Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Free Document Shred Event

If you don't have a shredder, do not fear!  Saturday, June 30 bring your need to be shredded documents to the Public Works Facility in Midvale, (7125 South 600 West). Rocky Mountain Document Destruction will be there to shred your private documents, completely free of charge.  Clear out your filing cabinets and clean off your desk!  It will feel so refreshing to not have to cram all of your documents into the file rather than slide them in easily. . . 

In addition to the shredding service, there will also be There will also be green waste, bulk waste, recyclables, glass, and electronic waste collection available. So take advantage of the week, trim some trees, find all of your recyclables and bring them over.    

Edited to add: The event runs from 8:00am to 2:00 pm.  
Don't miss it!  

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Free Emergency Car Door Unlocking Service

There are very few things more panic inducing than locking your keys in your car, with your baby inside.  In the summer.  It happens to all of us. You lock the doors out of habit, shut your door and open the  back door to take our your child, only to realize that the keys are still in the ignition.  Next time it happens, don't panic.  There is a free service to unlock your car doors in an emergency.  PopALock will come unlock your doors in an emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are various locations through out the valley.

Sugar House, Ski Resorts, Salt Lake City, Park City
(801) 596-1000
Centerville, North Salt Lake, Farmington, Kaysville, Bountiful, Layton, Ogden
(801) 633-3769
Midvale, Cottonwood Heights , Sandy, South Jordan, Draper
(801) 733-6800
North Salt Lake, Centerville, Ogden, Farmington, Bountiful, Kaysville, Layton
(801) 968-5100
They also have an iPhone app that you can download in iTunes.
Find the location closest to you, get that phone number in your phone, and the next time the worst happens, you know just who to call.  To find more info about PopALock, check out their website.  

*This is not a sponsored post. I just think that this is a fantastic service that PopALock provides and the whole state should know about it!  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Storytelling at South Jordan Gale Center

gale center south jordan

If you or anyone in your family are Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit lovers, you will want to make it a priority to make it to the Gale Center in South Jordan to hear master storyteller Carol Esterreicher. She has prepared an entire program on the life and stories of Beatrix Potter.

If you have a little extra time, go early and explore the rest of the Gale Center. It is small, but if you have little ones, they will love it. Particularly if they love to play house. Or store. Or school. If you don't have extra time, go on a different day. It is totally worth the trip. It's also a great resource for home school groups.

If you go:
South Jordan Gale Center
10300 South Beckstead Lane
(previously the South Jordan Library)
Tuesday, June 26
6:00 to 8:00

Friday, June 22, 2012

Icelandic Festival, Spanish Fork

If you have ever wanted to know more about Iceland, this weekend, you can get your chance. The annual Icelandic Festival will be held June 22 to the 24 at the Spanish Fork City Park in, where else, Spanish Fork.

Friday night will be full of Icelandic cultural workshops, all held at the LDS Church at 300 East Center St, in Spanish Fork. Workshops will run from 7:00 to 9:00 that night.

Saturday is full of the Family Fair, beginning with a flag ceremony at 10:00 in the park, followed by a breakfast.   The rest of the day you can visit the activities at the Barnabær (Children's Village). The schedule will be as follows: 

Kids games, prizes, photo opps, piñata
10:30 am Opens
11:00 pm Balloon Man arrives at Barnabær (Children's Village)
12:00 pm Icelandic Hot Dogs! with chips, cookies, soda/water
12:30 pm Barnakór (Children's Choir)
12:45 pm Honoree Ceremony for Rhea Jean Hancock

1:00 pm Entertainment/Games

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Family Health Fair, Riverton, Utah

riverton, ut

Now, I know what you're thinking:  a health fair?  Really?  Not exactly what I wanted to do with my Saturday.  But, BUT, the Health Fair this weekend at Riverton Hospital promises to be totally worth your time.  Why?  This is not your average health fair, just a few booths with representatives handing out pamphlets. Nope.  This health fair will feature the Mega Lungs exhibit: the world's very first walk through inflatable lungs.  This will mark the first time that the Mega Lungs exhibit has visited Utah. In addition to the Mega Lungs event, there will be a fascinating behind the scenes look into surgery.  You can even take a tour of the operating rooms of the hospital.

