KUED Dinosaur Train Event!!!

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Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted to the blog in a long time, a lot of things have been happening around the house. I wanted to let you readers know about an event happening August 8th 2014.

KUED Kids is teaming up with Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Natural History Museum of Utah, and The Utah Chapter of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance to put together an amazing day to celebrate the premiere of “Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic”!! Families will be able to experience life as a dinosaur with hands-on activities and obstacle courses. Kids will also be going home with goodies that will help them continue learning at home!

Join KUED Kids and their partners for a day of fun and excitement. “Dinosaur Train Classic in the Jurassic” will air on KUED on Monday, August 18. Enjoy the fun!!!

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**photo ™ & © The Jim Henson Company. All Rights Reserved**

 

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Salt Lake Comic Con – Photos

Doctor Who!

Doctor Who!

One of the original Power Rangers

One of the original Power Rangers

Star Wars!

Star Wars!

Giant Orc

Giant Orc

Wax Gollum

Wax Gollum

Wax Gandalf

Wax Gandalf

Toddler Doctor and his TARDIS

Toddler Doctor and his TARDIS

Joah on stage at the Children's Costume Parade

Joah on stage at the Children’s Costume Parade

Nicole Marie Jean, Leeanna Vamp, Constantine and Joah

Nicole Marie Jean, Leeanna Vamp, Constantine and Joah

Jazz Bear

A Hulk made out of Balloons

A Hulk made out of Balloons

STAN LEE!!!

STAN LEE!!!

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Salt Lake City Comic Con

This post is super late, but after a press conference today with announcements for 2014 cons, that’s right multiple cons, I was rejuvenated with the nerdy awesomeness that was Salt Lake City Comic Con. The 2013 con brought some amazing guests and fun panels. My son walked in a children’s costume parade (hope they bring that back), we met one of the original Power Rangers, I met Stan Lee, and we met some awesome really nice Cosplayers. My biggest critique was that I wished there was something more for the kids. There were some pretty awesome vendor booths that my son loved, but he didn’t recognize any of the guests that were there, besides Walter Jones but that was because we watched a lot of Power Rangers before we went to the con.

At today’s press conference, Dan Farr announced that there will be a kids pavilion at the con (not sure if it is both yet) next year. The press release says, “The Kid Con Pavilion will focus on entertainment and activities for families and children”. I hope that means guest like the cast from Phineas and Ferb, Adventure Time, or other awesome children shows. Who knows, maybe the KCP will just be an area with toys and a screen where they will be showing awesome children’s programming.

Even though today’s press conference was mainly about multiple cons and the guests for April’s con (Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Kelly Hu, etc), I was really excited to see the addition of the Kids Con Pavilion. It was exciting because even thought there was some backlash from attendees about kids being at the con, the promoters showed that they want families to attend (let’s be honest, some of the best costumes were worn by the children). SLCCC is expecting that 100k people will be attending both cons, so if you want to attend you better act fast.

Prices for SLCCC can be found here. And FYI, if you wish to attend April’s con with your children (limit 2 per ticket) you must purchase your ticket(s) before Dec 31 2013, after that children tickets will be $5.

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4th of July

With the 4th of July hot on our heels I decided to search the interwebs for all the events going on around the state of Utah. Check out these links to find something fun to do with your family for the 4th:

Washington/Iron County
Kane County
San Juan County
Garfield County
Millard County
Sevier County
Sanpete County
Grand County
Carbon County
Tooele County
Tooele
Grantsville
Utah County
Wasatch/Summit County
Oakley
Park City
Canyons Resort
Salt Lake County – A few events
Riverton
Sandy
West Jordan
Magna
Snowbird
Mill Creek
South Salt Lake
This is The Place
I believe there will be fireworks at Sugarhouse Park, and also after the Salt Lake Bees game.
Davis County
Weber County
Riverdale
Ogden Raptors Game (possible fireworks)
Cache County

Be safe this year and follow the restrictions set in place for your area.

The Evolution of Dad

The Evolution of Dad is a documentary film that shows a societal shift in fatherhood comprising of fathers being more active, present parents. The film is told from the perspective of Dana Glazer, a filmmaker with dreams of being a major Hollywood director who became an at-home dad. Filled with academic interviews and real-life fathers’ experiences, this film challenges the cultural and gender stereotypes that fathers face. In my opinion, The Evolution of Dad is an important film that can teach the public the importance of active, present fathers and break the gender stereotypes of at-home dads.

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Things To Do in SLC Part 4 – Libraries

There are days in Utah when it is just too hot outside to want to take you children outside. Have you ever wondered what to do with your child on those days? One suggestion that I would make is taking your child one of the many locations that the Salt Lake City Public Library System has to offer.

There are currently six branches of the Salt Lake City Public Library System spread throughout Salt Lake. And even though there are multiple locations you only need one library card. If you don’t have a library card it is really easy to get one. Take two pieces of mail (to verify you live in Salt Lake City) to the librarian behind the main desk and ask for a card.

Locations and Hours:

Main Branch
210 E 400 S
Mon -Thur: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m – 5 p.m.

Anderson-Foothill
1135 S 2100 E
Mon – Thur: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Chapman
577 S 900 W
Mon – Thur: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Corrine and Jack Sweet
455 F Street (9th Avenue)
Mon – Thur: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Day-Riverside
1575 W 1000 N
Mon – Thur: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sprague
2131 S 1100 E
Mon – Thur: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Marmalade (Coming Soon)
300 W 600 N

These various locations offer different events for you and your children. Check out the events page for the different events and which location that event is taking place. There are authors readings, children book readings, computer classes, movies, and other fun things for the whole family.

