SLC Tourist, Edition #2: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2)

My oldest loves picking dandelions wherever she goes.

My oldest loves picking dandelions wherever she goes.

After a brief hiatus, I’m back with SLC Tourist Edition #2: Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2).  I realized after I had posted the previous list of things to do that I missed some of my favorite places/parks to visit with my kids.  I’ll focus (mostly) on places beyond Salt Lake City proper for this post, in case you’d like to venture outside of the city limits.

Things to Do (Parks & Rec Version, Round 2)

  • Parley’s Way Park (Tiny park at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon, this park has a huge sandbox and wonderful playground equipment especially for younger kids, 18 months+. 2843 Wilshire Dr, Salt Lake City)
  • Rooftop gardens of the Main Salt Lake City Library (Fun view of the city. 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City)
  • Rooftop gardens at the Conference Center (Take a free garden tour! 60 West North Temple, Salt Lake City)
  • Sugar House Park (Plenty of places to play, picnic, and explore. 2100 South from 1350 East to 1600 East, Salt Lake City)
  • Tanner Park (2760 South 2695 East Heritage Way, Salt Lake City)
  • Evergreen Park (Lovely pavilion, playground equipment, and picnic tables. 3425 South [Evergreen Ave.] 2230 East, Millcreek Township)
  • Canyon Rim Park (Large pavilion and great playground equipment. 3100 South 3100 East [Grace St.], Millcreek Township)
  • Big Bear Park (One of my all-time favorite parks from my childhood, this park features excellent old-fashioned metal playground equipment. 9695 South [Onyx Lane] 930 East, White City Township)
  • Veterans Memorial Park (You MUST visit this park.  There is a HUGE playground that’s more like a giant wooden fort.  It’s a place for kids’ imaginations to run wild.  Pack a picnic and spend several hours here. 1985 W. 7800 South, West Jordan)
  • Wheeler Historic Farm (FREE and fun for kids.  This is a fully functioning farm complete with farm animals. 6351 South 900 East, Murray)
  • Copperton Park (If you’ve never heard of Copperton, you need to visit.  You’re not able to visit the copper mine in nearby Bingham any more, since the landslides took away the visitor center, but you should still make a point of visiting Copperton at least once in your life. Make a half-day trip out of it. It’s a quaint little town tucked far away from anything else, but there are some terrific well-preserved historic homes and other buildings. 8791 West Park Street, Copperton Township)
  • Mountview Park Splash Pad (Huge water play area. 1651 E Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights)
  • Gateway Olympic Fountain (Kids can run around in the fountains wearing swimsuits.  No shoes required. 6 N. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City)
  • City Creek fountains (Don’t plan on taking your shoes off at this fountain.  Security guards are pretty picky about kids keeping shoes and clothes on.  Make sure your kids wear flip-flops/sandals and a t-shirt over that swimsuit. 50 S. Main St., Salt Lake City)
  • Mack Park (Beautiful park worth visiting if you’re ever in Logan or Smithfield, Utah)

That’s all I can think of right now.  I’m sure more will come to me as soon as I publish this post.  Enjoy!

Advertisements

Dreams do come true in La Jolla

My husband and I spent the past few days in sunny San Diego.  Sans kids.  A small miracle, if you ask me.  (BIG thanks to grandmas and grandpas who were willing to care for our kiddos while we spent some time out of town.)

The main purpose for the trip was the yearly National Art Education Association convention (held this year in San Diego) that my husband attended.  With him in conferences all day, that gave me some much-needed solo free time.  Believe me, as a mom, I rarely enjoy solo time, wherein I have the freedom to do whatever I please, so this opportunity that came with the trip was most certainly welcomed and appreciated.

On a particularly fine morning, I ventured from San Diego to La Jolla, a gorgeous area of southern California to which I would gladly return.  My mission in La Jolla: visit the world-renowned Salk Institute, designed by famous architect Louis Kahn.  The Salk Institute has been on my bucket list of “buildings to visit before I die” ever since I learned about this iconic building in architecture school.  I signed up for the guided architectural tour (I highly recommend it), and I was so happy I did.  I learned so much about the Salk Institute’s architecture that I never would have, and I gained a wonderful understanding and an even greater appreciation for the building.  With all of the anticipation that I carried with me before actually experiencing the building, let me tell you, that this place did not disappoint.

For some experiences, there are no words.  The fewer words I use to describe my experience at the Salk Institute, the better.  So I leave you with some photographs.  Enjoy!

IMG_6155

IMG_6118 IMG_6125 IMG_6126 IMG_6127 IMG_6128 IMG_6133 IMG_6136 IMG_6144 IMG_6145 IMG_6148 IMG_6149 IMG_6154