Summer for everyone: Out of town


“I’m bored.”

Those are the most dreaded words a parent can hear from non-pupilous children during the 99 days of summer. Put away the sigh and the eyeroll (we’re talking about yours) and check out 47 ideas divided geographically. No matter which part of the county you sip lemonade, you’ll have new ideas at your fingertips.

Boon of Your Existence

Boondocks in Draper is the perfect spot for an afternoon escape, a birthday party or date night.

Just a short drive past the point of the mountain, Boondocks in Draper is a fountain of family fun. Laser tag, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages and arcade games fill an afternoon before you can say “ready, set, go.” For younger children, the Kiddie Cove is just the place. The delicious food and party packages available at Boondocks make it a family reunion or birthday party hot spot.

When: Ongoing

Living Life Aquatic

ABC’s “Shark Tank” has nothing on The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. With a 300,000-gallon shark tank and a 40-foot shark tunnel, you can stare down at a dozen different sharks and live to tell the tale. (Photo courtesy Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

Across the freeway from Boondocks lies the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The expanded aquarium opened in 2014 and features 2,500 animals of 450 species. Four galleries — Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, Discover Utah and Antarctic Adventure —  bring variety to the venue worthy of repeat trips.

When: Ongoing

Red Rock Backdrop

St. George cools down at night, making a show at the Tuacahn Amphitheater a comfortable rest from Dixie activities life hiking and golf.

A jewel of the Beehive State, the Tuacahn Amphitheater is nestled among majestic red rocks, offering a stark and breath-taking backdrop to every show — and beckoning our county residents to head south on I-15 at least once per year.

The 2017 season features Shrek the Musical (May 26 to Oct. 20), Disney’s Newsies (June 2 to Oct. 18) and Mamma Mia! (July 14 to Oct. 21). Concerts include Brian Regan, Peter Cetera and The Piano Guys.

So, let the kids swim in the hotel pool, then get dressed and enjoy a show under the stars.

When: Ongoing

Grand Canyon Adventures

Granogi takes the benefits of yoga to the Grand Canyon.

Yoga in a studio is peaceful.

Yoga in the heart of the Grand Canyon is life–changing.

Granogi is a licensed tour guide with the Supai Tribe and offers adventure experiences that blend the beauty of the Grand Canyon, the solitude of Supai, Arizona, and the release of yoga into a summer excursion perfect for mom and dad. Four-day excursions involve hiking, sunrise and sunset yoga and an amazing camping experience in one of the wonders of the world.

For something closer to home, Granogi is hosting Granogi Fest 2017 on June 17 at Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park.

When: Ongoing

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Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at

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