Monday, July 26, 2010

Tour the McCune Mansion

The McCune Mansion is located at 200 North Main Street, Salt Lake City

Alfred and Elizabeth McCune stopped keeping track of expenses after the costs for their “simple” bungalow on Capitol Hill reached $500,000. They imported roof tiles from Holland , rare white satin-grained mahogany from South America , and a room-sized mirror from Germany . The ceiling murals and decorative borders alone took an artist from New York two years to finish. Completed in 1901 and restored in 2001, the McCune Mansion remains a Utah showplace. Spend an hour touring the mansion from the first floor's octagonal reception room to the third floor's glittering ballroom. The Venetian marble bathroom alone is worth the tour!

Tour schedule and Information:

Tours are open to the general public.

Tours of the McCune Mansion are only arranged upon request. Tours are available on week days, during the daytime hours only.

How much?
These tours cost $3 per person and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
We require groups of at least ten and up to 25 people to schedule tours.

Contact Kathy Nielsen at (801) 533-0858 extension 104 to arrange your tour.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Fun FREE Birthday Ideas

Thanks to Bargain Divas for this GREAT list of Birthday Freebies! Here are a few of our favorites, but make sure to visit the Bargain Divas website for an updated list and links to sign up for each deal.


Archibald's Restaurant: Get a free meal (this is bogo free).

Baskin Robbins: Get a free 2.5 oz cone.

Ben & Jerry's: Get a free scoop of your favorite flavor

Benihana: Get a free Birthday Dinner certificate (valued at $30).

Chili's: Get a free Brownie Sundae.

Coldstone Creamery: Get a free ice cream creation.

Dairy Queen: Get a special offer for your birthday.

Del Taco: Get a free shake. No purchase necessary.

Denny's: Get a free Grand Slam breakfast. Only good on your birthday. No purchase necessary.

Fazoli's: Get a free dessert. No purchase necessary.

Jack in the Box: Print a coupon for a free birthday dessert. Valid ID required to redeem.

Lofthouse Cookies: Get a free package of cookies.

Marie Callender's: Get a special offer for your birthday.

Mimi's Cafe: Get a special offer for your birthday (it's previously been a coupon for $10 off $20).

Noodles & Company: Sign up for Noodlegrams and get a free entree on your birthday.

Papa Murphy's: Get free cookie dough with purchase.

Red Lobster: Get a special gift on your birthday.

Red Robin: Get a free burger.

Rubio's: Sign up for their Beach Club and get $7 worth of free food for your birthday.

Ruby Tuesday: Get a free burger.

Starbucks: Register your Starbucks Rewards Card and get a coupon for a free beverage of your choice for your birthday.

T.G.I. Friday's: If you fill out the birthday card that's on your table they will mail it to you before your birthday and it’s good for $5 off your next order.

Tucanos: Get a free meal (this is bogo free).


Boondocks: Get a free unlimited pass. Must be used on your birthdate.
(To register select your location and then click on the Free Pass link on the left.)

Disney Movie Rewards: Get 25 Bonus Points and a free Blu-Ray (you pay $2.95 shipping). Current titles available to choose from: Enchanted, High School Musical 2, Meet The Robinsons, Game Plan, & National Treasure. You'll get a $5 gift code on your birthday.

MyPoints: If you have an account you'll get an email worth 5 points on your birthday.

Sephora: Get a free gift in store (with purchase online).

World Market: Join their Explorer Rewards Program and get a $10 gift certificate for your birthday.

For Kids:

Burger King Club BK: Kids will get a free kids meal. (Make sure your location participates.)

L'il Critters Club: Kids will get a "special surprise" for their birthday.

McDonald's: Send an email to and put NEW MEMBER in the subject line. In the body of the e-mail include your child’s name, address and birthday (up to age 12).

Munchkin Radio: Kids under 10 get a free pass to Jumpin' Jacks, a free ice cream cone from Marble Slab, a free pizza buffet from Rock Creek Pizza, and a free kid's meal from both Chili's and any Utah Chick-fil-A. (Click on the Birthday Club tab to sign your children up.)

Old Spaghetti Factory: Kids will get a free birthday meal.

Pop-Tarts Sprinklings: When you sign up your kids will get free pop-tarts for their birthday (and possibly even their 1/2 birthday).

Red Robin: Kids get a free kid's meal.

Taffy Town

This is a cute little mini-field trip for the kids! While they do not offer tours of their actual factory, they do show the kids a cute little movie about taffy. It's perfect for a day when you are busy and only have a short amount of time to spend.

LOCATION: 55 W 800 S in Salt Lake City (801) 355-4652

HOURS: 10am to 6pm Monday - Friday, closed Saturday and Sundays

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ogden Nature Center

The Ogden Nature Center is a great place to let the kids get some fresh air, walk out the wiggles and learn about the birds they can find in their own backyards. The entrance fee is $4 for adults and $2 for children, but note that children under 2 are free.
The center is designed to provide optimal viewing opportunities for children, with "bird blinds" set up along the marsh that allow guests to watch the birds from behind wooden walls. This is perfect for those that get easily excited and tend to scare off the critters they're trying to view. I accompanied my son's first grade class on a field trip to this center, and even thirty 7 year olds couldn't spook the nesting birds!
They also have birds in exhibits that are either being rehabilitated, or were injured to the point where they can not return to the wild. There are also wild turkeys roaming the grounds, which they share with other expected wildlife such as squirrels, rabbits, deer and bugs!

