Non-Spooky Halloween Fun at This Is the Place

This is a sponsored post.

It is time again to start making plans for your family's Halloween celebrations. For big and small a like, if you're near the Salt Lake Valley, you'll want to be sure that Little Haunts at This is the Place is on your list!


October 14, 19-22, & 28

What can you expect at Little Haunts this year?
~Trick or Treating Throughout the Village
~Train and Pony Rides
~Gold Panning and Treasure Hunting in Prospector's Pit
~Halloween Stories with the Story Telling Witch
~Creature Encounters
~A Costume Parade & Candy Cannon with Alice the Dragon

All of that (and everything else normally available at the park) included with the price of admission!


What's new at Little Haunts this year?

A coloring contest! Submit your child's drawing and be entered to win family admission to the Candlelight Christmas celebration! For more information, click here.

Ready to hear what I can offer you? 



First, a discount code...
Save $2 off PER TICKET
by mentioning A Local Wander when purchasing your tickets.
(Reg. Park Price: $12.95/adult, $8.95/child)

Second, a giveaway...

This year's giveaway for (6) Little Haunts tickets and a dozen Brigham's Donuts is offered in conjunction with Utah homeschooling blog, Homeschool Opps & Outings. For more information, and to enter, please visit our Facebook page.

Labor Day Weekend Fun at Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Competition

I have received complimentary tickets in exchange for sharing this information.

There are so many things going on in Utah over Labor Day Weekend. Our family has decided to spend a day at the Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Competition and think you might like to be there as well!  Here are a few activities to entertain the all ages:


Sheepdogs, of course, with sheep herders from 6 different countries.

Splash dogs, flying dogs, and agility dog courses.


  • Utah State Highland Games Championships (9 competitions with roots in Scottish and Celtic history)
  • Bee Keeping Demonstrations
  • Information on Backyard farming, gardening, and canning
  • Weaving, Wool Spinning,  & Sheepdog training demonstrations
  • Earthwings Raptor Show
  • Wild Wonders Animal Show
  • Bagpipe Perfomances
  • Greek, Basque, Canadian, Mexican, and Hawaiian Foodstands
  • A children's area full of coloring, activities, and a chance to milk a makeshift cow.

Tickets are available to purchase online or at the gate. Purchase online and receive a FREE $10 poster at the gate. Parking is $5 and benefits the Soldier Hollow youth programs. 

Tips for attending: Bleachers are available for watching the competition, but lawn chairs are also allowed. An area is also available to set up a canopy tent. 

     Friday, Saturday, and Sunday tickets can be upgraded to attend the championship on Monday as well. 

Want to win tickets? We've teamed up with Homeschool Opps & Outings to bring you this giveaway: 


See you there!

Great Time to Be Buying National Parks Memorabilia

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Clicking on them gives my family a small extra income.

I'm curious, do you spend time exploring the visitor center while you are visiting the national parks? Our family usually has great intentions to (at least to run in and get our junior ranger packets), but too many times we get so absorbed in what we are seeing that we miss closing time. My kids hate me a lot of the time. Missing closing time means they miss looking through the gift shop at all the cool park related books, games, and toys.

The eParks website has more than once been my saving grace. I watch the clearance, and I watch for good deals. Right now eParks is having a 20% off sale (read to the end of this post for code), as well as some other great shopping incentives. This is huge as some of these items in a park visitor center will NEVER go on sale. Below I'm sharing some of the items that have my caught my eye...


The National Parks Passport  is guaranteed to never be on sale at a national park visitor center, so grabbing it today for the 20% off is an amazing deal. You can get it for less than $8.00!  The passport contains information about every national park with color pictures and maps and spaces to fill with national park cancellation stamps. It's a great record for all your national park adventures! And don't forget to grab the youth passport as well. 

Want to track your digital visits as well? The new national park passport app makes it easy to keep track of the places you've already visited.


For our family the worst part about missing visitor center hours is also missing our opportunity to buy the patch for the park we are in. Several years ago the boys each made a banner to hang their junior ranger badges on, and since then we've made it a tradition to buy a patch to commemorate our trip to the park as well. I love knowing that if we miss one, I get one on eParks when we get home. As of my writing this post, they have 312 park patches to choose.  

The same is true for window decals, and I especially want to grab one of these...


This isn't a park we've been to yet, but these cards would be so helpful in teaching the kids an important part of our nation's history....
And these are toys my boys would definitely be begging for if we were in the store...



Here's how to get the good deals: 

2. Online Special. Shop eParks.com & Save $5.00 off your order of $25 or more. Use coupon code SAVE5. Coupon Code: SAVE5

3. After a purchase of $10 or more you'll receive an offer for a FREE Shutterfly photo book to create a beautiful reminder of your next national park visit!