Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rant for the night...

This is annoying, work spilling over into my home life... :(

It's 11:00 PM and I am finishing up a "Recon" for work. I have a dozen more things I could/should do including book some contracts that have been in my queue since Monday but I can't because I've been answering emails and researching stuff all day... not to mention the "Practice" email/research project us newbies were sent out. Ugh, it's not as if we haven't had experience delving into the junk thrown our way. They up and decide that we need to have our skills evaluated (again) and throw this stuff at us. In fact preventing us from using our precious time on answering real queries (I've got at least 2-3 in my inbox right now). Is it any wonder that I'm not finding a moment to spare for studying SQL? No surprise at all...

Exercise, pshaw that's for lab rats

So that's my rant... thought I would get it out of me whilst waiting for Excel to open up the master file for the "Recon."

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Treasure Hunt

Treasure Canyon


Hunt for Different Flower Shops (Google Utah Flowers)

Indie Film Theaters

Salt Lake Film Society - Broadway and Tower Theater's

Brewvies Cinema


We just got back from a family vacation to Hawaii. It was good to spend some time with my kids, but not so good spending a lot of time with my ex-husband. The whole time I was there a cat and mouse game was going on, I didn't appreciate being so vulnerable. He took advantage of me being out of my element and ill. Not good. On top of that he was begging me to let him into my heart on the one hand and on the other holding a continuing conversation (texting) some random girl he didn't want me to know about. I hate being lied to and I hate it when someone assumes that I am stupid.

Other than that the trip went well and I got an opportunity to be in Hawaii, something I never thought would happen.

I've also felt disconnected and disconcerted because I haven't been studying the scriptures and going to church. I have questions and there doesn't seem to be a resource to ask my questions, just a standard regimen.

Well, there's the short update, now off to get my daughter cereal and to run up to my parents house to pick up the kids (and hopefully get them to clean).


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Eating Out - Surviving My Food Allergies

I'm creating this post for my own benefit as a quick reference when eating out. It's also to avoid coming across as a nit-pick as much as possible, I do have to protect my health but I like to do that without going into great detail about it if possible.
My allergens in order of importance to avoid them are gluten, cashews, dairy, eggs, tomatoes. Other foods I avoid because they give me a headache are pineapple, mangos, and msg's.
(This is a work in progress) :)
Specific Orders at Restaurants (Favorites are Stared)


*Tsunami, *Asahi, Happy Sumo, *Shabu, *Takashi, Yamato
Rainbow Roll substitute other fish for crab, no sauce, ask for gluten-free soy sauce
Small Sashimi
Small Sake

Sabadee - I think all of their curries are gluten-free

India Palace & Kohinoor
Lamb Saag, Basmati Rice

*Core Eatery
Very healthy, all gluten free! :D

7 oz house sirloin (cooked rare, no seasonings), steamed mixed veggies. *Specify Gluten Free

Blue Lemon
Blue Lemon Steak Griller - RARE

Buffalo Wild Wings
Traditional chicken wings (sauce on the side) *Specify Gluten Free

Cafe Rio
Grilled steak burrito, pinto beans and rice, mild (tomatillo) sauce, enchilada style

Chargrilled Chicken Filet (No Bun, no cheese) *Specify Gluten-Free, no dressings, condiments separate

Rice Noodles, Gai Yang Grilled Chicken, Thai Basil Butternet squash, Massaman Curry, and Asian Pear Slaw, Lemon Garden juice

Classic Sirloin - 6 oz (cooked rare, no seasonings) & Steamed broccoli for both sides *Specify Gluten Free

Soft corn tortillas with chicken, cilantro-lime brown rice, black beans, tomatillo green salsa, guacamole

Costa Vida
Specify gluten free and no cheese, salad w/ corn tortillas, pork, cilantro lime vinaigrette (on side), guacamole (on side), salsa fresca (on side)

Beet Salad - No cheese, add tri-tip. *Specify Gluten Free Gingerberry or Strawberry Serenity kombucha

Specify gluten free, no croutons, bridge hampton salad

Italian Place
Steak 'N' Everything - No bun, no cheese, no tomatoes *Specify Gluten Free

Specify gluten free - Avocado Bacon Burger no bun

Olive Garden
Steak Toscano (cooked rare, no seasonings), grilled vegetables  *Specify Gluten Free

They don't normally offer gluten free options but they do have gluten free soy sauce that they can use with the Mixed Vegetables and they can do the Teriyaki Chicken without the sauce. Make sure to specify that the order should be gluten free.

Classic Grilled Steak Taco made Gluten Free, no dressing

Calypso Salad with fire grilled chicken

Teryiaki Grill
Ginger Salmon, side of vegetables *Specify Gluten Free

Texas Roadhouse
New York Strip (rare) with two sides of veggies *Specify Gluten Free

"No-House" Roadhouse Burger *Specify Gluten free (no bun, no cheese)

Salad w/ mixed greens, chopped romaine, baby spinach. NO dressing. Add Chicken & Avocado. Cucumbers, Red Onion, Carrots, Peas, Black Olives, Diced Green Apples. EMPHASIS Gluten Free *Don't let the crumbs from bread get into the salad and please don't add a roll

*Maria Bonita (Orem)
Carne Asada
Costillas De Puerco En Salsa Verde
Jamaica, tamarind or Strawberry Jarritos

