Winter Fun: The Riverwoods

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The Shops at Riverwoods is a one-stop, mouth-of-the-canyon shop for winter fun. From events and activities that utilize the outdoor beauty of the area to indoor opportunities that whisk you out of the cold, The Shops are tops.

1. Fire & Ice
The eighth annual Fire & Ice Event at The Shops at Riverwoods in Provo is The Place for a winter selfie. Held on Feb. 9 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the event includes photo-ready ice sculptures lining the boardwalk while visitors enjoy warm fires, live entertainment, fire knife dancers, a graffiti art performance and a reptile show and hands on experience. A fireworks show tops off the night. Those who bring two cans of non-perishable food to donate to the Food and Care Coalition receive a free s’mores kit to enjoy by the fires. Master ice carver Chad Swan offers on-sight carving demonstrations that make you want to chant “ice, ice, baby.” #butpleasedont

2. Restaurants at Riverwoods
Regardless of what else is planned, eating out makes it a multi-course evening. The Shops at Riverwoods is loaded with dining options — from quiet, romantic dinners to a quick snack before the game. Traditional favorites like La Jolla Groves and Rodizio Grill are nestled next to new menu options such as Love Birds Hot Chicken and Sweet Lorraine’s Lunch Box Catering, both opening this month.

3. Provo Beach
A January birthday doesn’t have to eliminate swimsuits. Overstaying relatives don’t have to drive you crazy after the holidays. And a double date doesn’t automatically mean dinner and a movie. Provo Beach takes the mundane and turns it into fundane. For water-lovers, the FlowRider has waves to catch — even with snow outside the window. Laser tag, miniature croquet, bowling, family ropes course and an arcade offer hours of fun not in the sun. This Utah County original also has food options, prizes and meeting spaces to ensure that life is truly a beach.

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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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