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ZAP Welcomes New Director


August 24, 2017

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New ZAP Director- Kirsten Darrington

We are delighted to welcome Kirsten Darrington as the new Director of the Zoo, Arts and Parks program.

Kirsten joins us from the Utah Division of Arts & Museums where she has worked for the past six years as Assistant Division Director and Change Leader Program Administrator. She brings excellence to the position with a depth of experience in the Utah arts community. In her positions for the State of Utah she fostered leaders, worked with advisory boards, and managed the distribution of Federal and State arts funds. Prior to her time at the State, Kirsten worked with several local arts groups including Ririe-Woodbury, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Utah Symphony|Utah Opera.
 
In addition to Kirsten’s professional experience, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Utah University in Arts Administration. 
 
Kirsten’s education and experience positions her well to lead ZAP.  We are fortunate to gain her expertise and look forward to Kirsten’s contributions not only to our department, but to Salt Lake County as a whole. 

-Holly Yocom, Community Services Department Director 


Final Destination Celebration for ZAP Explorers


August 23, 2017

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Final Destination Celebration

That's a wrap on the ZAP Kids Summer Passport!  Did your explorer(s) earn five stamps from five different destinations or more?  Make sure to bring your ZAP Passport back to your nearest Salt Lake County Library location, and they'll show you how to reserve your spot for the Out-of-this-World Final Destination Celebration on Wednesday, August 30

The Celebration includes a private party at the Clark Planetarium, where ZAP Explorers and their families can enjoy the exhibits, a free IMAX movie, and the opportunity to win prizes from some of your favorite ZAP-supported organizations including:

Popcorn and ZAP Raffle

The Planetarium is located in The Gateway at 110 S 400 W, Salt Lake City.  

Parking and Transportation 

  • Underground parking is available at no charge for the first hour
  • $1 for 1-2 hours
  • Additional parking fees apply after the first 3 hours

ZAP and the Clark Planetarium will validate a portion of parking fees for Celebration attendees.  

Taking public transportation is also an option- the UTA TRAX  Blue Line is located right outside the Planetarium's front door.  More details on planning your visit can be found here.

We hope to see you there! 

Learn more about the ZAP Kids Summer Passport 


Ticket Tuesday with DRAW Inc


August 22, 2017

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Ticket Tuesday- Draw Inc

A winner has been chosen for this giveaway courtesy DRAW Inc.

Stay tuned for the next ZAP Ticket Tuesday.


Ticket Tuesday to the Bumble Bee Bash


August 15, 2017

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Ticket Tuesday- Bumble Bee Bash 2017

A winner has been selected for this giveaway courtesy Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.

Stay tuned for the next #ZAPTicketTuesday.


ZAP Kids Summer Passport Final Weeks


August 09, 2017

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Explore ZAP- Final Weeks Destinations

Back to school, back to school...

The ZAP Kids Summer Passport program is drawing to a close, as the new school year is on the horizon.  Fit a few more adventures in before class starts.  

Passport opportunities run through August 20, and are free unless otherwise noted.

OBT Presents: Utahoma!
Select dates starting August 11 | 7:30 PM Off Broadway Theatre

The Off Broadway Theatre offers original family-friendly comedies and musical parodies for parents and kids alike.  Utahoma! is an original musical parody based on the classic Oklahoma. Threading some of the major events in Utah's history through the show, OBT ties them to the Oklahoma plot.  Present the ZAP Kids Summer Passport, and each member of the family will receive a $2 discount off the regular (Adult, Student/Senior, or Child) price.   


Honk Junior presented by Empress Youth Theatre 
August 11-12 | 7:30 PM, or 2 PM Saturday Matinee Empress Theatre 


Exprience family-oriented theatre fun at Magna's historic Empress Theatre.   Honk Junior is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score. Present the ZAP Kids Summer Passport at the box office, and the passport holder will get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket ($12).  

 

Explore ZAP- Alta Kids Day with Alta Community Enrichment, Hawkwatch

Alta Kids Day
Saturday, August 12 | 10 AM - 2 PM Albion Base


Join Alta Community Enrichment for Alta Kids Day -- filled with fun for children and adults alike with birding station, family nature walks, interactive watershed models and kids art activities.   

Tomato Garden Tour
Wednesday, August 16 | 4 PM Wasatch Community Gardens


Explore the Wasatch Community Gardens Tomato Garden and learn what it's like to grow your own food in the city.  Tour the gardens, meet their chickens, taste some fresh garden produce and make and take a seed pot while supplies last.  

