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Anthony’s Favorite Fall Family Activities

October is one of my favorite times of year! The days become shorter, nights become cooler and the colors of autumn are in full bloom. It is a great time to spend with family and friends doing fun activities before we bunker down in our houses for winter. I feel especially lucky that I get to experience fall in one of the most gorgeous states in the country, Utah. Although this year is different from years in the past my love for the October season remains the same.

Here are my favorite things to do during the fall time:

1. Drive the Alpine Loop and hike to Cascade Springs:

After traveling the Alpine Loop there is a short hike to Cascade Springs. A gorgeous waterfall that is even more beautiful in the fall time.

2. Cornbelly's Corn Maze at Thanksgiving Point:

Sadly we aren't attending this year, but it is a fun Halloween corn maze festival. I highly recommend giving it a try if you have never been before.

3. Watch Hocus Pocus

This is my favorite Halloween movie. I don't think there has been a Halloween seen its' release that I haven't watched the film. A true classic for sure!

4. Trick or Treating in our neighborhood.

Edita and I are not quite sure how this is going to go this year. I've seen a lot of candy chutes by people getting creative due to the current state of the pandemic so that the Halloween tradition may be able to continue. Jury is still out on whether or not we will be partaking in the tradition this year.

5. Eating my kids candy after they go to bed.

This tradition Edita and I will most definitely be partaking in. Whether we eat their candy from school or the candy we buy for them that we eat after bedtime, there will be lots of candy eaten. But isn't this just one of the perks of having kids?

6. Wearing Sweaters

I love that the weather cools down enough to wear sweaters every day. They are a lot cozier than a business suit.

7. I always want to be in the mountains during the fall

Whether we are driving to Park City, hiking Bell Canyon, or just exploring around our home city of Draper I am always looking at the Utah mountains. They are officially covered in the colors of fall and there is nothing quite like seeing them every day. Utah has the best mountains in the country if I do say so myself.   Although I don't get to enjoy all of my normal Halloween traditions this year, I am still taking the time to appreciate the amazing weather, gorgeous Utah mountain views, and the time I get to spend with my family. Like they say, "when we have each other, we have everything" Wishing you all a happy fall!
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10 Ways to Avoid Boredom This Summer!

Summer is in and kids are out - of school, that is. After the summer camps, the family trips and the holidays, a lot of parents are left wondering what activities they can use to keep the kids busy and get them out of the house. With triple digit weather just around the corner, we know you are looking for simple, cool and entertaining ideas for the kiddos this year. Beside perhaps letting the kids frolic in the yard, what's a parent to do? Fear not! We've compiled a list of 10 fun summer activities for you, all within the Salt Lake Area. Get your planning in gear today!
  1. Red Butte Garden Outdoor Concert Series - Located on the upper east side of campus, the Red Butte Garden will be hosting some amazing musical talent this summer such as Sugar Ray, Steve Miller Band, and a host of well-known artists.
  2. Hit the biking/hiking trails - Some of the best biking trails are also some of the best trails for a great hike. There are trails just east of the U of U campus; you might also consider nearby canyons such as City Creek Canyon and Millcreek Canyon.
  3. The Utah Arts Festival - The Arts Festival will be held at the downtown Library Square from June 25 - June 28. See more info on their Facebook page by clicking here.
  4. Fireworks at the park (twice in the same month) - One of the benefits of living in Utah is that we have two July holidays with fireworks—the 4th of July and the 24th of July (Pioneer Day). Why not take advantage of both days?
  5. Go to the pool or water park - You can go to a local pool or you can try out Seven Peaks Waterpark (formerly called Raging Waters) at 1200 West and 1700 South.
  6. Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park - Join gatherings of outdoor concertgoers for some of the hottest shows in town, such as Death Cab for Cutie. Tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door.
  7. Drive-In Movie Theater - Pack up a cooler with your favorite beverages and snacks, along with some blankets and beach chairs, and you’re good for a relaxing time with two great flicks for a low price. Click here for more information.
  8. Hogle Zoo - Not only are there dozens and dozens of exhibits for kids to bounce back and forth between, there are also great clubs, camps, Harry Potter themed zoology classes and sunrise/sunset safaris where no kids from 1 - 92 will be able to find anything to be bored about.
  9. Boondocks Fun Center - Tuesdays will never be boring again when you can get unlimited Laser Tag, XD Theater, Kiddie Cove and video games all for $12 at Boondocks. For an extra $8 per person, you can buy an Outdoor Upgrade with Go-Karts, Batting Cages and more. Military discounts apply.
  10. Wheeler Historic Farm - This is a working farm with a museum and a great amount of open space for kids to run around. Picnic facilities and a playground make for a good afternoon escape, and wagon and train rides give a very nostalgic feeling to the whole experience. Did we mention it's a public park, so it's free?
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