Wednesday, January 28, 2015

REVIEW: GameWorks at The Gateway

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Last weekend we had the chance to check out GameWorks at The Gateway in Salt Lake City, and had a great time!

Here are the top four things we loved about GameWorks
(Watch a short video at the end of this post of highlights)

  1. Food! Besides having fun arcade games, they have a section where you can sit down for a yummy meal before heading into the arcade. This isn’t just greasy pizza and “kids’ food”. They have a large variety of food to order, and even an $8 lunch menu that includes soups, salads, tacos and sandwiches. View their complete menu.
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  2. Cards instead of tokens and tickets! - This was probably my favorite thing about GameWorks. -One of the most annoying things about taking kids to an arcade is juggling the tokens for the games, and the endless roll of tickets that come out of the games that you can redeem for prizes at the end. Half of them get dropped on the ground and lost, which always results in tears at the end. At GameWorks, you are given a card that is already loaded with the “tokens” you need to play the games. To begin each game, you swipe the card, and the game begins. Afterward, instead of a long roll of paper tickets, the number of tickets you won is automatically loaded onto your card for easy keeping.  When you are read to redeem “tickets” for prizes, you simply take your card to the prize redemption area. You can also combine “tickets” from multiple cards into one.
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  3. Classic games, as well as new favorites. Everybody loves the classic like skeeball and air hockey, but they also have new games such as PacMan air hockey, and a roller coaster simulator.
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  4. Events and Parties. Information about booking an event and party can be found on their website: GameWorks is the perfect place for your next event! GameWorks Salt Lake features delicious food, signature cocktails & craft beers, a full service sports bar, an eSports Console Center, 2500 square feet of private rooms for events and a large arcade & video game floor. GameWorks is known for providing exciting & creative options for all groups of 10 to 800. Sports viewing parties can also be booked, and are a popular event for groups at GameWorks.

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I was provided with four complimentary passes to check out GameWorks arcade and food to write my review. I was not compensated financially, nor was I required or persuaded to write any specific type of review. The views and opinions expressed in this review are all my own.

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Chasing Cupid 5k Run at Gardner Village - 2015

cupid-logo-359x300February 14th, 2015 – 9:00am – Gardner Village, West Jordan, Utah

CATCH CUPID IF YOU CAN! - Join us for a fun filled race while chasing Cupid along a safe, well-marked 5k route throughout Gardner Village, West Jordan streets, and the Jordan River Trail.  Be sure to bring your friends and family prepped and ready to race against Cupid and his entourage. During your chase, you might be one of Cupid’s chasers who will randomly receive prizes along the route!

Read more and register…

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Have You Registered For RootsTech Family History Conference 2015?!

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RootsTech 2015 is only a few weeks away, and if you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late!

Register now!

Here are just a few reasons to attend RootsTech this year:

  • Every family has a story. Discover more about your family story and gain strength through the example and experiences of your ancestors. Learn more about why you are who you are.

  • Keep, protect, and share photos and stories on FamilySearch, where families live forever. Visit FamilySearch and start preserving your family memories today.

  • Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, is an award-winning blogger and #1 New York Times bestselling author. She explains her role as the keynote speaker for #RootsTech 2014 and the message she hopes to share at #RootsTech.
 
  • Whether you're just beginning your family tree, an avid hobbyist, or an experienced researcher, #RootsTech is the perfect conference to help you connect with your family—past, present, and future!
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Friday, January 23, 2015

REVIEW: Midway Ice Castles 2015

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The Midway Ice Castles have finally opened up, but due to the warm weather, if you want to see them, you may only have two more days left! There is too much falling and melting ice for them to open when it’s so warm.

2015-01-23 19.17.39Get online and purchase your tickets now, because they are selling out fast! They are only accepting tickets purchased online, so make sure you buy them before you go!