Hill Air Force Base Museum

The museum consists of two large hangars and a field, all filled with planes, helicopters and other aviation displays. The outside portion of the museum has a paved path you can walk along and the hangars are air conditioned, a nice break from the hot afternoons.
Throughout the hangars you can view smaller planes, many of which have significant histories. The museum is free, but donations are welcome. The museum is staffed by volunteers and the pieces have all been restored and are maintained to preserve these important historical elements.
There are televisions throughout that run short, informative programs on military and aviation history. My son is a WWII buff and loves getting close to the planes, bombs and other equipment.

CLICK HERE for more information.

Anthropological Dig Site

In 1889, a group of Hawaiians moved from the Wasatch Front to Skull Valley in Utah's West Desert. They called the place Iosepa.

The public is invited to visit the site on Saturday, July 17, for Public Archaeology Day.

The students from State University of New York at Potsdam have uncovered what looks to be an old foundation and artifacts, including a piece of jewelry made of a sea shell.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Benjamin Pykles said, "That reminds us why we're here and it reminds us these were real people here -- actual Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and they've come all this way, here in the middle of this desert, and they're making a living for themselves."

LOCATION: The Iosepa dig site is located off Interstate 80 in Tooele County. Drivers take Exit 77, then go south on State Road 196.

Thank you, KSL, for this info!

Click Here to read more about the dig site and what they have found so far.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Utah's Sports Teams

Utah has many different sports leagues. They are always a fun family event. For a complete listing of Utah sports teams, including college games, Click Here.

Utah Grizzlies - Hockey
The Utah Grizzlies, an ECHL team, has played here since the 1995-96 season. They are affiliated with the NHL New York Islanders. Their previous Grizzhome was Denver, Colorado; they moved here when the NHL granted Denver an expansion team. See our post about Family Fun With The Utah Grizzlies. The team mascot, Grizzbee, offers non-stop entertainment during the games for kids of all ages!

Utah Jazz - BasketballThe Utah Jazz is on a roll, playing some of the most exciting basketball in the NBA. Young, hungry and deep, the team includes rising stars Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko. Head coach Jerry Sloan has one of the best records in the NBA and he is building a team for the future - the Jazz are serious contenders in the NBA Western Conference. The Jazz has a winning tradition, built by some of best players ever, including the now-retired hall-of-fame duo of point guard John Stockton and power forward Karl Malone. Utah fans are noisy. They get into the game and make each contest a memorable event.
See the team's website for game schedules and other information.
The team mascot, The Jazz Bear, is known for his daring acrobats, and always keeps the crowd entertained.
We congratulate Real Salt Lake for winning the 2009 MLS Cup Championship!!
The league selected Salt Lake City for several reasons, including Checketts experience and Utah's unique demographics. The league found that Utah has a significant soccer fan base already in place and has the nation's highest per-capita participation in organized soccer (estimated at more than 200,000 players). Key Real Salt Lake players include Jason Kreis, the all-time leading scorer in league history. For a schedule and more information visit

The Salt Lake Bees, the AAA affiliate of the Anaheim Angels, play baseball in the Pacific Coast League. Their Salt Lake City games are held April to mid-September at Franklin Covey Field, which has the majestic Wasatch Mountains as its eastern backdrop. With a panoramic view of the Wasatch Range, there is no better way to spend a summer evening than with the Bees at Franklin Covey Field.
See the Bees website for a schedule and more information.
The team mascot, Bumble, makes public appearances during both the Bees season and offseason. Bumble is available for corporate events, charity functions, birthdays or other private parties.

Utah Blaze - Indoor Football
The Utah Blaze are back and are playing in the Arena Football One league. The E Center is their home. The teach is coached by Ernesto Purnsley and is owned by Dave Affleck.
Under different ownership, the team played three seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL) before the league ceased operations in December 2008. Now the team, under new ownership, is back as a member of the newly formed Arena Football One.
For a schedule and other information:

Antelope Island

It's Utah's own beach, but it's so much more than sand and salty waters! Filled with trails to hike or bike, you'll see desert landscapes and wildlife throughout the park. The rock outcroppings are unique and the sunsets are as amazing as the pictures!
Antelope Island also features primitive camp sites, which you can utilize for $13 dollars a night, and covered picnic areas with small charcoal grills. So go ahead and pack it in (and out please!). If you choose to spend the night you'll be treated to starry skies not seen in the suburbs. There are vault toilets and showers available in the case your children (and you!) venture into the brine. For more water adventures, the Great Salt Lake is actually nationally renowned for it's excellent kayaking scenery and is perfect for beginners and enjoyed by the most seasoned of water dogs.
Take exit #332 (Antelope Island Drive) and just drive west until you hit water! You'll drive along a causeway which takes you out to the island. Yes, it's smelly! I won't lie to you there, but once you're on the island the smell is no more.
Make sure you check out the small (but free!) museum which is full of information you probably didn't know, but should know if you want to call yourself a Utahn! Such as the difference between a bison and a buffalo and what is a brine shrimp anyway? The kids will love it as there's stuff to touch, which means you'll love it too. Fair warning, there's also a small gift shop, so try to steer the kids clear if you don't want souvenirs.
So put together a lunch, grab your camera and the kids and go have some fun!
$9 per vehicle and $3 per person if you're walking or biking in.

