Weekend best bets (July 26-28)

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July is quickly fading into August which means a lot of events in Utah Valley are wrapping up. Here are some family friendly activities from right here in Utah Valley that are coming to an end and you don’t want to miss.

1. Free Friend Friday

Throughout July, Thanksgiving Point has had a buy one get one free offer for admission into any Thanksgiving Point venue. Grab a friend and take advantage of this deal to finally explore an area at Thanksgiving Point that you still haven’t ventured to.

2. “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.”

Friday, June 26th, is the last opportunity to hop on the magic carpet ride with the young cast of actors. “Disney’s Aladdin Jr.” is a Kids for Kids Production with the Hale Center Theater in Orem looking to grant your wish for clean family entrainment. The final showing of the show will be at 2 p.m. on Friday. Tickets cost $6-8 for adults and $4-6 for children. Purchase tickets here.

3. Cooper’s Run 

If you are looking for a valuable 5K to support and a fun activity for the family, Cooper’s Run is an event not to be missed. The earnings from this event support the emergency respondents in Orem. At 8:30 a.m. the 5K run starts followed by a shorter leisurely walk at 9:30 p.m. Afterwards everyone is welcome to attend family activities including viewing rescue vehicles, a dunk tank, bounce houses and more from 10 a.m. to noon. The festivities will take place at 1035 S. 800 East in Orem. Register to run the 5K here.

4. Highland Fling Days

Highland Fling Days kicks off on Friday starting with the Miss Northern Utah County Pageant at Timberline Middle School. Then Saturday morning the event begins with a Highland Day of Service project at Highland Glen Park followed by a baby contest and car show. Throughout the week, there will be various activities to celebrate the Highland Fling Days. With so many activities happening, there has to be something for everyone in the family. Learn more about the events at highlandcity.org.

5. “Willy Wonka”

As part of Spanish Fork’s Fiesta Days, the Spanish Fork Community Theater is serving some “sweet treats” with its production of “Willy Wonka.” Join the oompa loompas, Charlie and the other golden ticket winners as they tour Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. The play runs on both Friday and Saturday, July 26th and 27th, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $6 for seniors/children; a family package for six costs $35. Get your own “golden tickets” to the show here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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