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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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just In Time History Hunt

We found out about a fun Amazing Utah History Hunt that is going on in Utah right now. Here's how it works:
1) Visit at least 3 of the sites listed.
2) Get your past-port stamped.
3) Return your past-port to a participating Barnes and Noble (There are two: Orem & Sandy) for a prize and to be entered into a drawing.

All of these sites have past-ports at their locations, or you can swing by a participatingBarnes & Noble and grab one. You have until September 14, 2014 to turn in your past-port. We already have one stamp from our visit to Pioneer Village. For more info:http://utahsadventurefamily.com/amazing-utah-history-hunt/

Here are links to the sites that we have visited. All of them are free except Camp Floyd:

Church History Museum: http://utahsadventurefamily.com/church-history-museum/
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum (SLC):http://utahsadventurefamily.com/pioneer-memorial-museum/
Springville DUP Museum: http://utahsadventurefamily.com/springville-dup/
Camp Floyd: http://utahsadventurefamily.com/camp-floyd/
Provo Pioneer Village: http://utahsadventurefamily.com/provo-pioneer-village/
Orem Heritage Museum: http://utahsadventurefamily.com/orem-heritage-museum/
Peteetneet Museum
Historic Provo Library
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Noodles & Company Opening New Provo Location

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NOODLES & COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE GRAND OPENING OF PROVO LOCATION

Welcome to Your World Kitchen, Provo

Broomfield, CO (July 28, 2014)Noodles & Company, serving classic noodle and pasta dishes from around the world, announced that it will open its first location in Provo, UT on Tuesday, August 5. The restaurant will open at 10:30AM and is located at 62 West Bulldog Blvd. 

"We are excited to bring our world of flavors to Provo. From healthy to indulgent, spicy to comforting, we have something for everyone, from kids to adults," said Erin Murphy, Senior Manager of Communications at Noodles & Company.  “With a broad menu of noodles, salads, soups and sandwiches, you can get a different taste every day, in lots of different ways. It is flavors from around the world, right down the street. That’s why we’re called Your World Kitchen.”

Noodles & Company has more than 400 restaurant locations across the United States and delivers its globally inspired, cooked-to-order menu in a real bowl, delivered to the table with a smile. Its menuconsists of more than 25 fresh, customizable dishes that are prepared quickly with quality ingredients. Favorites include the sweet and spicy Japanese Pan Noodles, zesty Pesto Cavatappi and the popular Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

The company has also recently introduced a new catering program that will be available at the Provo location, serving groups anywhere from 20 to 200. Noodles Catering includes the company’s NoodlesBar offering, serving buffet style meals compromised of main entrĂ©es, sides and a dessert for groups to enjoy at any social, family or corporate event. Each catering order is priced at only $12 per person.

For a limited time only, Noodles & Company will be featuring four fresh new dishes as part of their springtime menu. The Margherita Flatbread includes fresh whole leaf basil, Roma tomato, a custom blend of Italian seasonings, feta and Parmesan cheese toasted atop delectable flatbread. The Backyard Barbecue Chicken Salad consists of pulled chicken breast tossed in barbecue sauce, fresh-cut corn, Roma tomato and red cabbage over mixed greens with tangy coleslaw dressing. Asparagus di Parm is made with fresh asparagus, white wine butter sauce, mushrooms and tomato tossed with spaghetti noodles. And finally the Rustic Hummus is served with fresh cucumber, red bell pepper, pita chips and topped with a Kalamata olive.

The new Provo Noodles & Company will have seating for 74 guests inside the dining room and 14 guests on the outside patio. Regular restaurant hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10:30AM–10:00PM. For holiday hours, please call the restaurant directly at (801) 373-9670.

