Monday, September 01, 2014

The Camp Floyd Overnight Experience

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THE CAMP FLOYD OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE is designed for any one age 8 and up and offers an authentic and unique two-day adventure! Participants travel back in time to 1858 - 1861 and enter the world of a soldier with Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd in the Utah Territory. New recruits are processed, mustered into the army and issued uniforms. As a new enlisted private, participants will shoulder their musket, and march off to a new adventure!  Leaving modern possessions behind, the call of bugles and officers’ commands will replace the daily routine of 21st century life.

This program starts Friday September 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm and ends at approximately 12 pm on Saturday September 27, 2014. Participants are to have dinner prior to arrival or can bring a dinner to eat in our picnic area before the event. The camp curriculum is based on the history of Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd, Utah Territory. Each camp is limited to 30 participants. Camp fees are $20 per person, which includes all materials, breakfast, and a Camp Floyd State Park patch.

This two-day program includes an overnight stay with sleeping accommodations in recreated military tents. Participants will need to provide their own sleeping gear. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, there are no refunds for the Camp Floyd Overnight Experience. After registration, you will receive an e-mail with additional information, and an online form to be completed by each participant or parent / guardian. Register online at campfloyd.utah.gov

Camp Activities

Soldiers Camp
– Join the Army and sign your name with a quill and ink. Meet costumed interpreters and learn about a soldier’s equipment and camp life. Erect recreated military tents. Roll a cartridge, fire a rifle musket, drill like soldiers with a replica rifle, and try hardtack. Play camp games including graces, hoops, and more.

Experience the History of Camp Floyd – Enjoy the fascinating exhibits on the life of a soldier at the Camp Floyd Museum. Tour the Stagecoach Inn constructed next to the camp for passengers traveling by stagecoach. ​

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Strangling Bros. Larger, Spookier Trailers

Guests make their way through a maze of 23 custom tractor trailers filled with deranged circus freaks at the Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus. (Photo courtesy of Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus.)

Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus will roll into town on Friday, September 12 with a larger and more frightening experience. Located at 98 East 13800 South in Draper, just off the Bangerter exit of I-15, the haunted semi trailers of terror will exploit every possible fear.

Strangling Brothers has pioneered a new approach to scaring people by utilizing 25 custom-designed tractor trailers arranged in a circus maze filled with cutting-edge animatronics, innovative lighting and mind-blowing special effects.

Strangling Brothers Circus ClownThe circus experience begins in the 150-foot Big Top Tent of Horrors, an electrifying experience of animated 3D clowns, interactive video screen and dancers from Odyssey House performing Michael Jackson’s Thriller. During the hour-long walk-through, fright fans will come face to face with a host of freaky misfits and eccentric characters that are waiting to take guests away to another world. The haunt features unnerving environments and wicked sound environments that are uniquely designed to scare all who enter the circus with a new dimension terror.

The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus is based on the tale of a mysterious traveling circus led by The Strangling Brothers, who have spent a lifetime recruiting freaks and outcasts for their horror show.

“We are excited to bring a new and larger haunt to Utah this year,” said Bob Tillotson, co-owner of Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus. “We are certain our guest will find themselves terrified in ways that are exciting, unexpected and fun,”

The Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus opens September 12 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through October 4 then every day but Sunday until November 1. The fear, confusion and fun begin at 7:30pm each night.

Ticket prices start at $23 per person and can be purchased at the door or online at www.stranglingbros.com. Discount coupons are available at Wendy’s restaurants or Zurchers.

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Dooms Day Trailer Races at Rocky Mountain Raceway

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Dooms Day Trailer Races with Jet Car Burn
Monday, September 1, 2014
Rocky Mountain Raceway

Rocky Mountain Raceways’ annual Dooms Day Trailer Races will feature a figure-8 Trailer Race, Jet Car Burn, Mascot Demolition Derby, Comcast Super Stocks, Double Deckers, Hornets, and Jr. Stingers.  ​

Spectators
Gates open at 4 p.m. | Qualifying at 5:30 p.m. | Heat Races 6:15 p.m. | Main Events 7:15 p.m.
Adults $20 | Youth (5-12) $10| 4 and under free

Bring in a Maverik receipt to receive $5 off each adult spectator ticket!