If your kids are less into surgery and human anatomy, there will also be firetrucks, ambulances, and police cruisers on display for the kids.  As well as a Teddy Bear Emergency Clinic where kids will learn how to stich up and take care of bears and their owies.  You can get a complete listing of events at features at the Riverton Hospital Website.

If you go: 
Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 to 2:00

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Concerts By the Creek

salt lake city library events

Music lovers rejoice!  Another free concert series!  This time, at the Anderson-Foothill Branch of the library.  After the heat of the day, head on over to relax in the shade and listen to local musicians.  The schedule of concerts is as follows: 

Jun 20, 7pm -Jake and Rebekah Workman (Bluegrass Duo)
Jun 27, 7pm -Public Domain String Band (Appalachian Old Time)
Jul 11, 7pm-Better Off With the Blues (Blues)
Jul 18, 7pm -The Drifter and Miss Judy (Cowboy/Western)
Jul 25, 7pm -Melody and Tyler (Folk Duo)
Aug 1, 7pm -Idlewild (Irish/Celtic)
Aug 8, 7pm -Red Rock Hot Club (Django Jazz)
So, bring a blanket, some chairs and even a snack or two and enjoy some local music.  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Reading Roundup

summer books

If your kids need a little extra motivation to keep reading this summer, introduce them to the summer reading programs that Utah has to offer.  Free books, free food, and everyone is happy and reading!
summer books

Utah State Fair:  Read and Win!  

  • The program is open to children between the ages of 6-12, as of Sept 1, 2012
  • Books should between April 1 to July 27, 2012
  • Children read 10 books and fill out the printable reading record form
  • Reading is verified by a teacher, parent, guardian or librarian
  • Mail completed forms to the Fair.  Entries must be postmarked before July 27, 2012.  
  • No late entries will be accepted!  
By returning your completed form on time, you receive: 
  • Gate entry pass to the 2012 Utah State Fair, for any of the days (Sept. 6-16)
  • Ribbon bookmark from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions
  • A coupon from Lemons on the Loose for a free medium lemonade, redeemable at the Fair
  • Coupon from Thomas Carnival for one free ride, redeemable at the fair. (There are a limited amount of these coupons, so get your forms in early!)
best summer books

Download a calendar of ideas and activities to inspire reading. Along with the calendar, print off a Family Progress form to track your reading as you go.  Along with that progress card, is a coupon for free Apple Dippers from McDonalds. Once you have read 20 hours, between August 31 and September 30, mail your family progress form in and receive a certificate of completion from Governor and Mrs. Herbert, as well as a coupon for a free Happy Meal from McDonald's.  
summer reading list

Utah Kids Ready to Read has identified five important, yet fun components of early literacy: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing. UEN has created a webquest to help you easily find useful online literacy based resources, to sample activities that support the 5 early literacy components, and keep the momentum going as you and your child begin the journey toward literacy.
By participating in this webquest, we hope you will find additional ways to bring reading readiness resources to your family. In addition to using books and magazines to find out about Early Literacy, why not also use the power of the Internet? 
Utah Kids Ready to Read provides links full of activities and guides you through the webquest. Once all the activities have been completed, you will be sent a free book.  
reading clinic

Other Reading Resources: 

Books Should be Free provides free audio books, mostly classics.  All are available in mp3, iPod or iTunes format.  (I am so, so excited about this website. I just discovered it and I. AM. IN. LOVE!)

Barnes & Noble Free Online Story time: Dozens of children's audio books are available online. These are not downloads, however.  But each month, they add a new book. There is a ton of variety.  

Sesame Street Ebooks: Sesame Street provides a selection of free ebooks, with a rotating variety. So keep checking back for an updated list of books.  

Have Fun Reading!  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days, Pleasant Grove, UT

festivals in utah

Summer is full of city celebrations, and this week is no different. If you are in Utah County, try and make it to some of the Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days Events.

