Monday, July 16, 2018

Park Discovery in Cedar City

Park Discovery in Cedar City is a wooden playground that is unlike other playgrounds in the area. It has a great toddler area and another area for the "big kids". There are lots of picnic tables and benches for you to relax while your kids play.

Location: 2077 W Royal Hunte Drive
                Cedar City, UT 84720


Monday, July 9, 2018

Tonaquint Nature Center

The Tonaquint Nature Center is a beautiful place to go for a walk. You will feel like you are secluded from the city even though it is just minutes away from you. You'll love the many trees so you can escape the heat of the sun and enjoy nature. There is a pond where you can feed the ducks and watch the turtles. There are many different kinds of camps that take place at the Nature Center year-round. You can read about them and register by clicking here.

Location: 1851 S Dixie Drive 
                St. George, UT 84770

Cost: FREE to walk around and explore. There is a cost for the camps/classes that happen there. 

Phone #: (435) 627-4590

Monday, July 2, 2018

Lake at the Hills in Cedar City, Utah

We took a little trip up to Cedar City to visit the Lake at the Hills. This is a man made 11 acre lake behind the Cedar City Aquatic Center. It was cool to see and a great place to spend an afternoon.
To get to the lake you will see a sign just before you get to the Cedar City Aquatic Center that will tell you to turn right. Follow that road and you'll end up in a parking lot. That's it! Pretty simple.

The lake has lots of picnic tables, two sand volleyball courts, and restrooms on site. You can fish at the lake (free for children under age 12), use paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. Or you can just play in the water! The water is quite chilly so you'll want to make sure it is warm enough outside. This wasn't open when we went but it looks like they have Kayak Rentals through Labor Day (weather permitting). You can read more about that here.

It was great to see and spend some time there but I won't take the time to drive from St. George to Cedar City just to go to the lake again. BUT if you're in the Cedar City area it is a great place to visit.

Location: 2090 Royal Hunte Drive 
                Cedar City, UT 84720

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

4th of July 2018 Events in Southern Utah

What are your plans for the 4th of July?? Here's a list of what's going on in Southern Utah to help you get your plans finalized.

St. George Events
6:30 am Uncle Sam 4k in parking lot at the west side of Town Square
7:45 am Parade on Tabernacle Street starting at 800 East and finishing at 200 West
9:00 am - 10:00 pm Water games, vendors, inflatables, music, etc. at St. George Town Square
10:00 am - 11:00 pm Independence Carnival at St. George Town Square
10:00 am - 3:00 pm Free Admission at St. George Children's Museum
7:00 am - 10:00 pm Scotty McCreery in Concert at DSU Trailblazer Stadium
10:00 pm Fireworks

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Ivins Events
8:45 pm Cinderella at Tuacahn

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Hurricane Events
8:00 am - 11:00 am Breakfast at the Hurricane Community Center - $2/person
8:30 am Parade
9:15 am Patriotic Ceremony at the Hurricane Community Center flag pole
9:30 am - 11:30 am Free relay races with cash prizes, bounce houses, games and military service project
12:00 am - 7:00 pm Free swim at Hurricane City Pool
10:00 pm Fireworks

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La Verkin Events
9:00 am Parade on Main Street
9:30 am Patriotic Program and Flag Ceremony at Wanlass Park
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Food, games, inflatables and races at Wanlass Park

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Toquerville Events
7:15 am Pancake breakfast at Center Street City Park
8:30 am Patriotic program and games at Center Street City Park

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Kanab Events
6:00 am Cannons blast off to awaken town
7:00 am Color Fun Run 5k at 20 W Center Street
10:00 am Parade on Center Street
11:00 am - 7:00 pm Jacob Hamblin Park Fair
9:30 pm Fireworks show

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Cedar City Events
9:00 am - 2:00 pm Parade and activities at Main Street Park
9:45 pm Fireworks - Watch the Fireworks at Lund Highway and 1600 N. Park along Lund Highway, Aviation Way or Airport Road

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Enoch Events
7:00 am July 4th 5k
6:00 pm BBQ and games at Old Enoch Park
After Dark: Fireworks at Old Enoch Park

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Parowan Events
10:00 am Parade on Main Street
10:00 am - 2:00 pm 4th of July Celebration at Parowan City Park on Main Street

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Brian Head Events
9:30 am - 10:00 pm 4th of July Celebration - Because of extreme fire danger there will not be fireworks this year.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

July 2018 Southern Utah Calendar of Events

Holy moly this summer is flying by! Click here to download your FREE July 2018 calendar of events so you don't miss anything fun happening in Southern Utah! This calendar has the main events going on but be sure to head to the upcoming events tab on the blog often for updates and other events I couldn't fit on the calendar.