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RMR Figure-8 Trailer Race, Photo Courtesy of Mike Evans  RMR Jet Car Burn, Photo Courtesy of Mike Evans

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: What I Love About Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam Slippers

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I was excited to get the chance to review Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam Closed Toe Terry Slippers, and love them even more after wearing them for a few months!

Here are a few things I noticed and loved about the Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam slippers:

  • The memory foam makes them the most comfortable slipper I have ever worn.
  • Even after wearing them a lot for a few months, the memory foam isn’t “squished down” like all the slippers I’ve had in the past. It still returns to its original shape after taking the slippers off.
  • I loved the hard soles on the bottom! I can run out to my mailbox in the rain and not get my feet wet!
  • The color stayed vibrant even after wearing it outside in the elements.

The slippers come in small, medium, large and extra large and can be ordered online. You can also order open toe slippers.

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GIVEAWAY:

Enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a pair of Nature’s Sleep Memory Foam Closed Toe Terry Slippers. Deadline to enter is Wed. Sept 3rd at 11:59pm. Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Utah Halloween Events 2014

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Because many places are already selling tickets for their Halloween events (AND because it’s my favorite time of year and I just can’t wait any longer!), below is a list of Utah Halloween Events for 2014.

Dates and information are subject to change without our knowledge, so please follow the links to the event organizer for correct and up-to-date information.

Check back often, as this list will grow as we find out about more events.

If you know of an event we have forgotten, please email us at contact@enjoyutah.org.

Leave a comment below letting us know what your favorite Halloween event is!

Haunted Houses:

Favorite Family-Friendly Halloween Movies
Check out our list of favorite family-friendly Halloween movies. Did your favorite make the list?!

FREE Printable: Halloween Bingo / Scavenger Hunt
Print out this list of items that kids can look for when out and about.

Ghosts and Monsters in Utah?!
Visit one of these places in Utah with a spooky name and discover for yourself if it’s as scary as it sounds!

Ghost Tours:

Utah Mysteries and Urban Legends
Read all about the legends and mysteries that originated right here in Utah!

Events:

Salt Lake County

Wasatch/Summit County

Utah County

Tooele County

Weber County

Davis County

Cache County

Grand County

Juab County

Sevier County

Washington County

If you do not see your county above, it’s because we have not yet found events in that area. If you know of one we have missed, please help us out by emailing us at contact@enjoyutah.org .

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

DISCOUNT CODES: Chosen Half Marathon and 5k Run

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Chosen Half Marathon and 5k Run
September 27, 2014

There’s a lot of races that support great causes but the Chosen Half-Marathon does something that’s extremely special.  The sponsors of this race cover the costs of putting on the event so that all the registration fees can be used to cover adoption-related events for the participants. 

Here’s how it works:  As simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. A prospective adoptive family goes to the website at www.chosenmarathon.com and registers their team.
  2. They complete their team page and funding application.
  3. Promote their team & train for race day. 

After that, all the registration fees collected for their team can be used to cover adoption-related expenses!  This is a great way to get family, friends, and community involved as strong and healthy families seek to follow the biblical command to look after orphans in their time of need.  This is great for non-runners, too since teams can choose to volunteer at the race if they are unable to complete one of the runs. 

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Enter discount code enjoy10 for $10 off the half-marathon, or discount code enjoy5 for $5 off the 5k Run.

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Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival

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5TH ANNUAL HEBER VALLEY FLY FISHING FESTIVAL
TWO DAYS OF ENTIRELY FREE FAMILY FUN!!

Four Season’s Fly Fishers is hosting the 5th annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival on August 22-23rd, 2014 at the River’s Edge Resort & Campground located at 7000 North Old Highway 40 in Heber.

Vendor booth hours will be from 9 am to 6 pm both days & there will be free entertainment & food until 9:00 pm each evening. The Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival would like to invite you to join them for the two days of free family fun & fly fishing festivities for anglers of all abilities, brought to the public courtesy of Four Seasons.