Napa Valley Waldorf
Grilled chicken, mixed field greens, red grapes, sliced apples, candied walnuts, and crumbled bleu cheese, tossed in your choice of balsamic vinaigrette or creamy bleu cheese dressing.
Romaine lettuce, chicken, bacon, cucumber, tomato and red onion, blue cheese crumbles, with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Address: 1365 State St, Orem, UT 84097

Best First Date Ideas

Relaxing Conversational Dates

Yogurt and Smoothies

Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream

Go to a Dinner Theater 

Go to a Drive-In Theater

Go to a Unique Indie Film Theater

Fun Stores and Places

Comedy Club

Live music at the Urban Lounge

Juniors Tavern (Jazz Music)

Utah Bayou (Craft Beers)


Board Games

Blackfyre Games Event Calendar

The Game Grid

Visit a Tea Room

TEAramisu by The Emperor's Tea (Millcreek)

The Tea Grotto  (SLC)

Tea Bar (SLC)

Garden Cafe at The Grand America Hotel (SLC)

Pearl Milk Tea Club (Ogden)

Tea Rose Diner  (Murray)

Coffee Shops

Coffee Pod

Take an Art Class (Google Art Classes Utah County)

Color Me Mine

A&A Art and Frame

Artist Corner

Picnic in A Park

Feed the Ducks and Have a Picnic

Wine Tasting Tour

Prepare a Meal Together

Salt Lake Culinary Center

Harmons Grocery

Take a Sushi Making Class

Trivia Night at a Bar

Go to a Planetarium

Clark Planetarium

Planetariums Utah

Shopping Centers

Search Thrift-Shops for a challenge item

Search for Antiques (Google Utah County antique stores)

Search for Bookstores (Google Utah County Book Stores)

Active Casual Dates

Stroll Through a Garden Center

Sun River Gardens

Farmers Markets

Go for a Photo-Shoot Treasure Hunt

7 Photography Projects 



Roller skating 

Classic Fun Center Orem Unlimited Pass $10, All Day Skating Pass $6.50

Outdoor Concert or Other Free Event

Sample Treats at a Food Festival

Go for a leisurely bike ride

Liberty Park has a nice Bike Lane

Bike to Bridal Veil Falls

Go to The Beach

9 Beaches in Utah 

Swasey's Beach

Get Lost in a Cornfield Maze

Go to a Carnival 

Orem Sumerfest June 5th - 10th

Provo Summer Activities

Go Rock Climbing

The Quarry (Provo)

Momentum Climbing (Lehi)

Take Dancing Lessons

Go Bowling

Race Go-Karts

Go Horseback Riding

Equine Now

Best 10 Horseback Riding Places

Mini Golf

Cascade Mini Golf 

Take a Walking Tour of a Utah City

Provo Walking Tour

SLC Walking Tour

Take a Nature Walk

Top 6 Family Friendly Hikes Utah Valley


Badminton Clubs

Beach Volleyball

Wasatch Beach Volleyball

The SandBar

Table Tennis/Ping Pong

Utah Table Tennis

Table Tennis Training and Event Center

Ferry Ride

Charles Hall Ferry in Bullfrog Utah

Lake Powell Ferry (A part of the Charles Hall Ferry)

More Date Ideas:

Watch a sports game
Take Sailing Lessons
Have a SPA day at Snowbird
Go to a float SPA
Try a Pottery Class
Walk a pair of doggies for the humane society
Play disc golf
Go Skydiving
Try Geocashing

More Things 2 Do in Utah

20 Great Utah Dates

Go longboarding
Garden Together
Create a Project Together

Farmers Markets

Provo Farmers Market (Opens June 3rd)

Happy Valley Farmers Market 


Orem July 28th - October 30th
Springville July 31st - October 23rd

High Country Adventures

3702 East Provo Canyon Road, Provo, UT 84604

Provo and Weber Rivers

Take a rafting trip down one of Utah's "postcard" canyons, flanked by 12,000 ft. Mount Timpanogos and Devil's Slide. 2010 Editor's Choice for Sunset Magazine.
Open Late April thru October 2013

Tour                                         Adult Children
Two-Hour Provo River         $49.00 $29.00
Four-Hour Weber River         $99.00 $79.00
Sunset Rafting Tour with BBQ $59.00 $44.00
Full Moon Tour                 $59.00 $44.00
Self-Guided (Provo) Late Season Special $15.00 (regularly $30.00) Late Season Special $15.00 (regularly $30.00)

Raft and Zipline

Enjoy one of our popular half-day Raft and Zipline trips down the Provo River. Soar through the Wasatch Pine Forests on our adrenaline-filled Zipline Course down with your guide to the rafts waiting at the Provo Rivers' edge.

(Half-Day trip - approx. 4 hours)
$99.00/guest (ages 7 and older)
Tours start Monday thru Saturday at 12pm only! (Box Lunch included)

Raft n' Rails

High Country Rafting has teamed up with the Heber Valley Historic Railroad for a half-day unforgettable adventure that includes lunch, rafting and train ride.
Open June 3 thru September 30


Raft n' Rails (4 hour activity - includes train and raft fare, shuttles, box lunch or BBQ)

Adult Lunch $85 (11am-3pm)
Child Lunch (12 and under) $69

River Guide gratuities appreciated
Call 435.654.5601 for additional information.