They have a different and bigger location than last year. They are located at Soldier Hollow. The exact address is:

2002 Soldier Hollow Rd
Midway, UT 84049  USA

Because it’s a larger area, it seems a lot less crowded and provides for much more room to walk around without feeling crowded. Because of the warm weather they aren’t as tall as last year, but definitely no less amazing!

Read our review from 2014, when we went to see the Ice Castles during the day. Because of the warm weather this year, they are only open at night. There is definitely something magical about seeing the Ice Castles at nighttime! Visit the Ice Castles website for dates and time. The ice castles and sculptures are all lit up and set to music that runs approximately every 30 minutes or so.

Watch the short video at the end of this post of some of the highlights. 

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Is it worth paying to see?

This is probably the question I get asked the most when reviewing the Midway Ice Castles. Yes, yes and yes is the answer! Brent Christensen, the creator of the Ice Castles, and his amazing helpers, spend countless hours creating these amazing structures, and we are lucky to have them in Utah again this year! This is something we have on our To Do list every winter!

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spend countless hours creating these amazing structures.

Tips when visiting the Midway Ice Castles this year:

  • Arrive early! Because they are only open for a very short time this year, and only at nighttime, it gets really crowded really fast. We arrived around 6:30pm, and it wasn’t very crowded yet. It took us about 20 minutes to get parked, and there was no waiting in line to get in like last time. When we left, however, the line of cars down the road just to get into the parking lot was at least a mile long! We left around 8:30pm. I suggest getting there around 5:45pm and being ready to go in right when they open at 6pm.
  • To help prevent slippery walking surfaces, the ground is slushy and powdery. Make sure you are dressed for cold weather, and wear shoes that are waterproof, preferably boots. The snow gets in shoes too easily, so make sure they are high enough to prevent snow from getting into them and freezing your toes! Hats, gloves, hand and toe warmers, etc. are always recommended!
  • If the kids have snowsuits, bring them! This year they have ice slides and cool tunnels to crawl through! Depending on how cold it is and how prepared you are for the weather, you will probably spend between 45 minutes to an hour and a half exploring around.
  • Bring a few dollars for hot chocolate and other goodies. At the exit of the Ice Castles they have a snack shack with items such as hot chocolate, orange rolls, cinnamon rolls, apple cider and more. The cost of items vary but they are approximately $3 each.
  • Bring a camera! You are going to want to take lots of pictures and videos.
  • Bathrooms are porta-potties, so be prepared to wait in line if you need to use the restroom, or use it before coming.
  • Read through the Frequently Asked Questions on their website for more tips and details when visiting.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

UTAH ICE CASTLE OPENING THIS WEEKEND ONLY

Entry - Ashleigh RachaelWarm weather limits Ice Castle open dates to Jan. 23, 24 and 26

Enter our giveaway for a family 4-pack of tickets!

WHAT: Acre-sized, all-ice castle in Midway, Utah. One of four Ice Castles in America.

WHERE: New location! 2002 Soldier Hollow Rd., Midway, UT, 84049

WHEN: Warm weather has limited our open dates.
Opening night: Friday, January 23, 6 p.m.-midnight. Also guaranteed to be open on Saturday, January 24, 6 p.m.-midnight and Monday, January 26, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (Closed Sunday, January 25)

Open dates beyond January 26 are weather dependent and to be determined. Check icecastles.com/midway/ for updates.

MeredithCarlson_Ice Castles-0099VISUALS: -- Amazing ice features including archways, tunnels, slot canyons, ice slide, caverns, glacial waterfalls and a frozen throne.

-- Kids and families squeezing, squishing, sliding, stomping and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display.

-- Glacial blue ice during the day; colorful LED-lit ice set to music at night.

INTERVIEW

OPPORTUNITIES: -- Ryan Davis, Ice Castles owner
-- Jesse Stone, Ice Castles lead artisan

COST: For ages four and up, tickets are:
-- Friday, January 23: $12.95
-- Saturday, January 24: $12.95
-- Monday, January 26: $10.95

Children 3 and under are free. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance at icecastles.com/midway/.

