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5 splash pads for summer!
For Kicks & Giggles

5 splash pads to visit this summer

Summer vacation is here and with that comes some fun activities and a whole summer to play with the kids. We love summer vacation and we’re going to have lots of great ideas for you on the blog this season to keep the whole family entertained starting with 5 awesome splash pads that the kids will love.

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Wardle Fields splash pad & Playground
This new splash pad is HUGE!  It’s full of water features, streams to play in and a full playground complete with zip lines.  There isn’t much shade so take a shade structure, treats, water and plenty of sunscreen.  Earlier is better for the crowds.  It is so fun and you’ll love it.

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This splash pad opened a couple of years ago and it is awesome. The water flows out of a big wall and shoots up all over the pad. We can’t ever pull the kids away from this one. I also like that there are steps on 2 sides of the splash pad to hang out and watch the kids under the trees.

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City Creek Center
City Creek is a great place for mom and dad to shop and eat with a promise to the kids that they get to play in the splash pad at the end. Works like a charm! the splash pad at City Creek is small but I’ve never been there when it’s so busy that the kids can’t play. It’s located by the fountains. Shoes are mandatory at this splash pad and security will definitely remind you, so make sure you come with water shoes or flip flops that stay on tiny feet.

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Mountainview Park
Mountainview Park is located in Cottonwood Heights 1651 Fort Union Blvd. This splash pad is huge and so fun but it is generally very busy. I’ve had my best luck going in the morning or evening with the family. It seems like around lunch time you’ll be there with the rest of the state but it’s such a fun place, the kids will want to come back to over and over again.

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Gateway
Downtown Salt Lake City at The Gateway is a big splash pad. It’s located at the north end of Gateway. It’s pretty and surrounded by red stone. There are lots of places for you to sit and watch the kids and they often have activities for kids to do and music playing. It’s a great one to try.

Grab some sunscreen, cute water shoes and get out and play! What is your favorite splash pad in Utah? Tag us in your next splash pad play date on instagram, we may just feature your favorites right here!

Have fun and enjoy the summer!

Summer activities featured so far this summer…stay tuned each week for additional activities!Terraces-Elbow Fork Trail
5 Splash Pads to Visit this Summer
7 Wonder of the World Balloon Exhibit
Swaner Eco Center & Newpark Hotel
Utah Olympic Park
Nature Hunt & Picnic

Terraces-Elbow Fork Trail

 

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GARDNER VILLAGE FAIRY GARDENS EXPLORATION
Community Event, Specialty Shops

Gardner Village is at it again

Gardner Village has been busy finishing construction of their new beautiful mill.  If you are looking for the perfect outdoor, elegant patio feel for a wedding or special party, this is a must see!

Going on now too is the very well done woodland fairy garden tour throughout the village. It’s a great time to take the kids to find all 26 fairies and their charming miniature homes, make a wish at the fishing bridge, take some fun photos and explore the new mill where you just may want to host a get together of your own.  EXPLORE IT! 

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GARDNER VILLAGE FAIRY GARDENS EXPLORATION

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Make sure you pay attention to the adorable expressions on the faces of the fairies.

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We had so much fun, even in 98 degree weather!

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This beautiful patio is huge and can host an array of parties including weddings.  You need to see it to understand how perfect it is!

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GARDNER VILLAGE FAIRY GARDENS EXPLORATION

Located: Gardner Village – 1100 West 7800 South – West Jordan, Utah 801.566.8903

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Daily summer activities to help kids get ready for the new school year

We all want to have a great time with our kids during the summer but also keep them actively engaged and ready for the following school year.  That always seems tough to do with the crazy rush of summer.

Did you know statistics show that:

  • The average child loses 2 months of reading skills, math computation and reading & spelling abilities over the summer.
  • Regular physical activity can lead to increased concentration and improved mathematics and test scores.
  • Teachers spend 4-6 weeks re-teaching material that kids have lost over the summer.
  • On average, children who work on their educational skills through the summer months, preferably with parent involvement are more likely to test higher in school, choose higher education and have higher incomes as adults.

It seems that as parents we always start the summer with great intentions and then just slowly forget to set aside time for reading and education.  We’ve come up with a daily weekday packet to help parents and kids stay actively engaged in learning and physical activity.

Make it, read it, explore it, taste it & watch it! (Printable packet details below.)

Make it:  Helps kids be creative by making a craft or meal together. Kids can write about what they made after, what worked, what didn’t, what they want to try next time.

Read it:  Spend 30 minutes ALL TOGETHER reading books.  This is a great time for parents to read to younger kids or sit with older kids as they read to themselves.  It gives parents some great quiet time as well 😉  Also spend time in libraries across your state, reading and taking all the FREE classes and activities they offer kids and youth.  See your local library for a calendar of events.  Use the printable punch card for kids when they complete their reading and think of a great reward once it’s all filled up.