Raft 'n Reins


$125.00 Person (ages 8 and up)
Trips depart daily at 9:00am
This 4-Hour adventure includes a Horseback ride, River float, lunch and transportation

Open Early May through October 2012. Reserve your Horse and Raft excursion today!
Enjoy a scenic horseback ride and rafting combo trip that starts high on the south slope of the historic Soldier Hollow Valley--Venue of the 2002 winter Olympics. Our Cowboys and Raft Guides will take you on a ride you'll never forget. Enjoy views of the Wasatch Mountains, including Mount Timpanogos and Deer Creek Reservoir. We will help you step back in time and relive the old western days of horseback riding. We have a variety of trail rides available that will suit your group or individual requests. After your horseback ride, we have a lunch stop just before you descend down majestic Provo Canyon on a Guided Raft Adventure. Lunch included.

Directions to Raft n' Reins Office at Soldier Hollow

Rocky Mountain Outfitters - Address 633 West Soldier Hollow Drive, Midway Ut. 84049

From Park City, take State Road 248 (Kearns Blvd) East to U.S. 40 - take 40 East to Heber City and then take right turn on State Road 113 (100 South) to Midway. Take a left on SR 113 (Center Street) in Midway, and travel two miles. Turn right just before the railroad tracks Turn right just before the railroad tracks onto Tate Lane at the end of Tate Lane is a 3 way stop sign turn left. Drive approx. 1/4 mile and turn left in front of Rocky Mountain Outfitter sign and then make an immediate right behind sign.
Make a reservation now by phone or online.

Zipline Rides  

Schedule your adventure! CALL 801-960-3113

Open Monday - Saturday
Full-moon tours are an exceptional experience!
Call to make a reservation 801-960-3113.
7 minutes from the mouth of Provo Canyon.
Group Rates Available
Email for more information.
Utah's Newest Zip Line Canopy Tour is here in Beautiful Provo Canyon

Get ready to RIDE THE MAX! Max Zipline is Utah's newest tree-top canopy zipline tour adventure nestled in the Wasatch Mountains and adjacent to the world famous Provo River. You'll experience breath taking mountain scenery, wildlife, beautiful river-front landscapes and mountain fresh air. Soar across the tree-tops and fly with the birds as you take in beautiful mountain vistas, stunning views of Mt. Timpanogos and the Provo River.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Places I Want To Visit


Utah Shakespeare Festival

Season runs from June 23rd - August 30th
Tickets cost from around $40 - $100 depending upon location.

Crystal Hot Springs 1 h 41 min (From Home)

Pool - Adults $6 Children $4.50
Pool & Slide Pass (All Ages) $10.00

Family Night - Monday Nights 4PM - 9PM Family of 6
Pool - $12.00 ($2.00 dollars for extra kids)
Pool & Slide Pass (All Ages) - $20.00 ($5.00 dollars for extra kids)

8215 N Highway 38 # S
Honeyville, UT 84314

Travel Across the USA by Train

The California Zephyr gets you as far as Chicago. To complete the journey to New York, you’d need to transfer to the Lake Shore Limited.

Fun Things To Get

Binoculars for bird watching, sporting events, etc.
Telescope for star gazing
Nice tent
Nice sleeping bags
Fixed up trailer to be ready to go camping any time

Things to do in Utah



Address: Located just off of 800 North and 400 East. The Demonstration Gardens are just northeast of the Botany Pond (right behind the Plant Science Lab on 870 North and 500 East) Also visit a beautiful walkway and waterfall near the Centennial Carillon Bell Tower (South of 1430 North 650 East)

Phone Number: (801) 422 - 0271

Hours: Anytime?

Cost: Free?

Address: 645 E. 1430 N. Provo, UT

10:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday - Friday
10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
Closed Sundays

Cost: Free?

Address: 500 Campus Dr, Provo, UT 84602
Phone:(801) 422-8287

1683 North Canyon Road, Provo, UT 84602

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Extened "Family Night" hours Monday: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

100 E 700 N, Provo, UT 84606
(801) 422-0020

Hours of Operation
Semester Hours
Mon, Weds, Fri 9-5
Tues, Thurs 9-7
Closed on Holidays 

275 E Center St, Provo, UT 84606
(801) 377-7777

Daughter of Utah Pioneers Museum

Franklin S. Harris Fine Arts Center (link to see upcoming events)

Brigham Young University, East Campus Drive and Heritage Hall Drive
Provo, UT 84602
Phone: (801) 422-7664

Hope Gallery

Mormon Art & Bronze Gallery

Museum of Mormon Mexican History

Utah's Museum of National Award Vehicles

NuSkin Headquarters - Tours

Reed O. Smoot House

Address: S 200 E St, Provo, UT 84606

The Reed Smoot House, located at 183 East and 100 South, was originally built in 1892 for Reed Smoot, a Provo businessman who later became a U.S. senator. Smoot himself drew the first designs for the house, and Richard K.A. Kletting completed the design. The house cost over four thousand dollars to complete. "Victorian Eclectic in design, it is a Stately, solid, early Mormon square block home with some Victorian exuberance displayed in the detailing. The home is linked with Utah's early political and religious history, and is the site of several visits from U.S. presidents in the early twentieth century (Historic Provo p. 20)." This house was nominated to be named to the Provo City Landmark Register on April 28, 1995.

Rock Collecting

Minerals from Topaz Mountain
Trilobites of Utah
Dugway, Utah, Geode Beds
Gold Hill, Utah

Hiking Trails

Bonneville Shoreline Trail 

Despain Trail

Hike the Y Trail
Hiking the Y should be one of the main items on your bucket list when looking for things to do in Provo. As far as provo hikes are concerned, it is definitely the most well known hike there is. Although you can continue up past the y and hike to the top of Y Mountain, we’ve included below only the information needed to the hike up to the Y.

