What to do in Salt Lake when your mom visits…

Sorry its been a while since my last post.  My mom came to town and I was showing her around all the great places that Salt Lake has to offer.  She lives in Denver and even though its 8 hours away I don’t see her nearly enough as I would like to.  She was able to come and meet her newest grandchild who I just had three months ago.  I love her and being able to feel like someone can take care of me instead of me taking care of everyone else.  Does anyone else have those moments as well?  She came to town on Monday night and stayed until Saturday morning.  I’ll run down the events we did so you can check some of them out as well!

Tuesday:  We went to Gardner Village to check out some of the shops and my mom found these awesome chocolate rocks at the candy shop there the last time she was in town that she just had to get again.  On Tuesdays they have face painting  and my daughter is a face painting fanatic.  She has to get it down every time we see one at an event.  She got a chameleon this time sprayed painted on her leg instead of with the traditional face paint.  It stayed on for almost a whole week!  Every Tuesday they have face painting from 12-2 if you want to check it out!

We went to Archibalds for lunch and it was my first time there.  I’d have to say that the food was great!  I just got a salad but my mom and I split an appetizer of fried green tomatoes and avocado and they are still haunting my dreams.  Definitely something you want to try if you love avocados!  We then took the kids over to the petting zoo where my daughter rode a pony and we got to pet the rest of the animals there.  They have alpacas, goats, a pig, sheep, horses and a cow!  I think I enjoyed them more than my kids.

Wednesday:  We had a great time taking advantage of the hikes around the valley.  We first went to Lisa Falls in Little Cottonwood Canyon.  I need to advise that taking a hike with kids is awesome.  Taking a hike with a two year old is not.  My two year old almost had a melt down about how he didn’t want to go on a hike and I had to carry him up the hill to the falls.  While baby wearing my 3 month old in a Moby Wrap.  In 90 degree heat.  But we made it and he ended up having the most fun of all, splashing and playing int he cold water of the falls.

We did Donut Falls later that night and I know its a popular hike that most people have done.  Its also an easy one so I thought that it would be great for the kids.  We went that evening and for the first part of the hike all was well.  Ah, redemption for the earlier hike.  But my happiness was short lived when we made it to the rock that leads down to the falls.  The two year old was scared to go down the rock so I stayed with him since I was baby wearing again.  I let my mom, brother and daughter so that we wouldn’t have a melt down.  Two-year-old stinker took off his shoes and refused to put them on to go back down the trail.  He screamed “I don’t want my shoes on!” pretty much the entire time we started heading back to the car, and he pretty much didn’t have his shoes on for the rest of the hike.  Finally, after realizing his feet hurt from walking without his shoes he put them back on.  Don’t worry, no children were harmed during the duration of this hike.

Thursday: Thursday was one of our more relaxing days, but we did manage to get some awesome food at two places.  The first was at Kuwahara.  They are relatively new and they sell fresh fruit straight from the farm.  We picked up raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, corn, cherries, pickles and salsa.  Oh. My. Gosh.  So good and so fresh.  You have to check them out.  They are located on State Street behind a cute little house.  You can even see the greenhouses where they grow everything right from the parking lot!

Then what is a trip to Utah without a trip to Leatherbys?  I think I could go there and just order their chocolate sauce they make and be content.  I really could.  We got lunch and ice cream it was amazing. I think I need to go back there and buy a jar of their chocolate sauce, I’m going to put that on my to-do list.

Friday: Not technically in Salt Lake County but in Utah County was the last stop on our visit.  We went to the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point.  My daughter loves this place and can’t get enough of it.  She could go there everyday if I let her, though I think that might wear me out.  I love that there is stuff for my two year old to do and stuff for my 5 year old.  There is a lot to do inside but if you haven’t gone to the outside part you are missing a ton of great things to do as well.  There are some caves that the kids can play in and a big pond that they stock with fish and you can even look into on the sides.  There are winding trails to walk down and a cute little village.  When I was there last there wasn’t anything in the village but it looks like different events are held there throughout the year.  I love that place.  Definitely worth the time and money!

I took my mom to a gem of a restaurant that I found out in West Valley. My mom loves seafood and so I took her to Bucket O’Crawfish.  My husband and I go crazy when we go there.  We get the bucket of shrimp, crawfish and crab legs and its divine.  My mom got the Dungeness crab and was in heaven.  My daughter got the fried shrimp and it was also amazing as well.  Everything was just so good.  If you are a seafood lover then this is the place to check out.  I feel that Salt Lake does not have a ton of seafood places to go to and some of the ones you can go to are so expensive, but this place has solved my seafood dilemma.  Trust me on this, you’re going to love it.

As with most visits they never last long and I end up wishing that my mom could have stayed here longer.  I am always glad to show her this amazing place that I live so that I can try and convince her to move here someday.  If you have family visiting I hope you get a chance to check out some of these places with them, I know that my mom loved them!