Beneath Your Feet: Discovering the Archaeology of Utah Valley

People have lived in Utah Valley for thousands of years. Hunter-gatherers, known as the Archaic culture (6000 BC - AD 400), existed until the introduction of farming around AD 400. A culture reliant on farming, labeled as Fremont (AD 400 - 1300), lasted until drought and societal change pushed them from the Valley. Hunting-gathering groups, such as the later Ute, moved in making hunting-gathering the local lifestyle until Mormon settlers came in 1849.

This exhibition focuses on the Fremont, those who lived and farmed here over one thousand years ago. Thriving off the abundant resources of the area, their communities surrounded Utah Lake in the same areas we have built our own towns. Through archaeology, the remains of the Fremont culture are providing an interesting, yet elusive, look into the history of Utah Valley.

Modern development continues to obscure their homes, so we invite you to discover the history literally beneath our homes, streets, sidewalks, and gardens before their remains disappear forever.

COST: FREE Admission!
LOCATION: Musuem of Peoples
700 N 100 E
Provo, UT

BLOG PLUG: Bonneville Mariner

This is one of my favorite blogs to follow, for many reasons:
- The writer is local
- He finds many unknown, interesting adventures to go on that nobody else knows about
- Many of his adventures are discovering local "forgotten" historic sites
- He is very descriptive in the location of where these historic landmarks are, and gives a great history on them
- He always included awesome pictures with his articles

This is the guy that told me how to find all of the artifacts at the old site of Saltair. Check the categories on his blog under Ghost Towns, then Saltair to read all of his posts on Saltair. Click Here to read his article from the Tooele Transcript Bulletin that got me interested in learning more about Saltair. Click Here for the article that made me decide we were going to go out to Saltair and see what we could find.

Thanks for writing such a great blog with such interesting articles!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ogden's Kayak Park

The park was built in the year 2000 at the urging and with the help of local kayakers. It was the first professionally designed play-park in Utah and really drew attention to the area as a kayaking destination. This park has a kayaking water course in the river, covered picnic shelter, restrooms and drinking water. Enjoy three levels of kayaking expertise.
LOCATION: Exchange Rd and 24th Street in Ogden, UT
COST: ??

Historic 25th Street in Ogden

Take a stroll down Historic 25th Street in Ogden, UT. Click Here to connect with them on Facebook and to keep up with all of the special events happening. To read the history of 25th Street, Click Here.

Paddle Your Canoe

Get a group together and rent canoes and kayaks to paddle around on Bountiful Pond (just off Legacy Parkway). If you arrange ahead of time with South Davis Rental (801.299.0880) they'll even deliver the boats to the pond at a time that you set. All you have to do is show-up!
COST: Kayakes hold 1 person and are $15 for an entire day. Canoes hold 2 people, 3 people if they're children, and are $20 for an entire day.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

DATE NIGHT: Take a walk, have a picnic, and enjoy some quiet time!

This week's DATE NIGHT idea is about taking a romantic stroll through some of Utah's most scenic places. Here are a few of my favorites that are free or minimal cost. If you have a favorite place you like to go for walks, contact me and I will add them here:

Red Butte Gardens
Red Butte Gardens is absolutely breathtaking. Plan on spending at least a few hours to walk through the entire gardens. There are many quiet hideaway spots to stop and have a quiet picnic. View our blog history July 2010) to read about the Children's Garden, Free Admission Days, and Family Nights.
ADMISSION: $4 for children, $6 for adults
LOCATION: By the University of Utah campus
300 Wakara Way, SLC, UT

Gardner Village
Gardner Village is a cute little historic shopping village. Enjoy a stroll around the village and read about the history of the building that houses each little shop. Enjoy grassy hills, beautiful landscape, and then have dinner at Archibald's Restaurant.
ADMISSION: FREE to roam around the village, but you will want to bring some money for souvenirs in the shops.
LOCATION: 1100 W 7800 S
West Jordan, UT

Murray Park
Murray Park is a beautiful place to take a quiet stroll with your loved one.
LOCATION: 296 E Murray Park Ave.
Murray, UT

Millcreek Canyon
Millcreek Canyon is easy to get to, and has many beautiful and easy hiking trails. There are many places to have a picnic.
ADMISSION: $3 per vehicle, cash only, exact amount please
LOCATION: Head east on 3800 South (Mill Creek Canyon Road) from 3500 East (Wasatch Blvd.)
Salt Lake City, UT

Jordan River Parkway
Park benches, picnic tables, restrooms and canoe marinas can be found along the trail. The parkway trails wind through wetlands with cattails, many kinds of fish, foxes and other mammals, plus a variety of bird life. Several miles of trail are paved for pedestrians and bicycles. ADMISSION: FREE
LOCATION: The Jordan River runs north-south through the center of the valley, just west and parallel to Interstate 15. Salt Lake County is working with communities along the river to develop a continous trailway from the Utah County line down south to the Davis County line up north. Substantial sections of the trail have been completed in recent years with grant monies and ZAP sales tax revenue. Remaining trail work will completed as funds become available

Memory Grove Park
This is one of my favorite places in Salt Lake. It's a beautiful park, with easy hiking trails.
LOCATION: Just East of the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City

Davis County
Click on the the link above for excellent places in Davis County to go for a walk.