Four Seasons has been working in collaboration with many other local fly fishing companies and non-profit organizations, including Fall River Flyrods, Utah Trout Unlimited, High Country Fly Fishers & the Stonefly Society touring to the Heber Valley another fantastic festival this year which has a continued emphasis on community building & the introduction of the next generation to the love of fly fishing. The 5th annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival is ALL FREE to the public and features live music from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm both nights, along with free BBQ burgers, classes, gear demonstrations, clinics and presentations that will be given by several of Utah’s best anglers! Bring the kids down for the free youth fly fishing clinics taught by local sensations A.J and Jace Garcia of “Twin Territory” all day Friday & then again on Saturday as the boys from Twin Territory are scheduled to assist newer anglers who show up to participate in the 2nd annual Provo River Kids Fly Fishing derby. The derby is open
to all area youth ages 15 and under and is scheduled to run on Saturday from 10am to 3 pm with prizes awarded the same day.

Helper, Utah resident Amanda Alder Steele who writes a popular blog “Nature For Kids” had this to say about her families experience at last year’s festival and fly fishing derby: “One of my favorite things about writing “Nature For Kids” is being able to meet new families that get me jazzed about exploring the outdoors in exciting new ways. Introducing the Garcia family; I met this outdoors-enthusiastic
family last weekend at the 4th annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival put on by Four Seasons & Trout Unlimited.

The festival was a HUGE hit for those in attendance and offered a variety of vendor booths, musical guests, local artisans, classes and one-on-one instruction from professional guides. They even had a fishing derby for kids fifteen and under! I must give a shout out to Julie Zicha of Fall River Flyrods for organizing such a spectacular event & introducing me to so many wonderful people in the sport.”

Anglers of all skill levels are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event so that they may both learn new techniques and fine-tune their skills with a variety of free clinics and classes being taught by Four Seasons guides. Clinics will be held both on and off the water and are set to cover topics such as improving casting ability, learning new nymphing techniques, terminal tackle, bamboo fly rod best practices and more. There will also be a ladies-only “Intro to Fly Fishing” mini-clinic, fly tying and leader building demonstrations. This year’s event will also be featuring a new distance and accuracy casting competition that is being designed by ISE “Best of The West” champion Travis Ruiz of Salt Lake City.

This year’s competitions will be held Saturday the 23rd beginning at 10:00 am and top finishers in all three amateur divisions will be awarded a new Orvis fly rod on the same day. Four Seasons would like to acknowledge that this year’s casting competition is being sponsored the Orvis Company.

There will be additional scheduling information available at the festival check-in.

The organizers of the Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival would like to invite you to come down the weekend of August 22-23rd so that you may have the opportunity to personally try out all of the top-of-the-line fly fishing gear that will be available to the public from many of the biggest names in fly fishing today. Some of the companies that will be present at the festival are set to include The Orvis Company, Utah’s own Flycraft USA, Oregon Packworks, Titan Rod Vaults and much more! There will also be some of the country’s finest outdoors artisans in attendance such as Utah’s own Travis Sylvester of “Travz Art” and Bern Sundell of the “Riverstone Gallery” in Ennis. This will be a great opportunity to support local artisans and see for yourself why they have both been recently featured by one of the nation’s hottest national gear makers “The Montana Fly Company”. Midway’s own
master craftsman & Four Season’s in-house custom bamboo fly rod maker Jason Zicha of Fall River Flyrods will also be on-hand with his entire line of finely crafted demo bamboo fly rods to help festival goers who would like to learn how to cast bamboo fly rods and answer any questions for those who dream of owning a custom-built rod.

Registration for the Provo River Kids Fly Fishing Derby will begin the day of the event at 9am at the Trout Unlimited booth at the festival. You may also pre-register your children by stopping in to Four Seasons Fly Fishers at 44 West 100 South in Heber during normal business hours.

Event organizer Julie Zicha of Fall River Flyrods had this to say about last year’s festival:
“We were delighted with the last year’s fantastic turn-out for our festival and kids fly fishing
derby. Our festival introduced for the first time the addition of kids only fly fishing derby for
local area kids ages 15 & under and were so pleased to have between 35-40 kids show up to
participate in the Provo River Kids Fly Fishing Derby; we were able to give away three brand
new fly rod and reel combos to the top finishers by age and gender last year and are set-up
to do the same again this year.”

