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10 Family-FriendlyThings To Do At Gardner Village



Time moves by so quickly. One day you could be lugging around strollers and diaper bags – and the next minute you are loading the truck to move your kids into college. Before you know it, your little ones are grown and planning adventures with their own families. This is why spending quality time together as a family now is so important. 

How do you spend your family time? Is it at someone’s house? Do you have a favorite restaurant? Do you meet at the park every Saturday? While all of these are great options, you can only do the same thing over and over for so long before everyone starts finding something else to do instead. 

Why not switch it up and give Gardner Village a try? We’ve got 10 family-friendly things to do that you won’t want to miss. 

1. Visit an Escape Room – or Four! 

What better way to spend quality time with family than to be locked in a room together? Spend time getting through the challenge by working as a team. It is sure to leave you with memories that will be talked about for years to come – especially if you make it out in record time. 

Did you know that there are four escape rooms at A Great Escape in Gardner Village? 

2. Get Together For a Bite to Eat

Sitting around a table over a delicious meal with family always brings a sense of comfort. Here you will find a nice selection of dining options. The Happy Camper Deli and Bakery is a great stop for lunch. You can all grab a sandwich and gather at the outdoor tables. Archibald’s Restaurant is another great dining spot serving up some seriously delish comfort food for lunch and dinner. 

3. Spend Time at The Farm

If your family has a love for animals, then visiting The Farm can be a delight. Little ones love getting up close and personal with fur friends, including sheep, alpacas, chickens, horses, and more. 

As a Salt Lake area animal rescue, The Farm is open Monday through Saturday each week and offers a petting zoo and pony rides. 

4. Take a Class

Does your family like to learn new things? Why not take a class? At Gardner Village, there are so many different classes with learning and DIY experiences that you can do together as a group. 

  • Chocolate & candy classes at Chocolate Covered Wagon
  • Knitting & crocheting classes at Willow Hill Yarn Company
  • Floral design workshops at Simply Flowers
  • Furniture painting classes at Seven Gables Mercantile

Which one will you try?

5. Indulge in Some Self-Care 

Self-care is important and spending time at Soulstice Day Spa & Salon is a great way to enjoy it. Here you can enjoy salon services, spa treatments, nail care, and more. 

Get together and treat yourself at this relaxing spa at Gardner Village. 

6. Capture the Moment with Family Photos

Want proof that your family spent time together? Camera Shy Photography has it. Using backdrops, props, outdoor settings, and more, genuine, natural photos can be captured to commemorate a special day – or just any day!

7. Have a Magical Dining Experience

Magic is intriguing for people of all ages. For those 8 and older,  The Prestige Magic Lounge & Showroom allows you to pull up a close seat for some top-notch magic while dining on some delicious eats. You won’t be disappointed. 

Another option is the dining experience at Mystique. 

Mystique Dining at Gardner Village is fun for the whole family. Have a memorable night out with a delicious multi-course meal and captivating world-class magicians. It is a night like no other. 

8. Spend Time at The Train Shoppe 

At The Train Shoppe, your family can have a great time whether they have a love of model trains or not. This is the last hobby store left in the area that is dedicated to model trains. 

Bring your family in for some fun – rides, games, gem panning, and more in their Family Fun Center or on the Gardner Village Express, a trackless train that runs through Gardner Village.. 

9. Spend the Day Shopping

Getting out of the house and meeting up with family doesn’t have to have a definite plan. Simply meeting up at Gardner Village to do some shopping works well. Slip away from the hustle and bustle of life, stroll the brick-lined paths, and discover the locally-owned specialty shops nestled around the historic Gardner Mill and Silo. From furniture, home decor, candy, bedding, clothing, bridal gowns, flowers, antiques, and more – you’ll find some of the best shopping Utah has to offer in one-of-a-kind shops located in restored quaint homes and buildings. 

10. Host a Party

Does your family have something – or someone – to celebrate? Sometimes coming together requires a party. At Gardner Village, that is easy to do. Maybe you are celebrating a birthday, an achievement, or an anniversary. Or, maybe you are hosting a corporate team-building exercise, a school field trip, or fellowship time with your church. 