Distance: 1.2 miles to the Y from the trail head, or 2.4 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 1000 feet

Difficulty: Opinions vary greatly on this one, so, we’ll say anywhere from easy to very hard

Description: Although not a very long hike, the trail to the BYU Y does go up a very steep part of the mountain. There are 12 switchbacks that do make the ascent easier, and to the experienced hiker, it isn’t very difficult. However, the great thing about this hike is that it attracts all types of people, and so some may find it rather difficult to climb. There are many areas where you can stop to take a break and catch your breath. The view from the Y is very much worth the short distance it takes to get there.

Directions: From 900 E in Provo, turn east (toward the mountains) on 820 North and follow it as it veers left and becomes Oakmont Lane. Take a right on Oak Cliff Drive and veer right. Take a right on Terrace Drive and a left to head into the “Y” Trailhead parking lot.

Directions: Head north on Hwy 189 (University Avenue) which will take you up Provo Canyon. If traveling from Salt Lake City on I-15, take Orem's 800 North exit 272 and head east to Provo Canyon. From Park City and Heber Valley area take Hwy 40 to Hwy 189. If traveling to Provo from southern Utah exit 263 (Hwy 189) head north.
Driving time: Bridal Veil Falls is about 10 miles from Provo’s Center Street, 15 minutes away.

Lone Peak

Climb to the top of this 11,000 foot Wasatch Peak which rises above Salt Lake City with a massive glacial cirque.

This is a fairly strenuous climb to the top of one of the tallest peaks of the Wasatch Range. Reaching the cliff-lined summit will require some scrambling up steep slopes and over boulders.

Mt. Timpanogos Hike

From Alpine Grove to Timpooneke Campground via Emerald Lakes, Timpanogos saddle.HIGHLIGHTS: Fall colors of beech and aspen forests, Emerald Lakes, Mt. Timpanogos peak, saddle and glacier, amazing vistas of Twin Peaks, Mt. Baldy and High Uintas region, Provo and Utah Lake as never seen before, cleverly created hiking trails...

Lone Peak via Jacobs Ladder

Lone Peak is the "notched" peak at the top of the huge mountain on the south side of the road as your traveling up Little Cottonwood canyon.  The peak is visible from most of the Salt Lake and Utah County areas.  All approaches to the peak are long with substantial elevation gain.  My son (Tyler) and I decided a couple weeks previous that we were going to do the hike.  A friend...

Rock Canyon to Squaw Peak

I thought that I would be taking a nice leisurely hike up to Stewart Falls from the Sundance resort. What transpired was a nearly three hour long journey which had me walking along the road for a good part of the time. This was partially my fault, as I just set off in a direction, hoping to hook up with the trail. But the map from the sports shop at...

Big Springs

Vivian Park, Utah, United States
Hiking | 6.4 miles (9.2 miles away)

Rocky Mouth Trail

Overview:This short, family-friendly hike leads to a waterfall up Rocky Mouth Canyon. The trail is well-maintained and, despite being steep in places, is very easy.Story:We (Jeremy, Tara, Savannah, Shaun, Melissa, Jacob, Kylie, and Kate) hiked the Rocky Mouth trail to the waterfall on 7/2/2011. The trailhead is located at 11300 S. Wasatch Blvd. The trail...

Stewart Falls

Aspen Grove, Utah, United States
Hiking | 0.0 miles (8.8 miles away)

Timpanogos Cave Trail

We finally got around to checking out Timpanogos Cave. A pretty tough walk up to the cave then a fun trip through 3 caves. Would have loved to do the tour of the cave again - perhaps next year combined with the picnic lunch 1/4 mile away and then a stop at the water park.

Alpine Sliding Rock

Alpine, Utah, United States
Hiking | 2.5 miles (13.3 miles away)

Lone Peak, UT (Jacob's Ladder / Bear Canyon) 

I hiked Lone Peak with my 9 year old son and a good friend. We ascended following the Jacob's Ladder trail. While we had read that there was limited/no water July on, we found ample water at the junction (which cuts across to Outlaw Cabin) as well as further up the trail. At about 10k feet, we were heading off the trail to allow my 9 year old to use the "facilities"...

Mt. Timpanogos 

For pictures and description of this trail, see I also have lots of other fun outdoor activities in and around Utah on my website: These include canoeing, canyoneering, caving, hiking, hot springs, rock climbing, and fun places. The site's a work in progress, so check back often.

Dry Creek Canyon

I decided to get one more good hike in before winter, and I chose Dry Creek Canyon because I have never been there before, and I have always wanted to explore this corner of the Wasatch. I arrived at the trail head around 8:30 and was pleasantly surprised to find only one vehicle. The trail is an old service road that was once used to maintain a pipeline that brought water to a...

Eiji Trail

Christmas City, Utah, United States
Hiking | 7.4 miles (1.9 miles away)

Squaw Peak

Pleasant View, Utah, United States
Hiking | 5.5 miles (4.1 miles away)
We experienced rain, hail, and snow on the way up. The clouds obscured the view pic the valley. The weather was clear for the descent, but the muddy trail was slippery. All in all it was a fun hike

Rock Canyon Trail

Provo, Utah, United States
Hiking | 6.2 miles (4.1 miles away)

A nice little hike up Rock Canyon. We turned around at the first bathroom in the picnic area. The snow was too deep at that point for our tennis shoes. Saw many people with snow shoes along the way. Only a snowmobile appeared to have gone as far as the picnic area.

