100 Summer Fun Ideas


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Take a hike
1. Stewart Falls
This hike is easy enough for children and beautiful enough for experienced hikers to enjoy.

To get to the trailhead, head into Provo Canyon. Turn north toward Sundance on the Alpine Scenic Highway (UT-92). Continue for six miles until you see the Theater in the Pines picnic area on the left. Park your car and begin hiking down the Aspen Grove Trail. The trail is two miles each way. Hikers enter tall, quiet spruces, spectacular maple glens and fields of wildflowers en route to the 200-foot cascading waterfalls. Hikers can also access Stewart Falls by riding Ray’s Lift at Sundance. After getting off at the summit, hikers travel around dry lakes as they head to Stewart Falls. Roundtrip 3 miles.

2. Timpanogos Cave
No Utah child should grow up without visiting the famous Timpanogos Cave National Monument.

Timp Cave is 10 miles from I-15 if you take exit 287. American Fork Canyon is home to this landmark, as well as many picnic areas and scenic viewpoints.

Hikers climb 1065 feet on the 1.5 mile trail to the cave. Come prepared with water bottles and treats. Although the trail is paved, strollers aren’t allowed. Bring a jacket. Cave temperatures hover at 45 degrees.

Each vehicle pays a $3 entrance fee into the canyon. Cave tickets range from $3-$6. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Call (801) 756-5238 or visit www.nps.gov/tica for more information.

3. Hike Mt. Timpanogos
The valley’s most prominent feature is also a well-loved hike among youth and adults. The 17.4 mile hike (roundtrip) requires a full day of motivated hiking.

There are two main trails that lead to the summit. The Aspen Grove Trail begins at the Theater in the Pines picnic area just three miles north of Sundance. The Aspen Grove Trail is a bit rockier and has numerous switchbacks, which some believe makes it a better route down. The Timpooneke Trail begins at the Timpooneke Campground, which is 6 miles northwest of Aspen Grove. The Timpooneke Trail is a wide, well-designed route that ascends at a steady pace. This trail starts 500 feet higher than the Aspen Grove Trail.

Hikers should bring a minimum of 2 quarts of water and high-energy food to sustain them during their daylong hike.

4. Hike Mt. Nebo
At 11,928 feet, Mt. Nebo is the tallest in the Wasatch Range. To reach the trailhead, take I-15 to Nephi, and then turn east on UT-132 (at the light on 100 North). Proceed 6.1 miles and turn left on the Nebo Loop Road. Follow this road 12 miles to the Monument trailhead on the west (left) side of the road. The trail takes hikers through a variety of environments, including basins blanketed with wildflowers and grassy meadows walled by mountainous terrain. The hike is 2.8 miles each way, and is described as moderate. The hike takes you across a creek and into an aspen forest where names and pictures are carved in trunks some 15 feet up.

5. Cascade Springs
You can reach Cascade Springs through Provo Canyon. Take the turnoff that leads to Sundance and travel for approximately 10 miles to Road 114 (Cascade Scenic Drive). Turn east and drive 6.5 miles to the parking lot for Cascade Springs.

This 0.6 mile hike is easy for children. Boardwalks span much of this delicate ecosystem, offering an intimate view of the environment. Seven million gallons of water flow from this spring daily. The area includes a .25 mile wheelchair-accessible trail.

You can also reach Cascade Springs by entering American Fork Canyon in the north end of the county.

6. Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
From Salt Lake City, take I-80 (Parley’s Canyon) east to UT-65 (exit 134). Proceed north 8.2 miles to the top of Big Mountain Pass. The trailhead is on your right, on the end of the cleared parking area. This 4.3-mile trail retraces the last portion of the 1,300-mile route Brigham Young and his followers took to what is now Salt Lake City. Many hikers prefer to have a vehicle waiting for them at the bottom. The final 0.5 mile weaves through a cottonwood sapling-choked marsh, then meets a footbridge spanning a stream. A stone Mormon Pioneer Trail historical marker is located near the trail’s end.

7. Bald Mountain Summit
Drive 29 miles east of Kamas on the Mirror Lake Highway (UT-150), and turn left at the Bald Mountain trailhead picnic area. This 2-mile hike (one way) is moderate to challenging for children, but they will feel a sense of accomplishment when they “make it to the top.” Take a geology book to help understand the different rock types and formations you will see. From the top, you can see several lakes and many trails winding through the wilderness area.

8. Lofty Lake Loop
Drive 32 miles east of Kamas on Mirror Lake Highway (UT-150), continuing 0.8 mile past the road to Mirror Lake Campground. Turn left at the Pass Lake trailhead sign.

As with all high-altitude hiking, start this 3.8 mile loop early in the day and don’t begin if the sky looks threatening.

The loop is best traversed in a clockwise direction — which allows for a gradual ascent and steep descent. The various vegetation makes for a good science lesson on types of trees and the differences in bark and needles. You will pass several lakes on this moderately challenging hike. Toilet facilities are available at the trailhead.

9. Foreman Hollow Nature Trail
From Heber City travel 14 miles southeast on US 40 to the Lodgepole Campground. The trailhead is 0.7 mile from the campground. Follow the abandoned road up a drainage called Foreman Hollow. Watch on the right for the trailhead marked by a Forest Service sign and rock stairs in the hillside. This little-used 4.3 mile loop winds through the forests of north and south-facing slopes. Signs explain principles of forest ecology and point out interesting aspects of commonly overlooked plants. This hike is perhaps most beautiful in the fall.