Download Printable Here: FREE July 2018 Southern Utah Calendar of Events Printable

Thursday, June 21, 2018

20 FREE Things to do with Kids

Are you looking for some fun things to do with your kids? It can get expensive and exhausting keeping them entertained all the time! Here are some free ideas to help you out.

#1 Hike around Dixie Rock: This is a popular attraction for tourists and locals. The views of St. George are beautiful and the red rock is a sight to see! I love this unique St. George spot. There are lots of places to explore. Make sure you check out the St. George Narrows while you're there. You can read about it on this post by clicking here.

Location: Red Hills Parkway
                St. George, UT 84770

#2 S'mores at Pioneer Park: S'mores are the perfect treat any time but especially on warm summer nights! There are two fire pits at Pioneer Park by Dixie Rock that are free to the public! Just call the city in advance to reserve your fire pit. One of them is located under the big pavilion and the other is just up the rocks a little ways.

Location: Red Hills Parkway
                St. George, UT 84770

#3 St. George Children's Museum - First Thursday of each month from 12-3 is FREE: This place is awesome! It is two stories and has different themed rooms throughout the entire museum. There is a post office room, farm room, grocery store room, and music room. Just to name a few. The admission is already inexpensive but on the first Thursday of each month from noon-3:00 admission is free!

Location: 86 S Main Street
                St. George, UT 84770

#4 St. George Town Square splash pad & stream: This is one of my all time favorite water play areas in St. George. There is plenty of shade and it is a large area for your little ones to play in. Pack your lunch, bring your towels and be ready for a great time.

Location: 50 S Main Street
                St. George, UT 84770

#5 Walk around Tonaquint Nature Center and feed the ducks: This is a great place to cool down and enjoy nature. There is a pond with geese and ducks for your little kiddos to feed and there are paths throughout the trees that you can wander around.

Location: 1851 S Dixie Drive
                St. George, UT 84770

#6 Have a Picnic at Tonaquint Garden: This is a beautiful garden to walk around. There are plenty of grassy areas under the trees for a picnic.

Location: 1851 S Dixie Drive
                St. George, UT 84770

#7 Tour Brigham Young Winter Home: Spend some time taking your kids to learn a little bit about the history of Southern Utah and the Mormon pioneers who settled the area. There are Mormon missionaries on site to give you a tour and tell you stories and fun facts.

Location: 67 W 200 N
                St. George, UT 84770

#8 Walk around the Red Cliffs Desert Garden: This is a beautiful garden by the Dixie Rock. It has a man made canyon that you can go in to cool off. Depending on what time of year it is there are sometimes fun decorations and themes throughout the garden! For example, the scarecrow walk is in October and you can read about that by clicking here.

Location: 375 Red Hills Parkway
                St. George, UT 84770

#9 Visit Family Search Center: Learning about your family and where you come from can be really exciting. Anyone can visit the Family Search Center. It is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but you don't have to be a member of the church to visit and search your family history. The Family Search Center is very interactive. They have iPads that dock in certain TV stations and you can learn things like famous people you are related to and what parts of the world you have ancestors from and what percentage. It's a lot of fun!

Location: 237 E 600 S
                St. George, UT 84770

#10 Tour Jacob Hamblin Home: Learn more about Santa Clara and the pioneers that settled there by visiting this pioneer home. There are Mormon missionaries there to give you a tour and tell you stories and fun facts.

Location: 3325 Hamblin Drive
                Santa Clara, UT 84765

#11 Visit Pine Valley: Pine Valley is just a 45 minute drive from St. George and is a great place to escape to cooler weather and enjoy the scenery. You can find hikes there, go fishing, tour the old Mormon chapel and in the winter months tube and sled. One of my favorite walks is the Santa Clara River Walkway. It is a paved path around the Pine Valley Reservoir. You can read about it by clicking here.