Monday, June 18: Free Family Swim at Veteran's Memorial Pool, 1:00
Friday, June 22: Huck Finn Day at Battlecreek Park, 9:00 to 12:00
Saturday, June 23: Mammoth Parade, along 200 S., Main St., 10:00
Sunday, June 24: Concert in the Park, Recreation Center, 547 Locust, 7:00

festivals in utah

Friday, June 15, 2012

BRAVE Kids Activities

brave activities

Are your kids excited to see Brave? I totally am.  Next week!  If you have impatient kids that you need to keep busy, try these free activity sheets from Disney that go with the movie. Along with the activity sheets, you can also find a Scottish glossary, and fun facts on the movie.   That way, when you go see it, everyone will know the lingo.  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bean Museum, BYU

wildlife museum

The Bean Museum at BYU is preparing for a major overhaul.  Starting July 1, the Bean Museum will be closed until Fall 2013.  So, basically, you have 2 weeks to get down there and visit the museum one last time before they hit their metamorphosis stage.  We love the Bean Museum, and for the little kids it's almost as cool as the zoo.  The animals don't move, obviously, but you get a better look at them.  So, get to the Bean Museum between now and July 1.

If you just can't make it and you live in Provo, the Bean Museum is beginning an awesome program: Free FHE shows to anyone in Provo City.  The museum will put on shows to groups of 15 people or more, and they are all reptile shows. If you fall into that category and are interested in having the museum come to you, you can reserve your show on their site.

In addition to the FHE program, the Bean Museum will be starting a wildlife hour at Utah County Libraries.  Classes are held weekly at 11:00 am.  You can learn all about wildlife with games, crafts and activities.  Classes will run June 18 until August 10 and the schedule is as follows:

Monday: Springville Library
Tuesday: Mapleton Library
Wednesday: Orem Library
Thursday: American Fork Library
Friday: Pleasant Grove Library

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dinosaur Train, Salt Lake City Library

If you have Dinosaur train lovers at your house, be sure to head to the Riverside Branch one Saturday this month.  Take the opportunity to get outside, get into nature and make your own discoveries!  And, don’t forget to come to Storytime at the end of the event!

Sat, Jun 16, 9:30am: Collecting

Sat, Jun 23, 9:30am: Conservation

Sat, Jun 30, 9:30am: Community (Take a photo with Buddy!)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Family Art Festival, BYU's Museum of Art

art museums

This weekend give your children a little culture and check out the Family Art Festival at BYU's Museum of Fine Arts.  This year, the festival is inspired by the theme Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture.  If you go, you will be treated to stories of the Islamic world, participation in middle eastern dance and music demonstrations, have the opportunity to create Islamic art masterpieces, and sample Islamic food in the MOA cafe.  

If you go: 
BYU Museum of Fine Art 
Friday and Saturday 
June 15 and 16
10:00am to 3:00pm 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Gateway Chalk Art Festival

festival in utah

If you are an art lover, and even if you're not, you must check out the Gateway Chalk Art Festival.  My husband and I stumbled across it a few years ago and I was blown away by the quality of the artwork.  The festival itself is free.  There is an entry fee for those wanting to enter artwork into the competition, but to come and see is open to everyone.  I cannot recommend it enough. Your kids will be delighted with the work, and if memory serves there is a plethora of chalk and empty space provided to encourage your burgeoning artists. And you may as well bring your swimsuits and let them take a run in  the Gateway fountains.  Take a lunch and make a day out of it!  

If you go:
Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16
All Day 
Gateway Mall 
(and don't forget the sunscreen!)

Friday, June 8, 2012

Johnny Rockets Grand Opening, Farmington

johny rockets

One more last minute weekend event:  If you're up north, you might want to stop by the brand new Johnny Rockets Grand Opening, tomorrow, June 9.  Inside the restaurant, starting at 11:00 they will give away commemorative Johnny Rockets t-shirts to the first 100 guests, and they will be holding giveaways of Johnny Rockets merchandise all day long.
johnnie rockets

 Outside the restaurant, from 2:00 until 5:00 your kids can visit the ketchup art station and have their picture taken at the photo station with their ketchup masterpiece.  There will also be appearances from Johnny and the Johnny Rockets  Shake mascot, if you're interested in photo opps! This is the first of 3 Johnny Rockets restaurants to open in Utah.

