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I was dutifully listening to a cousin's wide-eyed dread at having all of her kids (aged 2 to 8) home for the summer. Apparently, the combination of the heat and boredom turn her house into a battleground if those little brains are not occupied by something.

I've always appreciated how hard moms must have to work taking care of a home and kids, shuffling them to activities and school and church etc. But I hadn't really factored in that moms are struggling to give the little brains running around in those bodies a healthy dose of new stuff to stimulate learning and creativity. During the summer, when school isn't helping them out, learning opportunities must be particularly hard to organize.

I tried to think about what I would do to try and keep kids' brains going during the summer, and I think I'd prefer to organize a few activities each month, with at-home learning experiences and TV shows and booklets that would talk on the same theme. I know a lot of people keep coming back to our dinosaur museum, and their kids are just dino fanatics at home, I'm sure.

What do you do to keep your kids active and stimulated during the summer months? Extra points for Wasatch Front parents who have great tips!
Thanksgiving Point’s Museum of Ancient Life features the world’s largest display of mounted dinosaurs. Visit the best dinosaur museum in Utah today!
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The speed of light has long been calculated to be 299,792.458 km per second, but now new research from France and Germany indicates that light may not travel at a fixed rate after all, but instead can fluctuate.
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I had to share this, today. My friend and colleague, Britnee Johnston, Community Manager at Thanksgiving Point (She rocks, obviously!) was featured on KBYU’s Community Connection to talk about one of our very biggest events at the Point, the upcoming annual Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point Gardens.

Let me give you the highlights from the video: Over ¼ million tulips have been imported directly from Holland for the festival, and they’re set to bloom next month, with the weather already starting to warm up! There’s nothing else like this in the Rocky Mountain region, just like there’s nothing quite like our Gardens.

We have 55 acres of gardens, filled with different themed gardens, which Britnee goes over in the video. You can hike through, rent golf carts or Segways, and just explore. It shouldn’t be hot yet. And even if you’ve been before, the Tulip Garden design is different every year, and there are tons of activities for kids and adults, including the marathon that runs through the final day of the Festival.

I have to say that this is probably THE best time to visit Thanksgiving Point. It’s when the gardens are overflowing with life, and the colors of the tulips are like nothing you ever seen before. I promise; you’ll love it.
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Tomorrow, in the Salt Lake Valley, temperature is supposed to hit the low 50s. And it’s about time!

We’ve had a rather brutal winter season in Utah, which is great if you’re a ski bum (There’s powder in them thar hills!), but it’s also meant a lot of horrible commutes, cold and general problems that come with snowstorm after snowstorm.

At Thanksgiving Point, it’s also meant that things are pretty quiet out of doors, which is where we have so much to offer. Sure, the Museum of Ancient Life and the dining and wedding venues are still in full swing, but you start to miss the green after a while, you know?

I’m looking forward to the snow melting, the buds coming out on the plants, and the golfers to start swinging away again. Most of all, I just want to see the sun in a clear, inversion-free sky. What are you looking forward to this spring?
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What really happened in the Superdome last night.

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I went to a wedding this weekend, and I just wanted to say a few things about the venue, if I may. I’m not going to call the place out, but there were a lot of things about it that just didn't work. I say this as someone who works for a company that is, I think, doing a lot of things right with their wedding reception spaces. A few things I noted while the pastor was lecturing the newlyweds on how hard marriage is going to be:

There were no windows. They’d covered up what windows were there, and it felt like we were attending a wedding in a school gymnasium. The venue was basically a large box, about three stories tall. It’s probably good that we couldn't see outside, because all there was to see was a parking lot, with a big box store and a freeway beyond.

The place was too big for the wedding. The ceremony and the reception/dinner were in the same room. But that meant that the room had to be able to hold all the people, plus tables, for the dinner. But the chairs to hold the bride’s and groom’s sides didn't even take up half of that space. It made the wedding feel small, even though it was actually a rather substantial gathering.