MORE INFO: See beautiful photos and videos or learn more at icecastles.com, instagram.com/icecastles_ or facebook.com/TheIceCastles.

About Ice Castles

Ice Castles is a Utah-based company, led by ice artist Brent Christensen, that creates acre-sized, all-ice castles at venues across the United States. Over 500,000 visitors have visited an Ice Castle since the company's establishment in 2009.

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QUICK GIVEAWAY: Family 4-pack for 2015 Midway Ice Castles

MidwayIceCastle4Read our review and see pictures from last year’s Midway Ice Castles.
Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see pictures when we visit this Friday night!

GIVEAWAY OVER!
Congratulations to Tausha R.!

The Midway Ice Castles have announced their opening date as THIS Friday, January 23, 2015. Useasonably warm weather has delayed the opening date, and will unfortunately make this a really, really short Ice Castles season!!!!

This was one of our favorite winter events of last year, and you don’t want to miss it! We visited during the day last year, so we are super excited to check it out at night with the lights turned on this Friday!

As of right now, they will only be open at nights, and only this Friday January 23, Saturday January 24, and Monday January 26 from 6pm to Midnight. (Please check official Ice Castles website for up to the date information, as well as open dates and times. Dates and times subject to change without notice.)

Read more about the Midway Ice Castles 2015.

GIVEAWAY:

We have a family 4-pack of tickets to give away! Enter the rafflecopter below.

MUST READ TERMS AND CONDITIONS to enter:

  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday January 21, 2015 at 12noon. (Disregard the “hours left to enter” on the Rafflecopter widget. The contest ends at 12noon, NOT 12midnight.) Winner must respond to notification email by the end of the day on January 21, 2015, or a new winner will be chosen. Enjoy Utah and Ice Castles 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 4 passes to see Ice Castles in Midway Utah for the 2015 season. (Please check www.icecastles.com for dates and times.....due to unseasonably warm weather, this will be a very short Ice Castles season!) We will also not be held responsible for passes lost in the mail after we drop them in the mailbox.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

DISCOUNT and GIVEAWAY: Body Worlds at The Leonardo

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COL1920x1080ArchesHave you had a chance yet to visit the Body Worlds exhibit at The Leonardo? If not, now’s the time to go! It’s only there until February 16th, 2015.

From now until the closing of the exhibit, use promo code ARCHES when purchasing tickets online, or mention “Arches Health Plan” at the front desk, and get tickets for only $9.95. That’s 50% discount from the regular price!

About Body Worlds:

BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life is the latest exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.  As we age, we experience the body in different ways. At each stage of life, we seek new answers. This exhibit celebrates the wonders of the body in childhood, adulthood and across the arc of aging. More than 200 plastinates—real human specimens preserved through Dr. von Hagens’ invention, the remarkable process of Plastination—reveal the human body in all its stages and in all its conditions, from health to distress to disease. 

With the ALL NEW BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life, visitors will marvel at the life processes captured in the exhibition and leave with a new appreciation of the power we have to keep our bodies healthy throughout our lifespan

Visit The Leonardo online for dates and times.

GIVEAWAY:

We want to make sure you have the chance to see this amazing exhibit before it’s gone, so we are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner.

  • Deadline to enter is Thursday January 22, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Enjoy Utah and The Leonardo 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 2 passes to see BodyWorlds at The Leonardo. We will also not be held responsible for passes lost in the mail after we drop them in the mailbox.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Monster Jam is coming to Salt Lake City!

