Salt Lake City Family Newsletter May June 13, 2013 | Kids Out and About Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Family Newsletter May June 13, 2013

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Salt Lake City Family Newsletter June 13, 2013 

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All FREE events coming up
2013 Summer Camps!
Places to play miniature golf
CSAs - time to sign up for your fresh produce shares!
Indoor play centers

Save the Date:

Thursday, June 20:  2013 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre " Tony Bennett" at Red Butte Garden.
Thursday, June 20: Groundbreaking Film series at South Jordan Library.
Saturday, June 22: The Ogden Raptors Evening Game: 7:00pm at The Ogden Raptors.
Monday, June 24:  2013 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre " Tedeschi Trucks Band" at Red Butte Garden.
Monday, June 24:  $5 After 5pm — Every Monday June-August 2013 at Tracy Aviary
Tuesday, June 25: Tween Movie Chat (ages 9-13) at South Jordan Library.
Tuesday, June 25: BIG BAND DANCE NIGHTS at The Gallivan Center at Gallivan Center.
Tuesday, June 25:  2013 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre " She & Him" at Red Butte Garden.
Saturday, June 29: Rock 'N' Ribs at The Gallivan Center at Gallivan Center

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

This past weekend, I was driving late at night on my way back from a festival when I stopped at a gas station out in the middle of nowhere. I was just hanging up the pump when an old Indigo Girls song, "Least Complicated," came on over the loudspeaker. I thought to myself happily, as one does when encountering a meaningful old song out of the blue, "Wow, what are the chances?"

I got back in the car, turned it on, and started to pull out. But then I somehow felt compelled to stop and roll down the window to listen. For a few moments, I was transported blissfully back to the mid '90s when David and I first got together. Then I told myself, "This is silly. This song is on your iPod on the seat next to you. You have a long way to go tonight. Be a grownup, put in the earbuds, and get on your way."

Most of us have this experience: A good song played on the radio feels WAY more meaningful than one you turn on deliberately. Some even think it's a matter of cosmic coincidence, though my mind doesn't swing that way; I think meaning is what humans make of it. So what did I make of this? I realized that coming unexpectedly upon an old song is like rounding a corner and finding a delightful piece of your own soul floating in the breeze. You have the opportunity to acknowledge it, greet it, and celebrate it.

So I did. I listened all the way through. It was the least complicated thing to do, anyway.

--Debra RossPublisher

P.S. And this is a promise: The next time that One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" comes on the radio and my kids clamor, "Leave it on! We love that song!" even though that still plays seventy-gazillion times a day, I'm not going to switch the station.

2) Summer pages for Salt Lake City

3) Two new book reviews for Father's Day! 

First, a book FOR Dad: KidsOutAndAbout reviews Efessiou's new book, CDO: Chief Daddy Officer: The Business of Fatherhood.

Next, a Dad book for the whole family: Saturday is Dadurday, by Robin Pulver.

4) Next week is the Great American Backyard Campout!  Celebrate the return of summer outdoors this year--and KidsOutAndAbout Albany editor Katie has some great tips to help make your camping "trip" an event to remember

5) Highlights of the weekend for Salt Lake City:


Friday, June 14: 

Saturday, June 15:

Sunday, June 16:

Monday, June 17: 

Tuesday, June 18:

Wednesday, June 19: 

Thursday, June 20: 

7) Headed to Florida? Check out Sarah's comprehensive reviews!

Recently, our KidsOutAndAbout editor for the Ann Arbor / Detroit area, Sarah Lephart, headed down on a road trip to Florida with her kids. Along the way, she stopped at Rock City Gardens on the border of Tennessee and Georgia, and then plunged southward for a week in the Orlando area. If you're headed to that area, definitely check out her articles:
Rock City Gardens
Review of the new Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom
Tips for visiting Sea World with very young children
A new kind of place to stay with a big family: Reunion Resort

8Try mini-golf this weekend!

Summer is here, and that means it's putt-putt-golf (aka mini-golf) season! KidsOutAndAbout has the best list of local putt-putt places for you and your family to enjoy. 


Summer is here! If you haven't yet signed up your child, that's okay, lots of camps still have spaces!

Check out our awesome Week by Week Guide to Summer Camps in & around Salt Lake City! Dozens of camps have posted their individual weekly sessions, and you an also hunt subject by subject! Let us know if you have suggestions for great camps your kids have attended!

10)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.

11) 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: Cosmic Skating at Utah Olympic Oval
Saturday: Breakfast with the Birds  at Tracy Aviary
Sunday: Open Jump at the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park



The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: That 90's show at The Performer Studio 
Saturday: The Lone Texas Walker Ranger at The Off Broadway Theatre
Sunday:  2013 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre " Grace Potter and the Nocturnals"



This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Fort Herriman Days at Herriman City
Saturday: Breakfast with the Birds at Tracy Aviary
Sunday:  2013 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre " Grace Potter and the Nocturnals"



The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Late Night With Rex  at Thanksgiving Point
Saturday: Free Third Saturday Art Activity at UMFA: Clay Landscapes 
Sunday:  2013 Outdoor Concert Series Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre " Grace Potter and the Nocturnals"



The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Lunch Bunch at The Gallivan Center
Saturday: Free Third Saturday Art Activity at UMFA: Clay Landscapes 
Sunday: Highlights of the Collection Tour at Utah Museum of Fine Arts


Friday, June 14 
Saturday, June 15
Sunday, June 16

Have a wonderful weekend!

Debra Ross
Mom of Madison (13) and Ella (12) - That's us below.