 

Explore ZAP- Tomato Garden Tour with WCG

Explore the Conservation Gardens 
Mondays-Saturdays | 8 AM - 8 PM Conservation Garden Park


Stroll through the gardens, walk through a water pipe, learn to make compost or identify plants at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan. Explore the Garden any day of the summer and get a stamp in your passport! In addition,  join them for a Party in the Park on Saturday, August 19 (4-7 PM)  for butterfly releases, food trucks, and more.

Memory Grove Park Scavenger Hunt   
Mondays-Fridays | 9 AM - 5 PM Memorial House


Go on a scavenger hunt courtesy Preservation Utah and discover the art and architecture of Memory Grove Park! Get your passport stamp and scavenger hunt guide at the Memorial House (375 North Canyon Road in Downtown Salt Lake City).   

 

Explore ZAP Discounts- Discovery Gateway

 

Save $2 off the price of admission with your ZAP Passport at these destinations

 

 

  • Discovery Gateway Children's Museum 
    Visit Discovery Gateway and explore educational workshops, programs and exhibits that inspire the whole family to discover the power of play together.     

  • The Leonardo 
    The Leonardo is a museum of creativity! Inside, you can discover the wonder of FLIGHT in their newest exhibit, delve into the mind-bending wonder of our exhibit on PERCEPTION, unleash your inner artist, scientist or engineer in one of our three hands-on laboratories, and even be moved by the exhibits in our Human Rights Gallery. Whatever you're interested in, The Leonardo will spark creativity and help you discover a whole new way to see the world.  

  • Tracy Aviary 
    Tracy Aviary has more than 135 species and 400 individual birds on display. Guests are encouraged to wander its 8 acres and appreciate the different colors, sizes and sounds of our feathered friends.   

Explore ZAP- Clark Planetarium

Once you've earned your five stamps from five different destinations, make sure you take your passport back to your nearest Salt Lake County Library. They'll show you how to reserve your spot for the Out-of-this-World Final Destination Celebration.

The Celebration includes a private party at the Clark Planetarium, where explorers and their families can enjoy the exhibits, a free IMAX movie, and the opportunity to win prizes from some of your favorite ZAP-supported organizations.

We lift off on August 30, and hope to see you there!

Learn more about the ZAP Kids Summer Passport

 


Ticket Tuesday with Living Planet Aquarium 2017


August 08, 2017

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Ticket Tuesday- Living Planet Aquarium

The winner has been chosen for this Ticket Tuesday giveaway courtesy the Living Planet Aquarium. Congrats to Stephanie A. in Salt Lake City!

Check back weekly for more ZAP giveaways.

ZAP Kids Summer Passport Week 10


August 03, 2017

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Explore Your World- Tracy Aviary

The summer's not over yet!  ZAP Kids Summer Passport opportunities run through August 20.  Make sure to earn 5 stamps at different destinations to attend the Final Destination Celebration, August 30 at Clark Planetarium.  

To be eligible to attend:

  1.  Collect at least 5 stamps from different destinations by August 20
  2.  Explorers must bring their completed Passport to any  Salt Lake County Library location 
  3.  Get information from your librarian on how to reserve your spot!   

In addition to free movies and laser shows, we will be raffling off some BIG prizes from some of your favorite ZAP-supported organizations including: 

Hale Center Theatre  
Living Planet Aquarium
Red Butte Garden 
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Utah Presents 

Destinations are free unless otherwise noted.  

Explore ZAP- Holladay Arts Blue Moon Festival

Sounds of Summer Concert*
Friday, August 4 | 6:30 PM

Midvale City Park 
Enjoy free summer concerts on Friday evenings in the park this summer with Midvale Arts Council.  Activities provided by the Boys & Girls Club, Copperview Community Center and the local library. This week enjoy tunes from: acoustic rock musician, Ben Brinton and 80's pop/new wave/rock band Channel Z.   *Final concert of the season

Blue Moon Arts Festival
Saturday, August 5 | 2 - 10 PM

Holladay City Hall Park
Holladay Arts Council will have free admission to the Blue Moon Arts Festival along with a free children’s craft, music, food and art vendors. 4580 So. 2300 E. August 5 2 to 10:00 PM.   

Make Your Own Pinata
Saturday, August 5 | 2 PM

Calvin S. Smith Library
Create your own mini piñata and learn about its origins with Artes de México en Utah!  Supplies will be provided in this bilingual (Spanish/English) visual arts workshops.  

Honk Junior presented by Empress Youth Theatre
Select dates through August 12 | 2 PM or 7:30 PM

Empress Theatre
Exprience family-oriented theatre fun at Magna's historic Empress Theatre.   Honk Junior is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score. Present the ZAP Kids Summer Passport at the box office, and the passport holder will get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket ($12). 

Explore ZAP- Conservation Garden Park

Destinations you can visit all summer long


Earn stamps at any of these locations throughout the summer. 

