Monday, September 15, 2014

ENTER TO WIN 2014 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “Legends”Tickets


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “Legends” is coming to Salt Lake City September 24-28, 2014.

Read more about the show, and how to purchase your tickets.

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets

  • Enter the rafflecopter below. Deadline to enter is Wed. Sept 17th at 11:59pm.
  • Winner must respond to notification email within 24 hours or a new winner will be chosen. We are not responsible for emails that are filtered into junk folders, or any other reason why winner does not receive email after it has been sent by us.
  • Winner will be send four vouchers that they must take to the EnergySolutions box office to redeem for actual tickets. We will not be responsible for tickets lost in the mail.
  • Vouchers are only valid for the following shows: Wed 9/24 (7pm),  Thrs 9/24 (7pm) and Fri 9/26 (3pm).

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

REVIEW: “Believe” Movie–Inspired By True Events


The film “Believe” won a Zurich Film Festival award for best children’s film and stars Brian Cox (Troy,Bourne Identity Series, Braveheart). It is a great movie for families of all ages, and teaches viewers that if they can close their eyes and believe in something, they can make it possible.

Believe” is the true story of George, a gifted soccer fan who learns life lessons from world-famous soccer coach Matt Busby. Busby comes out of retirement after a tragic accident to help George and his group of friends in a soccer tournament.

Throughout the movie, George is taught life lessons from Busby, but the most important lesson he learns is that dreams are within reach when you believe.

We watched this as a family with my eight year old son and 10 year old daughter. They are both avid soccer fans, but would have enjoyed the show just as much had they not been a soccer fan.

“Believe” is in theaters now, and you can find a list of locations and show times on the “Believe” website.

Follow “Believe” on Facebook for more information on the movie, cast and characters.

Read what Sports Illustrated Kids wrote about “Believe”.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Great New Hikes

Utah's Adventure Family has done some great new hikes this summer. Come check out our hiking tab that includes summits, waterfalls, lakes, and nature trails. You can read about a few of our new favorites below. Click on any link for pictures, directions, and full reviews.

The Living Room (pictured above): This hike is short and step and leads to overlook of the Salt Lake Valley. Previous visitors have set up stone chairs and love seats. There is even an awesome recliner. This was our boys' favorite hike of the summer!

Peak 10,420: Peak 10,420 stands next to Clayton Peak, but is a bit easier for young families. Our boys liked that you can see 7 lakes from the summit. The hike was short and steep and provided beautiful views of Big Cottonwood Canyon and the other side of Guardsman Pass.

Barrier Free Trail at Snowbird: This hike is short along a stroller-friendly, paved path. We saw squirrels, birds, a doe and her fawn, and a mother and baby moose. This trail is appropriate for any age or ability. 

Blood's Lake: This lake is located near Guardsman Pass and shares the trailhead with Peak 10,420. The hike is much more level and goes to a beautiful alpine lake. Though a bit rocky with an few ups-and-downs, this hike is only 1.2 miles RT.

Cave at Ledgemere Picnic Area: Though not really a hike, there is a short walk through a dark cave at Ledgemere Picnic Area in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The cave appears to be an old mine as it seems to be drilled out of the rock. There is room to stand and walk and no crawling is required.

For more 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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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Calling All Aspiring Ballerinas! Ballet West’s Nutcracker Auditions

nutcracker ballet westIt’s that time of the year again…. Auditions for Ballet West’s annual production of The Nutcracker are just around the corner! Ballet West is in search of adorable children to complete their all-star cast.

Who better to be the stars of The Nutcracker than children from the area. See below for all the important details.

Dancers ages 8-18 between the height of 4’0–5’11
Gymnasts between the heights of 4’0’’–4’ 4’’

Ballet West will be holding auditions for their annual production of The Nutcracker.

Pre-registration online is open now at

  • SALT LAKE CITY Registration will be held September 9-10 at our Trolley Square office (650 E 600 S). Specific details for auditions will be given at registration.
  • Auditions will be September 13 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
  • THANKSGIVING POINT Registration will be held September 11 between 4-6 p.m. at 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi in the Brick Canvas building at Thanksgiving Point.

The Nutcracker is an annual tradition for families throughout Salt Lake City. Come be a part of Utah’s most beloved holiday tradition!

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Billy BeeLicious Endless Summer Shopping Expo


Do NOT miss this exciting event... Come for great shopping!!! The very best products & services in Utah! Great Food! Lots of Fun! Exciting Door Prizes!

And do not miss the kids favorite Princesses & Super Heroes too, bring the kids & take photos... The schedule for Princesses & Super Heroes will be posted on the following Facebook pages - Please Visit & "LIKE" both. Big Bodacious Events & Part of your world princess parties...

Mark your calendars for fun!!! Oh... And the Best part is that its FREE admission!

SHOW Date/Time

Sept. 12th & 13th Friday 1pm-8pm & Saturday 10am-6pm   Limited Vendor Spaces still available... Contact us for details 801-341-8006 or or

Golden Spike Event Center
1000 N. 1200 West
Ogden, UT 84404

This is a sponsored calendar event.

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Monday, September 01, 2014

The Camp Floyd Overnight Experience

Camp Floyd

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

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 Discount coupons are available at Wendy’s restaurants or Zurchers.

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Dooms Day Trailer Races at Rocky Mountain Raceway

RMR Figure-8 Trailer, Photo Courtesy of Action Sports Photography
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.  ​

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!

Figure-8 Trailer Race, Photo Courtesy of Action Sports Photography  Figure-8 Trailer Race-2012 - Copy

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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Friday, August 22, 2014

Utah Halloween Events 2014


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

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!


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 .

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

DISCOUNT CODES: Chosen Half Marathon and 5k Run

Chosen picture

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 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. 

Chosen Marathon SLC

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

reduced derby flyer


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 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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