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Ophir Historic District | 12 Utah Staycations

While planning our RV Trip, I called up my friend Chamaine from Wandering Families to see what cool things to visit. She gave me plenty of places to visit and Ophir Ghost Town is one of them! Ophir was a mining town that was founded in 1870 when silver was found. As soon as that silver dried up, everyone left. There are a few souls who still live there and I don't blame them. Ophir is LOVELY. There are a few free things to see. You can tell the locals take serious pride in their town. There are mining decorations

Visiting the BYU Museum of Art

Visiting Provo any time soon? If you're looking for something free to keep you and the kids entertained for a morning or afternoon, check out the BYU Museum of Art. This FREE museum is rad, and offers so many great things for families to do! In fact, it's one of the best art museums in Utah . . . and it's FREE! Recently, my family and I visited the MOA to check out a new contemporary art installation titled "Windswept", by artist Patrick Dougherty. My kids loved exploring the twisting forms created by intertwined willow saplings. The whole installation felt

Brigham City Train Depot

If you love trains, you want to make this quick stop at the Depot! We randomly saw them on our way from our Storm Bowling tour. We tried calling, but no one answered. (Come to find out, the phones don’t work well.) We just happened to stop and find out they were open. There was a sweet couple there who volunteer. They gave us the grand tour and even took us into the actual train outside. It was crazy to see the living space of the brakeman. After the tour, they gave each of the kids a bag filled with

Giveaway | The Power of Poison | NHMU

The Natural History Museum of Utah always has one rotating exhibit that changes every few months, so we always like to check out the museum a couple of times each year to see what is new. This cycle they are featuring The Power of Poison. It is only around for a few more weeks, so you have to go before April 15th if you want to catch it. My kids loved this one and were so excited when they heard we'd been invited out a couple weeks ago to see it. Upon entering the exhibit you get to learn all

NHMU Highlights Tour

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Natural History Museum on the U of U campus! There is so much to see we usually spend all day and still end up skipping a few things. I was so excited when they invited us down to experience their new highlight tour, because with 5 little ones I sometimes don't get to read every plaque and know exactly what I am looking at. Also, they shared some cool stories and facts that are sort of 'insider knowledge' and aren't actually listed anywhere on their signage. The tours are only an additional $2 for adults

Newspaper Rock | Adventurin' | Monticello

Located just West of Church Rock (above) you'll find yourself on a nice 20 minute drive to Newspaper Rock. You'll also pass a bunch of abandoned cabins that once belonged to a religious cult that worshiped Church Rock. (Things only the locals tell you.) Think of Newspaper Rock like a Facebook and Twitter Page only a 2000 year old version. Could you imagine sitting there and chiseling out your story, who knew how long that would take you? This petroglyph site is 200 square foot area one the largest and best preserved. We came up with all sorts of theories

Canyon Country Discovery Center | Four Corners School | Monticello

The main reason The Salt Project even went to Monticello, was because of the Canyon Country Discovery Center. We'd been e-mailing back and forth and they opened out eyes to how much we were missing! We'd been to Moab plenty of times, but never further south on the eastern side of Utah. So you can thank them for all the awesome things we're going to post in the next few weeks. They have a brand new building that's constantly adding new features, exhibits, tours, nature walks and things to do like crazy! Here's Lyndie giving us a tour, it's quite

UMFA Free Family 3rd Saturday | Field Trippin'

If you haven't heard, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) is temporarily closed. It closed on Monday, January 18, 2016, and is expected to reopen in spring 2017. This rules out all free family outings related to the UMFA, right? Nope! The awesome monthly Third Saturday for Families live on, continuing in the nearby Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex auditorium (Room 1151) for all future months until the museum reopens. Family art making continues! My family attended the last Third Saturday for Families event held at the UMFA before the closure. The theme for the art project

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolate Tour | Field Trippin'

I’ve been so excited to take my kids to tour Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory. I think they had me at free samples. Since it is only $1 per person, I invited all my friends to join us. We had about 10 little kids with us so this was the ultimate kid-friendly test! Our tour guide was so sweet and dealt with all our kids beautifully. She was patient, friendly and kind. Absolutely perfect. The tour starts in the front store room. There is a glass window that lets you see a woman hand dipping chocolates. It was pretty amazing watching

UMFA Free Family Third Saturday

Give your kids a little dose of culture and take them to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) for their Free Third Saturday event! The UMFA is a real, legit art museum. It’s very quiet and the art shouldn’t be touched. My kids had never been in this sort of environment before. At first I was little nervous. Surely they were going to break something. But we talked about museum etiquette before entering and they did a great job practicing it throughout. It was a new way to teach our kids about manners and respect. And I really loved
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