Wintertime always has me longing for spring and summer days in the outdoors, so I've been reflecting on some of my favorite places to visit in the warmer weather. Allen and I love hiking (more like nature walks to those of you who are intense hikers haha), and one of our favorite hikes/nature walks is a really short and easy trail to The Grotto in Payson, UT canyon. If you live in Utah or are every visiting during a warmer month, The Grotto is definitely worth checking out!
I thought that next time we go, it would be really fun to make a themed day of it. The Grotto reminds us of something out of a fairytale—almost like a place a mermaid could live, so we sometimes refer to it as "Ariel's Grotto." The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie as a child, and I want to pass on the Disney magic to our kids!
So I thought a fun family activity or couple's date could be to go to Ariel's Grotto, make sushi (or another meal that goes with the mermaid theme if you or your kids don't like sushi), and then watch The Little Mermaid together!
After recently seeing Moana, The Grotto really reminds me of that movie as well, so this could make a great Moana day too. You could eat a Polynesian meal and then watch Moana after doing the hike.
A couple of other activities you could do for either theme if you have more time to fill, or you want to make a whole weekend of it, are to go swimming if you have access to a pool, go on a boat or canoe ride, make your own origami paper boats to float down a river, go to a water park, and/or go to an aquarium (Utah has an amazing aquarium in Draper called The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium).
When the weather warms up, try this activity out and let me know how it goes! Happy memory making!