We went to Red Butte Garden the other day, and my kids LOVED the Children's Garden! They could spend all day playing in the Rattlesnake Maze and the water fountain! The best thing is, there is no extra charge! It's included with regular admission. When you are there, make sure you plan plenty of time....the garden is HUGE and will take you at least an hour to walk through. Pack a picnic lunch, as there are MANY areas to stop and have a nice quiet picnic! Prepare to see many squirrels, bird, and maybe even a rabbit or racoon! They even do Birthday Parties and other classes! Click here to see more information on classes and birthday parties. Click on the appropriate link on the right side of the page.

Click Here for hours and admission prices.

Chick Fil A: Family Nights

Treat yourself to a night of food, fun and family! Every Wednesday from 5-8:30pm is family night. Purchase a combo meal and get a 4 count nugget kids meal free for kids 12 and under! Kids enjoy a free craft while supplies last. (Not all restaurants are participating in this. Our favorite Chick Fil A to go to for Family Night is the Jordan Landing location in West Jordan. They're the best, and even have a balloon guy, a face-painting lady, and special nights with Munchkin Radio!)

Story Nory - FREE Children's Audio Stories

My kids LOVE Story Nory! We choose a few stories to put on a disc for them to listen to while they fall asleep. It's also great for road trips! They have a huge variety of stories; classics and fairy tales like Cinderella and Puss In Boots, Aesops fables, and original stories including one about a frog who used to be a prince. LOTS of fun! Click Here to go to the website.

Munchkin Radio

Munchkin Radio is SO much fun for kids and adults alike! You can listen to a podcast, or check out where Munchkin Radio is going to be and visit them at an event! They have many events they are appearing at around the State. Click Here to go to their website, then click on the "Where We're At" tab.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Learning Outdoors Gets Fun!

Watching Studio 5 today, they had some GREAT ideas on having fun while learning with your kids outside.

Click here to read the ideas.

Ideas include:
- Number Walk
- Insect Logs
- Nature Bracelet
- Summer Poetry
- Many more fun ideas!

Here is the video segment:

Poll Results: Favorite 4th of July activity

"Erin's Promise" - an LDS play

Covey Center For Performing Arts
Provo, UT

Saturday July 10, 2010 (Special Dress Rehearsal Performance)
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010

Click Here for tickets.

Click Here to be taken to the website to read the plot summary.

Moonlight Madness Beach Party - Gardner Village

Mark your calendars! The date for the Gardner Village Moonlight Madness Beach Party has been announced for August 14th 2010. This is one of our favorite events of the year! You do not want to miss this! Come dressed in your beach attire and enjoy lots of fun, beach and summer music, and great deals in all of the shops!
Saturday August 14th 2010
6pm to Midnight
Gardner Village is located in West Jordan, UT at 1100 W 7800 S
FREE Admission, but make sure to bring money for all the great deals going on in the shops!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Red Butte Gardens - FREE Admission Days!

Free Garden Gift Days

Thanks to Salt Lake County voters and Zoo, Arts, and Parks tax for funding Garden Gift Days.

Arbor Day
Friday, April 30, 2010 9:00 am - 3:00 pm There's no better place than Red Butte Garden to celebrate Arbor Day! As Utah's very own Arboretum, we'll learn all about the wonderful world of trees. Join us for a fun day of activities and interactive Exploration Stations throughout the Garden. You'll leave with a tree of your own. Arbor Day is a FREE admission day thanks to Salt Lake County voters and Zoo, Arts, and Parks. FREE DAY Thanks to zoo, arts & parks (ZAP)

Pioneer Day
Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Labor Day
Monday, September 6, 2010 9:00 am - 7:30 pm

8th Annual Holiday Open House & Art Fair
Saturday & Sunday, December 4 & 5, 2010 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Held the first weekend of every December, the Holiday Open House has become a wonderful tradition at the Garden. For two days we have free admission to the public, our popular Wreath-Making workshops, and fantastic local artists offering their work for sale. Every year we attract holiday shoppers looking for special, unique gifts!

FREE admission day thanks to Salt Lake County voters and Zoo, Arts & Parks ( ZAP).

Red Butte Gardens - Family Nights

Family Nights
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Shows start at 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm

This year Monday Family Nights will be filled with colors, sounds, music and dance from around the world. Local Utah cultural groups from diverse backgrounds will provide a wonderful night to enjoy the music and dance from their heritage while children enjoy crafts and activities associated with the many cultures. Join us as we explore the world of diversity in our own community!

Bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the evening in the Garden with your family. All performances will be held in Amphitheater, enter through the Visitor Center. Tram service is available.

Regular Garden Admission/Members Free
Monday Family Night Rate $24(Includes 2 adults and up to 4 children)

July 5th:
Utah Ko' Triskalariak
Basque music and dance. The club has existed for over 35 years in the Salt Lake valley and continues to cultivate the unique Basque culture with dance and music. Visit for more information.