Whatever it is, you can host the perfect party at one of these fun spots in Gardner Village:

  • Chocolate Covered Wagon
  • The Train Shoppe
  • The Farm
  • Simply Flowers
  • A Great Escape
  • Mystique Dining
  • The Prestige
  • Archibald’s Restaurant
  • Mill Plaza
  • The Gathering Place
  • Boda Bridal Patio 
  • Seven Gables Mercantile

Visit Gardner Village

Between the shopping, the dining, and the experiences, there is so much to do at Gardner Village. Get your family together for an unforgettable time right in the heart of West Jordan, UT. 

To learn more about our shops, restaurants, events, and event space, visit our website at

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Safe Travel Spots For Travel Currently




International travel broadens the mind and brings people closer together. That’s why it’s an ideal option for parents that want to give their children a life-changing experience. But, you have to be careful. There are plenty of places in the world that aren’t safe for family vacations. That’s why we put together this list of international destinations that are great and safe options for the whole family.


New Zealand is known for being a beautiful and friendly country. And Auckland is its crown jewel in that department. The abundant wildlife alone makes it worth the visit. But other major attractions include Frodo’s home from the “Lord Of The Rings” series, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It truly makes for a safe and fun trip for the whole family!


Ireland is every kid’s dream. Who hasn’t fantasized about being a king or queen in a castle?! Well, Ireland has enough castles for 10 family vacations. And you can even take your kids to the pub! It’s common practice there so it’s perfectly safe. Plus it’s a great way to experience the local culture. Personally, I can’t wait to visit Ireland.



Iceland is just about as safe as it gets, making the top ten on both the Global Peace Index and the World Economic Forum’s lists for safety and security. This is due in large part to its incredibly low crime rate. But there’s much more to take in when visiting Reykjavik, including the Sage Museum, natural thermal baths, and tiny Icelandic horses. Who doesn’t love tiny horses?!


Mauritius is another country that was ranked highly on the Global Peace Index for safety and security and is the highest of the African countries on the list. This is due mostly to its distance from the rest of the African continent, which is known for not being safe. It is also this distance that makes it the island getaway vacation that families dream of. Be sure to check out the aquarium and snorkel around the reefs while you’re there!



Tucked away in the Himalayan mountains, Bhutan is a country lost in time. They just added their first traffic lights a few years ago! But they’re also the second-ranked Asian country on the Global Peace Index list of safe and secure countries. So it’s bound to be a peaceful and educational trip for you and your family. Be sure to check out Buddha Dordenma, the largest Buddha statue in the world. 


Singapore is easily the smallest place on this list, measuring it at just 50 square miles. But it has more than enough fun for the family. Not to mention it’s all the way up at #6 on the World Economic Forum’s list of safe and secure countries! Top attractions include an abundant aviary, nighttime wildlife tours, and an indoor snow park. Definitely worth seeing before the kids head off to college. 

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International Traveling On A Budget During Covid




Most people wish they took more vacations. I know I do. But traveling is so darn expensive! How am I supposed to be able to afford a trip anywhere, let alone somewhere out of the country? Well have no fear, Jetlaggin is here! Check these five international destinations that are much cheaper than you think.


Medellin is an affordable travel destination in Colombia as it’s actually its third major behind Cartagena and Bogota. The weather is perfect nearly all year long, and ever since the days of Pablo Escobar, the city has put a strong focus on rebuilding the city and attracting a new batch of young, hip, cosmopolitan inhabitants. This means plenty of beautiful museums and art galleries. Hotels only cost around $70 a night, and meals shouldn’t cost much more than $15. These low prices allow for two people to enjoy five days in Medellin for around just $800.


Some people are wary of traveling to Mexico these days. But it’s capital, Mexico City, is still a beautiful vacation destination that you can enjoy on the cheap. Whether it’s hotels, restaurants, or the many art and cultural attractions that can be found throughout the city, there are surprisingly affordable options for just about everything. Just be smart and explore your options. It’s not hard to find a hotel room for a hundred bucks a night, and you can easily live off delicious street food for your whole trip. Not to mention the public transportation system in the city is cheap and extremely accessible. You could easily take a two-person, seven-day vacation to Mexico City for around $1,000.


