Mother of four, Cali Kellywood ran into a big problem when her oldest child was 6 months old.
She had decided to stay home with her baby, while her husband worked, and she soon realized families all over her West Jordan neighborhood faced the same predicament—they were bored.
"So, I said 'Let's call the planetarium and see if a really big group of us can go for half price,' and they loved the idea," she says. The idea grew into Utah Kids Club, giving families deals on local entertainment.
Six years later, families who are in the Utah Kids Club get a membership card offering deals to places like Boondocks Fun Center, Red Butte Garden and Clark Planetarium. In the Wasatch Back, venues include Utah Olympic Park, Swaner EcoCenter and activities like Park City Ghost Tours. Families will also be in the know for events like Utah Kids Club's Winter Palooza.
Face painting at Winter Palooza 2013. Photo provided by Utah Kids Club.
"We work with over 260 fun centers, museums, comedy clubs and more," Kellywood says.
Membership cards can be ordered at utahkidsclub.com. The deals include a two-for-one week at Lagoon and one free child's admission at Ogden's George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park. All of them are listed on the site.
Just for being in the Utah Kids Club, families are sent two free kids meals every month to different restaurants, like Applebee's, Sizzler and Costa Vida.
"The deals are year-round," Kellywood says. "We also have an event calendar on our website, and it has 30 to 50 free things a day to do with your kids." With Easter coming up, the Club will post more than 30 free Easter egg hunts for families to check out.
For those without kids, Kellywood says it's still worth getting a card since many deals are actually for adults and include venues that make for great dates.
The cards are $12 a month, but Salt Lake magazine readers get a special discount. Enter the promo code save0211 to sign up for $7.99. Visit utahkidsclub.com to sign up or for more information.