July 12:
Hawaiian Cultural Center
Music and dance of the Hawaiian islands. Native Hawaiian people teach and share the hula (dance), 'olelo (language), mo'olelo (history), mele (music), and Spirit of Aloha. Visit for more information.

July 19:
Khemera Dance Troupe with the Vietnamese Volunteer Youth Lion Dancers
Music and dance of Cambodia and the Lion dancing of Vietnam. Since spring of 2000, the Khemera Dance Troupe has provided Cambodian-Americans with introduction and education in the art of Cambodian classical and folk dances. Visit for more information.

July 26:
Salt Lake Capoeira
Music and dance of Brazil. Capoeira is a unique and vibrant Afro-Brazilian martial art which cultivates movement, culture, music and philosophy. Visit for more information.

August 2:
German Chorus Harmonie & German American Society
Music and dance of Germany. Together these two organizations perpetuates Utah's German heritage through music and dance since the mid twentieth century.

August 9:
Bollywood Dance Group
Music and Dance of India. University of Utah students perform and promote various dance styles from traditional to western infused dance of different regions of India.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Hire Big H - Car Show

Hires Big H is having a Car Show on Tuesday July 20th from 6pm to 9pm
(If you miss this one, the next one is in August. They have a classic car show every 3RD TUESDAY!)
2900 W 4700 S
Taylorsville, UT
- Come and see all the cool classic cars, and get a bite to eat while you're there! Eat inside the restaurant, or enjoy a BBQ outside while you view the cars.

Raspberry Days

August 5th - 7th 2010
The Raspberry Days Festival is an incredible event held to celebrate the harvest of the world famous Bear Lake Raspberries. The Raspberry harvest usually starts around the 3rd week of July and lasts 3-4 weeks. The Raspberry Days Festival is an annual event, which begins two days prior to the first Saturday in August. The festival is a fun filled 3 days with the Little Miss Berry Pageant, the craft fair with continuous entertainment, the Parade on the Boulevard, the Rodeo and 5K run in Laketown, the Pancake Breakfast at the Garden City Park, and ending with the fireworks on the Beach.

Days of 47 Events

This will be listed in our 24th of July celebrations post, but it's such a big event that we decided to give it a post of its own!

July 9 Family Fun Day (more info)
FREE parking and admission
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This Is The Place Heritage Park
2601 East Sunnyside Avenue (800 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah
- Enjoy the many activities throughout the Park including: The Days of '47 Rodeo Games, Train Rides, Petting Corral, Pony Rides, Educational Crafts, Art Garden, Magic Show, Carnival Games, Pioneer Demonstrations, Live Music and Entertainment, Dancing, Native American Exhibit,Mini King and Queen Royalty Competition, and many more activities!

July 9 and 10 KUTV 2 Pops Concert (more info)
Abravanel Hall
123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Friday and Saturday, July 9th and 10th - 7:30 p.m.

July 10 All Horse Parade (more info)
FREE admission
10:00 a.m.
South Towne Center
Sandy, Utah
- The Days of '47 All Horse Parade is fun for people of all ages. Entries in the parade represent the finest horses, carriages, wagons, drill teams and authentic costumes in the West. You will likely find the "Cold Water Gang" stirring up trouble before, during and after the parade. Bring the whole family and join us for an exciting time at one of the country's largest parades featuring a variety of horse breeds along with their colorfully costumed riders.

July 16 Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert (more info)
- There will be guest artists for this year's Pioneer Day Commemoration Concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra. Check back frequently for the announcement of the guest artists and to learn additional details. The concert will be presented in the LDS Conference Center. The program will showcase the Choir and wonderful music from its repetoire.

July 17 *First Encampment Hike (more info)
7:00 a.m.
Donner Park (2770 East and 990 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah
- The hike begins at 7 a.m. at Donner Park (2770 East and 990 South, east of Hogle Zoo) and ends at First Encampment Park (1700 South and 500 East), near the site where the pioneers camped in the Salt Lake Valley on July 22, 1847. The hike is five miles long. Please arrange your transportation accordingly.

July 17 Youth Parade (more info)
10 a.m. Route starts at 600 East and 500 South, runs west on 500 South to 200 East and ends at the City and County Building (Washington Square), 200 East and 500 South in Salt Lake City.
- Utahns can celebrate Days of '47 activities by watching or participating in one of the largest youth parades in the United States on July 17th. In just a few blocks, you will see marching bands, creatively decorated floats, performing groups and, of course, several thousand children having a grand time. Performing groups clothed in traditional dress will delight spectators with instruments or vocal and dance routines from around the globe.

July 17 Youth Festival (more info)
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Washington Square
City/County Building
200 East 450 South
Salt Lake City, Utah
Free Admission
- Following the Youth Parade, one of the largest and oldest such parades in the nation, The Days of '47 invites children and families to celebrate at our sixth annual Youth Festival. At the end of the Parade route, Youth Parade participants and spectators will find free activities, games and attractions for hours of family fun, while learning important principles of safety, service, prevention and cultural diversity.

