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My family and I love road trips. In fact, our annual road trip miles amount to at least 10,000 per year! We love National Parks and any place that is off the beaten path.
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adventurous, curious, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous
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The road (wherever it takes us), of course!
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National Parks
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Alaska
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There are so many to name. We love Alta Ranch Montana. We have so many fun memories of just staying at the ranch. We never left the place and we were never bored!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My daughter got car sick on the way to New Mexico. She puked in every state on the way. I sat in the back and caught the puke in a Ziploc bag for about 8 hours. Once we got to our destination, she was just fine and happy to be there.
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Easter Egg Hunts in Utah's Wasatch Front

Grab your basket and bonnets and check out this list of Easter Egg hunts in Utah's Wasatch Front. Check individual websites for dates, times, and specific locations.

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6351 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Children's Easter Egg Hunt $10 per child includes: the hunt, Easter pail, chocolate eggs, a chocolate Easter Bunny and wagon rides for up to 4 people. Empty eggs will be hidden around the hunt area for children to find. Each child will gather 6 eggs to redeem for their goodies. The Easter Bunny will be there—so don’t forget your camera! The$10.00 Pre-registration fee can be taken at Wheeler Historic Farm Activity Barn Monday-Saturday 9am to 5pm

reviewed on: September 07 2011

"Fun at the Farm"
Wheeler Farm is a 75 acre working farm designated as a Salt Lake County Park.  The grounds include out- buildings and a historic farm house, where guided tours are offered.  Several pastures along the property house horses, cows, sheep and goats and there are a handful of small pens with chickens, turkeys, pheasants, pigs and rabbits.  Little Cottonwood Creek runs along the property and there are also two duck and goose ponds.  Wheeler Farm has recently added a nice children’s playground, and a large picnic pavilion on the south side of the property.

We have visited Wheeler Farms several times with our kids and it is a good outing, a chance to step back in time to see how our pioneer ancestors lived.  We like to bring old bread to the ponds and feed the ducks and geese.  However, these waterfowl are pretty well-fed and sometimes aren’t too interested in our crumbs.  My kids also like to visit each pen; the animals are usually pretty friendly and come up to the fence for some adoration, pat on the nose and tickle behind the ear.  The farm does have a few downfalls for families.  First, much of the animal pens are along dirt or gravel pathways which aren’t conducive for pushing strollers through.   Second, there aren’t enough educational signs or interactive displays for children.  Kids just end up running from one animal to the next, without really learning something new.

Wheeler Farm hosts several events throughout the year that are definitely worth enjoying.  These events include Easter egg hunts, fall festival, Christmas breakfast with Santa, summer Sunday farmers market, summer day camps and special community events.  Wheeler Farm is a nice venue for these events as they have added a modern “barn” for indoor events and there are large shady and grassy areas for outdoor events.  The farm also has three restroom facilities located conveniently throughout the 75 acres.

In summary, this place is like a domestic animal petting zoo with shady picnic areas and plenty of grass to spread out.  Spend an hour visiting the animals or attend one of the farm’s many events and enjoy this delightful county park.

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3003 Thanksgiving Way
Lehi, Utah

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Hunt for Easter eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and more at Thanksgiving Point's Easter Eggstreme which includes tons of activities for all ages including rides on the cow train and grain train, inflatables, an obstacle course, face painting, sack races, and other games.



7500 S.2700 E
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Kids ages 0-12 are invited to the annual free Cottonwood Heights City Kids Egg Hunt in Butler Park (behind the Rec Center.) Bring your own baskets or bags for all their loot! Parking will be limited, so come early, then look for the signs the show where each age group lines up. In the case of inclement weather, there will be a drive-thru egg giveway at the south front entrance of the Rec Center.


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4000 The Canyons Resort Drive
Park City, Utah

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Canyons Resort celebrates Easter all week long - each day of Easter week, Canyons will feature a variety of activities for kids and families. Schedule of Easter events at the Canyon's can be found here: http://www.thecanyons.com/content/easter-canyons

reviewed on: September 15 2011

"Destination resort in any season"
As a lifelong Utah resident, I recall skiing the former “Park West Resort” in college; cheap skiing with little amenities offered.  Forget about the past, the former Park West Ski Resort, now Canyons Resort is Utah’s largest ski resort with amenities galore and outdoor recreation suitable for families in any season.

WINTER

My family visited Canyons resort in early September where we delighted in all of the wonderful summer activities.  However, riding the lifts with kids ignited their desire to come back, ski the slopes and see the snow making equipment at work.   We stayed at the Grand Summit which is just steps from Canyons Resort’s Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express high speed quad lift. I have not skied with kids, but can imagine convenience is crucial when handling little ones outfitted in awkward equipment.  Furthermore, the Grand Summit offers year round in-house child care that includes activities such as gondola rides to sledding hills and ski lessons for kiddos as young as 2 years of age!  