Rock Canyon

I decided to take a lunch time walk from Centennial Middle School to Rock Canyon.  I'll hike then entire canyon one of these days.  It's been a few years since I've hiked the entire route, but I don't have time today and wanted to try out the EveryTrail tracker.

Canyons and Camping

Slate Canyon

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Aspen Grove Family Camp

9521 N. Alpine Loop Road, Provo, UT

This is a Family Camp run by BYU just past Sundance in Provo Canyon. You must abide by BYU honor code (no alcohol, smoking, etc.) to go here so if you don't want to do that it wouldn't be a good fit. The view of Timpanogos is extraordinary and the trees, river, surrounding wilderness is just gorgeous. Activities are organized everyday for kids age 0-18 and they divide up by age group. Each group has 1 male and 1 female BYU student on summer vacation as "counselors" to guide them. They go on hikes, play games, do crafts, swim, go on a ropes course, archery and more. Kids who go on family reunions love it if they have cousins in their age group. The adults have activities too - they can play tennis, golf simulator, swim, hike, take a class, and much more. There are all kinds of accommodations from hotel style to large family cabins all they way down to A frame cabins that share a common restroom. The food is cafeteria style 3 times a day. It's not a 5 star restaurant but it is nice not to have to worry about how to feed your group and the food is included in the price. In the evening there are family activities and fun events. There is a camp store with BYU creamery items that is very popular. Extended families love it. There is no "daily housekeeping" - you make your own beds.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Little Sahara Recreation Area

Rivers and Lakes

Bear Lake

Fish Lake

Utah Lake - Fishing, water skiing, boating, camping, picnicking, ice skating or ice fishing

Provo River - Go fishing or jogging or biking along the Provo River 




Willow Park (9800 W. 8570 N.): Over 50 acres of mature willow trees, trails, campsites, and open grassy areas will make you feel like you are in the mountains without actually making the drive up the canyon to get there. The Jordan River Parkway trail also weaves it’s way through the park, providing you with plenty of shaded paths to walk or ride bikes with your kids.

Dry Creek Trail Park (100 W. 1500 N.): Bring your own frisbee for a game of disc golf under the shade of the Willow Trees. Expect some thick brush and rough terrain along this 9-hole course, so wear good shoes and long pants. You can download a scorecard here.

Wines Park (500 N. Center Street): Large mature trees all over the park provide almost a complete cover of shade. You’ll feel a retreat from the heat in this park for sure, whether you choose to run and play in the large grassy areas or rest on the lawn while your kids play on the swings or one of two playgrounds (one designed for younger and the other designed for older children).

Heritage Park (10400 North Alpine Highway): Run and play on the grass under the large shade trees at this park or even receive some shaded relief from these trees while you play sand volleyball or watch your kids on the playground.

Highland Glen Park (4800 West Knight Avenue): Don’t miss this park hidden at the bottom of a hill just North of Loan Peak High School. While heading North on 4800 W. turn left onto a small road just after passing Loan Peak High School. Though you still can’t see the park, the road will take you a short distance over a series of large speed bumps, down a windy hill until you reach the entrance of the park. You’ll be glad you made the effort to find this hidden treasure of mature trees, shaded trails and picnic areas, and a pond where you can feed ducks and catch fish.

American Fork

Robinson Park (100 E. Main): Located next to American Fork City Library is Robinson Park. Like Wines park in Lehi, large mature trees provide almost a complete cover of shade. The playground is also nicely shaded.

Rotary Park (400 S. 200 E.): Open shaded grassy areas for play, as well as a shaded playground make this park another great place to beat the heat.

American Fork Ampitheater (851 W. 700 N.): Large pine and other trees have been growing here since the early 1900’s. Get your exercise in the cool summer shade here on the open shaded grass, hills and stairs.

Pleasant Grove/Lindon

Pleasant Grove Downtown Park (200 S. Main): In addition to swings and a playground, this park provides several shaded grassy areas to run and play.

Veterans Memorial Park (300 S. Locust Avenue): Located next to the Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool, this park provides an open shaded grass area to run and play, as well as a playground and swings.

Lindon City Park (200 N. State Street): Similar to the recommended parks in Pleasant Grove, this park provides large shaded grassy areas to run and play, as well as a playground and swings.

Discovery Park in Pleasant Grove

Discovery park is often known as the wood park because it is a huge wooden castle. This park is fun because it is so big, and it caters to big children, which a lot of parks don't. In fact, on the sign it says it was built for 5-12 year olds, but my almost 3 year old did fine with most things. There are some tricky things to climb, but he steered clear of them. There are lots of swings and lots of slides. The fun part is working your way through all the different parts of the wooden castle. They have little beehives for the kids to play in, instruments to play, tables and benches for moms and dads, and much more. This is a great park for hide and seek. Half the time I was trying to find our son because he never stopped moving the whole time we were there.

Some other benefits:

Picnic tables for lunch
Tennis courts & baseball fields

The address for this park (called Manilla Park on PG's website) is 1550 N 100 E Pleasant Grove. I took the Pleasant Grove Blvd exit and headed east to the mountains. You will stay on this road all to way until you reach 100 E which is a light. Go North (turn left). The park is just a little bit down the road on the west side of the road.