July 19 - 24 Days of '47 Rodeo (more info)
Maverik Center (formerly The "E" Center)
3200 Decker Lake Drive
West Valley, Utah 84119
- Please visit for ticket information and further announcements.

July 22 Pioneers of Progress Awards and Dinner (more info)
6:30 p.m. Reception and 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Little America Hotel
500 South Main Street
Salt Lake City
- As part of its celebration of Utah’s pioneer heritage, The Days of ’47 will honor seven modern-day Utahns as Pioneers of Progress in 2010. The tradition of granting these awards began in 1995 and has continued to recognize outstanding individuals whose lives exemplify the pioneer legacy of industry and integrity and whose works benefit present and future generations.

July 19 and 20 Days of '47 Float Preview Party (more info)
- Visit South Towne Expo Center on July 19 and 20, 2010 to preview many of the Parade floats and join the excitement as Parade day nears. The party begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m. on both days. The South Towne Expo Center has plenty of parking and Trax is a short distance away.
- Also enjoy bands, clowns, entertainment and much more. Free admission.

July 23 *Brother Brigham's Ball (more info)
- There is no better way to show your appreciation for Utah's founding pioneers than to dance and sing. Join the party at This Is The Place Heritage Park on the evening of July 23rd to kick up your heels. The whole family will enjoy scootin' across the floor to the tunes of our band.
- You'll leave refreshed and more appreciative of our pioneering history. Can you imagine rising on the 24th to walk another 15 miles? Instead, the Sunrise Service beckons at 7 a.m. and the Parade starts at 9 a.m. See you there! Don't forget our Heritage Night Rodeo at 7 p.m. on the evening of the 24th. We have the entire day planned for you! Just y'all come!
- Brother Brigham's Ball entry is $6.00 per person. Click here to visit the website for This Is The Place Heritage Park.

July 24 *Deseret News Marathon/10K/5K Fitness Walk (more info)
- Here's your chance to participate in a Days of '47 event that is fun and offers some exercise. On July 24, the Marathon joins the Parade route in Salt Lake City. Run to the cheers of thousands of spectators along the Parade route!
The starting time for the Marathon is 5:30 a.m., beginning at the top of Big Mountain above Emigration Canyon. Prizes will be awarded to male and female 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

July 24 Sunrise Service (more info)
- Begin your 24th of July holiday with a flag ceremony conducted by the Mormon Battalion in the true spirit of the pioneers, while honoring the Days of '47 Royalty.
- The Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square.
- Free admission and no tickets are required.

July 24 The Days of '47 KSL 5 Parade (more info)
- 9 a.m. Route starts at South Temple and State Street running east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East in Salt Lake City
- (This is usually televised on Channel 5 KSL if you would like to watch from home!)

July 23 and 24 *Pioneer Heritage Festival (more info)
Open 9 am - 5 pm
Click here to visit the website for This Is The Place Heritage Park.
- The Days of '47 and This Is The Place Heritage Park invite you to a true pioneer experience -- grab your hat and c'mon up!
- The arrival of the pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley was the end of a long journey, but it was the beginning of the settlement of the West. After the Days of '47 Parade, come up to This Is The Place Heritage Park and see what life was like in the settlements of 19th Century Utah. We'll be here on Friday and Saturday, too, July 23rd and 24th.
- Watch the blacksmith working at his forge, learn how wool was spun into thread or visit with the furniture maker. Kids can meet farm animals face-to-face at the Petting Corral, ride ponies and choose from a number of hands-on crafts to make. Everyone enjoys a ride around the village on the train or you can take a leisurely horse-drawn wagon ride.
- There will be live music, great food at the Monument Cafe and plenty of things to see and do in 40 original or replica homes and businesses straight out of Utah's history. You might even meet Brigham Young!
- Wherever your family tree has its roots -- early Utah or around the world -- the pioneering spirit is everyone's heritage. Celebrate it at This Is The Place Heritage Park!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Pioneer Day Celebrations

NOTE: This list will be ongoing and added to as I hear about activities, please check back often!

Here is a list of all of the many celebrations going on around Utah to celebrate our statehood (NOTICE: Not all of them are on the 24th! Many of them are earlier in the month!):

Tremonton City Days
Thousands of people come from all around each year to participate in this annual event. Lots to do and see for every age group…most of them are free!
- Special events run from 8:00 am to 10:00pm including a City Council Breakfast on Saturday morning at 8:00am
- Featuring: entertainment, booths, baby contest, fireworks, home run derby, 5k fun run, free carnival rides, inflatable toys,contests and classic car show.
- This event is fun for the whole family.
- This year will feature a concert by Grand Ol Opry veteran and Nashville recording artist Mark Petersen plus comedy magician Al Lampkin (which I can personally say is a GREAT show!)
- Games include a hot dog eating contest, all-star ball games.
- Movie, “The Spy Next Door,” on Friday evening at dusk.
- Click Here for the full schedule of events.

(Marysvale is located in Southern Utah south of Richfield. I had to look it up!)
Saturday July 24th - starting at 7am
Pioneer Day Celebration
7:00 a.m. Breakfast-City Park
10:00 a.m. Parade-Bullion Avenue
11:00 a.m. Kid's Game's - City Park
1:00 p.m. Biggest Little Rodeo - City Park

Days of 47 Events
Click Here to see our post about all of the Days of 47 activities.