If you go: 
Johnny Rockets at Station Park
875 W. East Promontory
(in the village, next to Cinemark)
Farmington, UT

*And get the orange creamsicle shake and the sweet potato fries.  SO good!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Downtown Farmer's Market,

farmers markets
If you are a farmer's market lover like I am, you are looking forward to Farmer's market season as much as I am. I have some splendid news: It's here!  The Downtown Farmer's Market opens Saturday June 9 and runs every Saturday morning through October.  I know, you're thinking Farmer's Markets aren't free. You have to buy the food, right?  Yes, okay.  You're right. But, if you've ever been to a market you know that half the fun is the atmosphere.  Half the time there is live music, there is almost always someone there passing out free samples or some kind of swag and if you're lucky, you might just find some face painting.  So, yes, you have to buy the food, but go check it out for the fun!  

If you go: 
Pioneer Park 400 South 300 West
June 9 to October 27
Saturdays 8:00 to 1:00 
Tuesdays 4:00 to Dusk 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Movies in the Park! Salt Lake, Provo

summer outdoor movies

There is little I enjoy more than a favorite movie outside.  Luckily, there are free outdoor showings of movies ALL. SUMMER. LONG. And, for your convenience, here is a list of all of them.  (They are also all listed on our Event Calendar.)

(Draper City Amphitheater (944 E. Vestry Road))

  • Friday, June 15: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Pre-Entertainment
  • Thursday, July 19: We Bought A Zoo
  • Friday August 17: Mr. Popper's Penguins

June 1st - Toy Story - Rated G
Liberty Park
700 East 1000 South
June 8th - Mary Poppins - Rated G
Lindsey Gardens
9th Ave & M Street
June 15th - Cars - Rated G
Jordan Park
900 West 1000 South
June 22nd - A Christmas Story - Rated PG
Reservoir Park
42 S University St (1345 E)
June 29th - The Sandlot - Rated G
Riverside Park
739 North 1400 West
July 6th - Curious George - Rated G
Fairmont Park
900 East 2361 South
July 13th - The Muppets Take Manhattan - Rated G
Wasatch Hollow
1700 South 1650 East

The Gallivan Center is thrilled to join forces with the Utah Film Center for the 2012 Monday Night Movie series. This year's theme: 70s Disaster Movies! The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, and more.
The Utah Film Center brings the world of film to local audiences through free community screenings and discussions, outreach programs, and visiting artists and professionals, For more information about the Utah Film Center screenings and events visit
Movies start at dusk, Low back chairs, blankets, pillow and food are allowed. And don't forget about the Gallivan Center's new concessions stand offering all kinds of munchies and drinks as well!

  • June 29th: Puss in Boots
  • July 13th: Princess Bride
  • July 27th: The Muppets
  • August 3rd: John Carter
  • August 17th: Sandlot
  • August 6 - Disney's The Muppets (PG)
  • August 13 - John Carter (PG-13)
  • August 20 - Puss in Boots (PG)
  • August 27 - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (PG-13)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This is the Place Monument, Salt Lake City

this is the place heritage park free admission 2012
Great News!  This is the Place Monument and Heritage Park is FREE this Friday, June 8 from 10:00 to 5:00.  Sponsored by the Huntsman's, the park is open to everyone!  A little bit of advice from a mom who has ventured out on free day before:
  • Bring your lunch and LOTS of water. You will walk a lot.  
  • Wear tennis shoes, ones that can get dirty. Because you will be walking in dust the entire time.  
  • Did I mention that you should bring water? 
  • Plan on doing lots and lots of walking.  Parking is not close.  
  • Unless it is absolutely necessary, don't bring the stroller.  It will be more hinderance than help. 
  • There will be A LOT of people there and don't be surprised if you have to wait in line to park. 
  • Oh, and bring some water. 
  • Wear sunscreen, but don't put it on there. Did I mention the dust? 
Don't get me wrong, my kids love this, and I like it too, I just think you should know what you're getting into.  Hope to see you there!  I'll be the one dragging 4 kids up the hill all loaded up with water bottles. :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

This weekend in Utah

Looking for something awesome to do this weekend?  Trust me, there's plenty!

Farmer's Markets:
utah farmer's markets

You can hit them Saturday in Provo at Pioneer Park or 

 farmer's markets in utah

West Jordan at Gardner Village.

free summer activities utah

free stuff to do with kids in provo

free stuff to do with kids provo

library events utah

West Jordan Library Grand Opening, plus Summer Reading Kickoff Party and Health and Preparedness Fair 

Find even more on our Event Calendar
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