This website had a good description of the park.


Bonneville Park (1450 N. 800 W.): In addition to large shaded grassy areas and a playground fit for both older and younger children, this park provides partially shaded basketball and tennis courts.

Cherry Hill Park (1800 S. 240 E.): At this park, you’ll find shaded walking paths, a tennis court, and playground.

City Center (100 N. 300 E.): Shaded walking paths and a partially shaded playground provide a nice retreat right in the middle of town.

Scera Park (600 S. State Street): This large and popular park in Orem is located next to the Scera Swimming Pool and theater. You’ll find plenty of shaded grassy areas to run and play here, as well as multiple playgrounds and a walking path.


Bicentennial Park (1400 S. 1600 E.): In addition to large trees, a playground, and swings, this park also features a duck pond and 9-hole disc golf course.

Kiwanis Park (820 N. 1100 E.): There is plenty of shaded open grass at this park, hills, a playground, tennis courts, a ball field, and volleyball courts.

Memorial Park (800 E. Center Street): Enjoy the memorials here as you stroll along the walking path, play on the grass under the shade of the trees, and spend some time on the playground as well.

North Park (500 N. 500 W.): Located next to the Veterans Pool, you can play a game of horseshoes here or enjoy the playground. The grassy areas here are also shaded very well.

Paul Ream Wilderness Park (1600 W. 500 N.): In addition to a playground, duck pond, and plenty of shaded grassy areas, this park also provides access to the Provo River Trail, where you can walk or ride bikes with your kids.

Pioneer Park (500 W. Center Street): You’ll find some of the best shade in Provo at the Pioneer Park, as well as a playground for the kids.


Conover Park (600 E. 1000 S.): Enjoy a nice little retreat here, in shaded picnic areas surrounded by shaded grassy areas for run and play.

Kolob Park (600 S. 700 E.): You’ll probably find your best shade in Springville here, as well as picnic areas, a softball field, and a soccer field.

Westridge Park

Bicentennial Park

Fort Utah

Ron Last Park

Kiwanis Park -Tennis Courts

Footprinters Park - Fishing

Rock Canyon Park - Play a game of soccer or go sledding

Bi-Centennial Park

1440 S 1600 E
Provo, UT 84606
(801) 852-6606

Disc Golf
Drinking Fountain/Water Tap
Duck Pond
Horseshoe Pit
Volleyball Court
Walking Trail
Water Feature

Morinda Gardens

Hot Springs

Utah Hot Springs

Spring Directory:

Shopping Centers

Address: 4801 N University Ave #480, Provo, UT 84604
Opened: August 8, 1998
Hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Phone: (801) 802-8430

Provo Towne Centre

Outlets at Traverse Mountain

Niche Shopping

Plato's Closet

Cherry Lane

Quilted Bear

Hobby Lobby


Bella Ella Boutique

Trendy X Change



East Bay Golf Course

Cascade Springs - Golfing


Cross country skiing at the Sundance Nordic Center

Festivals and Events

Festivals & Events

Free Concerts

Salt Lake Calendar of Events

Utah Valley Events

Go to a public park and talk (Free)

Stroll through the aquarium Living Planet Aquarium Adult Ticket Pricing $19.95

Attend the Gem Fair - held end of January, beginning of February

Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt at Riverwoods.

Festival of Colors 

March 29, 2014

In India Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter.

Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
311 West 8500 South
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Price: $3 Admission, $2 Color Bags Available

Good Life Expo

April 11 - 12, 2014
The show will provide exhibits and demonstrations related to home improvement, family lifestyle, health and nutrition products, along with food and emergency preparedness.

Spanish Fork Fairgrounds
475 South Main St.
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Price: Free

Festival Latinoamericano, this family event is held during the labour day weekend and features music, food and performances.

July 4th Events: American Freedom Festival at Provo which includes the Stadium of Fire an annual firework display at  LaVell Edwards Stadium and a performance by a popular musician.

Utah Lake Festival at Utah Lake State Park with food, kids activities and demonstrations and take advantage of the free fishing day. 

Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll - The first Friday of every month Provo Galleries are open late and there is also live music and refreshments. 

Biggest Liar Competition

March 31, 2014
Come to laugh and find out if the reigning champion will be dethroned at the Utah’s Biggest Liar Competition!

Orem Public Library
58 North State Street
Orem, UT 84057
Price: Free

The Story of Scheherazade

April 30 - May 1

Sego Festival which features local artists, musicians and filmakers

Utah Pasifika Festival - is a two day festival featuring dancing, music, food and craft booths celebrating the Polynesian cultures. held in May

Halloween Events: Put on your costumes and run in the Halloween Half Marathon, get scared at the Anguish Asylum at the Provo Town Centre - opens late September, or take the Halloween Adventure Cruise - where pirates attack the ship to hand out candy.

Christmas Events: Christmas Cruise at CLAS Ropes Course, Provo City Living Nativity, enjoy a free horse drawn carriage ride at the Shops at Riverwood or attend the Princess Festival. 

Utah Valley Convention Center Homeshow held in September

Outdoor Folk Festival is a free concert held at the Convey Center for Arts in September.

Chalk the Block at Riverwoods - is a two day family event in September featuring food, fun and street art from over 100 artists

Corn Maze - Get lost in McCoard's Corn Maze while solving one of the different skill level mysteries, or pick your own pumpkin at the pumpkin patch.

Utah Valley Renaissance Faire held at Timpanogos Park in September. 