Explore it:  Pick a fun place to visit, explore nature, make a scavenger hunt, see the historical sites in your city, visit the zoo.  Whatever it is, get out and play.  At the end of the day, kids come home to write about their experiences or draw a picture about their day.

Taste it:  Once a week take kids to a new local place that you haven’t tried before.  Get a treat or a meal and experience something new.  For example, if you go have Indian food, they can come home and write their own little review on the restaurant and look up fun facts about the country of India.  Help kids learn to remember what they experienced and write it all down or draw a picture.

Watch it:  There are so many movie theaters and local playhouses that have deals for kids during the week.  Help kids make a list of movies, plays or shows they’d like to see.  Go out or just curl up together with a blanket and popcorn for a fun family movie at home.

CLICK HERE for printable packets so kids can make binders about all their summer experiences.  They will not only enjoy quality family time but learn along the way and stay mentally and physically active!

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Specialty Shops

Swim Your Worries Away

We have found the cutest local swimsuit and romper company, it has us jumping for joy!

Doliray Swimwear has a line of fabulous rompers that are comfortable and perfect for hanging out at the pool with the kids this summer and they’re made of swimsuit fabric so they dry fast.

Their fun swim tops have a built in bra that you will simply love!  Doliray makes a high waisted swim bottom that is just what we were looking for, it holds you in at the waist for a slim fit.  Who doesn’t love that?

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Doliray Swimear is having a pop up shop on Friday, June 9 from 4:00-8:00 at 2408 Kentucky Ave, Holladay, Utah.

Be sure to stop by and pick out what is going to be your favorite swim suit and cover-up!

You may also visit their online store at www.doliray.com   And be sure to use code SS10 online for 10% off your purchase 6/8/17-6/9/17

Follow them on Instagram for updates and new items, @dolirayswimwear

Happy summer shopping!

 

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Community Event

Adventure Play Date

Our friends at Canary Jane are hosting an awesome Adventure Play Date that you’ll love with your kiddos! Head to explorer stations to learn, create and play. Each ticket includes one Brainquest summer activity book, fun activities for the whole family, trail mix bar, farm station, plant station, swag bags, photo booth, giveaway prizes, and more! This event is best enjoyed by families with children ages 3 – 12 but all are welcome. Lets go on an adventure!

This event will be held at the Manor at the Riverwoods in Provo, Utah on May 30th from 1-4 pm.  CLICK HERE to buy tickets and get 10% off when you enter code, “salt sky” at checkout.  Have fun!

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Giveaways, Local Reviews

Stay at The Hyatt Place

We are reposting this because we had a fabulous stay at the Hyatt Place this weekend for a girls night and highly recommend that you visit!  This is such a fun getaway for couples, girls night and family getaways.

Shop at the Traverse Mountain outlets, play at Thanksgiving Point, eat at the MANY restaurants around (all within walking distance) golf, bike, swim, sit around the fireplace and take in the view of the mountains.  We love that an awesome breakfast is included and think you’ll love it too.  Check out the details below and tell us what you think.

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A family stay-cation, couples getaway, wedding night… all reasons to find a fabulous place to stay so we are talking about the new and beautiful Hyatt Place in Lehi, Utah.  Here are some reasons that we think you’ll love to stay.

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  • The location is great, right between downtown Salt Lake City & Provo.
  • It is clean and contemporary.
  • Awesome shopping, entertainment and food right around the hotel.
  • Great prices.  You don’t have to pay a ton if you just need a relaxing night away.
  • Great complimentary services.  Parking, wifi, and daily hot breakfast buffet!
  • Heated pool year round with pretty views.
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The Home

A Room Reveal

A Christmas plaid wallpaper room and bathroom was screaming for a room makeover.  I wish I hadn’t avoided tearing down that wallpaper for the last 3 years because it came off so much easier than I thought it would.  Now this room feels like a breath of fresh air.

Here are all the details for this room makeover for a very special 10 year old.

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DIF wallpaper spray stripper is only $7 and did an entire room, closets and bathroom.  Just mix with very hot water, spray onto the wallpaper, let sit a minute and start to peel off the wall.  This only took a couple of hours to do and worked beautifully.  We bought ours at Wallpaper Warehouse in Sandy, Utah.

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After removing the wall paper we did the drywall patching and sanding.

I wanted this basement to feel bright and open so I found a paint that I absolutely love, BEHR paint and primer, Silent White (from Home Depot).  It looks white but dries in the prettiest light gray.  The bedroom and bathroom feel so much brighter and bigger.

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  • “She will move Mountains” print, our ETSY shop, frame from IKEA
  • Bedding, Home Goods, pillow, desk runner & chair fabrics from The Fabric Shop in Draper, Utah
  • Nightstand & Lamp from Home Goods
  • Desk & Chair refinished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paints from Drab 2 Fab, Draper, Utah -Duck Egg blue & Antoinette pink.
  • Bench from IKEA
  • Window drapes, Home Goods
  • And my FAVORITE part of the room… The wall flowers and leaves!  I sent in my designs to Fotowalls USA and they printed these for me.  They are removable and reusable and a fraction of the cost of other wall decal shops!