The only library I have been to often is the Main Branch. They have an amazing children’s section with a places for the children to play, read, or just sit. There is also a nice little fountain outside of the children’s section that is pleasing for the children. You can check out all kinds of media from the library for you and your little ones.

So next time you are looking for something to do when it is scorching outside, think about making a trip to your nearest library and check out some events as well as some books and movies for later.

Things To Do in SLC part 3 – Parks

SLC is home to 925 acres of parks spread throughout the city. This comes out to 126 individual parks, 58 of which have playgrounds and other amenities for kids of all ages to enjoy. In this post I will be going over a few of the different parks that I have taken my son to. For a complete list of the parks in the SLC area,click here. The three parks I will be discussing are Jordan Park, Liberty Park, and Sugar House Park.

Jordan Park

Located at 1060 S and 900 W in Salt Lake City, Jordan Park is a 33.5 acre park that is home to 2 pavilions, 2 softball fields, 2 volleyball courts, 3 playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a skate park, an off leash dog area, and the amazing International Peace Gardens. One reason I like going to Jordan Park is that they playgrounds are not overflowing with children, so you don’t have to worry about older kids pushing the younger ones. The International Peace Gardens is 12 acres of beautiful gardens that backs up to the Jordan River. The gardens have seen better days, but if you are looking for a nice quiet stroll there is nothing better than the International Peace Gardens. The International Peace Gardens also are the location of the Salt Lake City People’s Market. The People’s Market is considered the lite version of the Downtown SLC Farmer’s Market. With local produce vendors, music, and crafts the People’s Market is a great way to spend part of a Sunday morning/afternoon.

Liberty Park

Located between 900 – 1300 S and 500 – 700 East in Salt Lake City, Liberty Park is the 3rd largest park in SLC at 100 acres. Liberty Park is home to 2 playgrounds,a basketball court, bocce ball courts, sand and concrete volleyball courts, a tennis center, horseshoe pits, a gazebo that overlooks Liberty Lake, a duck and koi pond, the Seven Canyons Fountain, the Liberty Park (Outdoor) Pool, multiple picnic tables and built in grills, pavilions that can be reserved for events, the Liberty Park Greenhouse, the Tracy Aviary, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Art, a concession stand and amusement rides, and to top it off there is a 1.3 mile sidewalk path, a 1.4 mile roller blading path, and a 1.5 mile wood-chip path. Liberty Park has so much to do and it is all FREE!!! This is a park that will take multiple trips to “take it all in”. I say use this summer to explore the entire park, and have fun.

Sugar House Park

Located at 1350 East 2100 South in Salt Lake City, Sugar House Park is the 2nd largest park in SLC at 110.5 acres. Sugar House Park is home to a pond, a creek, 7 pavilions, 7 concrete (next to each pavilion), 3 oversized grass volleyball courts (near the Fabian Lakeside, Big Field and Parley’s Creek pavilions), horseshoe pits (4 sand and grass pits located at Sugar Beet Pavilion and 4 lighted sand and grass pits at the Hidden Grove Pavilion), a baseball/softball field, basketball court with 6 hoops, 2 playgrounds, large soccer field (no nets), a 1.5 mile asphalt jogging path, and a 1.87 mile wood-chip jogging path.To reserve pavilions or equipment click here.

Like I said these are just a few of the amazing parks that Salt Lake City has to offer. Each of these parks has their own uniqueness to them and I hope you take the opportunity explore the parks of Salt Lake City with your children.

Things To Do in SLC Part 2 – Tracy Aviary

Looking for something to do that is fun and educational that is outdoors in SLC city limits? Check out the Tracy Aviary. The Tracy Aviary is located in the South West corner of Liberty Park. Admission is $7 per adult, children 2 and under are free, $5 for children 3-12, $6 for students 13+, 65+, and military. The aviary is packed with exotic birds from around the world. To check out the list of birds that they have on exhibit click here.

The plenty of daily activities to keep your little ones engaged with the learning experience. Everything from the Birds in Flight Encounters to things like throwing fish to the Pelicans ($3 extra). Check out their daily activities page on the aviary’s website to see a big list of daily activities.

One of my son’s favorite things about the aviary was the fact that a lot of the birds were just flying around us. Ducks were walking along the piers right infront of us, the exhibits are close enough that you can get a great glimpse of the birds. Check out the Stay At Home Dads of Utah Facebook photo album to see some of the pictures that I took during our little excursion today.

Today, May 31st, was the start of the new King of the Andes exhibit. This exhibit features a 54 year old Andean Condor. This moster bird is an amazing site to see. There is a little section right next to the exhibit where children can climb around on a carcass frame and measure their wingspan to that of the Andean Condor and other vultures of the Americas.

There are also little learning play places where you and your children can take a rest from walking for a few minutes. These are not on the maps, so you have to keep your eyes open for these areas. Our favorite play place was in the Owl Forest. Not only was it in the shade, but it is a fun tree house that has three sets of binoculars meant to help you find three different sets of metal owls placed in the trees.

Another thing you might find interesting is behind the South American bird building there is a small bird watching station where you can try to locate and name all of the Utah birds. There is a chart to help you identify each bird you find and also a set of binoculars to help you spot these Utah birds.

One other thing that you might want to remember is quarters. Quarters,quarters, quarters.  Make sure and bring some quarters so you can get some food to feed the ducks, and other birds. There are bird feeding stations planted through out the aviary so don’t waste all your quarters at one food station.

I would highly recommend a membership to Tracy Aviary. It’s inexpensive enough that if you are a family of 4 (with children over 2), your membership pays for itself on your 3rd trip. It’s so awesome to have something like this in SLC, and I am happy that I had the chance to take my son there and see the excitement on his face when he saw all the different species of birds. Tracy Aviary is yet another one stop shop for edutainment here in SLC.