of candy they will be allowed per day. Next, find a place to store the candy that is out of reach of the younger children. That will help to enforce the first rule.

If you want to be really aggressive about not having that much candy in the house, you can have your children set aside their favorite treats (and yours of course!) and then throw away the remainder. This will keep the whole family from mindlessly eating candy you don’t like anyway.

In light of the fact that you may allow your children to have some of their candy that night, or even other treats in addition to their loot, use this as a time to teach your children good dental hygiene. Dental health is key to many other aspects of health, so this may even be a good time to remember to schedule dental check ups for the whole family if it has been more than six months since the last appointment.

As you and your family prepare for this Halloween, make sure you keep safety and health in mind, just as much as fun and festivities. You will gain a greater peace of mind so you can enjoy the holiday, too!

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Collectible Witches Night Out Charm Bracelet

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This last weekend was the first weekend for Witches’ Night Out at Gardner Village, and it was amazing! If you missed it, you have another chance to grab your girlies for a girls’ night out and head over again on Friday October 24th or Saturday October 25th, 6-10pm both nights. Parking is $5, but admission is free!

New this year is the Witches Night Out Charm Bracelet from The Bead Farm. Because this event has become a favorite tradition for many ladies year after year, they have created a way for friends to take home and wear a memento from their girls’ night out. Each year there will be a new charm to add to your bracelet. This year’s charm is a spell book with 2014 imprinted on the back. I am so excited to have my bracelet and add to it every year for Witches Night Out! What a fantastic idea!

My 10 year old daughter also had a fun idea to create a charm bracelet according to what she is for Halloween each year, and add to it year after year. Either way, The Bead Farm has everything you need to create your custom bracelet or earrings!

Stay tuned to the Gardner Village blog for more information on upcoming witch events and other things going on! You can find a full schedule of WitchFest 2014 events on the Gardner Village website.

(My hubby and I DJ Witches Night Out every year, so make sure to come and say hi to me at my DJ booth in top of the tower at the main stage!

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Friday, October 03, 2014

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus 2014

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By Chad Gines

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus has been my favorite haunted house this year. I have had the pleasure of going for three straight years, and it keeps getting better and better every year.

The haunted attraction is larger than last year and takes much more time to find your way out. I was expecting a very similar experience as last year and I was wrong. The creators have made it much better.

If you enjoy getting scared by horrific clowns, twisted carnies, devilish creatures, and things that only the most twisted minds can imagine than this is the best place to go in Utah. Many creatures you will see seem to be just normal everyday things until you look again and realize it is complete opposite of that and you want to run for your life. You will also find things that are terrifying at first sight and get worse the longer you stick around.

I enjoyed the rush I got from walking, and running at times, through the haunted circus. Going from trailer to trailer, being inside and outside, is part of what makes this place better than most haunted houses in Utah. You are not stuck in just one large building. You go from small claustrophobic areas to outside open areas that make you think you are close to or at the gates of Hell.

Don't miss out on this haunted house this year. I recommend it for an excellent date night. Just don't plan on being the same when you leave. It has been a week since I went and I am still sleeping with the lights on.

Enjoy Utah was provided with two complimentary tickets to Strangling Bros. for our review. We were not compensated financially, nor were we required or persuaded to write any specific type of review. The views and opinions expressed in this review are all our own.

GIVEAWAY:

Enter the rafflecopter below to win a pair of tickets to Strangling Bros. Haunted Circus.

Deadline to enter is Thursday October 9th, 2014 at 11:59pm. Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. A pair of tickets will be mailed to the winner. We will not be held responsible for any reason winner does not receive email once it has been sent (lack of internet, spam filtering, etc.). We will also not be held responsible for tickets lost in the mail.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

The Not So Spooky Alley

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Spook Alley

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Ghosts of Camp Floyd 2014

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Is Camp Floyd hauntedThe public is invited to participate in a paranormal investigation of Camp Floyd on Saturday October 18, 2014, or Saturday October 25, 2014.  Each date limited to 35 participants.  Admission fees are $5 per person.  Online-reservations are required and can be made by going to campfloyd.utah.gov.

The paranormal investigation events will begin at 7pm and ending at 9pm.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own flash lights, camera cables, film, digital and infrared cameras where park staff will assist participants in the use of their equipment in finding paranormal orbs, mists and sounds.

The event will begin with a brief presentation to familiarize participants with paranormal investigation techniques. All participants will be invited to present their findings at the conclusion of the investigation, and will have the opportunity of viewing photographs along with other paranormal evidence gathered at this historic site.

Established in 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops then in the United State.  The troops were sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion which never took place.  The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War emergency.

Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, Utah, 22 miles southwest of Lehi, Utah on State Highway 73.  For more information on this event or Camp Floyd, contact the park at 801-768-8932

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