Local fans are also encouraged to join the Provo Noodlegram e-club. Noodlegram members receive news, offers and exclusive information on Grand Openings, VIP Events, seasonal specialties, giveaways and more. For more information on Noodles & Company, please visit www.noodles.com or check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

About Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company is a fast-casual restaurant chain where its globally inspired dishes come together to create Your World Kitchen.  It is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where world flavors don’t end at just noodles.  Inspired by some of the world’s most celebrated flavor combinations, Noodle & Company’s menu offers appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, too. Everything is made fresh to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients.  Dishes are delivered to the table allowing guests time to sit and relax or grab a quick bite.  With more than 400 locations nationwide, from California to Connecticut, guests can find a location nearest them and take a tour of the global menu by visiting www.noodles.com.

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FREE RUN: Be Well Utah—Run in Rhythm 5K

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451 South 1400 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Join hundreds of individuals on Saturday, August 16 who will run, walk, and cheer to help raise awareness for cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. CVD is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. It is also a leading cause of disability, preventing Americans from working and enjoying family activities.

- See more and register at: http://healthcare.utah.edu/bewellutah/activities/5k-run.php#sthash.lzq3TzzY.dpuf

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Does Utah Celebrate July 24th?

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In Utah, July 24th is known as Pioneer Day, but do you know WHY we are celebrating? Many people think that we are celebrating Utah’s Statehood, but that didn’t happen until January 4, 1896.

Pioneer Day is the celebration of the Mormon Pioneers that sacrificed all they had and traveled to the Great Salt Lake Valley to escape the religious persecution they were facing throughout the rest of the country. After being driven from their homes, thousands of pioneers joined Brigham Young in this new land, and spread outward from there to settle what we now call Utah.

July 24, 1847 is the day Brigham Young and the first big group of pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. (That is why many of our celebrations are called “The Days of ‘47”.)

These early Pioneers faced many obstacles and challenges. I have a handful of Pioneer ancestors, and honor them for the courage and strength they had to sacrifice everything to come to the place I know and love as home.

Margaret Ann Griffiths Clegg:

One of my pioneer ancestors is Margaret Ann Griffiths Clegg. She was only 16 years old when she pulled a handcart to Utah with her family. They left Liverpool, England on May 28, 1856 and met up with the Edward Martin Handcart Company in Florence, Iowa to begin their journey to Utah. They were the last handcart company to arrive in the Great Salt Lake Valley that year, and as a consequence faced heavy snowstorms and starvation.

mag1Here is an excerpt from her autobiographical sketch, which can be read in its entire online:

In three days we sailed for America. We landed at Boston, U.S.A. and took the cars [train] and came on to Florence, Iowa and camped there four weeks till our handcars were ready for us, then we started to cross the plains. It was the first day of Sept, and we arrived in Salt Lake the same year on the last day of November 1856, making it three months traveling. We were as happy a set of people as ever crossed the plains, till the snow caught us. We would sit around the camp fire and sing and were as happy as larks.

Well after the snow caught us we had a pretty hard time. I have seen as many as seventeen sit around a campfire eating supper and I have seen some of them fall over dead as they were eating. I think there were six hundred and fifty of us when we started out to cross the plains, and I believe there were only three hundred that arrived in Salt Lake City. It was the last handcart company that came in that year. It was the last day of November 1856 when we arrived in Salt Lake, Utah.

My father took sick and he had to ride in one of the wagons, that had provisions. One day he felt a little better and thought that he would try and walk, but he could not keep up as he had rheumatism so bad he could not walk, and he took hold of the rod at the end gate of the wagon to help him along and when the teamster saw him, he slashed his long whip around and struck father on the legs and he fell to the ground. He could not get up again, and that was the last wagon for the handcarts had gone on before. As I was pulling a handcart I did not know anything about it till we got into camp, and then I went back about three miles to him, but could not find him, so I went back and I was nearly wild. I thought the wolves might have him.

My sister Jane lost the first joint of her big tow and I was terribly frozen up myself, I was laid up nine weeks in Salt Lake, because my feet had been so badly frozen. (After I was placed into the wagons and the frost left my feet, large bags of water formed at my heels.) My father died the next morning after we got in to Salt Lake. He was frozen to death, He was 47 years of age.