Canyons resort offers some very unique winter programs such as the First Tracks program which gives skiers early entrance to the mountain on certain days of the week.  You may even be accompanied by some Olympic skiing celebrities!

Something that completely interests me, something I never knew existed, is an option to ride in one of Canyon Resort’s snow cats, grooming some of the resort’s 4,000 acres.  I can already see my 10 year old son and his young at heart father salivating at the thought of riding in one of these state of the art machines.

If picturesque family friendly opportunities are your cup of tea, consider booking a horse drawn sleigh ride at the Grand Summit Hotel.  I can already envision those picture perfect postcards that I could send to my flatlander relatives!

SUMMER:

Outdoor recreation at Canyons Resort doesn’t end when the approximate 355 inches of snow melts, it just transforms.  Canyons Resort has recently undergone several capital improvements making this a destination resort for all seasons.  These improvements include an extensive group of groomed trails, mountain bike park with different skill level trails, private reservoir for fishing and pedal boating, a Zip Tour Adventure for thrill-seeking travelers, and an 18-hole putting course.

We took our kids age 10, 7, and 2 to Canyons Resort in early September to check out some of the new additions to the resort.  We rode the Red Pine Gondola to mid-mountain where we embarked on an adventurous journey.  First stop, hiking the Red Pines Loop trail (see my detailed review on this hike) where we spotted a moose within 15 feet of the trail.  Next we were amazed by the new mountain biking park with obstacles fit for Shawn White on wheels.  
Later we explored the Canyons Resort private reservoir after a short hike from the High Meadow Lift where pedal boats and fishing equipment rentals were readily available.  Finally we rounded out the day with 18 holes on the resorts beautiful putting course (see my review of the Canyons Resort putting course).

It was a lovely weekend exploring all of these new improvements.  Our only disappointment occurred when we arrived at the Canyons Resort’s private reservoir to see Tiger Trout jumping, pedal boats begging for a ride, and fishing poles lined up, all surrounded by clouds and lightening closing in.  We were instructed to immediately return to the Red Pine Lodge and wait for the storm to pass.  Obviously we didn’t get to boat or fish that day, but I can attest to those fish ready to bite.  Okay, so I’m dreaming of those fish waiting to bite; I’m one of those crazy Moms that love to fish.  But I do appreciate the caution that Canyons Resort paid due to the storm.   We were stranded at the Red Pines Lodge for 40 minutes, a good warning to be prepared for anything at this high elevation.  Luckily, I had a stocked backpack with snacks and drinks and the lodge served complimentary hot coffee.  We visited the resort a week before the Zip Tour Adventure was to open but I can attest to the awesome venue amid this high alpine paradise.  Future visitors who experience the Zip Tour Adventure, please come back and report.

One of my family’s favorite summer activities at Canyons Resort was biking.  We discovered that you don’t have to be an extreme bike park obstacle junkie to enjoy the trails.  Canyons Resort has groomed trails appropriate for beginning bikers to wild trails suitable for the bold mountain biking crowd sporting complete face-covering helmets and neck braces.  With a little one in training wheels and another better suited for a bike trailer, my family found our own adventure on the valley floor of Park City.  Canyons Resort and the Grand Summit Hotel are within steps of the Cabriolet lift which dropped our family off, with bikes in tow to a gateway of never-ending bike paths (see my review of Nineteen Sports).   These pathways aren’t just paved trails along a busy highway, these pathways lead explorers through trees, and bridge covered streams, expansive farmland and country adequate for video game animation.  Every place we turned we found a new path imploring exploration.  Unfortunately, “dairy air” issues (i.e. posterior pain) kept us from exploring beyond a few wonderful hours.  We will return with gel seats and bike shorts in hand!

In summary, our visit to Canyons Resort can be summed up in a few words, “Park West….never heard of it”.  Canyons Resort is a developed, full amenity luxury resort, perfect for families in any season.  Bring your bike, bring your skis, or just bring a good book to read; this is destination recreation at its best.

Disclosure: Although I received complimentary gondola and lift tickets, my reviews are always my own opinions and are not influenced by staff or its affiliates.


12830 South Redwood Rd
Riverton, Utah

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Teen Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt - Hundreds of candy and cash filled eggs and lots of great prizes.Dress warm and don't forget your flashlight. Location: Riverton City Softball Field, 12700 S 1300 W, *Please park in the parking lots located on 1400 W 12700 S Children's Easter Egg Hunt - Meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for candy, toy and cash filled eggs. Dress warm & don't forget your Easter Basket.The Easter Bunny will be there at 9:00 am. Cost: FREE! Ages: 12 yrs. & under Location: Riverton City Park, northeast lawn area, 12800 S 1400 W, *Please park in the parking lots located on 1400 W 12700 S



120 S Main
Farmington, Utah

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Free Easter Egg hunt fun at Farmington Forbush Park (formerly main park).



