Salt Lake City Family Newsletter November 21, 2013 | Kids Out and About Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Family Newsletter November 21, 2013

Salt Lake City Family Newsletter

November 21, 2013

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Master Guide to the Holidays in the Salt Lake area
Where to cut your own Christmas tree

Indoor play centers
Master List of After School / Saturday Classes
Upcoming concerts & performances
Upcoming festivals

Save the Date:

Wednesday, November 27: Wild Wednesday: Free Admission at Utah's Hogle Zoo.
Wednesday, November 27: Lights on Temple Square.
Friday, November 29:  Holiday Lights at Thanksgiving Point.
Friday, November 29: Fantasy at the Bay - Holiday Light Display 2013 at Willard Bay State Park.
Saturday, November 30: Cut Your Christmas Trees at North Pole Pines at Willard Bay State Park.
Sunday, December 1:  ZOOLIGHTS! At Utah's Hogle Zoo.
Friday, December 6: Utah Winter Faire at the Utah State Fairpark.
Saturday, December 7:  Breakfast with Santa at Thanksgiving Point.
Saturday, December 7: Christmas at the Sorensen Home Museum at Draper Library (Salt Lake County Library).  
Wednesday, December 11: Christmas in Concert 2013 at Sandy City

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

When my daughter Madison was 5, she and I once had a conversation about gift-giving and the holidays with the following exchange:

Madison: “What does generosity mean?”

Me: “It means taking some of what we have that is extra, and finding a way to make that extra stuff do good in the world. It's also a way to express to the people we love how glad we are they're in our lives.”

Madison: “So why are we generous?”

Me: “It feels really good to watch what happens when a little bit of our time or effort or money goes a long way beyond just ourselves. We want to live in the kind of world where people look out for each other. So we do our part. It feels good. Being generous seems like it’s for others, but it’s really for you.”

Madison (triumphantly): “Just like a HUG!”

Many of our readers have asked about where they can volunteer with children, especially in the upcoming holiday season. We recently added a category to our listings so that organizations can highlight activities that feature opportunities for community service and volunteering. Meanwhile, as Thanksgiving approaches and gift catalogs flood mailboxes, our Albany editor Katie Beltramo grapples with how to teach gratitude and generosity to her children in place of what The Berenstain Bears call "the gimmes." She did some research and put together an article with tips on Volunteering With Children all year round.

Next week, your newsletter will arrive on Wednesday rather than Thursday, to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Debra Ross

2) For those who DON'T want to shop next Friday: Many of our readers (and editors) love the thrill of the hunt for bargains on Black Friday. But Katie describes herself as "shopping-averse," and she's offered up some shopping alternatives to help you continue your special family time beyond Thanksgiving in her article What to Do on Black Friday Instead of Shopping!


Highlights for this weekend for the Salt Lake City area: 

3) TODAY, Thursday, November 14:

Thursday, November 21:  Trees of Diversity at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. The Utah Cultural Celebration Center hosts its annual Trees of Diversity Exhibit, a display featuring decorated trees, gingerbread houses, wreaths, nativities, and holiday scenes, all created by different ethnic arts groups.

Thursday, November 21: Teen Game Night at South Jordan Library. Middle School and High School students: Play your favorite board games or video games on the library's Wii and iPads. Snacks provided!

Thursday, November 21: Toddler Storytime at Holladay Library (Salt Lake County Library). Stories and songs for children ages 18 months to 3 years with a caregiver. Come have fun with your little one!

4) Friday, November 15:

Friday, November 22: TINKERBELL AND THE PIRATES at Utah Children's Theater . This unique story takes you back to when Tinkerbell was born and her first experiences in Kensington Gardens and Neverland.

Friday, November 22:  Eat Like a Pilgrim at Thanksgiving Point. Families can step back to Colonial Times as Thanksgiving Point presents its annual Eat Like a Pilgrim living history dinner experience.

Friday, November 22: Cosmic Skating at Utah Olympic Oval. Black lights and neon colors light up the ice for an evening of cosmic ice skating. Lasers, music, and a huge disco ball also set the mood.

Friday, November 22: RDT presents LIVELY at Repertory Dance Theatre. Usher in the holiday season with to-tapping music and dance to lift your spirits & make you smile.

5) Saturday, November 16:

Saturday, November 23:  Treehouse Troupe Presents The Dragon Jar at Treehouse Museum.  Treehouse Troupe plays feature wonderful actors, beautiful costumes, and inventive sets. Only four performances are offered of each of three plays and all the performances sell out, so reserve your tickets early to avoid missing out.

Saturday, November 23: Bug Brigade at Natural History Museum of Utah. Families can observe and handle live bugs during this program designed to teach people about insect anatomy, behavior, and ecological roles.

Saturday, November 23: Turkey has a Terrible Temper at South Jordan Library. Come enjoy a turkey puppet show just in time for Thanksgiving

6) Sunday, November 17: 

Sunday, November 24: Open Jump at the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park. Families can burn off some energy while bouncing at the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park. Jumpers pay by the hour; discounts apply after the first hour. Everyone must sign a waiver. Parents/guardians must sign waivers for children under 18.

Sunday, November 24: Highlights of the Collection Tour at Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Families can take a guided tour through UMFA on the first Wednesday of each month, and on all Saturdays and Sundays.

7) 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:  Eat Like a Pilgrim at Thanksgiving Point
Sunday: Open Jump at the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park 



The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: TINKERBELL AND THE PIRATES at Utah Children's Theater 
Saturday: RDT presents LIVELY at Repertory Dance Theatre
Sunday: Highlights of the Collection Tour at Utah Museum of Fine Arts




This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday:  Eat Like a Pilgrim at Thanksgiving Point
Saturday: Bug Brigade at Natural History Museum of Utah
Sunday: Open Jump at the wAIRhouse Indoor Trampoline Park



The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: RDT presents LIVELY at Repertory Dance Theatre
Saturday:  Treehouse Troupe Presents The Dragon Jar at Treehouse Museum
Sunday: Highlights of the Collection Tour at Utah Museum of Fine Arts



The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Cosmic Skating at Utah Olympic Oval
Saturday: King of the Andes at Tracy Aviary 
Sunday: Highlights of the Collection Tour at Utah Museum of Fine Arts


8) And for your convenience,  a day by day guide to your weekend:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Debra Ross
Mom of Madison (14) and Ella (12) - That's us below.