10. Fifth Water Trail
From the junction of I-15 and US 6 in Spanish Fork, drive 10.7 miles southeast on US 6 to the Diamond Fork turnoff (Forest Road 29). Turn left and drive 10 miles on this paved road to the Three Forks sign. Turn right. The trailhead is across the wooden bridge in the parking area. Sixth Water Creek roars on the trails’ right side as it follows a branch of Diamond Fork Canyon for 1 mile. Continue on until you’ve traveled two miles and reached hot springs and cool waterfalls spilling into family-size pools.

1. Heber Valley Railroad
One of the most popular attractions in Heber Valley is the Heber Valley Historic Railroad. The 16 miles of track between the valley and Vivian Park in Provo Canyon offer access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the state. The train is pulled by the restored 1907 engine #618, which took two years to restore. The cars are all restored 1920s era coach cars, plus a few open-air cars to allow passengers to fully appreciate Mother Nature. The ride is about three and a half hours long, round trip.

Special events during the summer include a murder mystery trainride and a casino night.

The trip starts at the train depot, 450 South, 600 West, Heber City. For ticket price information, schedules and special ride information, visit www.hebervalleyrr.org or call (435) 654-5601.

2. Young Living Family Farms
If you want a day or an afternoon filled with good food, exotic animals and outdoor entertainment, head south on I-15 and take exit 245 at Santaquin. Then take Highway 91 to Young Living Family Farms. With more than 1,600 acres of fragrant herbs, Young Living Herb Farms is the world’s largest organic herb farm for producing essential oils. You can have a guided tour of the greenhouse and then visit the visitors center where you can sample the oils. There are more than 50 acres of exotic animals to observe, including African Watusi, zebras, zedonks and Barbados sheep.

Covered wagon rides are also part of the fun at Young Living. The wagon train adventure winds its way through juniper-lined hills before breaking for lunch beside a stream. At the journey’s end, you will find yourself at a Native American encampment where the family will enjoy music, games, storytelling, Dutch oven dinner and Native American dancing. A pond filled with ducks and swans is also available for paddleboat rides.

Summer hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit www.younglivingfarms.com or call (801) 465-5411 for more information.

3. Tracy Aviary
The aviary offers educational outreach programs, free lectures, and Bird Day parties with educational games and crafts. Children can even feed the birds that land on their arms and hands. Tracy Aviary is located at 589 E. 1300 South in Salt Lake City (southwest corner of Liberty Park). Summer hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mondays until 8 p.m.) Tickets range from $1-$4. Annual passes are available. Call (801) 322-BIRD for more information or visit www.tracyaviary.org

4. Temple Square
Utah’s most popular destination is also entirely free. At the heart of Salt Lake City is this friendly, bustling square. Some of the highlights include the view from the 26th floor observation deck of the Church Office Building. You also won’t want to miss the free one-hour movie “Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd” in the Legacy Theater. For tickets, call (801) 240-4383. The Beehive House offers a free 30-minute tour of Brigham Young’s fully restored home. The two visitors centers on Temple Square showcase artwork, videos and an 11-foot replica of Thorvaldsen’s Christus. Free garden tours are also available. Almost the only way to spend money is to eat at the two restaurants at the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building — but it is worth it for both the food and the view. Regardless of religious beliefs, a trip to Temple Square is a must during a Utah summer. For more information, visit www.lds.org/placestovisit.

5. Gardner Village
Gardner Village outlines the once bustling early Utah mill industry and history. What remains today is a cluster of specialty shops located in restored cabins, houses and buildings nestled adjacent to the Gardner Mill. Now listed on the National Historic Register, the old flour mill is home to Archibald’s Restaurant and Country Furniture & Gifts.

Take exit 301 on I-15 and head to 1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Restaurants stay open later into the evening. Call (801) 566-8903 or visit www.gardnervillage.com for more information.

6. This Is The Place State Park
Pioneer history comes to life in these period houses with volunteers enacting pioneer life in full period dress. This site marks where Brigham Young uttered the words, “This is the place.” Take a self-guided tour or arrange for a guided tour. One of the highlights is visiting with “living history” volunteers, which means you can talk with these pioneers and they will not break character. They answer all questions as if they are living in 1847. The park also offers day treks and mountain man firesides. Pioneer celebrations are July 24-26. Want to go for free? July 12 is a free day at the park. Located at 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City. Call (801) 582-1847 or visit http://parks.state.ut.us/parks/www1/this.htm

7. Hogle Zoo
The greatest zoo in the state is open year-round, but summer is one of the most colorful times to attend. Summer events include Sunrise Safari, Migratory Bird Day, Bear Awareness Day, Bowling for Rhinos, and other events. You’ll find the zoo at 2600 East Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City. Tickets are $5-$7. Zoo hours are 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. For more information, call (801) 582-1631 or visit www.hoglezoo.org.

8. Sundance mountain biking trails
The same terrain that makes skiing and snowboarding at Sundance so incredible also makes for some truly amazing mountain biking. Over 25 miles of mountain biking trails stretch from the base of Mount Timpanogos to Arrowhead Summit at 8,250 feet, all serviced by ski lifts. Day passes, twilight passes and season passes are available. Bike rental available. Sundance Citizen Mountain Bike Series include the Super D on May 27 and August 17, and Cross Country Races on June 15 and July 4. These are fun races for all classes, with drawings for prizes from Sundance and local bike shops. Entry Fee is $15, and includes use of Ray’s Lift for the day of the race. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the bike shop, and races begin at 9 a.m. Weekly race series from May15-Sept. 18. For more information, call (801) 223-4TIX or visit www.sundanceresort.com.

