Monday, March 15, 2010

Stuff To Do in Utah, Near Us

Comprehensive list with links is located below blog entry:




We had a lovely shopping trip today where Bridgette picked out her own yarn for her own homemade hat. Orange. Yep, good thing she chose.

When we exited the store we heard a train. Rather, Bridgette heard a train. She has excellent ears. It's not a matter of hearing so much as distinguishing noises that, for most of us, blend into the background.

One advantage of living where we do is that our house is near train-tracks. Oh who am I kidding? In this valley we all live near train-tracks. That's what happens when there's a narrow residential strip between mountains and a lake. It's what I like to call living between a rock and a liquid place. In our city, that strip of houses is particularly narrow. So we hear lots of trains.

We also hear lots of helicopters. One of the valley's hospitals is located not far from here, on a slightly higher and wider strip of land between the mountains and lake. (Despite the proximity, I'm sorry to say they don't take our insurance.) Life-Flight crews from the hospital fly over our house at least once a day, and on days that shake a lot of lives, we may hear up to 20 flights. Actually, I hear them now, right as I type this sentence. Could be irony. Or serendipity. Or simple coincidence. It makes me sad when I hear them, but grateful we have helicopters for faster rescue.

Although Bridgette has a harder time distinguishing between un-muffled motorcycles and ridiculously overgrown trucks, she can easily distinguish the sound of helicopters from the sound of trains. Much more easily than me. For the former, she points up in the air and says, "Ooooooooooooh." For the latter, she points out our back windows and says, "Oooooooooooh." Usually it takes me a moment to catch on.

Now back to today and the orange yarn. Bridgette heard a train. Since she's never actually seen a train, I quickly stuffed the groceries in the trunk, strapped her in, and took off train chasing.

First we headed to the trainyard, thinking that we may have missed the running train, but surely we could see one close-up, just sitting there. Road closed. Stymied.

So then we drove in the opposite direction, following the tracks through the city. Fifteen minutes north and three cities later I gave up and turned around. I guess the train outpaced us. Or perhaps it just *poof* disappeared. You never know.

And what do you think happens? Only 60 seconds behind us is our train! I guess it *poof* disappeared and then *poof* reappeared. Trains are pretty magical that way.

We parked the car and stood out on the curb waving at the train. As if on cue, the conductor blew the horn and terrified Bridgette who buried her head in my shoulder. Ah well. She's likely to remember trains now.

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This got me thinking though. I'm always wanting to go out and learn stuff, see stuff, do stuff. When Bri feels well, I'd like her to join me for stuffing. That's the fun part of being a mom.

So I decided to make a list of all the local wowie stuff we could do (meaning no further than 3 hours drive, though most are significantly less). Then I decided to find sites and links and post them here because that's the awesomeness of the internet. Sharing. Easy access.

Listed items range from pricey to free (in no particular order). Given our extreme weather variance some are indoor, others out, and perhaps a few are both.

I'm NOT including movie theaters, regular restaurants, shopping, bowling, small city parks, and similar common activities. No spas either. That deserves its own list. A few items are events, more than places. I will add stuff (and more stuff) to this list, probably for the rest of my life.

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Hope you enjoy! If you have more ideas, please leave a comment!

Tracy Aviary
http://www.tracyaviary.org/

The Living Planet Aquarium
http://www.thelivingplanet.com/

Thanksgiving Point
Museum of Life, Gardens, Petting Zoo, Glass Blowing, Events
http://www.thanksgivingpoint.com/

Utah Olympic Park
http://www.olyparks.com/

Hogle Zoo
http://www.hoglezoo.org/

Sweet Factory Tours
Alpine, UT
The Peppermint Place: 801-756-7400
Salt Lake City, UT
Chocolate: http://www.mrscavanaughs.com/
Cookies & Gifts: http://www.mrsfields.com/misc/factory_tours
Candy: http://sweetcandy.com/main/factorytour