Explore the Conservation Gardens

 
Stroll through the gardens, walk through a water pipe, learn to make compost or identify plants at the Conservation Garden Park in West Jordan. Explore the Garden any day of the summer and get a stamp in your passport! Garden hours are from 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Saturday.

Memory Grove Park Scavenger Hunt

 
Go on a scavenger hunt courtesy Preservation Utah and discover the art and architecture of Memory Grove Park! Get your passport stamp and scavenger hunt guide at the Memorial House (375 North Canyon Road in Downtown Salt Lake City), Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM).  

Save $2 off the price of admission with your ZAP Passport at these destinations


  • Discovery Gateway Children's Museum
    Visit Discovery Gateway and explore educational workshops, programs and exhibits that inspire the whole family to discover the power of play together.   
  • The Leonardo
    The Leonardo is a museum of creativity! Inside, you can discover the wonder of FLIGHT in their newest exhibit, delve into the mind-bending wonder of our exhibit on PERCEPTION, unleash your inner artist, scientist or engineer in one of our three hands-on laboratories, and even be moved by the exhibits in our Human Rights Gallery. Whatever you're interested in, The Leonardo will spark creativity and help you discover a whole new way to see the world.  
  • Tracy Aviary
    Tracy Aviary has more than 135 species and 400 individual birds on display. Guests are encouraged to wander its 8 acres and appreciate the different colors, sizes and sounds of our feathered friends.

Instagrammers at Memory Grove, Alta Wasatch Wildflower Festival, Eccles Theatre

Having fun on your adventures?  Tag your photos with #exploreZAP for a chance to have your photo shared on ZAP's Instagram @slcoZAP!   

Learn more about the ZAP Kids Summer Passport
 


Ticket Tuesday with Wasatch Food Fest


August 01, 2017

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Wasatch International Food Fest 2017

Winners have been selected for this giveaway to the 2017 Wasatch International Food Festival courtesy the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Stay tuned for more ZAP Ticket Tuesday giveaways.

ZAP Kids Summer Passport Week 9


July 26, 2017

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Explore Your World- Week 9


There is more fun going on this week across Salt Lake County. We hope you'll get out and explore with us.  Earn your stamps at any of the following free destinations, July 27 through August 3.  

Sounds of Summer Concert
Friday, July 28 |  Midvale City Park

Enjoy free summer concerts on Friday evenings in the park this summer with Midvale Arts Council.  Activities provided by the Boys & Girls Club, Copperview Community Center and the local library. This week enjoy tunes from: Royal Academy and Jarabe Mexicano.  

2017 Wasatch Wildflower Festival
Saturday, July 29 | 9 AM - 2 PM Alta Ski Area 


Join Alta Community Enrichmentfor wildflower walks, acoustic music, and kid's art projects while learning about the wide diversity of wildflowers that are found in the Wasatch Mountains. 

Explore ZAP- Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month Kick Off

Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month Kick Off Party

Saturday, July 29 | 5 PM to 10 PM  Sorenson Multicultural Center

Celebrate Pacific Island Heritage Month with a variety of cultural booths, music, dance, and fun. Hosted by Pik2AR at the Sorenson Multicultural Center, 855 West California Avenue in Salt Lake City. 

Listen to a Classical Musical Performance
Monday, July 31 | 2:30 PM  Columbus Library


Experience folk and classical music with a performance by students from the Salty Cricket El Sistema program.  


Learn Classical Indian Dance  
July 31 | 7 PM  Sandy Library


Enjoy an evening with ChitraKaavya Dance, including a short Ganapathi Kauthuvam, a song in praise of the Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed god. Then join in some interactive fun and learn abstract dance movements with the group.  

Explore ZAP- Final Destination at Clark Planetarium



The Final Destination Celebration is Out of This World!

Are you close to completing your ZAP Kids Summer Passport?  Save the date for our FINAL DESTINATION CELEBRATION at the Clark Planetarium : August 30, 2017, 3-7 PM!  To be eligible to attend:

  1.  Collect at least 5 stamps from different destinations by August 20
  2.  Explorers must bring their completed Passport to any Salt Lake County Library location
  3.  Get information from your librarian on how to reserve your spot!  

In addition to free movies and laser shows, we will be raffling off some BIG prizes from some of your favorite ZAP-supported organizations including:

Utah's Hogle Zoo
Hale Center Theatre
Red Butte Garden
Living Planet Aquarium
 

We hope to see you there!

Learn more about the ZAP Kids Summer Passport


Ticket Tuesday with Flamenco del Lago


July 25, 2017

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Ticket Tuesday- Flamenco del Lago

2 winners have been chosen for this giveaway courtesty Flamenco del Lago. Stay tuned for future ZAP Ticket Tuesdays!