Echo10 is a three day short play festival at the Echo Theatre

Final Cut Film Festival at BYU

Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, is a 501 nonprofit farm, garden, and museum complex that draws upon the natural world to cultivate trans-formative family learning. Wikipedia

Address: 3003 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043

Hours: M - Sa 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Tales for Tots @ 11:00 AM

Monday Night Activities @ 5:00 PM

After School Adventures @ 4:00 PM

Gardening Classes & Backyard Workshops on Saturdays

-Garden Open Season March 29th
-Easter Egg Hunt April 19th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
-Scottish Festival When: Friday, June 7: 5-10 pm Saturday, June 8: 8 am - 10 pm
-Utah Valley Renaissance Faire  Sept. 27th & 28th

Payson Scottish Festival July 11th & 12th

Large Theaters

Address: 220 W Center St #200, Provo, UT 84601
Phone: (801) 851-2200

425 West Center Street, Provo, UT 84601


Small Theaters

Provo Theatre Company

Provo Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization founded in 1986, produces a five to six show annual season, beginning in September and ending in June. Lead by PTC Resident Artistic Director Charles Lynn Frost and Managing Director Richard Hill, PTC moved into its new 132-seat, intimate theatre in April 1996. The newly renovated facility was made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous theater lover. 

105 East 100 North
Provo, UT 84606
Phone: (801) 379-0600

Theater Location and Mailing Address - 225 West 400 North, Orem UT, 84057

Phone - 801.226.8600

Fax - 801.852.3189

Zion Theatre Company - Official website of the Zion Theatre Company based in Provo, UT focusing on promoting and producing plays that resonate with humankind's better nature.


Bodywork Bliss

Yoga Studios

2230 N University Pkwy, Provo, UT 84604
(801) 372-5755

Active Indoor Entertainment (Adults)

Address: 100 N Seven Peaks Blvd Provo, UT 84606


Monday - Thursday, Saturday
6:00AM - 12:00AM

9:30AM - 12:00AM 

(see calendar for specific events including public skate)

Phone Number: (801) 852-7465



Mon & W

CLIMBING 10am - 10pm
YOGA 7-8 am / 10-11 pm

Fun Stores and Places

534 S 100 W
Provo, UT 84601

Phone Number (801) 377-1676

Pirate O's

Address: 11901 700 E, Draper, UT 84020

M-S 10AM–8PM
Su 10AM–6PM

Phone: (801) 572-0956


Seven Peaks Resort Water Park

Address: 1330 E 300 N, Provo, UT 84606
Phone:(801) 373-8777

Provo Rec Center - Waterslides, an indoor and outdoor playground, tennis and basketball courts, fitness classes and more. 

Recreation Center
320 W 500 N
Provo, UT 84601

Main - (801) 852-6600
(including registrations, party room reservations, court reservations)
Facility Rentals - (801) 852-6613

Monday - Friday
5:00AM - 10:00PM

7:00AM - 8:00PM

Cherry Hill

Address: 1325 Main St, Kaysville, UT 84037
Opened: 1967
Hours: Open today · 10AM–11PM
Phone: (801) 451-5379

Outdoor Entertainment

CLAS Ropes Course

Utah Helicopter Charters

Drive up Squaw Peak road and get a great view of the valley at the lookout point.

Pick-Up Paintball Field - Play Paintball

This field is for those looking for a place to play speedball in Utah Valley. Bring your own paint and have a good time in a controlled environment. The field is free, just read and follow the rules. Because this is a speedball field you should plan on getting hit multiple times and yes, it will hurt. The field is located at 810 South 3110 West Provo, Utah (see map page).

Go to the park and play volleyball/throw horse-shoes/play Frisbee/fly a kite

Go up Provo Canyon - Picnic and Bonfire

Geocaching at Buxley's Geocaching Waypoint 

Sailing Lessons - Get sailing lessons from Bonneville School of Sailing

Mountain Biking


Lift Pricing Full Day $24

Bike Rental

Full Day $75
Half Day $65

Full Day $55
Half Day $45

Kids 12 and Under
Full Day $35
Half Day $30


Adult: $25
Child: $19
Season Bike Pass: $125
Winter Passholder (15-16 or 16-17): 20% discount on day or season tickets.
Child is 16 years and younger. If a participant is younger than 18, a parent or guardian must be present to accept release of liability and waiver.

Trail Map

Active Indoor Entertainment (Kids)

Hang Time - Trampoline Fun

Address: 1340 Sandhill Rd, Orem, UT 84058
Phone:(801) 784-6100

Monday – Thursday          3 PM to 10 PM
Friday                          2 PM to Midnight

Mommy & Me Friday  1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday                          10 AM to Midnight

Weekdays: Friday 'till 5 PM 2 Hours $10 Dollars $6 Dollars for kids under 46"
Weekends: Friday Fri Eve/Sat 1 Hour $10 Dollars $6 Dollars for kids under 46"
Weekends: Friday Fri Eve/Sat 2 Hour $13 Dollars $9 Dollars for kids under 46"

Fat Catz - Bowling & Arcade

1200 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84604
(801) 373-1863



Monday-Thursday         10am-12am
Friday-Saturday            10am-1am
Sunday                          Closed

Laser Assault - Play Glow in the Dark mini putt or laser tag

Rate Schedule
M-Th 3pm-10pm Fri 3pm-midnight Sat 10am-midnight

Regular Rates (per person)