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Monster Jam® Revs Up With Another Rockin’ Line-Up Of Monster Truck Action Featuring More Trucks Than Ever Before At EnergySolutions Arena

**Highlighted By 4 Trucks Making Salt Lake City Debut Appearances**

--Family Friendly Prices With Kids Tickets Available For Only $10 Each--

(SALT LAKE CITY) – Utah motor sports fans can spend Valentine’s Day with TEN of the world’s biggest and baddest monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction as the Monster Jam® event drives into the EnergySolutions Arena on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Featuring more trucks than ever before in Salt Lake, the Monster Jam 2015 truck line-up features four trucks making their Salt Lake City debut appearancesDragon (driven by Scott Liddycoat), Monster Energy (driven by Damon Bradshaw), Double Trouble and Trouble Maker (driven by twin brothers Tyler & Travis Groth). Of course no Monster Jam event would be the same without the legendary “bad to the bone” truck icon and World Finals Champion powerhouse Grave Digger® along with other World Champions fan-favorites Max-D, Madusa® and El Toro Loco® plus local favorite Maverik (driven by Utah resident Ron Duncombe) set to electrify crowds with unbelievable stunts and awesome truck power creating an arena spectacle of “rock-and-roar” that will bring fans to their feet cheering for more!

As an added bonus, in addition to the world-class racing and freestyle competition action, die-hard fans can come to the arena early on Saturday to enjoy the “Party in the Pits” pre-show experience – which gives fans unparalleled access to view their favorite trucks up-close, meet the star drivers for autographs and take photos! Pit Pass available to purchase for $10 Adults / $5 Kids

One of the most popular touring family entertainment sporting events in the world reaching more than 135 cities around the globe and over 350 performances per year, Monster Jam is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and power featuring the world’s best monster trucks and skilled drivers.

 

 
WHEN: Friday, February 13th - Event Time – 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 14th - Pit Party scheduled from 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM
**Saturday 2pm event ticket and Pit Pass required for entry
Event Times – 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM
WHERE: EnergySolutions Arena – 301 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
TICKETS: Ticket prices are $25, $30 (Gold Circle) and $45 (Front Row)
Kids (ages 2-12) tickets available for select seating only $10 each*
(advance purchase only – Kids ticket price not available day of show; limit 2 discount kids tickets per one Adult ticket purchase)
Pit Passes are available for $10 Adults / $5 Kids (ages 2-12)
Tickets are now on-sale; available for purchase online at SmithsTix.com, charge by phone at 800-888-TIXX or visit the EnergySolutions Arena Box Office.

*Above ticket prices are advance purchase only; all tickets priced $2 more day of show. Tickets subject to convenience, service & handling fees
 
SPECIAL Metro PCS is offering a “Buy One Adult Ticket, Get One Kid’s Ticket FREE!” promo coupon

OFFERS: at participating local Metro PCS stores (while supplies last)

To learn more about Monster Jam, log on to www.MonsterJam.com.
Follow Monster Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/MonsterJamLive.
For more information on the Salt Lake City event, please visit http://www.monsterjam.com/Events/2015/02/13/Salt_Lake_City,_UT/
 
About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.
 
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GIVEAWAY: RootsTech 2015 3-Day Pass

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This will be my first year attending RootsTech Family History Conference, and I am so excited about it and being an ambassador that I would love to take one of my readers with me!

Enter the rafflecopter below to win a 3-day pass to RootsTech 2015. Deadline to enter is Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 11:59pm.

If you have already registered for RootsTech, you can still enter to win. If you are chosen as the winner, you will receive a refund.

Read more about RootsTech.

RootsTech 3-DAY PASS includes the following:

  • over 200 classes
  • Keynotes
  • General sessions
  • Getting Started classes
  • Expo hall
  • Evening events

What you need to know:

  • Must be 18 years or older to enter
  • Deadline to enter is Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 11:59pm.
  • Winner will receive a certificate with instructions and code good for one 3-day pass to RootsTech 2015 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, February 11-14, 2015.
  • If winner has already purchased a ticket they can get a full refund, instructions are included in the winner certificate.
  • Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours, or a new winner will be chosen.
  • Enjoy Utah and RootsTech will not be held responsible for any reason winner does not receive notification email after it is sent. This includes, but is not limited to lack of internet access, junk and bulk email settings, etc.
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Into The Woods at The Empress Theatre takes the stage

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Review by: Erin Pearce
Photo credit: Deanne Rutledge Jones

Last night, my ten year old daughter and I had the opportunity to attend Into the Woods at The Empress Theatre in Magna. What a fun play. We’ve been to The Empress many times for performances in the past and one of my favorite things is to see how they have arranged and decorated the stage to work with the current production.