Sundance
Indoor, Outdoor, & Film Festival
http://www.sundanceresort.com/

Crandall Historical Print Museum
http://www.crandallmuseum.org/

Seven Peaks Ice Arena & Water Park
http://www.peaksarena.com/
http://www.sevenpeaks.com/

Southridge Farms
http://www.southridgefarms.com/

This Is The Place Heritage Park
http://www.thisistheplace.org/

Lagoon Amusement Park
http://www.lagoonpark.com/

Clark Planetarium
Shows & Exhibits
http://www.clarkplanetarium.org/

Wheeler Historic Farm
http://www.wheelerfarm.com/

Hot Springs
www.utahoutdooractivities.com/springs.html

Mount Timpanogos & Timp Cave
www.nps.gov/tica

Bridal Veil Falls
www.utahoutdooractivities.com/bridalveil.html

Provo River Parkway
Paved Bike Trail, Canyon Parks, Marathon
www.utahoutdooractivities.com/provotrail.html

Brigham Young University (General)
Science, Art, Museums, Shows, Tours, Drama, Sports
http://www.byu.edu/

BYU Performing Arts
http://www.byuarts.com/

BYU Sports
http://www.byucougars.com/

University of Utah Sports
http://utahutes.cstv.com/

Monte L. Bean Museum
Taxidermy & Live Reptile Shows
http://mlbean.byu.edu/

Museum of Peoples and Cultures
http://mpc.byu.edu/

BYU Planetarium & Observatory
http://www.physics.byu.edu/clubs/astrosoc

Hill Aerospace Museum
http://www.hill.af.mil/library/museum

Historic Union Station
www.theunionstation.org/museums.html

Utah Shakespeare Festival - Tony Award Winning
http://www.bard.org/

American West Heritage Center
www.awhc.org/fun/index.htm

Kennecott Copper Mine
http://www.kennecott.com/

Springville Museum of Art
http://sma.nebo.edu/

Discovery Gateway: Children's Hands-On Museum
http://www.discoverygateway.org/

Utah Museum of Natural History
Paleontology, Anthropology, Geology, Mineralogy
http://www.umnh.utah.edu/

Treehouse - Step Into a Story
http://www.treehousemuseum.org/

Utah Museum of Fine Arts
http://www.umfa.utah.edu/

Ellen Eccles Theatre
(Includes Utah Festival Opera)
http://www.centerforthearts.us/

Temple Square Concert Series
Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra, Pipe Organ, Bells
http://www.mormontabernaclechoir.org/

D.R. Puppets' Theatre
Trolley Square, SLC: 801-363-1441

Kingsbury Hall Performances
http://www.kingsbury.utah.edu/

Pioneer Theater Company
http://ww2.pioneertheatre.org/

Red Butte Garden & Concert Series
http://www.redbuttegarden.org/

Soldier Hollow
http://www.soldierhollow.com/

International Sheepdog Championship
(Our favorite event of the year!)
http://www.soldierhollowclassic.com/

Bonneville Salt Flats
http://www.bonnevilleracing.com/

Antelope Island State Park
http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island

Utah State Parks
(All the Others)
http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks

Timpanogos Story Telling Festival
http://www.timpfest.org/

National Parks & Trails in Utah
http://www.nps.gov/state/ut/index.htm

Golden Spike
http://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htm

Heber Valley Railroad
(ie: Heber Creeper & Events)
http://www.hebervalleyrr.org/

Dinosaur Park
http://www.dinosaurpark.org/

Park City
Hot Air Ballooning & Tons of Other Stuff
http://www.parkcityinfo.com/

SCERA Center for the Arts
Outdoor & Indoor Theater, Events, Workshops
http://www.scera.org/

NBA - Utah JAZZ
www.nba.com/jazz

MLS - Salt Lake REAL
http://real.saltlake.mlsnet.com/

ECHL - Utah GRIZZLIES
http://www.utahgrizzlies.com/

MiLB Baseball
Orem Owlz: http://www.oremowlz.com/
Ogden Raptors
Salt Lake Bees: http://www.slbees.com/