493 West Volunteer Drive
Spanish Fork, Utah

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Spanish Fork Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Spanish Fork City host the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Many local area businesses sponsor and support this local event for our community's children. The City Sports Complex is the location of the event. Prizes, grab bags, and 10,000 colorful stuffed eggs make this a fun event for young and old. The Easter Bunny, Miss Spanish Fork Royalty, Mayor Wayne Andersen and the City Council will be on hand to meet and greet the public.



11010 South Redwood Road
South Jordan, Utah

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See the Easter Bunny at the park. Kids ares 1-12 are invited to participate in the hunt.



5415 West 3100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah

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Egg Plunge in the Pool Egg Plunge in Pool Who: Children ages 15 and Under.



12452 South Galena Park Boulevard
Draper, Utah

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Egg Hunt for more than 20,000 eggs that have been filled with candy and prizes. Bring your families and come to one of the best Easter egg hunts in the state, organized by Draper City's Youth Council. Ages for kids to participate are from 0 to 12. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around visiting kids in the park. After the hunt, the kids can also enjoy touring emergency fire vehicles on display in the parking lot. Arrive before 10:00 am to participate in the Easter Egg Scramble!


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Highway 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon
Sandy, Utah

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Easter Egg Hunt at the Chickadee Bowl

reviewed on: August 23 2011

"Summer Fun"
When 600-plus inches of powder snow melts from Snowbird Ski Resort’s Hidden Peak, the resort transforms into a high elevation family adventure park with activities such as an alpine slide, tram and lift rides, bungee trampoline, bounce house, mechanical bull, ropes course, climbing wall and zip-line.  Each of these activities can be purchased separately, for a completely customized day of activities.  However, Snowbird offers an all-day activity pass that includes unlimited use of each of the activities at a reasonable price ($39 adults, $24 child).  I can attest that the all-day pass is definitely worth the price as one-time individual activity price averages approximately $10 per activity.  

My family, with kids aged 10, 7, and 2 enjoyed an active day at Snowbird in August with our all-day activity bands around our wrists (and kiddos slept extremely well that night).  Each member in my family had a delightful time discovering our own favorite activity with my 2 year old preferring the bounce house, my 7 year old mastering the alpine slide, and my 10 year old conquering the ropes course.  Mom and Dad preferred the 10 minute aerial tram ride to the top of Hidden Peak where we hiked a short distance enjoying amazing views and beautiful wildflowers to the Peruvian Express Ski Lift where we walked through a 600 foot mountain tunnel to enjoy awesome views of Mineral Basin.   Our return trip was on the Peruvian chairlift as tickets for the Peruvian chairlift and the aerial tram are interchangeable making it a great option for families to enjoy a loop trip.  Note that even my 2 year old enjoyed the ride down the chairlift although it was a bit nerve-wracking for me to see her hanging from the lift at these heights.  If you have a particularly wiggly toddler, or kiddos afraid of heights, you may want to just stay with the tram ride.

What to know before you go:  Bring plenty of sunscreen and drinking water.  Sunburn and dehydration is eminent at this high elevation.  It is also a good idea to bring a good daypack.  I was happy to be able to safely zip up all my belongings while riding the chairlifts.  There are some good restaurants located at the base of the resort and many of them offer “kids eat free” specials in the summer.  However, you can also pack your own picnic and eat at one of the many picnic tables provided.  Parking is free but can get crowded during peak times.  I would suggest parking at the Snowbird Resort Entrance 4, which is uphill from all of the activities.  This parking is a little less crowded and you can ride the Chickadee chairlift back uphill to entrance 4 when you are departing.   Finally, check out some of Snowbird’s lodging and activity packages deals which include activity passes and lodging at one of their fine resorts.  

In summary my family enjoyed a beautiful summer day enjoying the activities at Snowbird Ski Resort.   This is a five star family fun activity, if you can avoid long lines.  I did deduct one star from my review just for the long lines at some the most popular activities.  However we visited on a busy weekend day, so I would suggest visiting on a weekday if possible in order to avoid long lines.  

Disclosure: Although I received complimentary all-day activity passes, my reviews are always my own opinions and are not influenced by staff or its affiliates.

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1544 East Park Blvd
Ogden, Utah

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One of the biggest events of the year - the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Regular admission fees apply and Dinosaur Park Members receive 50% OFF regular admission prices. There are limited amount of eggs per child with several of the eggs redeemable for prizes.



10670 South 1000 East
Sandy, Utah

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Dimple Dell Recreation Center will be holding the annual Easter Egg Dive in the pool. Cost is $5.00 per child and you must be pre-registered to participate.