For more than 60 years, the staff at YMCA Camp Roger has been developing programs that get kids and teens off the couch and in the great outdoors. In doing so, its aim is to help the kids develop social skills that can foster confidence, independence, and leadership. In addition to traditional sleepover camps—where 6–10 kids stay in cabins at night and practice mountain biking, archery, hiking, and arts and crafts during the day—the camp offers focused programs such as creative arts or horseback riding. And if the clan needs a break from the housecat’s despotic demands, it can attend a family camp over Labor Day weekend.
Runners across the country are being drawn to the Night Run, an after-dark 5K that's as much fun as it is fitness. The event kicks off with a prerace party, during which revelers dance to the music and try to win giveaways. Then they run, their glowing swag illuminating a course already colored by black lights, neon glows, and the unnaturally white smiles of local dentists cheering from the sides. After the fun run, the party continues with more music and dancing. The event takes place in cities around the U.S.
The University of Utah considers the blooms of spring flowers, the colors of fall leaves, and the greenery of winter pines to be public resources. With that in mind, the university oversees the Red Butte Garden, a community funded, non-profit outdoor attraction. Across its hundreds of miles, visitors find opportunities to view seasonal foliage or simply relax outside with a good book.
Size: more than 100 acres, with miles of hiking trails, walking paths, and display gardens
Eye Catcher: the garden's springtime display of approximately 350,000 bulbs in full bloom
Don't Miss: the wide variety of roses that bloom along the Floral Walk and in the Rose Garden during summer
Ways to Explore: private and public tram tours and hikes during warmer months; snowshoe expeditions during the winter
Special Programs and Entertainment: events for kids; plant sales; gardening classes; film screenings; live shows in the Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Pro Tip: complimentary WiFi suffuses the grounds, making the garden a scenic place to get some work done or play virtual farming games
The Glo Run 5K always takes place at night, but it doesn’t seem like it. The course is lined with black lights and lasers, and runners sport glow-in-the-dark gear from T-shirts to sunglasses. On-course DJs add to the festivities, blasting tunes as the untimed participants run, walk, or dance to the finish line. Even more DJs await them there at the glow-in-the-dark after party, which lights up the night better than a raccoon that's swallowed a flashlight.
As the sun goes down, blacklights begin to glow throughout the Blacklight Bubble Party 5K course, lighting the path for runners as they make their way through four bubble zones. The term "runner" is used loosely, as participants can walk or jog the course, or even opt to take the 2K shortcut. The family-friendly event is un-timed, and is accessible by wheelchair and stroller.
After crossing the finish line, all participants can partake in the after-party complete with live DJs and, of course, more bubbles and blacklights. In each city, the BBP contributes part of their proceeds to local charities and any bridge trolls who require coinage for entering the city.
Running is a great way to stay healthy in general; it's also the only way to stay healthy if you're on the course of a 5KRunDead race. Each competitor is armed with flags, and as zombies nab them, they grow weaker. Lose all your flags and you're out of the game, while the fastest and nimblest get rewarded with prizes at the end. Zombies are rewarded with prizes, too, plus the fun of being transformed into genuinely gruesome creatures by pro makeup artists. Proceeds seek to spread good health far and wide—100% will benefit cancer and Alzheimer's research.