Barcelona is a truly beautiful city in a beautiful country. But you’ll have to be careful when attempting to pull off an affordable trip there, as the city is flooded with tourists in the summer. Hotel rates are on the higher side, averaging around $150 per night. But there are so many things to be enjoyed in Barcelona for free, particularly the beaches. As for meals, as long as you stay away from the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas area, you should be able to find plenty of cheap eating options. You could enjoy a lovely four day, two-person vacation to Barcelona for around $1,100-$1,300.


Vietnam still has a slightly negative connotation around it these days, but make no mistake, it is a fascinating country that is ideal for a cheap vacation. Flights will be your biggest expense, as they don’t exactly run cheap. But if you’re ok living off street food for most of your trip and taking a lot of public transportation, once you’re there you don’t have to spend all that much money. Some of the best attractions revolve around exploring, including the Cu Chi Tunnels used during the Vietnam War, the city of Can Tho off the Mekong Delta, and the Cai Rang Floating Market. You can pull off a two-person, five-day vacation to Vietnam for around $1,400.


Quito is one of the often forgotten gems of South America. It offers incredible outdoor and hiking activities, historic relics and architecture from thousands of years ago, and a bustling urban area with a great nightlife scene. Also be sure to take in the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, the Museo de la Ciudad, and the Museo Casa del Alabado. And if you have enough time, head out of the city to check out the Cotopaxi National Park for some of the best scenery around. A whole week-long, two-person vacation would cost just around $2,000.

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Stay With The Animals At These Awesome Hotels




Picking a hotel to stay in can be tough. Are the rooms nice enough? Do the hotels have any activities that I would be interested in? Is it a good deal? What’s the room service like? All these are questions you have to ask yourself when you are doing your research. Sometimes you find the perfect hotel but there is still something missing. That’s when you need to kick your hotel stay up a notch by adding animals into the mix. Our travel experts, especially TJ that crazy guy, wanted to pass on their suggestions for hotels where interacting with animals is actually part of the intended experience. So get ready to experience some hotels like you’ve never experienced it before in these awesome hotels that have their own animals.


Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton Hotels run throughout the United States and each one has its own dog that helps greet patrons right when they walk through the door. If you love adorable doggos to pet and give a treat then definitely give these hotels a try. The dogs actually have their own titles around here, they are each known as the director of pet relations. Also, you can bring whatever pets you want to stay at the hotels as well. As long as the pet can fit through the door it is allowed to stay at the hotel which is pretty cool of them. Now I finally have a place to take my pet alligator.



Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland
This Finnish hotel has a ton of animals on site. There are 400 huskies alone, not to mention the other horses, reindeer, and cats. You will definitely see some cool animals rolling around here and you will be blown away at just how hard most of them actually work. From October to April these pets are employed but they enjoy a nice holiday for the rest of the year making it a pretty nice schedule to live by. Plus, not only does this place have cool pets, it also has glass-top igloos that make for excellent viewing of the Northern Lights.



Farm Sanctuary, New York
If you’re tired of the Big Apple then maybe it is time to get out and go hang with some livestock. Head upstate to the Farm Sanctuary and see more than 500 animals that have all been rescued and given access to the 175-acre resort. You’ll see adorable pigs, sheep, cows, and turkeys all living a happy new life. Spending a few nights here is sure to make you smile. You will see animals that are truly free to roam huge pastures and live out their lives in a fun and natural way. Staying here is truly special.



Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
If dogs and livestock aren’t your thing then why not give giraffes a try. Is that exotic enough for you? The Giraffe Manor is a super nice hotel that is unbelievably beautiful thanks to its gardens and huge fireplaces. But what makes this place special isn’t the yule logs in the fireplaces or the hydrangeas in the gardens it’s the giraffes. Twice a day the giraffes wander up to the hotel and guests feed them grass pellets. Now that’s seriously cool.

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