9. Park City Mountain Resort
The Park City Mountain Resort is a playground year-round for all ages. In the summer, bring the kids up to the Little Miner’s Park where they can enjoy the Alpine Slide and a variety of other kiddie rides. Take them mountain biking or hiking, or sign them up for a week of summer day camp activities. Fly down the same bobsled track you saw the world’s finest athletes compete on during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games when you take a “rocket ride” or wheeled bobsled ride at the Utah Olympic Park. For more information call (800) 222-PARK or visit www.parkcitymountain.com

10. Utah Lake Bike Ride
If you want to tackle your first “century bike ride,” try biking around Utah Lake. The100-mile ride is mostly flat, but you’ll get a front-row view to the developments and changes going on around all sides of the vast body of water.

A little H2O
1. Fly fishing on Provo River
World-class fly fishing awaits both beginning and expert anglers on the Provo River. The exhilarating sound of the fly whipping through the air brings fishermen back time and again. Rocky Mountain Outfitters specializes in guided fly fishing on the Provo River as well as other local lakes and streams. The guides know the water intimately and can provide education and assistance for a successful fly fishing experience. A four-hour guided fly fishing trip is $135 per person as part of a group, and $175 for a private experience. A full-day trip (8 hours) is $215 per person in a group, or $255 for private. Fly Fishing School is also available. Need yet another option? A horseback riding/fly fishing package (8 hours) is $180 per person in a group or $205 for a private experience. For more information and updated pricing, contact Rocky Mountain Outfitters at (435) 654-1655.

2. Buy a Boat
OK, so this takes a little more commitment than some of the other ideas on the list, but it also might make long-lasting family memories possible. Boat owners say spending an afternoon as a family in 150 square feet brings closeness like nothing else can. Local boating favorites include Deer Creek Reservoir, Jordanelle and Utah Lake.

3. Free Fishing Day
If you’d like to fish but you’re not sure you’d use a fishing license enough to make it worth it, just circle June 7 on your calendar. The state hosts this free day every year to get people exposed to fishing opportunities. For more information, call (801) 538-4700.

4. Seven Peaks
For children, the crowning summer event might be a trip — or two — to Seven Peaks in Provo. With 35 attractions and 25,000 gallons of water, this water resort is the place to cool off. Season passes available. Day passes $16.95 for adults. To get to Seven Peaks, take Provo’s Center Street east and follow the signs. For more information, call (801) 373-8777.

5. Utah Lake
Although ignored by many Utah Valley residents, Utah Lake accounts for nearly half of the land mass of Utah County. Waterskiing, wind surfing, and jet skiing are just a few of the popular things to do on our local lake.

You can reach Utah Lake State Park by taking Provo Center Street west until the road ends. At Utah Lake you can fish year-round for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and several different species of panfish in Utah’s largest fresh water lake. Facilities include four boat launching ramps, sheltered 30-acre marina, 78 boat slips, restrooms, showers, 71 campsites and sewage disposal. Camping fee is $17. Day-use fee is $9. For more information, call (801) 375-0731.

6. Orem Swimming Pool
The newest wet park in Utah County is set to open Memorial Day weekend at approximately 700 S. State Street in Orem in the SCERA park.

The complex features a lap pool with diving plunge, water slides, zero depth pool with assorted water toys, sea animal squirting features, water canons and a wet sand area. For more information, visit www.orem.org or call (801) 229-7151.

It’s free!
1. Local art galleries
Utah Valley is fortunate to be home to several first-class art galleries that will inspire, teach, and offer insight into different eras, lifestyles and peoples who have lived on this great earth.

Some galleries to mark on your must-see list are Window Box Gallery on Provo’s Center Street, Hope Gallery at the Shops at Riverwoods, Brownstone Gallery near Jamestown Square in Provo, Woodbury Gallery in the University Mall and BYU’s Museum of Art.

When you take your family to an art gallery, have each person select his or her favorite piece and explain why. After you return home, experiment with art supplies you have on hand. Who knows? Maybe next summer you will be displaying your own art at a local gallery.

2. Provo Canyon — Bridal Veil Falls
A 32-mile paved route winds through Provo Canyon, which is beautiful in each season. Bridal Veil Falls is worth stopping at to feel the mist and watch the hikers climb as high as they can. (Maybe you’ll join them!) Vivian Park (a few miles east of Bridal Veil) is a grassy place to stop and throw a frisbee. As you head east to Heber City, you’ll see Deer Creek Reservoir, which offers swimming and boating. This drive is completely different in each season, so plan to go at least four times per year.

3. Startups Historic Candy Factory
Startup’s Historic Candy Factory offers free tours and free tastes of their candy concoctions. This is one of Provo’s most long-standing companies. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Call (801) 377-6475 for more information.

4. Peppermint Place
Alpine is well-known for its rolling hills, beautiful homes and Peppermint Place Candy Factory. Tours are free, and you can observe candymakers from a second-floor observation window. The main-floor store offers hundreds of varieties of their fresh candy. You may even find a good deal on candy seconds (broken pieces, slightly crooked wrappers, etc.) For more information, call (801) 756-6916.

