Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
This Is The Place Heritage Park, Utah’s living-history attraction, is a fun and educational way to learn firsthand what life was like during the settlement of the West. Strap on proverbial spurs and settle into one of the original or replicated historic homes as knowledgeable actors tell epic accounts of the excitement, danger, and horse whispering that occurred in the Old West. Take a gander as artisans demonstrate 19th-century frontier life by spinning wool into yarn, making candles, and blacksmithing, or stop by the petting corral to pet the animals like they did in the days before robotic livestock. And don’t miss a visit to the Native American village, where members of Utah’s indigenous tribes tell histories of their native ancestors.
In crowded classrooms, it's easy for the needs of individual children to be overlooked. Despite the best efforts on the parts of teachers and students alike, all children learn at different rates and in different ways. Sylvan Learning Center's nationwide network of tutors and resources seeks to fill in educational gaps and keep flagging students from elementary to high school up to speed.
Whether children struggle with reading, writing, or solving the complex logarithms necessary to get their jetpacks airborne, Sylvan's learning gurus help them chart a course through learning roadblocks. Initial skills assessments determine where students fit into the Sylvan tutoring regimen with a series of tests, diagnostic tools, and interviews. With a greater understanding of the needs of each student, tutors create custom approaches to keep students engaged and in command of the fundamentals.
The professional framers at Signed & Numbered handcraft each individual frame from raw wood to create an expansive selection of premade frames as well as myriad options for custom-designed frames. The custom-designed variety ($7–$18/linear sq. ft.) allows customers to enclose masterpieces in parameters meeting their own specifications, whether sized to fit oversize wall tapestries or shaped to resemble the DNA double helix. After meticulously sculpting portrait houses, a seasoned specialist coats wooden surfaces in a color of the client's choosing and in an eco-friendly water-based finish.
Red Butte Gardens was recognized in 2009 by ParentsConnect as the best tourist spot in Salt Lake City. With properly mannered gardens as well as natural areas, this verdant oasis charms humans, honeybees, and wood sprites of all ages. Exercise the body's primary olfactory organ on the Floral Walk, which provides exclusive access to such botanical hotspots as the Rose Garden, the Fragrance Garden, and the Children’s Garden. Visitors who prefer nature with its grasses untamed and nails unmanicured should proceed directly to the natural area, where trails connected by less than six degrees of separation lead to canyon overlooks, creeks, and quarry houses.
Visual Art Institute helps students increase their imagination, art skills, and self-confidence through art classes for all ages. Kids aged 5 and up can learn how to draw portraits and build with ceramics, while teens improve their technique in foundation drawing and take their skills to the next dimension in portrait sculpture. Adult classes try to capture that spark of creativity with watercolors, figure drawing, and oil painting.