Youth Parade, "Pioneers of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow".
- Parade starts at 7 pm, children meet at 6:30 pm at THS parking lot (301 W. Vine St.)
- Free family activities at the Tooele City Park after parade.

Ivins City
(Ivins is located North East of St George, UT)
- This years activities will be held on Saturday, July 24 at Ivins City Park. Activities will include: a Pancake Breakfast from 7:00 - 9:00 am sponsored by the Ivins City Firefighters Assoc., a Flag Raising Ceremony at 8:00 am at Ivins City Hall, a Parade on Center Street at 9:00 am, and Activities in the Park until 2:00 pm which will include arts, crafts, food, games and information.

16th Annual Native American Celebration in the Park Powwow
Saturday July 24th at Liberty Park - 1100 S. 600 E. - Salt Lake City, Utah
Food and Arts & Crafts Booths: 7 AM until Fireworks
Powwow: 12:00 Noon until Fireworks
Powwow $5 (under 6 & over 65 Free) - All other events/activities free

Tooele Valley DUP Company Annual Pioneer Days Jubilee
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: FREE
Location: Benson Grist Mill, Tooele, UT

Ogden Pioneer Days
Ogden has a month-long Pioneer Days celebration planned for 2010! View the events calendar by clicking here. Activities include: movies, parades, concerts, dances, breakfasts, rodeos, a kids only rodeo, fireworks, and much more!

Red Butte Gardens FREE Admission Day
Thanks to Salt Lake County voters and Zoo, Arts, and Parks tax for funding Garden Gift Days.
Pioneer Day
Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday, July 02, 2010

Gardner Village Historic Scavenger Hunt

Today we did the Historic Scavenger Hunt at Gardner Village. It was SUPER hot, but lots of fun, and plenty of grass and shade to enjoy! Gardner Village is always decorated so cute according to the holiday or season!

We enjoyed homemade sandwiches at the Naborhood Bakery, got candy and treats at Sweet Aftons, and had a blast reading about all of the historic buildings there! After we finished the scavenger hunt, we took our forms in to Sweet Aftons and they gave us some free candy! Yay! CLICK HERE for the scavenger hunt form.

LOCATION: Gardner Village is located in West Jordan, UT at 1100 W 7800 S.
COST: FREE scavenger hunt and FREE admission to the village, but you will want to bring some money for treats, deals, etc.!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

DATE NIGHT: Drive-In Movie!

Sadly, the number of Drive-In theaters across America is slowly declining. We are lucky to have a few left here in Utah to enjoy! I know this is one of our favorite ways to watch a movie, especially because we have a truck to lay out sleeping bags and enjoy the movie in!

Redwood Drive-In
3688 S Redwood Rd., West Valley City:

The Redwood Drive-In opened in 1948 as a two screen theater. In 1977, it converted to three screens, four screens in 1978, and the current six screens in 1983. The facilities were renovated in 2004. Most of the screens show two movies each night. Visit the website for showtimes and theater information.

Motor Vu Theater
4055 N State Highway 36, Erda (Tooele)

This one screen drive-in theater has been in operation for over 53 years!

There are more Drive-In movies in operation around Utah. Visit this website for a complete listing.

Firework Shows!! 2010

Looking for somewhere to take the family to watch fireworks this weekend!? There are 24 Firework shows to choose from! (Thanks to Tonya for forwarding us the information from!)

Please check the venue’s website before venturing out for any updated information.

Murray City
They are offering an all-day Fourth of July celebration:
- Breakfast (6:30am-10am at pavilion #5 - Adults $5; Children $3)
- 5K race (8am; $15-$30)
- Kids Race (9am; ages 4-9; $10; must preregister)
- Parade (8:30am; starts at Fashion Place and ends at Murray Park)
- Free games, food booths, paid activities (face painting, games, rides, fishing booth, dunking machine, etc.)
- Entertainment (a magic show, live music, contests, a talent show, etc.)
- An evening concert by the Endless Summer Band (8:30pm) followed by:
- Fireworks (10pm).Check the city's website for a schedule and complete details.

- Parade, fireworks of course (friday), concert in the park, 5k run, breakfast in the park and more. schedule of events at

- Freedom 5K Fun Run/Walk
- Pancake breakfast
- Parade down State Street
- A vendor fair, kids activities, live entertainment, and fireworks
- Most activities are held in Fisher Park, but some are held at other local venues; see the website for a complete schedule of events and locations.

- 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, July 3, 2010 on the beautiful grassy South Towne Promenade between Sandy City Hall and the South Towne Center at 10000 South and 175 west

- 7am to 11 am Breaksfast at DATC (300 South 500 East) $5/person or $25/family up to 6. Contact Janalyn Holt 801-510-1402.
- 7:30 am 5K, 10K Run/Walk at Davis Hight Track, Fee $15 or contact Steve Hiatt 801-444-2464.
- 10 AM to 10 PM Booths/Entertainment at Davis High School south parking lot
- 11 am Parade from DATC to Main, then north to 100 North, then east to 200 East. Theme: Old Fashioned 4th of July. Contact Janalyn Holt 801-510-1402.
- 3 pm "Seussical the Musical" Davis High Auditorium 325 S. Main. Cost $6.50/general and $8 reserved. $32/family Contact Kristin Barlow 801-510-3377
- 10 PM Fireworks at DATC/DHS area.