5. Storytime at area libraries
Both Orem and Provo libraries offer summer reading programs and daily storytimes.

Orem Public Library (at the corner of State Street and Center Street) offers Monday night programs each week. Timp Tellers tell tales every third Monday at 7 p.m. Best in Books is on the fourth Monday night. Other Monday night programs feature musical groups, dancers and dramatists.

Kids’ Chess is held every Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Bring your own chess board.

For younger book lovers, the Orem library offers Laptime Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:05 and 10:35 a.m. Storytime is a 30-minute program for preschoolers 2 years old and up at 10:30.

The year-round Shared Reading Program has participants set goals and work toward prizes. For more information, call (801) 229-7161 or visit www.oremlibrary.org

The Provo Public Library (550 N. University Ave.) also offers Monday night programs from 7-8 p.m. Children also love the dial-a-story. A new story can be heard at (801) 852-6675 each week.

For information on other summer programs, call the Provo Library at (801) 852-6682 or visit www.provo.lib.ut.us

6. Free State Park Day
The first Saturday in June is the day to visit state parks and to go fishing. Everything is free! The state hosts this free day every year to get people exposed to parks and fishing opportunities. For more information, call (801) 538-4700.

7. Tour Lehi Roller Mills
Get a closer look at this Utah Valley Landmark by taking a free 45-minute tour. Tours must be pre-scheduled, and only those 12 and up can participate. Mill hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Mill is located just off I-15 at exit 282 in Lehi. For more information, call (801) 768-4401 or (800) 660-4346.

8. Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
OK, so you will need gas money. But the next few scenic drives will feel like a million bucks. The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway showcases several clear, blue mountain lakes and rivers, providing fishing and recreation opportunities. The 65-mile drive from Kamas to Evanston, Wyo., includes campgrounds and picnic areas for lunch breaks or camping. The byway reaches 10,687 feet above sea level.

9. Nebo Loop
For a beautiful view of Utah Valley, take the 38-mile scenic byway between Payson and Nephi. The road crosses the Uinta National Forest and provides beautiful views of Utah Valley and the Wasatch Mountains, including 11,877-foot Mt. Nebo, which is the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range.

10. Alpine Loop
It may not be the shortest route from Provo Canyon to Alpine, but it is the most beautiful. The 24-mile Alpine Loop offers unmatched views of Mt. Timpanogos. The loop is entirely paved. Several hiking and camping opportunities are along the loop. See the hiking section of this summer fun guide to see what hikes you might want to take along the way.

1. Provo Angels
Take your kids out to the ballgame. The Provo Angels open their 2003 season on June 27th at home against Ogden. Games continue through September. Home games start at 7:05 (Mondays at 5 p.m.). Doubleheaders begin at 6:05. Games are played at the Larry H. Miller Field at BYU. Several season pass packages are available. Single game tickets are $4. Children 12 and under can join the Future Angels Club for $10. They receive a T-shirt and free admission to all Thursday games, as well as other items and opportunities. For more information, call (801) 377-BALL.

2. Bear River Lodge
If you are looking for a two-hour drive away to another world, Bear River Lodge may be the place for you. The journey begins at the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (east of Kamas). This serene drive will put you in the mood to be in nature. Thirty minutes before you reach Evanston, Wyo., you’ll hit Bear River Lodge. As the name suggests, lodging is available. Other options in the summer include mountain biking, four-wheeling, fishing and horseback riding. For more information, call (800) 559-1121.

3. Thanksgiving Point
The great thing about this Lehi destination is that there are so many things to do. For those who love serenity and gardening, the Thanksgiving Gardens are the ticket. For science and prehistoric fun, the North American Museum of Ancient Life is the place to be. Thanksgiving Point also offers golf, Farm Country, shopping, dining and more. Take exit 287 off I-15 and head for the tower. Most things cost money, but they are worth the price. Season and family passes are available. For more information, call (801) 768-2300.

4. The Quarry
Take your family, scout group or friends on an indoor climb. The Quarry in Provo provides the thrill of rock climbing with the safety of proper equipment, lighting and supervision. Saturday mornings are for the Youth Climbing Team and kids under 12. Day passes are $13 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Memberships are $29 month. For more information, stop by at 2494 N. University Parkway (by Movies 8), call (801) 418-0266 or visit www.thequarry.net

5. Chuckwagon dinner at Sundance
Spend an evening in a Western atmosphere where you’ll be fed and entertained at Sundance. Participants can choose a horseback ride, hay wagon ride, or nature trail walk to “Cooky’s” chuck wagon where dinner is waiting.

For more information, contact Rocky Mountain Outfitters at (801) 223-4170.

6. Hale Center Theater
Local theater is at its best on Utah Valley’s many stages. The Hale Center Theater in Orem offers original plays with talented directing, costuming and acting. For times, shows and audition information, contact Hale Center Theater at (801) 226-8600 or visit www.haletheater.com.

7. Weekend getaway to SLC or Heber
We’ve given you plenty of ideas to do with your kids. Now here’s one where you’ll want to leave them behind. Take your sweetheart for a night away to Heber City or Salt Lake City. The hour’s drive will allow you to relax and forget about the laundry you left unfolded. Our favorites in Heber City are Homestead, Sundowner Inn, Inn on the Creek and Blue Boar Inn. The dining is arguably the best you’ll find within an hour of Utah County. The fresh mountain air, nearby golf courses and in-room massages will help you forget about your son’s lost soccer uniform. Our favorite in Salt Lake City? Anniversary Inn. The theme rooms and in-room cheese cake set the mood for a romantic night out.