Also, you may contact Julie Zicha at 208-220-1827 or Julie@fallriverrods.com if you would like vendor information on the event. All proceeds after expenses from the 5th Annual Heber Valley Fly Fishing Festival will be going to the Utah Stream Access Coalition.

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DISCOUNT: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS

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Prepare For A Family Experience Of Mythic Proportions With The All-New Show
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS
Coming To Salt Lake City September 24-28
**Debut of New Ringmaster Zone Behind The Curtain VIP Experience**

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Behold the living legends! Children of All Ages will believe in the unbelievable with the all-new circus spectacular, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents LEGENDS, coming to Salt Lake City playing the EnergySolutions Arena from Septemeber 24 – 28. 

Iconic Ringling Bros. stars meet fabled mythological creatures at the place where legends live…The Greatest Show on Earth®!  Experience unimaginable family fun, as amazing circus athletes perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries.  Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson guides Paulo the Legend Seeker on his quest to discover real, living circus legends from around the world…along the way encountering the fantastical Pegasus, a Unicorn and the remarkable Woolly the Mammoth! 

Featuring over 100 performers spanning 25 countries plus more than 85 animals from nearly every continent around the world, the Ringling Bros. 144th Edition features several unique acts including:

v China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills

v Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row

Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms!

Debuting this year for the ultimate circus fan, check out the exclusive and intimate fan experience within the Ringmaster Zone.  Access to this VIP area is only available to select ticket holders and offers guests an unprecedented look “behind the curtain” of The Greatest Show On Earth. Fans have the opportunity to walk the Ringling Red Carpet, meet Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the Ringmaster’s float and have an up-close elephant encounter.

Be sure to arrive early to experience the All Access Pre-Show where families can step onto the arena floor to meet our performers, learn circus skills, try on costumes and much more!

WHEN: Wednesday, September 24 – Sunday, September 28

Wednesday, Sept. 24                     7:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 25                           7:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 26                                 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 27                           11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 28                              1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

WHERE: EnergySolutions Arena – 301 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

TICKETS:               Ticket prices range from $20, $25, $40-$50 (VIP), $50-60 (Premium VIP Floor) and $90-$100 (Ringmaster Zone)  *Prices vary between weekday and weekend shows

Kids tickets available for only $15 each (with discount coupon available at participating Chick-fil-A locations starting Sept.1st ; not valid for Opening Night or VIP/premium seating levels; limit 4 kids tickets per adult ticket purchase)

Discount Opening Night tickets for $15 each (select seating only; not valid on VIP/premium levels)

All seats are reserved; tickets available for purchase online at Smithstix.com, select Smith’s Grocery locations, charge by phone at 801-355-SEAT or 800-888-TIXX and in-person at the EnergySolutions Box Office.

DISCOUNT:

· Code: MOM

· Discount: $5 0ff

· Valid Price Levels: $26 and $20 only

· Valid Performances: Thursday 7PM, Friday 3PM and 7PM, Saturday 11AM, Sunday 5:30PM

· Valid Outlets: Internet only

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Maverik Clash of the Titans Monster Truck Show

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Saturday, August 9 & Sunday, August 10 2014
Rocky Mountain Raceway

Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Maverik Clash of the Titans Figure-8 Monster Truck Show

Saturday, August 9: featuring figure-8, side-by-side Monster Truck racing, Monster Truck wheelie contest, ASA Pro Trucks, and Comcast Super Stocks.

Sunday, August 10: Featuring figure-8, side-by-side Monster Truck racing, Monster Truck freestyle contest, Maverik Modifieds, and U Burn 'em We Build 'em Transmissions Mini Cups.

Spectators

Gates open at 4 p.m. | Qualifying at 5:30 p.m. | Heat Races 6:15 p.m. | Main Events 7:15 p.m.

FREE Monster Truck Pit Party from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Adults $25 | Youth (3-12) $10| 2 and under free

For complete information and more cool events, visit the Rocky Mountain Raceway website.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

The Absolute Must Do List Before the Summer Ends in Utah

Author: Alyssa Craig

The long, hot, dry summer days we are so familiar with in Utah are here. But just as quickly as these first couple of months of warm weather have already passed, we will soon find ourselves admiring fall colors and counting down the days until the first snow. To ensure you take full advantage of the warmer weather and outdoor activities, include a few of these suggestions into your end of summer itinerary.

