5 Place to Go for Family Fun

Put a little fun on the calendar! Studio 5 Contributor, Veronica Johnson shares 5 family-friendly activities you’ll want to check out.

Are you ready to get your groove on? I know I am! Who is groovier than the Village people? No one, unless you count the “Gardner Village People”. Celebrate with them at the second annual Friday Night Fever at Gardner Village. Put on some far-out clothes and do your best to disco for discounts! Enjoy dancing under the disco ball, along the paths, and into the shops and eateries from 6 pm to 10 pm. It’ll be fab, far out, groovy and everything in between. Can you dig it?!

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring than by visiting Thanksgiving Point in April. You’ll see all the colors of the rainbow spread throughout nearly 100 different varieties of tulips during their annual Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival. The festival features 250,000 tulips spread throughout 55-acres of Thanksgiving Point Gardens. It is an awe-inspiring sight that is redesigned each year to create a new display.
In addition to the spectacular tulips, on Fridays and Saturdays the Tulip Festival includes music, vendors, and food. Garden tours and demonstrations run every day. And though there are hundreds of volunteers and staff working behind the scenes to create the festival, make no mistake about it: Mother Nature is in charge of the show. Regular Garden admission fees apply, free admission for Thanksgiving Point members.

What could you do with 2.5 million Legos? Kimball Art Center in Park
City has a few suggestions for you. You’ll find them in the main gallery at The Art of The Brick. Using the exact same Legos you can buy at the store, artist Nathan Sawaya has created a stunning display of intricate three-dimensional sculptures. From scenes, to life sized people, it’s all done with Legos. Everyone can relate to this fun toy, and these displays take a small plastic brick and elevate it to the status of fine art.

There isn’t a better place to experience baby farm animals than on an actual working farm. Take a trip to HeeHaw Farms in Pleasant Grove where you’ll see baby bunnies, lambs, goats & piglets. Let’s be honest, there is nothing cuter than a baby cow or a baby goat and spring is in the air on the farm. You can see it, hear it, and yes smell it. Watch as they feed a calf with a giant bottle. See the mama sow and her eleven baby piglets born on April 1st. No joke, that’s a lot of pigs! Other activities included in the admission are hayrides, animal train rides, giant slide, hay jump, corn box and plant your own sunflower to take home! Pony rides available for $1. Spring Fling Admission is $5 ages 3 and older. Open Monday-Saturday from 12-6 p.m.

This year marks the 43rd Annual Earth Day Celebration. We have put together a list of various Earth Day celebrations going on in Utah. From the top of Utah to Zion down South we’ve got you covered.

Ogden Nature Center –
Enjoy earth-friendly exhibitors, entertainment, food, nature crafts, and fun activities. Local beekeepers, urban gardeners, sheep shearing, wool spinning and lama cart rides will all be part of the many attractions. For more information call 801-621-7595. www.ogdennaturecenter.org

Antelope Island –
Come out to the island and celebrate Earth Day at the Ranch. Learn how birds use natural and man-made material for constructing nests. Look for birds, nests, and other natural features in the park.

Treehouse Museum –
Earth Day at the Treehouse Museum is a party! Participate in creating recycled art and go on a tour of the 20 foot earth balloon. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this earth friendly look at the world around us.

Tracy Aviary –
Learning how to care for and enjoy our planet through exciting hands-on activities, free giveaways, and amazing bird encounters at Tracy Aviary’s fun and educational celebration. Party for the Planet is a celebration in conjunction with many other AZA-accredited zoos. And the first 75 people to pay admission at Tracy Aviary after 12pm will receive a free mini planter! http://www.tracyaviary.org/

Hogle Zoo –
Party for the Planet at Hogle Zoo. Join in and celebrate the earth with animal enrichment, presentations, and informative booths. Learn about all the small things you can do that will make a big impact on our planet. http://www.hoglezoo.org/

Living Planet Aquarium –
Enjoy Earth Day themed activities throughout the day. In conjunction with Global Youth Volunteer Day, The Living Planet Aquarium will be holding numerous aquarium cleanup and beautification days in celebration of Earth Day. Stop by or go online to find out how to participate. http://thelivingplanet.com/

Zion National Park
The town of Springdale, in cooperation with Zion National Park will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 20, 2013. Live solar-powered music will be accompanied by vendors, activities and demonstrations about native plant sources, alternative energy, “Leave No Trace” principles, solar oven demonstrations, environmental art and sustainable products. Kids can participate in games and a reading of Dr. Suess’ “The Lorax”.

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