Salt Lake City Family Newsletter January 17, 2013 | Kids Out and About Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Family Newsletter January 17, 2013

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Salt Lake City Family Newsletter 1/17/13: MLK WEEKEND!

There are LOTS of FREE things to do on our calendar! Click here to find out about them!

Save the Date:

Jan 26: Salt Lake Symphony Family Concert: Mechanized Musical Garage
Jan 26-27: Essent ISU World Sprint Speed Skating Championships
Feb 9: Ryan Innes in concert at SCERA Center for the Arts
March 1-2: Utah All Kids Sale at South Town Expo
March 2: Safe Kids Fair at South Towne Expo

Where to take your kids ice skating
Family-friendly skiing within driving distance
Cross-country skiing
Indoor play centers
Where can kids ski free? Ski discounts in our region

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

I have a young friend who works at a coffee shop. A couple of weeks ago, she remarked that only about 10% of the interactions she has with customers are positively positive. 30%, she estimates, are neutral... which, if I do the math right, leaves 60% of the interactions with customers as negative experiences. By negative, she means that the customers are surly or abrupt or demanding.

60% negative! I thought that was pretty unrealistically high. Could it possibly be that my friend is giving out some negative vibe, rather than the other way around? Possibly, although my friend  has always been one of those people who go the extra mile to be friendly all the time.

In any case, this conversation really focused me on the random connections we make all day long when we're out and about, with bank tellers, servers at restaurants, and the guy who installed my new brakes yesterday. Each of these interactions is an opportunity to make a connection, an opportunity to shake someone's hand or look them in the eye or smile. Even if all you're talking about is how cold it is outside or whether you'd like fries with that, you have the opportunity to share an experience with another human. I have come to think of it this way: In every interaction, I can either make the world a tiny bit better place, make it a slightly worse place, or leave it unchanged. If my friend's percentages are right, I definitely want to be in the 10% of people who are making the world better.

And, more important for the purposes of this newsletter: Each of these interactions is an opportunity to show our kids how to act in the world. Think about it... don't your kids watch you interact with others in the world all day long when you're out and about? Each of these seemingly unimportant interactions is an opportunity to show kids that it's important to make connections with others, and how to do it. It's as simple as a smile, eye contact, and an innocuous comment about the weather or about football or about how cool her nail polish is.

BE THE 10%!

--Debra Ross

2) Have you ever considered taking your kids to Las Vegas? Well, some folks think that it's exclusively an adult town. To a certain extent, that's true, but our VP of Operations took a trip there recently and found great ways to keep kids entertained in a city that has lots of nicknames, not all of them savory. Click here to read June's review of Family-Friendly Las Vegas. Really.

3) Birthday parties: Here's something you might like to accomplish during this first month of the year: Your child's birthday party. KidsOutAndAbout has a list of 113 creative places to have a birthday party in and around Salt Lake. Browsing through the list is a joy and will inspire you with all kinds of ideas. And think about how efficient you'll feel to have the initial planning done!

4) Indoor Play Centers: Speaking of birthday parties, most of the indoor play centers in our area have birthday parties. But there are a lot of other reasons to visit these great places! The most important is that your kids get active fun in the winter when the weather is too cold or nasty to stay outdoors for long. I bet there are some indoor play centers in our area that you've never heard of... click here for the KidsOutAndAbout big list of places to play indoors.

And now a few items from our Salt Lake City editor, Holly Bishop:

5) There are several activities happening this week in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here are some of the MLK, Jr. events we have listed on our calendar:

6) Since school is out on Monday, the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park hosts a special Holiday Break Open Jump session. This trampoline park is super clean and lots of fun, and it's a great place to let your kiddos release some of that built-up energy from all of those indoor recesses this past week.

7) I've seen some wonderful photographs of the wildlife at the Swaner EcoCenter, and they make me long for a trip up the canyon to see these critters for myself. If you need another excuse to visit the Swaner folks have a couple great events planned for this week:

  • Monday, January 21: Little Naturalists: Story Time - A nature-related story, craft, and activity for children ages three to five. Advance reservations are appreciated.
  • Wednesday, January 23: The Science behind Avalanches - The folks from the Utah Avalanche Awareness Center are at the Swaner EcoCenter to present a free program about the science behind avalanches. Reserve a spot in advance.

8) Wednesday is a great day to visit the Natural History Museum of Utah. Head over in the afternoon to catch Phun with Physics, a program that features live physics demonstrations. It's a great way to teach kids that science is fun. Stick around after the demos to explore the museum galleries, and don't rush since the museum stays open until 9pm every Wednesday.

9) How to "Like" us more effectively

On the KidsOutAndAbout Facebook page, we often have interesting discussions, and that's where we announce giveaways first. Lots of you are signed up to get our Facebook posts, but recent Facebook changes mean they only show a few hundred of you any of our given posts... unless... you "like" us specially.

Here's how: If you go to our Facebook page, hover your mouse over the "Like" button. When you do, you'll see two lines: Show in News Feed, and Add to Interest List. Please make sure both are indicated. When you hit Add to Interest Lists, if you don't have any interest lists, you can just add a new one. How about calling it: Stuff to do with kids! That way you should be able to hear from us when we post. Thanks.

10) KidsOutAndAbout's five fictional families have a busy weekend this week! The Bravo Family, the Wall Family, the Woods Family, the Smart Family, and the Walker Family are our fictional families who take their kids to activities based on their particular interests. Here is what they are up to this weekend:

The Walker family focuses on health and physical fitness.
Friday: Utah Grizzlies vs Bakersfield Condors at Utah Grizzlies
Saturday: Canyons Western BBQ at The Canyons Resort
Sunday: Open Jump at the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park at The wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park



The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Friday Afternoon Movies at The Main Library (Salt Lake City Public Library System)
Saturday: The World of Puppetry Museum at Brigham City Fine Arts Center
Sunday: Hair at Kingsbury Hall


This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Jibbin' for Juniors at The Canyons at The Canyons Resort
Saturday: Andy the Condor's Birthday at Tracy Aviary at Tracy Aviary
Sunday: Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month at Brighton at Brighton Resort

The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Global Games at Whitmore Library at Whitmore Library (Salt Lake County Library)
Saturday: MLK Day of Service at Olpin Student Union Building at the University of Utah
Sunday: Otter Talk at The Living Planet Aquarium


The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Ophir-Tintic & Western Model Railroad Club's Annual Model Train Show at Thanksgiving Point at Thanksgiving Point
Saturday: Free Third Saturday Art Activity at UMFA: House Sculptures at Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday: IMAX: Hubble 3D at Clark Planetarium


11) And here is your weekend, day by day for your convenience:

Friday, January 18
Saturday, January 19
Sunday, January 20

Have a wonderful weekend!

Debra Ross
Mom of Madison (13) and Ella (11) - That's us below.