Absolute Must Do 1

Festivals

One iconic activity of summertime is attending a festival. There are a wide variety of festivals throughout the state that provide opportunities for fun and culture. Make sure you check out one (or many!) before the summer closes out.

Utah Brazilian Festival (Sept 13): The world got to experience some of Brazil’s culture during the world cup and now you can do it here in Utah! Enjoy food, entertainment and more at the Gateway in Salt Lake City from 1:00-7:00 pm.

Rock ‘N Ribs Festival (Sept 27): Listen to great music while sampling some fantastic BBQ platters from many of Salt Lake’s favorite restaurants.

Utah Shakespearean Festival (now through Oct 18): Take a trip down to the southern part of the state to enjoy eight different plays, giving visitors a wide range of shows. Note: some theaters will only be running until August 30, so plan ahead if there is a show you are set on seeing.

Sporting Events

There is nothing like cheering on your team while enjoying the summer breeze and good company. Make sure you check out a Real Salt Lake or a Salt Lake Bees game before the summer ends.

Pickleville Playhouse - Garden City

Known for its original, musical comedies, Pickleville Playhouse offers an interactive experience like none other. Select to have dinner before the show or simply show up ready to laugh harder than you have all summer. Shows are appropriate for all ages, so make it a family night out!

Absolute Must Do 2

Farmer’s Markets

A common favorite part of summer is the increased availability of fresh fruits and vegetables. Farmer’s markets are a great place to get your weekly supply of healthy foods, often accompanied with artisan bread, music, and crafts. There are markets available throughout the valley, such as the one downtown, at Gardner Village, at Murray Park, at Wheeler Farm, in Park City and at also at 9th West.

Absolute Must Do 3

Great Outdoors

One of the great parts of living in this great state is the availability of outdoor activities year round. As you are planning your final summer activities, you may want to consider adding to the list one final camping trip or hiking some major peaks, such as Timpanogos or King’s Peak. There are also many opportunities for taking out the ATV throughout the state! Check out a great list of scenic ATV trails here.

Alpine Slide, Alpine Coaster and Zip Line

If you are up in the Park City area, you cannot leave without taking a ride down either the Alpine slide, the Alpine Coaster, or the zip line. Located at Park City Mountain Resort, the Alpine Slide is one of the longest slides in the world. The Alpine Coaster takes you down 4,000 feet of mountain, while the zip line goes as fast as 45 miles per hour! These activities are only open until mid October, so take advantage before the snow shuts them down.

Oktoberfest

Running every Saturday and Sunday from August 16 to October 12, Oktoberfest attracts over 60,000 visitors per year and is a great celebration of German culture. Enjoy good eats, drinks, and entertainment as you take a break from the valley heat and escape to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

We truly have such a great range of activities available to us in Utah. Time really does fly when you are having fun. It will be time to hit the slopes before you know it, so take advantage of these summer activities now!

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Make a Splash with the Perfect End of Summer Pool Party

Author: Whitney Hollingshead

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Summer is drawing to a close and fall will be here soon. Instead of mourning the loss of summer, put your energy into planning the perfect end of summer party! And what better way to celebrate the best aspects of summer than by throwing one final pool party before the weather cools off?

Making Plans

You can obviously plan a pool party for any group of people. Instead of planning this party for just the kids, or just the adults, consider planning a family event for your end of year bash.

  • If you do not have your own pool, you can still use many of these ideas to plan a pool party at the public pool. Better yet, if you have a friend or neighbor with a pool, ask them if they would be up for throwing a party together. Bargain with them by offering to take care of the invitations and the food if they are willing to host. If they agree, make sure you let them have a significant say in how many guests will attend and discuss who will be on the guest list together.
  • Once you have chosen the location and finalized the guest list, take time to nail down some of the other important details of the party before actually mailing out your invitations:
  • You may be tempted to plan your pool party for the middle of the day on a Saturday; however, a middle of the day party will most likely lead to more sunburned guests. Instead, consider planning your party for the evening.
  • Planning an evening party is great if you don’t want to serve dinner to all of your guests. Have the party start a little later in the evening and mention on the invitation that “snacks will be served”. That way parents can plan to feed themselves and their kids before heading to your party.
  • Don’t forget to list other important details on the invitation like the date, time, location, RSVP contact information, etc. Surprisingly it can be quite easy to forget the most obvious details when you are creating your invitations. You may also want to add a friendly reminder like, “Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel!”.
    • *In an effort to simplify your planning, you may consider inviting your guests over social media or by email or text message. While these options are helpful, efficient, and generally acceptable, consider mailing or hand delivering printed invites instead. Printed invites send the message that you are throwing a real party and that you really want the invited guests to attend. Make your party stand out by following the old school methods of party planning!