Weekday Weekend
M-F before 5pm
Fri after 5pm
Sat all day

1515 South State St.
Orem, UT 84097

Phone: (801) 802-8555

Mon-Thur: 1 pm - 11 pm
Fri: 1 pm - Midnight
Sat: 11 am - Midnight
Sun: Closed

Rates: $2.25 to get in - play with nickels

Address: 3969 S 500 W, Millcreek, UT 84123
Phone:(801) 261-3668
Hours: 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Dinner Theaters

Salty Dinner Theater

Various Venues Throughout Utah

Desert Star Theaters

Address: 4861 State St, Murray, UT 84107
Opened: 1930
Phone: (801) 266-2600

The Dinner Detective

Address: 3524 Market St, West Valley City, UT 84119

Phone: (866) 496-0535

Hunt Mysteries

Address: 634 W 9600 N, Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Phone: (801) 569-1482

Comedy Clubs

Comedy Sportz (Provo)

ImprovBroadway (Provo)


Salsa Dancing

Salsa in Utah (SLC)

Salsa Chocolate (Provo)

Utah Country Dancing (Provo)

Swing Utah (SLC)

Swinging on Main (SLC) Lesson 8:30 PM - 9:25 PM


Karaoke Cafe

Karaoke café is located in the heart of historical Murray city, just accross the street from Day Murray Music!
Parking in rear of building, enter at 4800 south behind Desert Star Playhouse or from Vine Street

FRI AND SAT 3:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. $5


Tuesday - Thursday

Ages 0-3  Free*

Ages 4-7  $3.00*

*in family groups, excludes large parties

Ages 8 and up  $5.00

Tues-Thurs 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

ENTRY FEES can be credited towards food purchases **

**Does not include private parties

Entrance fee includes 1 beverage per person with unlimited refills and  3 hours *** unlimited singing
Drinks included with entrance fee are coffee, iced tea, lemonade or soda

Does not include hot tea, hot chocolate, milk, milkshakes, juices, mock-tails, smoothies  or any specialty drinks

***Unlimited singing means you may submit as many songs as you desire, actual number of songs you get to sing will vary by number of patrons and length of singing rotation


Tuesday through Saturday
3:00 P.M to Midnight
We are available for private parties 7 days a week with advanced reservations call 801-904-2021

Karaoke @ Callies Cafe

Callie's Café & Sports Bar. It is a no frills, down-home bar and grill, that serves cheap, basic food. The best items on the menu are country-fried steak, French toast, French dip - or any meal complemented by brown gravy or hot syrup. The servers are all tattooed and subtly surly.
In an adjoined back room accessed from a separate entrance is a beer only bar, no hard stuff, but it's better than nothing. On Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm - 2am the back room bar, which has a couple pool tables and dart boards, opens up to join the café for Karaoke.
This is karaoke at its finest; good-natured, off tune singing from people who work hard and use the microphone for some much-needed fun with friends and family.
The patrons are all blue-collar, average, Americans. Since it is a restaurant setting, some patrons even bring their kids until about 9:00 PM. When you listen to the songs, you are just as likely to hear a cute blonde-haired gal in blue jeans belting out an old Metallica song as you are to hear a construction worker warble a good ol' Johnny Cash tune.
If you like your Karaoke combined with diner style food and cold beer Callie's Café is the place to go in Orem-Provo, Utah.

Farmer's Markets

The Provo Farmers Market is held each Saturday at Pioneer Park located at 500 West Center Street starting June and runs through October.

The Farmers Market season begins the first Saturday of June and is open for business from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. After the first Saturday of September, the Market moves the opening time to 10:00 a.m

Crafty Things To Do

Brittany Golden Jewelry Studio. ... Jewelry classes silversmithing casting silver gold ... Resort Salt Lake Sugar House Utah · jewelry making classes blog. 

Jewelry Studio in Provo, Utah that offers wedding ring workshops and ... at Sundance Resort and the owner of Brittany Golden Studios. Using white, yellow or rose gold or silver the couple designs and creates them with their own hands.

Provo Art and Frame - Art Class

Color Me Mine - Paint your own ceramics

Library's With Fun Activities

Provo City Library

Check out a book or movie at the Provo City Library, or participate in one of their many events for kids, teens or adults like the Fairy Tea Party, Children's Book Festival or computer classes.

Orem City Library

Live Music

Velour is an all-ages music menu smack-dab in the middle of Provo. Catering mostly to the local music scene, Velour offers a safe, clean and comfortable place to hangout with friends and enjoy music. Since it is all-ages Velour does attract a younger crowd and since they don't serve alcohol, the patrons are generally well-behaved and seldom unruly. Apparently the owner takes music pretty seriously (friend of his told me so) and I think it shows since Velour is not only one of the best sounding small venues I've been to, it is also one of the nicest looking. The inside of Velour is creatively decorated, with cool stained glass looking windows behind the stage and good lighting throughout. If you're in the mood for some local music Velour is definitely worth visiting.

135 N University Ave, Provo, UT 84601
(801) 818-2263


Every Tues Open Mic Night

Tickets in advance

Live music 

1320 E. 200 S., Salt Lake City, Utah (dine-in only)

Phone: (801) 582-5700

Monday - Thursday, 11am to 1am
Friday/Saturday, 11am to 3am
Sunday, 12pm to 11pm
Delivery Area:
No Delivery (dine-in only)

Juniors Tavern

Jazz Bands

Utah Bayou