8. Get a massage
You deserve it. Spend an hour unwinding months of tension, stress and business details. Our favorite massage spots in the county include the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute and Day Spa in Orem, Willow Salon and Day Spa in Orem, and the Sundance spa up Provo Canyon. Each location seems timezones away from the sound of your screen door slamming.

9. Comedysportz
You deserve a good laugh and Comedysportz is the answer. This local improvisational comedy is worth a Friday night or two this summer. Great for a date or a family night out. Located at 36 West Center in Provo. Tickets are $8/adults, $6 for kids 11 and younger. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. For more information, call (801) 377-9700 or visit www.comedysportzutah.com

If you haven’t been to the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre in Orem, you are missing one of Utah Valley’s most memorable opportunities. Patrons sit outside on the lawn and enjoy a beautiful view of the mountains while watching the show. Shows for this summer include “Heidi,” “Les Miserables,” and “West Side Story.” Other summer highlights include several Open Air Cinemas, where favorite movies are played on a big screen. Events begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call (801) 225-ARTS or visit www.scera.org.

11. Miniature golf
This issue of Utah Valley Magazine gives an in-depth look at the area’s golf courses. If your family enjoys golfing together, great! But perhaps miniature golf is the right speed for your clan. Utah Valley has three popular options for a fun 18 holes. Cascade Golf Course (approx. 1300 E. 800 North, Orem) offers a fairly new miniature course with creative obstacles. Trafalaga (located just off I-15 and Orem Center Street) has two miniature courses. In Pleasant Grove, across from the new Macey’s, is another miniature golf course.

Consider having a three-week family golf tournament. Visit each course and keep score. At the end of the three weeks, crown a family champion and reward them with ice cream — or a brand new putter.

12. Sundance classes
Got a hankerin’ for some learnin’ this summer? One of Provo’s most beautiful locations also offers a variety of classes.

Sundance offers pottery classes with instruction on the wheel as well as sculpting. Jewelry classes teach leather, beadwork, stonework and silver designs.

Painting and drawing classes help both beginners and advanced artists to create new works of beauty. Photography classes focus on theory and capturing outdoor movement.

For a spiritual and physical rejuvenation, yoga classes are offered. Daily classes start at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information on class times and prices, call (801) 223-4107 or visit www.sundanceresort.com

13. Laser Assault
With two extra large laser tag arenas, there’s room for family, friends and more. For more information, call (801) 374-3400 or stop by at 264 N. 100 West, Provo.

14. Pedal to the metal
Speed up your summer with the help of some machines. You can rent personal watercraft, four-wheelers and more to explore water and nature nearby. For more information, contact XXXtreme Motorsports at (801) 362-5860 or visit www.xxxms.com.

A little learnin’
1. BYU’s acting classes
For youths ages 14-18 who are interested in musical stage performances, the Young Ambassadors’ Singing Entertainer Workshop is the ticket. Two sessions (July 7-12, July 14-19) are available. Cost is $440 for the workshop and an additional $140 for housing. http://ce.byu.edu/cw/cwyamba/

An intense two-week Theatre Workshop at BYU is for high school students who want to pursue theater. Cost is $605 plus $285 for housing/food. For more information, call (801) 378-8925.

The Young Musicians’ Summer Festival at BYU is planned for June 15-21 for instrumentalists and vocalists ages 14-18. Cost is $330 plus $165 for housing. Call (801) 378-8925.

BYU hosts dozens of wonderful summer programs — too many to list here. Check out the Cougar Clogging, Youth Ballroom Dance and Sports Camps and more at http://ce.byu.edu/cw

2. Camp Invention
The National Inventors Hall of Fame and Invent Now host hundreds of week-long day camps throughout the United States. Four are planned for Utah County this summer. This unique program is for children entering grades 2-6.

Camp Invention provides every child with the opportunity to think the unthinkable, create new possibilities and discover innovative solutions through hands-on learning. This exciting program invites children to let their imaginations run wild through team work, creative problem solving and inventive thinking.

UVSC will host a “Discover” camp June 9-13.

Orem Elementary hosts a “Create” camp July 7-11.

Spanish Fork’s Larsen Elementary hosts a “Create” camp July 14-18.

Lehi’s Thanksgiving Point hosts the final camp of the summer Aug. 4-8.

Cost for each camp is $190 if you register by May 31. Call (800) 968-4332 or visit www.invent.org/camp_invention

3. Brighter Child
North Utah County has embraced Brighter Child since its opening more than a year ago. The facility offers classes on every age level. including computer classes. Summer camps include computer classes and preschool, as well as others.

For more information, visit 238 E. State Street, Pleasant Grove (one block south of Purple Turtle) or call (801) 796-6638.

4. Music Together/Kindermusic
Studies have shown that music education improves thinking and performance in other academic areas — including math and reading. Two local programs provide music education for young children. Contact Susan with Music Together at (801) 763-8857 or Julee with Kindermusik at (801) 222-9321.

5. Thanksgiving Point
Events and workshops are continually being added to Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. For example, on May 14th “The Little Red Hen” is planned for 3-4 year olds. Merit badge classes are planned for May 3rd. The second Saturday of each month is set aside for Dinosnores, which allows children to sleep at the Dinosaur Museum. Cost is $39/child and the program runs from 6:30 p.m. on Friday to 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Visit www.thanksgivingpoint.com for updated summer camps and events.