Learn more about the Utah Pioneers:

Check out our list of 2014 Pioneer Day Events and Activities

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Local Business Spotlight: Asphalt Materials Do It Yourself Landscape Center

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We recently discovered Asphalt Materials, the place to go for anything to do with landscaping and making your yard look fabulous.

When you walk in, they have an eye-catching display of products you can choose from, and a friendly staff to assist you in what is needed for your project.

I loved the different variety of products offered, and even though we went in for a certain item, we ended up choosing a completely different product for our project to make it look more interesting. What we had in mind for our project changed because of the variety of products they have available, and it turned out much better than we had imagined.

Free Classes:

563716_501044793288651_1355984916_nNot only do they have materials needed for your yard, but free classes to teach you how to do it correctly. Even though classes are free, space is limited so make sure you go online and reserve your spot for the class you want to attend.

Some of their upcoming classes include Raised Box Gardens, Gardening For Beginners, Container Creations and more. Entire class schedule can be found on their website. 

(Photo to right courtesy of Asphalt Materials Facebook page.)

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Asphalt Materials is located at 8051 South 1300 West in Riverton. You can reach them at (801) 561-4231, or connect with them on Facebook and Pinterest. You can also visit their blog for Landscaping tips and ideas. I love their tips on using rock elements to update your landscaping.

I was provided with a gift certificate to visit and review Asphalt Materials. I was not compensated financially for my review, nor was I required or persuaded to write any specific type of review. The views and opinions expressed are all my own.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

More Pioneer Day Fun

Get out and celebrate Utah's Heritage this week. At Utah's Adventure Family we have a whole section of Pioneer ideas that will teach your kids hands-on history. Here are links to find hours, directions, and reviews of a few of our favorite Pioneer adventures:

Fort Bluff: Located in the small town of Bluff, this site is newly revamped to celebrate the Pioneer trek down Hole-in-the-Rock. There is a lot to do and explore, but it is quite a drive from Salt Lake to get there!

Fort Deseret: Just outside Delta is the only Pioneer fort made of mud left standing. There isn't a Visitor's Center or a guide, but this site is a relic of true Pioneer history.

Layton Heritage Museum: Layton has a great museum that focuses on the early settlers of the area. It's close to home and best of all, it's absolutely FREE!

Tooele Pioneer Museum: This one is right next door to the DUP museum, so you can check out both at the same time. There is a large array of Pioneer artifacts to browse. This is one of our boys' favorites.

Territorial Statehouse: This one is in Fillmore and is now a state park. We loved touring the old capital of Utah. There are artifacts, photos, and the old jail.

The Golden Spike at Promontory Point: Our boys love trains, and the reenactments of the meeting of the rails are really fun. Make sure to check which days they do reenactments before you go.
The Beehive House: Brigham Young's home in Salt Lake City is pretty luxurious by Pioneer standards. Check out his mansion which includes a music room and huge dining room.
Camp Floyd: This state park is west of Lehi in the small town of Fairfield. It served as an army encampment for the army that came west to put down the Pioneer "rebellion."
LDS Church History Museum: A lot of cool artifacts are in this Salt Lake City museum including Brigham Young's sunglasses and the death masks of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. 
Local Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museums: We visited the museums in Tooele, Moab, and Springville, but almost every town in Utah has one. 

For our reviews on hikes, museums, camping, and all other adventures in Utah, come on over to Utah's Adventure Family and follow us on TwitterInstagramFacebook or Pinterest.
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Celebrate the Pioneers: Pioneer Games and Music

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This month we celebrate the pioneers that came to the Great Salt Lake Valley and founded the great state of Utah that we enjoy today. Below is a list of fun pioneer games and music to play at your own Pioneer Day celebration. You can also walk in the footsteps of the pioneers by hiking the Original Mormon Pioneer Trail in East Canyon.

For more Pioneer Day fun, check out our list of Pioneer Day Events and Activities.