NBA-D - Utah FLASH
http://www.nba.com/dleague/utah

Corn Mazes - Autumn
http://heehawfarms.com/ (Home of Leroy, the really big pig)
http://www.utahmaze.com/
http://www.cornbellys.com/
http://www.pumpkinpointfarms.com/
http://www.bigfootcornmaze.com/location.html

International Peace Gardens
http://www.internationalpeacegardens.org/

Raging Waters
http://www.ragingwatersutah.com/

Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
http://www.snowbird.com/

McCurdy Doll Museum (4,000+)
Provo: 801-377-9935
Admission: $2 Adult, $1 Child

Nickelcade
http://www.nickelarcades.com/

Utah Trails Resort (Indian Village)
TiPi or Hogan Camping, Entertainment, Crafts, Horseback Riding, Petroglyph Classes
http://www.utahtrailsresort.com/

Off-Broadway, Dance Companies, Musicians, etc.
http://www.arttix.org/

City Celebrations
Provo: http://www.freedomfestival.org/
Salt Lake City: http://www.daysof47.com/
Pleasant Grove: Strawberry Days
Lindon: Lindon Days
Orem: http://summerfest.orem.org/
American Fork: Steel Days

Bounce-House/Trampoline Playgrounds
http://kangaroozoo.net/
http://www.jumponitparty.com/
http://www.jumpinjackskids.com/

Open Tumbling Gym
http://www.pptutah.com/

Public Libraries
www.publiclibraries.com/utah.htm

University Libraries
www.lib.utah.edu/portal/site/marriottlibrary
http://www.lib.byu.edu/
www.uvu.edu/library
http://library.usu.edu/

Ropes Course & Canoe Rental
http://www.clasropes.com/

Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
http://www.utahkrishnas.org/

Historic Temple Square, Salt Lake City
http://www.visittemplesquare.com/

Mini-Golf
http://www.trafalga.com/
http://www.boondocksfuncenter.com/
http://www.cascadegolfcenter.com/TraditionalMiniGolf.aspx

Roller/In-line Skating
http://www.classicskating.com/

Archery Range
(Beware, fellow vegetarians, deer heads on the walls!)
http://www.jakesarchery.com/

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Now as far as Bridgette goes, she's obviously feeling better or I wouldn't have taken the time to make this entry. Her bowels are actually more regular than we have ever seen them, and she's had more wet diapers in the last week than at any other time in her life. It's kind of weird. Finally! A weird that's good! A weird that's normal!

At 20 months old, Bri is officially half my height. However, she is still less than average in weight. Last week we took her to all her specialists at both medical centers to figure out why she got so sick and what we should do in the future. And none of them agree with each other. Bridgette's case is so unique, we are all guessing.

Bri also had a routine "Kids On The Move" developmental assessment, and as a result we have decided to add visits from a third therapist. She will now have 3-5 therapy sessions a week, starting... we don't know. Soon.

4 comments:

Lore said...

I am so glad that Bri is feeling so much better. I do hope that one day all of you can find answers that make life a little easier.

Bri sure seems to be enjoying her new doll in that first picture. I thought that maybe the post title was refering to the things that Bri likes "to do" in the house. So sorry that the train whistle frightened her. I hope she still likes trains for a long time.

That is quite a long list of things "to do." Whereas, out here, we have to drive much longer than three hours to find that much "to do."

Love you,
Mom

Marcene Perry said...

Hey when you visit Southridge farms, you can visit me too! I'm not that far off the beaten path :)

123 checkoutourfamily said...

check you out with your fun lists. Wanna make one for Houston?hahaha

Alyse said...

You should go to SubZero Ice Cream and they make whatever ice cream flavor you want and freeze it with liquid nitrogen.