The food was bad. Cold, tasteless, boring. For all the money that people are paying for catering, usually mandatory as part of booking the wedding venue, you’d think they could at least try to keep the food hot until they get it onto your plate. Bland eggrolls and chicken skewers merely added insult to injury.

We don’t have these types of problems at Thanksgiving Point. The caterers to phenomenal things, and I've always been happy with the prompt service and the facilities we have to serve customers hot from the kitchen.

The views are awesome, from every single reception area that we host from. You can see the gardens, and the actual spaces themselves are aesthetically lovely. I just can’t understand why you would want to hold your reception—let alone your nuptials—in a giant box when you could hold them in an elegant space with gorgeous views just a glance out of every window!

What do you guys think? What’s the good, the bad and the ugly that you’ve seen at weddings you’ve been to lately?
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Tulip Festival Starts this Week!

If you pay much mind to the weather along the Wasatch Front this weekend, you’d think that spring had changed its mind about coming and ran screaming in the other direction. I had to scrape snow off my car this morning…

But have no fear! Our usually reliable weather people—those prognosticators of cloud and wind—are telling us that the sun will be back around the middle of this week, just in time for the best part of the Tulip Festival!

The Festival technically started this weekend at Thanksgiving Point, but the cold kept a lot of folks away. Luckily enough, it runs through the 27th. Admission is free for Thanksgiving Point members. Weekend admission is $12 per adult and $10 for kids and seniors. Monday through Thursday, admission is just $10 for and $8, respectively.

Come down and see the Garden and bring your camera! The tulips are stunning, and there is so much to see; you’ll walk away with some amazing pics!
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Looking for a something a little different for your reception, check out my suggestions!
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I wanted to mention something that we do at Thanksgiving Point that I think is pretty cool. Since we’re a non-profit cultural organization, we’re often focused on the natural and historical heritage of Utah. And I think one of the most amazing things about the state is our prehistoric legacy of giant lizards that used to roam our back yards.

If you have kids who love dinosaurs (a redundant statement, I know), bring them to the Jr. Paleo Lab at the Museum of Ancient Life on Saturdays at 11am until 7pm. Kids get to help clean and prepare fossils, make plaster molds and just generally geek out about dinosaurs and other creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago. They’ll freak out, I promise you.
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What was your favorite part?   What an Awesome #superbowl  From the #Ravens  to the #Poweroutage   to the #superbowlcommercials  to #beyonce  amazing performance, oh and lets not forget the #109yardrecordbreaker  Definitely the best Super Bowl Ever!!   But I have to say this was my favorite part:   Ram Trucks Super Bowl Commercial "Farmer"
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Me and +Sandra Brown were doing a photo-walk at Prado Dam in Chino Hills, CA.when we came across this American Bald Eagle siting in this tree waiting for #treetuesday  +Tree Tuesday curated by +Shannon S. Myers and +Christina Lawrie Happy Tuesday all 
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Maybe it’s the amateur photographer in my talking, but I’ve really started to think about how the visual experience of a space I’m in can affect my mood. Maybe that’s why I love the outdoors so much.
Wedding venues are all too often focused on just the space available, the seating, the linens and the décor. But a truly great space overwhelms the senses through things that you just can’t change: natural light, permanent fixtures and—most importantly—the views. What can you see from multiple locations throughout the room?
A good way to think of this is what lines of sight would be available for you if you were photographing your own wedding in different venues. What would the backdrop be for the ceremony? How about behind the main table at your reception? What can you see from where you’ll be sitting?
One of my favorite wedding spaces is the Garden Room, which overlooks Thanksgiving Point Gardens. Right now, the holiday lights are still on display at night, which makes for a gorgeously lit scene from the wall to wall windows at the back of the room. In spring, the view is unbelievable.
Having good views, even of spaces outside the venue, makes it feel like a bigger space. And you can’t duplicate natural landscapes with any kind of décor; it’s something that the venue itself has to have.
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