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Free ice cream day at Tracy Aviary

Everyone knows the early bird gets the worm.  On Friday, July 27th, the early visitor gets the ice cream! In celebration of National Ice Cream month, visitors to Tracy Aviary will receive free Creamies Ice Cream while supplies last. With several new exhibits constructed over the past few years,

Tracy Aviary is experiencing record attendance, so people are encouraged to fly over early to take advantage of this great opportunity.  Tracy Aviary visitors are required to pay admission in order to receive Creamies.

Discovery Gateway holds autism day

SALT LAKE CITY - Discovery Gateway in Salt Lake City catered to children with autism on Friday.

The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University.

The Center says parents with autistic children often avoid going out in public because their children can act out. The event gave the kids the opportunity to explore their creativity.

"So the chidren can have a good time and use imagination today because Discovery Gateway is for all children of all abilities," said Maria Farrington, CEO of Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.

Movie Under the Stars at the Utah State Capitol

The Utah State Capitol Preservation Board is proud to announce the 2012 Movie Under the Stars feature event. With summer just around the corner, the Capitol Preservation Board and Utah Film Commission have teamed up to bring locals an enjoyable event for all ages. Movies will run on the southwest Capitol lawn five times throughout the summer and are scheduled as follows:

  • June 29 - Puss in Boots
  • July 13 - Princess Bride
  • July 27 - The Muppets
  • August 3 - John Carter
  • August 17 - The Sandlot

Scouting for Food Drive kicks off at State Capitol

The 26th annual Scouting for Food Drive kicked off on Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol.

Every year, the Boy Scouts leave a bag on the front proches of neighborhood homes and homeowners then fill the bags with non-perishable food items. On Saturday, the Boy Scouts will be back to pick up those filled bags and deliver them to the Utah Food Bank.

"What motivates me to do something like this is seeing people just on the side of the street in my own city, in my own community. And those people need help," said Kalob Valle, an Eagle Scout.

This year's goal is 2 million pounds of food.

Utah Arts Fest is a family-friendly event

This is a news release from Bombshell Music & Media.

For four days, June 23-26, the 2011 Utah Arts Festival on Library Square becomes home to 159 visual artists, more than 100 performing artists, a film festival and more. But the Festival isn't just for grown-ups. There's a whole world for kids at the Utah Arts Festival.

"Providing artistic opportunities for children and young adults to engage in the arts is one of the most important programs we do at the Festival," says Lisa Sewell, Utah Arts Festival Executive Director. "Giving them hands-on experiences is one of the best ways to encourage their artistic side and to build future artists."

The Festival has teamed with corporations and other non-profit organizations to ensure that a love for art is instilled at an early age. In the Art Yard, kids art projects are offered by Art Access/VSA Utah, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake Art Center, Tracy Aviary, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and the Visual Art Institute. PB & J and ice cold milk are also available for kid appetites with all proceeds benefitting the Visual Arts Institute.

Foster fathers honored at Chalk Art Festival

Five Utah dads were honored Saturday with a Foster or Adoptive Dad of the Year award at the 9th annual Chalk Art Festival at the Gateway.

The theme of this year's festival, "Foster Parents are Magic!" focused on the importance of foster parents.

"These foster dads have gone above and beyond. They've taken in children sometimes that nobody else wanted and they've offered them that male role model that many of these kids never never grew up with," said Deborah Lindnder with the Utah Foster Care Foundation.

Family, friends and caseworkers nominated the five fathers out of 1400 foster families in Utah for the award.

Free event teaches kids about nan0-technology

The Salt Lake City Library hosted Nano Days on Saturday, a free event that introduces children to nano-technology, science and robotics.

Demonstrations included memory wire, sand that can't get wet and lasers that control particles as samll as one-billionth of a meter. Organizers say the event aims to show kids that nano-technology is everywhere.

"Nano technology is applicable to our everyday lives. We see it," said Paulmichael Maxfield with the Natural History Musuem of Utah. "Nanotechnology is everywhere."