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  • Duck Egg from Annie Sloan chalk paints on the vanity & entry table
  • Magnolia silk flowers from IKEA
  • “E” glittered initial from Pottery Barn Kids
  • Bathroom matt only $7.99, “Unicorn Tears” hand soap, tray & glass container from Home Goods (I can’t live without Home Goods)

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Be sure to watch the “reveal” video.  It was the best part after all the hard work!

Project from start to finish took 5 days and we had so much fun working together.

We can’t wait to start another room!

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Health & Fitness

Summer dance for littles and adults

Today we are sharing an aweosme dance studio for children that also offers some adult classes!

Dance Arts Theater of Utah is a classical ballet studio in the heart of central Salt Lake City. DATU offers Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Hip Hop in both Pre-Ballet and Pre-Professional programs. Their warm and welcoming atmosphere propels dancers of all ages and levels to their fullest potential.

We are always looking for new things for our kids to learn and as adults we should have some fun hobbies as well.  Doesn’t getting together with friends to take some dance classes sound so fun? And how sweet is it that they have classes starting with walking babies?  Adorable!

All of our followers who register for summer classes during the month of April will receive a $15 credit plus DATU Swag.  Just mention SALT SKY when you sign up.

For more information and to contact DATU,

Dance Arts Theatre of Utah
1939 Murray Holladay RD
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
PH: (801) 278-0250

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Specialty Shops

Gadgets You Need to Make Life Simpler

Shop: Preza Shop
Social Media: @prezashop

We’ve just been introduced to an online shop with gadgets, gifts and accessories that we think you’ll love.  Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are just around the corner and there are so many awesome gifts at fabulous prices to shop for.  We’ve found some great things that we’ve loved playing with like the Apple Watch & phone charging dock… now the kids can’t keep stealing the charger and lose it in the house.

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Another favorite is the Bluetooth Key Finder.  There’s something about keys and us.  Neither one of us can seem to keep them in the same place.  This is a lifesaver and even better, it’s 50% off right now!

 

 

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We also love their jewelry and kitchen gadgets.  Check out all the sales today and find some favorites of your own.

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Two Kitchen gadgets we had to have!  The foldable silicone funnel $6.00 and the pineapple corer $13.99

So much more to love. Visit their shop today and happy shopping!

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Deals, Professional Services

Saddle Up Utah!

Utah Trail Rides
Located: This is the Place Heritage Park Stables
Deal: 2 one hour horseback rides for $60 ($30 per person), regularly $55 per person
Coupon: SALT SKY blogger network deal
Book ride by calling: 801-448-6126
Expires: 6-30-17

This past weekend we had the best time horse back riding in the foothills overlooking the beautiful city of Salt Lake.

Our friends at Utah Trail Rides were so much fun and since some of us are pretty rusty at the sport, they were very patient and helpful.

Just imagine riding out of a barn full of beautiful horses, past an apple orchard, through a street lined with historic buildings, and onto a path just below Bonneville Shoreline Trail. You can see the whole city and the vista is spectacular.

Utah Trail Rides is owned by a very handsome cowboy from Arizona that now calls Utah home. The business has grown so much in the past two years that they are booked around the clock. So much so that they are expanding and buying more horses just to keep up with the demand. And we love that!

We are so excited to go back! Next time we will take our husbands. Just picture a romantic couple ride, can’t wait.

But book your appointment ahead of time because they fill up fast.

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This is definitely in the list of top ten things to do in Utah this season.

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Utah Trial Rides has a special offer for our followers!  Trail rides are 1 hour and $55 per person but now through June 30, 2017 you will get 2 one hour trail rides for $60 (only $30 per person!) Date?  I think so!  To claim this deal, call James the Cowboy directly at: 801-448-6126 Mention the SALT SKY bloggers dealGift certificates are available so make someone’s day!

Rides are available for ages 5 and up, Monday-Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Salt Sky supports small business, join us in helping to grow our local economy by visiting the businesses we feature.

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Community Event, Restaurants

Penguin Brother grand opening

Last summer we had some unreal ice cream sandwiches from Penguin Brothers.  Their delicious ice-cream sandwiched between 2 cookies was heavenly!  We are so excited for the team of brothers that this weekend is adding to their bright pink food truck success a new shop in Provo.

Join them tomorrow for their grand opening and support a good cause along with it.  All proceeds of the night will go to Rheumatic Rescue, a cause that is very important to their family.

Wishing the Penguin Brothers good luck and congratulations on their new exciting endeavor from all of us at SALT SKY!

Friday, April 14th from 4pm-12midnight
1273 N. Canyon rd. in Provo. 
They are also doing a giveaway for free ice cream for a year and free ice cream for 6 months!
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Instagram  @penguinbrothers
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