6. Sundance daycamps
Sundance gears up for another exciting year of the Sundance Kids Camp, which begins on June 9 and runs through Aug. 20. This year’s curriculum offers children the opportunity to explore their creativity, as well as learn about nature in the beauty of Mt. Timpanogos. Sundance Kids Camp welcomes children 3-12 years old. Cub campers include three to five year olds, who camp from 9:30 am until 1 p.m. Grizzly Campers, 6-12 years old, camp from 9:30 am until 4 pm. Camp runs from Monday through Friday. The day includes lunch and a Sundance Kids Camp T-shirt.

Each day includes an art activity, story telling session and a nature hike. A few of the many adventures planned include puppet making and puppet shows, chair lift and treasure hunt, a hike to Stewart Falls and a picnic.

Cost of the Sundance Kids Camp is $35 for the first day and $30 for the each additional day for ages three to six. Kids ages 6 to 12 can attend for $45 the first day and $32 for each additional day. For registration or information, call (801) 223-4140 or visit www.sundanceresort.com

7. Color Me Mine
“Magical Art Adventures” is the theme for this year’s Kids Club at Color Me Mine at the Village at Riverwoods in Provo. Children ages 8-13 can attend a day camp or week-long camp and learn about and create art using the ceramics studio and paints at Color Me Mine. For more information, call (801) 434-4848 or visit www.provo.colormemine.com

8. Deer Valley Summer Adventure Camp
“Jamboree” is for children 18 months to 3 years old. “Explorers” is for 4-year-olds and kindergartners and “Mountaineers” is for kids in first grade through 12 years old. Kids can spend a day, a week, or all summer hiking, creating crafts, going on field trips and other exciting activities with enthusiastic counselors. For more information, call (800) 424-3337 or visit www.deervalley.com

9. Little Gym Summertime Kids Camps
While the Little Gym offers classes year-round, the offerings in the summer are even more unique and fun.

Little Gym’s half-day camps promote physical, social and intellectual development. Every camp day includes three hours of action-packed group activities and games, obstacles courses and crafts. Some of the themes include Magic Camp, Pirate Camp, Pet Camp, Star Wars Space Camp and Dinosaur Camp. Camps are limited to 14 students and are for ages 2 1/2 – 9.

For more information, call (801) 226-3800 or visit 150 W. Center Street, Orem.

10. This Is The Place State Park Day Camps
Give your children a memorable summer by involving them in a day trek at This Is The Place State Park in Salt Lake City. Groups and families can pull a handcart in the same canyon as the pioneers did as they arrived in the valley. Participants wear pioneer clothing, eat similar foods, and hear inspiring accounts of pioneers on their journey. For more information, call (801) 582-1847 or stop by at 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City.

1. Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
This free wildlife museum is a hit year-round. In addition to the changing exhibits, the museum offers two programs for kids. Saturday Safaris for ages 5-10 start May 10. The cost is $8 for the class, which goes from 9:30-noon. To attend, register one week before the class and sign a release form for the children.

In July, the museum hosts Wildlife Adventures. This class is Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The students (ages 5-12) are in the museum one day and on a field trip the other day. Each week has a different theme. Call (801) 378-5051 for times and prices.

2. Museum of Peoples and Cultures
This free museum enriches your family’s knowledge of the world and its history. The museum houses more than 40,000 artifacts and 50,000 slides and photographs that document BYU archaeological research and artifactual materials.

The current exhibit is “Custom Made: Artifacts as Cultural Expression.” This exhibition presents artifacts from the American Southwest and Great Basin, Central America, the Andean region of Central and South America, and various Pacific islands of Polynesia. Galleries are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nominal fee for guided tours. For more information, call (801) 422-0020 or stop by at 700 N. 100 East, Provo.

3. Springville Museum of Art
Utah’s most historic museum for the visual fine arts is the Springville Museum of Art. Summer shows include Utah and the West, a Quilt Show and the 79th Annual Spring Salon. The Children’s Art Festival is planned for June 13th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, call (801) 489-2727 or visit www.sma.nebo.edu or stop by at 126 E. 400 South, Springville.

4. John Hutchings Museum of Natural History
Fossils and artifacts from the pioneer days are on display at this famous museum. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Call (801) 768-7180 for more information or stop by at 55 N. Center, Lehi.

5. BYU’s Museum of Art
On the campus of BYU is one of the valley’s must-sees. The BYU Museum of Art has several exhibits, and most of them are free. It’s worth the visit just to see the original Carl Bloch painting of “Christ Healing at the Pool of Bethesda.” Another current exhibit is “On the Road with C.C.A. Christensen: The Moving Panorama.”

For more information, call (801) 422-8287.

6. Crandall Historical Printing Museum
This Provo museum offers an authentic demonstration of type casting, printing, bookbinding and paper making. The museum presents a living history of printing from the wood block prints of ancient China through the invention of movable type by Gutenberg — in fact, this museum has the only working Gutenberg Press in the United States. Tour takes about one hour.

For more information, call (801) 377-7777. Museum is located at 275 E. Center Street, Provo. Museum hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Evening lectures by appointment.

7. McCurdy Historical Doll Museum
Located in a restored historical carriage house, this unique museum houses the doll collection of Laura McCurdy Clark who began collecting fine dolls from around the world in the early 1900s. More than 4,000 dolls are displayed.

The “McCurdy Story Princess” tells stories about dolls and children’s literature. Lectures and craft classes are available. Also featured are doll books, kits, patterns, toys and a doll hospital. Nominal admission fee.

