Winter Fun: Thanksgiving Point

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Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Silicon Slopes, the resort that turned sagebrush into brains and beauty still sits as a winter beacon. Thanksgiving Point has indoor and outdoor adventures available 12 months out of the year, as well as fine dining, shopping and museum experiences to keep families entertained while snow is on the ground. 

1. Superhero Saturday
Even superheroes need an off-season workout. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19, the Show Barn turns into a training ground for superheroes. Guests dress up as their favorite — or personalized — superhero and heroic-ly experience inflatable obstacle courses, slides and bounce houses while enjoying music, prizes, magic shows and more. Cost is $6 (but those who dress up get in for $5). #dollarbillsyall

 

2. Butterfly Biosphere
The newest attraction at Thanksgiving Point is the indoor rain forest housing the Butterfly Biosphere, with its grand opening this month. Visitors interact up close and personally with thousands of butterflies from more than 100 species. The entire venue is 40,000 square feet and features other creepy crawlies like spiders and beetles.

 

3. Valentine Dinner Dance
While Thanksgiving Point has plenty of activities for the whole family, there’s also time to leave the littles behind and reconnect as adults. The Valentine Dinner Dance — on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 — offers a little piece of Prom for the non-high school set. A romantic dinner, prepared by head chef Jason Merryweather, serves up the right ambiance for the night. Then, bring the left foot and dance the night away to a live band. Need a break from the dance floor? A photo booth is setup to snap the perfect memento of the night. Dinner and dancing go from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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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 greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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