Thursday:

If you haven't seen the creepy animals at Nature's Nightmares yet, skip the weekend Hogle Zoo crowds and go Thursday. The exhibit will give you and the kids the chance to see king vultures, Norway rats, giant Vietnamese centipedes and my favorite the Goliath bird-eater spider.

Nature's Nightmares

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 17

Utah's Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Avenue

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Friday:

Stunning artwork will be drawn all over the Gateway streets and walkways this Friday to support the Utah Foster Care Foundation. The street paintings will be judged in the annual contest (click here to see last year's winners http://www.chalkartfestival.org/artwork.html).

Chalk Art Festival

4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 18 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19

The Gateway, 18 S. Rio Grande Street, SLC

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Saturday:

The Princess Festival is 12 days of treasure hunts, tea parties with Alice and the Mad Hatter, flying with Peter Pan and, of course, hanging out with Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

The Fest started Monday and goes through the 26th, but this Saturday is particularly special w/ a daddy-daughter dance. Grandpas, uncles and guardians are also welcome.

The King's Grand Daddy-Daughter Ball

Saturdays, June 19 and 26

The Hatfieldadelphia, 110 S. Main Street, Lindon

$50 for dad and one daughter, $25 per additional daughter

Click here to register

Sunday:

The Living Planet Aquarium kicks off Penguin Encounters on Father's Day, featuring a one-of-a-kind chance to come nose to beak w/ a real Gentoo penguins.

Each encounter is about 45 minutes in chilled room reserved for the meeting. Aquarium biologists will be on hand to lead guests through the encounter and talk about the penguins.

Penguin Encounters

1 p.m. Sunday, June 20

The Living Planet Aquarium, 725 E. 10600 South, Sandy

$34 per person

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