#12 Lake at the Hills in Cedar City: This is an eleven acre man made lake behind the Cedar City Recreation Center. I wouldn't take the time to travel up to it but if you are in the Cedar City area it is a fun place to spend your afternoon! You can fish there, canoe, paddle board, or just play in the water. There are also volleyball courts and lots of picnic tables. There are restrooms on site so you won't have to worry about that.

#13 Hike: There are so many beautiful hikes in Southern Utah that are free to do! One of my favorite hikes is Chuckwalla Trail to Paradise Rim.

#14 Go for a walk or bike ride on trails: The paved trails throughout the area are perfect for walking or bike rides!

#15 Feed ducks: Feeding ducks can be so exciting for kids, especially young ones! Bring a loaf of bread and have some fun! Some great places to feed ducks are: Brooks Pond, St. George Golf Course, Tonaquint Nature Center (pictured above), Tawa Ponds, Razor Ridge Park or Grandpa's Pond in Hurricane.

#16 Go fishing: If you have children under age 12 fishing can be a free activity! Children under age 12 don't need a fishing license. If you need a license or have older kids it is still inexpensive (You can find the 2018 Fishing Handbook here). There are 5 fishing ponds in Washington County: Razor Ridge Pond, Skyline Pond, Stratton Pond (aka Grandpa's Pond), Sullivan Virgin River Park Pond, and Tawa Ponds. There are 3 in Iron County: Parowan Pond, Woods Ranch Pond, and Leigh Hill Reservoir.

#17 Play in splash pad: Splash pads are one of my daughter's favorite activities! The Hidden Valley Park has a great one (pictured above).

#18 Go to the park: This timeless childhood activity is one that is great for all ages. Most parks have a basketball court or a large grassy area so don't forget to bring a ball or frisbee!

#19 Visit the library for story time: Teach your children a love for reading by taking them to story time at any of the libraries! After story time take some time to read some books, color or do puzzles. And don't forget to pick some books to check out! A library card is free to residents! For Washington County Library story times click here and Cedar City Library story times click here.

#20 Outdoor movie: Have an outdoor movie in your backyard or enjoy an outdoor movie with your community! Sunset on the Square is in St. George from May - August. You can find the 2018 schedule by clicking here. Be sure to check out my upcoming events tab often because Hurricane City and Washington City has outdoor movies a lot too. Especially in the summer months!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Carousel Kids

In my opinion Carousel Kids is the best children's secondhand store in Southern Utah! They recently moved from their old Sunset Blvd location to 400 East (next to Westside Studio). Their new store is bright and clean! It makes you feel like you aren't buying gently used items but new items! Everything is clean and in great condition. The majority of their items for sale are gently used however, they do have a handful of new items (a few toys and hair accessories) and occasionally they will get new items brought in.

They sell just about everything you will need for babies and kids. They sell baby gear like cribs, swings, play mats, bassinets and pack-n-plays. They also have a great selection of gently used toys.

And of course they sell lots of clothes! They have sizes from premie - 12/14. They also have shoes in just about every size your children will need. I love how they have their clothes organized. They have a cute girl side and boy side. The clothes are very organized so it is easy to find exactly what you're looking for.

The shopping experience will also be a great one for your kiddos because there the cutest play area for kids! It is still a work in progress by local artist, Melanie Nicholson, but it is already so cute! Once it is complete there will be toys to keep your little ones occupied.

I loved meeting the owner. She is the one who will greet you when you come to the store and I'm sure you will instantly connect with her too! Her customer service is top notch and she wants each customer to have a personal experience.

If you're wanting to sell or purchase gently used children's items make sure you come to Carousel Kids first. I'm sure you will find what you're looking for and get a great value for your gently used items. There are discounts for grandparents, teachers, military and new moms of children under age one. 

Also just a side note...One unique thing about this store is that if someone has items that they want to donate but they don't care to receive the cash or store credit from Carousel Kids, the owner will donate the money she would have given the customer for the items to The Learning Center for Families. Super generous!

Location: 170 N 400 E
                St. George, UT 84770

Hours: Monday - Closed
           Tuesday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
           Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
           Sunday - Closed

Phone #: (435) 862-7390

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Instagram: @carouselkidsstg