Founded by Stacia and Luc Robitaille, Echoes of Hope summons a spirit of hopefulness in at-risk and emancipated foster children through an array of engaging programs, events, and personalized holistic support. After a VIP arrival replete with a red carpet and zambonis snapping pics, NHL alumni and a plethora of Hollywood stars, including Cuba Gooding Jr. and Glee's Cory Monteith, exhibit their checking and slap shooting skills in a charity hockey game at the Park City Ice Arena. In addition to a general-seating spot to view the action, ticketholders can stick around and socialize after the third period at a postgame party hosted on the ice and throughout the arena. Tykes eager to strap on skates of their own can glide into the NHL All Star youth hockey clinic, during which Luc and fellow NHL players review puck-protecting fundamentals before students compete in a pickup game. Clinic registration also bestows attendees with a ticket to the charity game, a new hockey stick, a certificate signed by Luc Robitaille, and miniature penalty box for disobedient action figures.
"What's to-day, my fine fellow?" said Scrooge.
"To-day!" replied the boy. ?Why,?Christmas Day."
In these famous lines from A Christmas Carol, Scrooge might've been asking the wrong question. He should've asked, "What's this weekend?" And the boy's reply: "Why, 1893 all over again."
For three days in December, the Dickens Christmas Festival brings to life the sights, sounds, and experiences of 19th-century London.?Visitors are free to stroll up and down the festival's narrow village streets while browsing the unique gifts and keepsakes of participating vendors. Actors in period costumes will enliven the festival even further, with fortune tellers, orphans, and royalty mixing in amongst the crowd and olde English shops. Of course, the festival's namesake is well represented, too. Fagin, Scrooge, and other characters from Dickens stories roam the streets, and mini productions of tales such as Oliver Twist unfold on multiple stages.?Father Christmas also spends the entire day listening to children wish for presents such as the electric hoop-and-sticks that are all the rage right now.
With diverse backgrounds and a wide breadth of knowledge, the instructors at Mountain Education & Development lead rock-climbing expeditions and land-management initiatives on an international scale, as well as to locations throughout Utah such as Salt Lake City, Moab, and St. George. On many of these excursions, they train climbers in a range of programs that exceed the guidelines of the American Mountain Guides Association. They may lead outdoor explorers toward certification during up to 72-hour courses in wilderness first aid and CPR, or teach single- and multiday courses in single or multipitch outdoor rock climbing or ice climbing or belay-climbing self-rescue. They also train students to follow in their footsteps through climbing instructor training, including 24-hour AMGA single-pitch-instructor training and assessment.
The Lehi location of Momentum Indoor Climbing, the newest gym in the group, focuses entirely on bouldering and boasts nearly 10,000 square feet of climbing terrain. And its 13-foot-tall top out boulder replicates the feeling of scrambling up real boulders found outside in nature. Because bouldering is performed without ropes, harnesses, or duct tape, the structures at Momentum are surrounded by a thick pad to cushion any falls.
Momentum's staff offers instruction for complete novices, and a kids' bouldering wall ensures youths tackle age-appropriate challenges.
In olden days, people showed off their strength by jousting or flexing their mustaches. But at Maverik Man Games, both men and women prove their mettle with less violent feats of strength, such as launching a fellow teammate from a giant slingshot. Designed for individuals as well as teams, the competition encompasses up to 10 challenges, which range from showcasing your basketball-shooting skills to wrestling pigs into a barrel. Along with its land-bound activities, Maverik Man Games includes a variety of aqua-centric events, such as a giant rope swing and human slingshot.
Held over two days, the eccentric decathlon takes about two to three total hours to complete. Participants that place in the top three overall or for each challenge are rewarded with cash and prizes. And, all participants are likewise rewarded at the end of the circuit with tasty food, and live music.
At Funtopia, kids' imaginations operate on a whole different level. No, really. With 26 individual climbing elements and activities including miniature skyscrapers, climbable spider webs, and a 19-foot dinosaur, this interactive climbing center lets kids live out their most fanciful mid-air fantasies. When they're not scaling a castle?s walls, kids can also return to the ground with a trip down the parabolic slide or a (controlled) leap from sky-high tower. In addition to hour-long open play sessions, Funtopia also hosts lengthier celebrations in one of the two themed birthday rooms.