Museum hours Tuesday-Saturday noon-6 p.m. Located at 246 N. 100 East, Provo.

8. Peteetneet Cultural Arts Center and Museum
The Peteetneet Academy, named after a Ute Indian Chief, served as an elementary school for nearly a century, and now houses a cultural arts center and museum.

The museum includes a complete Victorian home inside its walls — furnishings, clothing, art, musical instruments and historic photos are included in the exhibit.

Additional exhibits include local and national art and bronze sculptures of Chief Peteetneet. Exhibits change often.

For information, visit www.nebo.edu/sfms/historical/peteetneet.htm or stop by at 50 S. Peteetneet Blvd., Payson.

9. Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum offers daily workshops and plenty of hands-on exhibits in science and the arts. The museum’s exhibits spark children’s curiosity and promote learning through fun. 840 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City. Call (801) 322-5268 for more information. FYI, a Children’s Museum for Utah Valley is under way, sponsored by the Women in Leadership, a division of the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call Terri at (801) 221-5100.

10. BYU Earth Science Museum
Home of the world’s best Jurassic dinosaur bone collections. Featured are two fully mounted dinosaur skeletons, a 150 million-year-old dinosaur egg, and a prep lab window showing museum personnel preparing fossils that visitors can touch. Mon 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Tues-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Tours by appointment. 1683 N. Canyon Road, Provo. (801) 378-3680. http://cpms.byu.edu/ESM/

1. Discovery Park
If kids voted on the coolest local park, the winner would likely be the Discovery Park in Pleasant Grove. Located along Canyon Road, this wooden fortress offers science lessons disguised as fun and adventure. Community leaders and businesses sponsored this topnotch park several years ago, and residents come from miles around on sunny days. The park also includes tennis courts and baseball diamonds.

2. Rock Canyon Park
This stunning park offers great views of the mountains, canyons and valley. Just northeast of Provo Temple, this park offers large grassy hills, playground equipment and picnic areas.

3. Vivian Park
This park is host to the Heber Valley Historic Railroad, but it also offers barbecue grills, horse shoe pits, two pavilions, picnic tables, playground and fishing. There is also a small pond in the park that offers fishing for children. The park is just off U.S. Highway 189, 5.8 miles up Provo Canyon.

For more information, call (801) 370-8640.

5. Cedar Hills city park
This cozy area feels like it should be on the set of the next “Steel Magnolias” movie. Under the shade of large trees, a cozy creek runs along grassy banks. There are several bridges across the creek. Cedar Hills has one of the valley’s best trail systems, with much of the trail running alongside the creek. The park is located just off Cedar Hills Boulevard (east of Lone Peak High School).

6. Salem Pond
This 11-acre pond offers picnicking, relaxing and fishing. You’ll likely find rainbow trout, channel catfish and large mouth bass.

From I-15, take exit 260 onto Main Street. Follow the road out of Springville into Salem. In Salem, turn south on Main Street and proceed to the pond on your right. Boating requires a permit from City Hall (100 S. Main St.).

7. Radio Controlled Airplane Park
Situated along the Jordan River, this park has been developed and completed by local radio controlled model airplane enthusiasts. The park includes paved runways and staging locations. Park hours are 6 a.m.-11 p.m. The park is located on Saratoga Road in Saratoga Springs. For more information or to make reservations, please call (801) 370-8640.

8. Canyon View Park
Just 1.5 miles up Provo Canyon is Canyon View Park, which offers volleyball, fishing and pavilions. The pavilion can be rented for $60/4 hours or $95/entire day. For more information or to make reservations, call (801) 370-8640.

City festivals
1. Freedom Festival
Utah County’s largest event is the Freedom Festival, held during June and July. This year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring.” The crowning event is the Stadium of Fire on the Fourth of July, where country music sensation Martina McBride will perform. Other popular events include the Grand Parade, Cute Baby Contest, Softball Tournament, Sunday Patriotic Service, and many more. Plans are in the works to break the world record for the most people saying the Pledge of Allegiance simultaneously at the Grand Parade. Look in your mailbox in June for the Freedom Festival Magazine, produced by Utah Valley Magazine. For more information, call (801) 370-8019.

2. Lehi Rodeo Days
Lehi celebrate its annual rodeo days June 25-29. Events include a Western barbecue, all-horse parade, Family Fun Day, and Concert in the Park. The crowning event is the rodeo, held June 26-28. For more information, call (801) 687-6339.

3. Fiesta Days
Spanish Fork hosts one of the summer’s biggest events each July. Fiesta Days includes a PRCA rodeo, parade, carnival and tennis tournament. This annual July event brings in rodeo lovers and summer lovers from miles around. For more information, call (801) 798-5000 or visit www.spanishfork.org

4. American Fork’s 150th Birthday and American Fork’s Steel Days
American Fork celebrates its 150th year with a June 4 celebration. The city’s annual Steel Days festival kicks off with a Hole-in-One Golf Tournament on July 5. A Children’s Parade is planned for July 14. Balloon Lift is July 19, along with the Steel Days Parade. Many more events are planned. Call (801) 756-5110 for more information.

5. Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
For 2003, 10 of the very best national storytellers are coming to tell their “Tales Beneath Timp” along with many talented regional and local tellers who are selected by audition and popular demand.

The storytelling festival is held at the mouth of Provo Canyon and at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theater in Orem.

