Tubing at Gorgoza, provided by Gorgoza Park.
Bucket List—Grab some adventure, family-style
Walk on the Moon
Go deep in space with a 360-degree show in Hansen Dome Theatre at Clark Planetarium and use your newfound knowledge to stage a landing on the free MoonScape set. 110 S. 400 West, SLC, 385-468-7827, clarkplanetarium.org
Meet the Ghosts of Park City
Once, Park City visitors could go below the earth to tour an old silver mine. Nowadays, the most fun way to learn Park City's history is through its spirits. Check out Park City Ghost Tours. parkcityghosttours.com
Ride the rails
Heber Valley Railroad is known for excursions like a river rafting/train ride combo. But we can't wait for Hobo Days. Enjoy a tin-can-cooked dinner before chugging to Deer Creek Dam for hobo stories around barrel fires. Just preface your name with "Boxcar." Aug. 9-10, $45, 450 S. 6oo West, Heber City, 801-581-9980, hebervalleyrr.org
The biggest bummer about snow tubing is gravity. It's way fun to slide down the hill but a pain to drag your tube back up. Gorgoza Park eliminates the trek with a tow rope. It's cold, white fun until your feet freeze, then into the yurt for hot chocolate. 3868 W. Kilby Rd., Park City, 435-658-2648, gorgoza.com
Camp Out for the Pioneer Day Parade
Days of '47 is a Utah-only holiday, and it's famously "bigger than the Fourth of July." The big event is the Days of '47 Parade, but remember, even if you're on time for this parade, you're late. The best spots go to those who get there early—way early. Pack your camping gear, games and a cooler to spend the night before, in anticipation of the grand marshall's whistle at 9 a.m. Find the route and more info on the July 24 parade at daysof47.com.
Make a Movie
If your teen's more inspired by Waiting for Superman than Superman himself, maybe he or she has a story to tell, too. SpyHop's REEL Stories shows teens how to create their own documentaries. 511 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-532-7500, spyhop.org
Volunteer with Furry Friends
Best Friends Animal Society runs the largest no-kill animal shelter in the country. Support Best Friends' no-kill mission by volunteering at their sanctuary, by socializing the dogs, cats, rabbits, parrots, pigs or doing a construction project. 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, 435-644-2001, bestfriends.org
Utah's best asset is its outdoors and experience in it is the best gift you can give your kids. Go with them to Aspen Grove Family Camp for fishing, a ropes course and more natural fun near Mt. Timpanogos. 9521 N. Alpine Loop Road, Provo, 801-225-9554, aspengrove.byu.edu
Track Down Your Ancestors
The largest library of its kind, the LDS Family History Library has all the microfilm, books and databases you need to map out your family tree or find out if grandpa really was a flim-flam man. 35 N. West Temple, SLC, 866-406-1830, familysearch.org
Throw a Cool Kiddie Party
Parents everywhere can outsource their child's party to Chuck E. Cheese or a bubble house. Be a Utahn and call the Creative Capsule. A classic Airstream trailer rolls up to your house and entertains up to eight kids creatively. 801-541-9865, thecreativecapsule.com
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Tote Your Tot in Style
Frustrated with other carriers, Salt Lake City mom Elle Rowley invented a stylish, baby-wearing wrap from her home. Solly Baby wraps (in bamboo and organic cotton) offer a pocket for pacifiers, a sewnin sleeve for easy folding and the perfect amount of stretch for growing infants. $65-$70, sollybaby.com
The Chamberlains—With four kids and a big dog, Rachel and David Chamberlain run an action-packed Utah household.
Get The Gear
Family Members Listed Clockwise:
On/near Georgia (age 5): Superhero costume, $30, JW Allen & Sons; giant Whirly Pop, Blickenstaff's; Orchard Nightlight, $125, Twig Creative; Twig & Cotton Child's Chair, $125, Twig Creative; blooming flower headband, $30, Oopsie Daisy; Adora baby doll, $90–$135, JW Allen & Sons.
On Cassius (age 2): Sugar Doodle Kids boys pajamas, $29–$38, Sugar Doodle Kids, Stroller with detachable carrier, $460, Babinski's Baby; baby bottle, $17, Jublo infant sunglasses, $32, Babinski's Baby.
On Kevin (dog): ZoHots leash $12, Posh Paws.
On Beau (age 12): Skullcandy headphones, $30, skullcandy.com; Mad Pax bubble backpack, $60, Oopsie Daisy; graphic novel, Dr. Volt's Comic Connection; Tanara acoustic guitar, $89, Guitar Czar; soda, Blickenstaff's; Penny Nickel skatboard, $120, JW Allen & Sons.