With so many options for your family to choose from.
Utah Shakespeare Festival Green Show
Whether you are a theater lover or not, the Greenshow is a “must-do” while in Cedar City. The complimentary Greenshow is held on the Aston Family Greenshow Commons surrounding the Engelstad Theatre just prior to the evening theater performance during the summer season. There’s music, dance, storytelling, magic, juggling, snacks, and food reminiscent of Merry Ol’ England. Great for kids of all ages. Located at 198 W. University Blvd./Center St., Cedar City. Box Office is 1(800) PLAYTIX www.bard.org.
Frontier Homestead State Park
Experience time travel through the park’s massive collection of horse-drawn vehicles. You can imagine for a moment you’re a stagecoach driver steering his team across the Old Spanish Trail, a pioneer woman crossing the plains in a covered wagon, or a steam shovel operator digging ore in an iron mine. Rather than imagine, why not experience all of this at Cedar City’s own Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, where interactive displays and exhibits bring the early history of Cedar City and Southern Utah to life. The cost is $4 per person. Open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, with extended hours in the summer. Located at 635 N. Main St., Cedar City. (435) 586-9290.
Park Discovery is a fun, educational place where kids of all ages can learn and play. Concepts from over 4,000 local kids were integrated into the design concept of the park. Along with educational play elements, there’s an outdoor classroom, stage area, a separate play area for toddlers, handicap-accessible ramps and swings, and a ¾ paved walking trail that surrounds the park. Directions: head west on Cross Hollow Road (I-15 Exit #57) to Royal Hunte Dr., turn right, and go all the way to the top of the hill to the parking area next to the Iron County School District building. Open daily, year-round, weather permitting, from sunup to sundown. (435) 865-9223.
Parowan Gap Petroglyphs
Wind, water and sand carved out this natural passageway that was once used as a major thoroughfare by ancient Native Americans. The different cultures are evident by the hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the Gap. Researchers have identified what they believe to be solar and lunar calendars, plus hunting and cultural glyphs which provided early civilizations with a calendaring system where various solar time events are marked by shadows cast by the natural rock formations. The Bureau of Land Management recently completed a project to provide long-term preservation of the resources at the site, including a visitor trail, public parking, restroom facilities and several interpretive signs. The signs tell the different interpretations and meanings of the rock writings, specifically what they mean to the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah. Observation events take place throughout the year, so be sure to check our calendar of events. Location: From Cedar City, drive 13 miles north on Hwy U-130, then east on Parowan Gap road for 2.5 miles, or from Parowan Main Street travel west on 400 North for 10.5 miles.
Brian Head Resort Summer Activities
Entertain your inner adrenaline junkie with zip-line, chairlift rides, disc golf, and bungee trampoline. If you are up for a physical challenge, spend the day at the climbing wall and then ride your cares away at the alpine tubing.
The mountain bike season is short but sweet and generally begins mid-June and runs through mid-October. Round-trip shuttle service is available by local shuttle companies to take you to over 200 miles of backcountry and downhill trails, and the Brian Head Resort chairlift provides access on weekends through late September to incredible trails featuring ups, downs, jumps, bank turns, and freestyle elements. Go to www.brianhead.com for schedule and cost.
Brian Head Resort Winter Tubing
With two tubing hills located at both Giant Steps and Navajo Mountains, this winter activity is great for the whole family. Surface lifts provide easy access to the top of the hill. Advance reservations are recommended.
Information and reservations are available at (435) 677-2035 or by visiting www.brianhead.com
National Park Junior Ranger Program
Breaks and Kolob Canyons offer an interactive Junior Ranger Program for youth 12 and under. Pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at the park visitor center, complete all the activities and learn about the parks. Once completed, take the ranger oath and get your own Junior Park Ranger badge.