March Out & About Planner

Fun, family activities to put on your calendar for Spring Break.

For Spring Break this year, relax and throw your worries to the wind. The color noise and entertainment at the Holi Festival of Colors will quite literally envelop you in the celebration. Located in Spanish Fork, The Holi Festival of Colors is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, kindness over cruelty. A good lesson any time of the year.

Catch a kid friendly flick at the Utah Film Center. Tumbleweeds Film Festival has put together a collection of films for kids ages 4-14. You’ll find animated films, comedies, dramas and documentaries, all sure to entertain. Beyond just enjoying a great film, the goal is to get kids and parents talking about what they see. A great way to spend quality time and start a conversation.

What do skiers and snowboarders do when the snow begins to melt? They go skimming. Watch as brave skiers and snowboarders attempt to cross a long, cold, slushy pond. The object is to make it to the other side without getting wet. Some win, most lose. And therein lies the entertainment. Whether you participate or spectate, Pond Skimming at The Canyons Resort’s annual Spring Grüv is best enjoyed with great friends. (Gondola ticket required for all spectators – $15)

Take some time as a family and do something nice for our fine feathered friends. Get out your hammer, nails, glue and screws and pull out all the stops to build a birdhouse for the Ogden Nature Center. The Birdhouse Competition and Exhibit is open to all ages and there is no entry fee. Cash Prizes will be given and winners will be displayed along the Nature Center’s famous Birdhouse trail.

TeePees, dutch ovens and canoe races are what it’s all about! Nestled along the Weber River in beautiful Ogden, Fort Buenaventura is a sight to behold all year long. But if you visit during a Rendezvous you will see and participate in a variety of events. A favorite is the re-creation of the old time gatherings of Mountain Men and Native Americans. There will be a rifle shoot, kids’ games, frying pan toss and much more! Vendors will be there selling delicious food and drinks for a day of fun at Fort Buenaventura.

Take a look outside. The weather is warming, the world is waking from our long cold winter. This is the perfect time to get out and be a tourist where you live.

• Utah not only has the greatest snow on earth, but we are fortunate to have 45 State Parks, but with 5 National Parks and Monument Valley, Utah is America’s national parks capital. Take advantage of this with a quick trip to visit one of our parks. If you stop at your local library, you can check out a Utah State Parks Pass for free admission in to all State Parks.

• If you love history, architecture, or just want to see where all the legislative magic happens, take a day trip to the Utah State Capitol Building. Before you go, be sure to visit their website and print some of the many worksheets, games, bingo cards and quizzes. These will enhance your visit and delight the kids, young and old.

• There’s a secret in the center of Salt Lake City. Gilgal Sculpture Garden (Formerly the Secret Garden of Salt Lake) is filled with amazing statues and monuments. This peaceful, unique garden is so out of the ordinary you will want to go back again and again just to take it all in. You are bound to see something new each time you visit.

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