The annual festival raises funds for the Orem Public Library and aims to promote the art of storytelling throughout the West. If you haven’t been to this festival before, you are missing out. This is one of the nation’s best storytelling festivals, and it provides belly laughs and thought-provoking messages. Held Aug. 28-30.

6. Pleasant Grove Strawberry Days
The highlight of this annual festival is the PRCA Rodeo, which runs from June 18-21. Other highlights include a Children’s Parade, City of Fun Carnival, Pie-eating contest, and tennis tournaments. For information on additional events, call (801) 796-5130.

7. Alpine Days
Planned for Aug. 3-9, Alpine Days features a parade and fireworks, as well as many other community activities. For more information, call (801) 756-6347.

8. Highland Fling
The annual Highland Fling is planned for Aug. 1-2. Events include a bike race, 5K, fishing, golf tournament, children’s games and more. For more information, call (801) 756-5751.

9. Lindon Days
This August 2-9 festival kicks off with a Hot Air Balloon Fest and concludes with fireworks. Activities in between include Family Movie Night, 3-on-3 Basketball, Talent Showcase, Pioneer Breakfast and Grand parade. For more information, call (801) 796-5130.

10. Eagle Mountain Pony Express Days
Eagle Mountain celebrates its historical location along the Pony Express Trail each June. The celebration includes a community breakfast, parade, carnival, fireworks and more. For more information, call (801) 789-3123.

11. Springville Art City Days
Springville kicks off the summer festival circuit in June with its annual Art City Days. Events include carnival, parade and fireworks. For more information, call (801) 489-2726.

12. Payson Onion Days
Payson ends the busy Utah Valley summer with the Payson Onion Days on Labor Day Weekend. Events include parade, craft boutique, carnival and more. For more information, call (801) 465-5200.

13. Family Festival at Cedar Hills
Cedar Hills, which has the third largest median family size in the county, celebrates families on July 24 with the Cedar Hills Family Day. A family pass will get you into the carnival, booths, events and more. For more information, call (801) 785-9668.

14. Saratoga Springs Saratoga Splash
Although Saratoga Springs is one of the valley’s newest communities, it has its own traditions. The Saratoga Springs Splash is a community event planned for Aug. 12-14. www.saratogaspringsutah.com

15. Orem Family Summerfest
Family City USA is hosting a city celebration in June that draws nearly 20,000 visitors each year. Events include races, Taste of Orem competition and more. For more information, call (801) 229-7538 or visit www.orem.org

16. Springville World Folkfest
The largest international folk dance festival in the United States will open in Springville July 12-19 for its 18th year. More than 250 performers and musicians will present six evening performances at the Spring Acres Arts Park amphitheater northeast of Springville High School (620 S. 1350 East, Springville).

Tickets are $8/adults, $7/senior citizens and $3/children 12 and under. Group rates are available.

The folkfest has drawn national attention. In 1999, the event was featured on “Good Morning America.”

The performers will be housed in more than 100 private homes in the Springville and Mapleton areas. Spectators can sit on bleachers or folding chairs at the arts park or bring their own chairs or blankets to spread for the grass.

The annual Street Dance has become a popular part of the festival, with dancers and musicians teaching the public simple folk dances. People of many cultures join together to dance to both folk songs and a few Top 40 hits as well. The free Street Dance will be held in the parking lot of the Springville Museum of Art, located at 200 E. 400 South in Springville, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.

For more information, call (801) 489-2726 or visit www.worldfolkfest.com.

Southern Utah
1. National Parks
The nation visits Southern Utah — have you been there? National parks include Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Camping and hiking tips are too numerous to mention here. You won’t see all of this in one trip, so pick a destination or two. Many Web sites and travel guides are available to help you plan your trip. Check some out at www.utah.com/nationalparks and www.americansouthwest.net/utah

2. Tuacahn
While in Southern Utah’s nature, you may want to take some time to enjoy some culture, too. Tuacahn’s summer season includes “The Wizard of Oz,” “The King and I,” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Tickets start at $5 for children on laps and continue on to $35 for premium adult seating. Pre-show dinner is available. For more information, call (800) 746-9882 or visit www.tuacahn.org. Theater is in Ivins (next to St. George).

3. Utah Shakespearean Festival
Cedar City hosts the 42nd annual Utah Shakespearean Festival. The summer festival begins June 19. Shows include “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Richard III” and “1776: The Musical.” The Greenshow, a free outdoor event before the evening performances, brings energy and excitement to the crowd. For more information, visit www.bard.org or call (800) 752-9849.

4. Mormon Miracle Pageant
You don’t have to head too far south for the outdoor pageant on the hillside of the Manti Temple. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this 9:30 p.m. performance is spectacular. The pageant tells the story of the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No tickets are required, but arriving early ensures better seats. Gates open at 6 p.m. More than 10,000 chairs are available. Additional space is open for blankets and lawn chairs. Weeknights are much less crowded than weekends. Dates for this year’s pageant are June 19-21, 24-28. For more information, call (435) 835-3000 or (888) 255-8860 or visit www.mormonmiracle.org

5. Lake Powell
For warm water-skiing, Lake Powell is a destination for residents of Utah and several neighboring states. Although water levels may be low this year, there will still be plenty of H20 in which to recreate. The most popular marinas for Utah County water enthusiasts are Bullfrog and Wahweap. Each is about five hours from here. More than 3.5 million visitors come to Lake Powell each year — luckily it’s a big place. For information, visit www.powellguide.com.


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