Pioneer Games:

Stick Pull

Hoop Roll
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Buzz Saw or Whirly Gig
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Marbles

Pioneer Games resources to check out:

Where to go to play pioneer games:

My favorite songs about the Pioneers:

Coming Home by Tim Gates

Come Come Ye Saints

Ephraim’s Rescue Soundtrack (Life and Death by Paul Cardall)

Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked

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20 Totally Awesome Free Summer Activities in Utah

Author: Alyssa Craig

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With summer time in full swing and the heat rising, Utahns are on the lookout for fun, free activities for themselves and their families. Whether you are looking to enjoy the outdoors, experience some culture, or escape the heat, don’t forget to check out some of these great options!

  1. Clark Planetarium (Salt Lake City): Admission is free, but shows cost a small fee.
  2. Gardner Village (West Jordan): The grounds are free to peruse the shops and displays. Check their website for the many events taking place throughout the summer.
  3. Hill Aerospace Museum (Ogden): View a collection of over 90 aircrafts from all over the world and throughout history.
  4. St. George Children’s Museum (St.George): Admission is free, though a small donation is appreciated. There are also many camps, classes and events available for children of all ages.
  5. tooele railroadTooele Railroad Museum (Tooele): Go for a tour of the railroad station and let the kids ride on the little train. Tour guides are available.
  6. Rooftop Concert Series (Provo): Shows start at 7:30 and there are many surrounding restaurants available for food during the entertainment. Come early to set up blankets, chairs, etc.
  7. Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City): Comprised of five different galleries, this museum offers exhibitions, films, events and classes.
  8. Movies on the Plaza Deck (Snowbird, Little Cottonwood Canyon): Movies are shown every Friday night from June 5- August 15. It is outdoors in the mountains, so bring the bug spray and a light blanket for chillier summer nights.
  9. Payson Scottish Festival and Highland Games (Payson): July 11. Enjoy Scottish music, food, entertainment and more! There will also be a 5k, fun run and parade.
  10. Annual Highland Fling: July 26-August 1. Some activities may have a small cost.
  11. Lunch Bunch Concerts (Salt Lake City): Every weekday afternoon (excluding holidays) between 12-1 pm, enjoy free music, ranging from folk to jazz to pop and blues.
  12. Utah Olympic Park (Park City): While there are some activities that do require payment, there are a variety of fun activities available for free, including: Alf Engen Ski Museum, Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum, Discovery Zone, and the Mountain Challenge.
  13. Cool Air Concert Series (Snowbird, Little Cottonwood Canyon): Every Saturday from June 21- August 9. Bring your lawn chairs and coolers!
  14. Layton Heritage Museum (Layton): See displays depicting the rich history of Layton and the pioneers who settled this city.
  15. Silver Lake Boardwalk (Big Cottonwood Canyon): Located behind the Nordic Center by Brighton Ski Resort, walk around for sightings of many different birds and other wildlife.
  16. Monday Night Movies (Salt Lake City): Located at the Gallivan Center, each week the movies move to showcase a new decade ranging from the 60s-90s.
  17. Gilgal Sculpture Garden (Salt Lake City): Contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems, and literary texts.
  18. Fiesta Days (Kamas Valley): July 18-26. A variety of events and entertainment such as music, games and food. Be aware some activities may cost money.
  19. Fort Douglas Military Museum (Salt Lake City): Though free of charge, donations are welcome. Among the display of war artifacts throughout the years you will even find Saddam Hussein’s boots brought back by a Utah soldier present at his arrest.
  20. Sweet’s Candy Factory Experience (Salt Lake City): Available by appointment, the experience includes a virtual tour with your personal tour guide, fresh factory samples, and educational and interactive stations.

Along with the fun and even educational experience each activity provides, there are added bonuses to choosing free events over those that may cost money:

  • If you are more money conscious, free events can help you stay within your monthly budget without having to sacrifice entertainment or date nights.
  • If you are working on getting in control of your finances, free activities can assist you by allowing you to allocate your money where it is most immediately needed. More tips for getting out of financial trouble can be found in this article.
  • Free events also help teach children money is not everything. As you enjoy family time together at these events, your children will recognize you do not have to spend anything to have a great experience.

Whatever your reason, treat yourself or your family to a free activity or two and enjoy this Utah summer!

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