North Ogden Cherry Days
- 5K Fun Run and Mayor’s Walk at 7 a.m. at the North Ogden IHC Health Center.
- Children’s Parade at 9:30 and the main parade at 10 a.m.
The parades start at 2850 North and Washington Blvd. (400 East) continuing south to 1900 North, where it will head east and disperse at approximately 450 East and 1800 North.

Park City
Several activities to celebrate Independence Day!
- Breakfast at 7 a.m. at City Park, 1354 Park. Ave. followed by a 5K run.
- The parade, which features over 70 floats, begins at 11 a.m.
- There will also be a lot of food and music.
- Fireworks are at Park City Mountain Resort at dusk.

Brighton 4th of July Breakfast
Adults $6-$8; Children $5-$7
Families can head up to the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon (AKA the Brighton Loop) for a community breakfast. Choose from steak, eggs, and pancakes; omelets and pancakes; or sausage, eggs, and pancakes. This is a very popular annual event, so parking can be a bit of a hassle. Street parking is common, and carpooling is highly encouraged.

They will be celebrating with a breakfast, Fun Run/Walk, a parade, and a children’s carnival, among other activities. All will be held at the Layton Commons Park. The night will end with a concert from the New American Philharmonic with Cannoneers at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater, followed by fireworks.
For more information, visit

West Jordan
- The day begins at 10 a.m. with a parade and continues through the day with festivites.
- At 8:30 p.m. the clay animation gem "Wallace & Gromit" will be shown at an outdoor theater at Veterans Memorial Park. Afterward, the skies will be ablaze as Independence Day is celebrated WJ style.

Oakley Fourth of July celebrations
- Begins at 7:30 a.m. with a Freedom Run 5K.
- At 10 a.m. there will be a parade, which begins at the Oakley Recreation Complex and ends near Oakley City Center.
- At 8 p.m. it’s the PRCA Rodeo, followed by fireworks.
Visit for a more detailed schedule.

Lehi City
- Annual fireworks show at Electric Park in Thanksgiving Point. Concessions are available starting at 7pm. Families can bring their own blankets for lawn seating.

Air Supply will perform at the Tooele High School Football Field. The performance begins at 8 p.m.. Gates open at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks after the concert. For more information, visit their website.

The Canyons
Saturday July 3rd. Independence Day bash features music by the Disco Drippers and a huge fireworks display. The concert takes place in the Canyons Resort Village. Park in the main lot and ride the Cabriolet into the Resort Village. No blankets or chairs can be brought in before 5pm. Due to the popularity of this event, carpooling is advised.

Sugarhouse Park
They always have a great firework show. Concert starts at 7:30, fireworks at dusk, 9:45 or so.

Stadium of Fire
Saturday July 3rd - BYU Lavell Edwards Stadium
Featuring Carrie Underwood

Pleasant Grove
Fireworks display this year at the Pleasant Grove High School football field. The show, which begins at dusk, will last approximately 25 minutes and include 10,000 fireworks. Pleasant Grove High School football field, 700 E. 200 South, Pleasant Grove

American Fork Steel Days
July 14, 10 p.m.
Art Dye Park, 1100 N. 500 East, American Fork
$8 for those age 8 and up; ages 8 and younger free
- Visit their website for complete list of activities
- A half-hour fireworks show is scheduled as the grand finale to American Fork Steel Days's aptly-named "Big Show." The musical extravaganza will include performances by Utah musicians Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband, Peter Breinholt and Jon Schmidt.
- Tickets are required to gain access to Art Dye Park and view the fireworks show, although city officials say the fireworks will be visible from outside the park.

Cedar Hills Fireworks Spectacular
July 21, 10 p.m
Vicinity of Cedar Hills Drive and 4600 West, Cedar Hills
- The $15,000 fireworks show, produced by Vortex Productions, will also include updated music selected by city officials "It is one of the biggest fireworks shows in the state of Utah every year," Decker said. "Last year we were named third in the state.

Riverton Celebration
FULL schedule of events and locations at
Friday July 2nd
- Parade at 6:30 pm, 1830 West 13400 South ends at 12800 South 1300 West
- FREE Jazz Concert following the parade
- Monsters vs Aliens shows at dusk, 9:30 ish, bring a blanket.
Saturday, 6:30am
- Flag raising ceremony, chuckwagon breakfast
- 9am to 12noon is family swimming at the south County Pool (12765 South 1125 WEst) Diving for dollars, tanning contest, greased watermelon and more free games at 10am -- F-16 Flyover by the us air force! 3:45pm to 4:15pm Haystack dive, south east park lawn.
- 10pm Fireworks

They are hosting a three-day celebration of the 4th of July. Check the website for the complete schedule of events and for parade route information. Most activities take place in Copper Park, but some events occur at other Magna parks/venue.
Festivities include:
- A carnival (Fri-Mon)
- A children's parade (Fri)
- A Lions Club Breakfast (Sat)
- A community parade (Sat)
- Live music (Sat)
- Fireworks (Sat)
- A movie in the park (Mon)