Best mobile art station: The Creative Capsule

Best mobile art station
The Creative Capsule
At a different spot daily, Tenfour Industries’ Airstream trailer invites kids inside to make crafts, like their own superhero gear. The Capsule is also available for birthday parties, baby showers and more. 801-541-9865, thecreativecapsule.com

Best tire store to fix that flat
Hillside Tire Services
When you get a flat, visit this super-friendly tire store locals swear by. 2255 E. Ft. Union Blvd., SLC, 801-994-0051, hillsidetire.com

Best way to to create custom bunk beds
Tanglewood Design
You and the kids can mix and match components to create a personalized bunk bed design. Tanglewood will actually do the building. 647 Billins Rd., Ste. 1, SLC, 801-261-2261, playhousedesigns.com

Best spot for DIY Pinewood Derby racers
Hammond Toys & Hobbies
Hammond has pre-cut designs for making your own car, plus all the custom parts and even a polishing kit to keep it lookin’ smooth. 1957 E. 4780 South, SLC, 801-278-0157, hammondtoy.com

Best way for families to de-stress
Zen Living Yoga classes
The whole fam can de-stress at SLC’s new yoga studio. There are classes for adults, kids, pregnant women and kids under three. 2021 S. Windsor St., SLC, 801-467-6909, zenlivingyoga.com

Best spot for games that just got better
Game Night Games
Not only do they have the best and hardest-to-find board games, but they just moved into a bigger building. Go test them out. 2148 S. 900 East, SLC, 801-467-2400, gamenightgames.com

Best family membership deal
Natural History Museum of Utah’s Charter Family Membership
NHMU offers charter members free admission, invites to preview exhibits, special entry and 10 percent off at the store and café. For $95, the entire family gets those benefits, plus discounts on kids’ camps, birthday parties and sleepovers. 301 Wakara Way, SLC, 801-581-6927, nhmu.utah.edu

Best shop to dress hip kids
PROSPECT Youth
Avengers founding member Janet van Dyne, aka The Wasp, is obsessed with fashion. If she were real, she’d take her kids to this Park City shop that sells lines like Anthem of the Ants and Timberland Kids. 523 Main St., Park City, 435-322-0012, facebook.com/prospectyouth

Best reason for kids to brush
Burg Pediatric Dentistry
Doubling as Molar Man’s secret lair, this dental office gives kids a chance to become superheroes when parents get a secret code online for a cape. On visits without cavities, kids get new additions to their superhero outfits, including a mask. 1580 E. 3900 South, SLC, 801-305-3382, burgpediatricdentistry.com

Best places for treehouse-making supplies
Burton Lumber, Walls—Design Shop, Fanzz at City Creek Center
First, download instructions on treehouseguides.com. Next, pick up building supplies at Burton Lumber and then line the walls with paper from Walls. Lastly, hit Fanzz for Jazz and Bees décor. 1170 S. 4400 West, SLC, 801-952-3700, burtonlumber.com; 1465 S. 700 East, SLC, wallsdesignshop.com; City Creek Center, SLC, 801-363-0160, shopcitycreekcenter.com

Best place to buy a lemonade stand table
Lifetime Store
In the ‘60s Batman TV show, Mr. Van Jones was a socialite who threw parties where he only served lemonade. In Van Jones’ honor, squeeze some lemons and visit the Lifetime Store for a folding table to sell your sweet and sour concoction. Don't forget your cape. 745 N. Warm Springs Rd., SLC, 801-532-1231, backyardsinc.com

Best family inspiration
The Leonardo
Get your problem-solving juices flowing at the Leonardo—carbon-fiber foot joints and all. 209 E. 500 South, SLC, 801-531-9800, theleonardo.org


What to do with a bored kid

Best cheap kids' shows
Repertory Dance Theatre’s Ring Around the Rose
During Repertory Dance Theatre’s season, the company hosts monthly performances from local groups like Youth Theatre at the U and Ballet West in wiggle-friendly kids’ shows at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 138 W. Broadway, SLC, 801-297-4241, rdtutah.org

Best kids' entertainment by kids
YouthStage at The Children’s Theatre
Last year, YouthStage performances were so popular, it was hard to snag a seat. Now in a new, larger building, crowds have more leg room. This August, the young actors perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. 3605 S. State St., SLC, 801-532-6000, tctheatre.org

Best place for kids to bounce
Jump Around Utah
When he rolls into a ball, Plastic Man bounces off nearly any surface in sight. Same goes for kids at this family fun center with bounce houses, slides and a two-story jungle gym. 1519 S. 700 West, SLC, 801-977-9000, jumparoundutah.com

Best place to let ’em out
Red Butte Garden
If the kids are so bored they’re driving you up a wall, let them expend that energy running through the gardens, which include a sandbox and water features. Meanwhile, you can stop and smell the roses, literally. 300 Wakara Way, SLC, 801-581-4747, redbuttegarden.org

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