Upon entering last night, I noticed several logs placed around the stage floor, and then what appeared to be a mash up of different scenes on the wall behind. Having never seen Into the Woods before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard that it is based on Cinderella’s story but that was the only preface I had going into it, so it wasn’t clear to me what the stage represented.

The show started and we were quickly drawn into the story line and I soon realized the “Mash up” of stage decor depicted three separate scenes or stories to follow throughout the performance. Shortly into the story the scene changed from these three separate stories to being told in the Woods. I was so engrossed in the story being told and the amazing voices of the performers, that I didn’t even notice the set change that had happened behind them, transforming the stage into a forest.

I think this was my favorite set I’ve seen at The Empress thus far, and there have been some amazing ones, but I absolutely loved how they used the trees for the backdrop! I sat mesmerized each time the scene changed to the forest and I was glad so much of this play was with this set.

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The actors and actresses were also so fun to watch, had amazing voices and were all great in their roles. However, two performers stood out to us. We loved the Narrator, played by Nathan Unck. We thought he was quite funny. He got laughs each time he entered the stage and had the perfect demeanor for this position. The other was the actress that played Little Red Riding Hood, Alexis Shaw. She was hilarious! Her facial expressions and tone adding to her character each time she spoke. I loved a particular part when she stood in the back of the scene holding a baby. While the other actors had lines and were continuing to perform, she was making faces at the baby in her arms, sticking her tongue out and such. I loved it because it was just how any “child” would play with a baby and it was perfect for her part.

The play goes on to tell not only the story of Cinderella, but also Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and the Baker and his wife all working together. The music is fun, the actors and actresses feel like they were made for their parts, and the set helps tell the story as its happening.

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I think anyone old enough to enjoy fairy tales, would love this play. However, there is a “Big Bad Wolf” and a witch, and several of the characters are killed during the performance. While none of it is gory or in detail, younger children might be frightened.

Purchase Tickets:

The Empress is a great venue for families, with all seats priced reasonably at $10 each. If you follow their Facebook page, or sign up for their texting program, they will often run specials on the ticket pricing. The concessions are some of the best priced anywhere, with a great selection. If you haven’t made plans to see Into the Woods with your family, you should go this weekend. It runs on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays thru January 31st, with a matinee performance on January 17th.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

TAG’s 30/10 Promotion

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TAG'S Thrift Store
680 S 500 E
American Fork, UT 84003

We're running our 30/10 Sale. What's that? Simple: if you spend at least $30 in the store, you'll get $10 off when you check out. This sale runs through Saturday, January 17.

This is a sponsored calendar event.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

DISCOUNT: Rotary Club of Utah Chili Open 5k Fun Run/Walk and Children 1k Run

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Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Sugar House Park

***** 4th Annual ***** The Chili Open 5k Fun Run/Walk and 1k Children’s Run January 31, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Rotary Club of Sugar House sponsors this race to benefit smaller, local charities that directly serve people in our community. This year’s charities include:

  • Holding Out Help
  • Cancer Wellness House
  • Carmen B. Pingree School for Children with Autism
  • Cancer Wellness House
  • People Helping People
  • Teen Challenge New Hope House
  • The Sharing Place.

Participants in this year’s 5k will receive a technical racing T-Shirt. You must register by January 17, 2015 in order to receive a shirt. 1k participants 12 and under will receive a deluxe finisher medal. The race is followed immediately by a Chili Brunch.

Follow them on Facebook for recent updates.

REGISTER HERE!

DISCOUNT:

Use the promo code enjoyut10 and save 10 percent. The four person package for the race is the best deal available, and that the code will also work for that.

Join My Team!

I will be running this 5k and would love to have you on my team! When registering, specify that you want to be on team Enjoy Utah.

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