Setting the Scene

Here are some tips to help you set up for the party:

  • Make sure the pool is clean and set at the right temperature.
  • Spread out various seating options around the perimeter of the pool area. Make sure any seating option you provide is waterproof. Offer seating options that will be in the shade.
  • Have fun music ready to play. Consider playing the Beach Boys, summer tunes, Hawaiian songs, and steel pan drum hits. If you feel like this sort of theme music is overdone, pick a different theme like 50’s rock and roll, Broadway hits, or your favorite current tunes. Just remember to keep all of your music family friendly in nature if children will be attending the party.
  • Consider serving your food and drinks in various containers instead of just spreading them out on a table. For example, put some ice in a wading pool nearby and toss in water bottles, cans of soda, juice pouches, etc.
  • Don’t forget to have a plan in motion for bathroom access. If your guests have to walk through a portion of your home to use the bathroom, consider laying down a trail of towels ahead of time to protect your flooring from dripping swimsuits.
  • Stock up on the following items and have them nearby during the party:
    • Sunscreen
    • Extra towels
    • Extra flotation devices
    • Balls and other simple water-friendly toys
    • First aid supplies

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Here are some great snacks and drinks to serve poolside:

  • Freeze yogurt tubes and serve them frozen
  • Make your own snack mix or trail mix and serve it in individual cups
  • Put out a chip and dip bar with various chips and dips
  • Serve simple smoothies. (Consider blending half a can of frozen juice concentrate in any flavor with ice and skim milk. Add half a banana, frozen berries, or vanilla extract if desired.)

Games & Activities

Mingling with guests, enjoying the music, and of course splashing around in the pool is enough for a great party; however, if you want to add some extra pizazz to your event, consider these fun activities:

Tennis Ball Toss

Clear the pool and let several empty gallon ice cream containers loose on the water. Fill a clean trash can with tennis balls. Divide into teams and designate a starting line a few feet from the edge of the pool. Instruct the teams that the goal is to toss the tennis balls into the floating ice cream containers. Team members must line up and toss a single ball one at a time. Set a timer for 60 seconds. At the end of the 60 seconds, count the number of tennis balls inside the ice cream containers. Then let the team jump into the pool to retrieve all of the tennis balls. Repeat with the next team(s) and then declare the winner.

To make the game more challenging, add additional rounds by moving the starting line back further from the pool for each round.

Photo Shoot

Have some fun props ready like beach balls, snorkeling gear, and flotation devices. Set up an area near the pool and have a fun photo shoot showcasing each family that attends.

Activities Outside of the Pool

As this article suggests, it may be a good idea to think outside of the pool. In throwing a pool party you are safe to assume that most of the attending guests are planning on actually getting in the pool, but this may not be the case with everyone. Having additional activities outside of the pool also keeps the party exciting and helps to keep your pool from getting too crowded. Consider setting out some lawn games or setting up a volleyball net.

Enjoy the Party

Get your plan in motion by following the tips above. When it’s time for the party to start, have a blast with your guests and get in on some of the fun yourself. Wish summer a fond farewell by soaking up some fun memories with your family and your guests.

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Moonlight Madness Beach Party

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This Saturday, August 9 2014, is one of our favorite events: the Moonlight Madness Beach Party at Gardner Village from 6pm to 11pm. Admission and parking are free, so take advantage of all the discounts and prizes in each shop!

If you haven’t finished school shopping, they have darling clothes in many of their shops.

Some of the fun things happening at the Moonlight Madness Beach Party:

Read more on the Gardner Village blog.

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