Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point - Out and About in Utah

We decided to spend our afternoon at Cornbelly's at Thanksgiving Point yesterday. We took advantage of some coupons (keep your eyes open for them--the kids usually get some from school) to get in for less. So, we met Mamau and Gramps (my husband's parents) as soon as the kids got out of school. The parking lots were empty. The gate was closed. We were an hour early (just so you know--Cornbelly's opens at 4:00 p.m.).

We had some time to wait so we decided to check out the Art Institute. We knew nothing about the Art Institute but we parked near it and saw a sign announcing that they were doing blowing glass inside. Ever since I visited a glass store in Portsmouth, NH and read a Dick Francis novel about a glass blower (I can't remember which one, they're all rather fun though) I've been fascinated by glass blowing. It is an amazing art. Curiousity got the better of me and we wandered inside.

We spent most of the next hour watching two artisans create fantastic pieces of blown-glass art work. The kids were amazed and so was I. Did you know that you can go to the Art Institute and actually create your own piece of blown-glass art work for $20. I am so there!

We also wandered through the gallery and enjoyed looking at the beautiful folk art of Eric Dowdle. My Amberly was in her heaven. She is an artist, after all. We enjoyed looking at the art outside too.

This was our first experience at Cornbelly's and the kids were immediately drawn in every different direction. We gathered them up like little chicks so that we could avoid spending our afternoon looking for lost children. And then the fun began. Seriously, fun. The kids had giant smiles on their faces the entire time with the brief exception of when we wondered if we would ever find our way out of the giant "Larry H. Miller" corn maze. Oh, and Thomas was scared to tears in the belly of the monster. He wasn't the only one. We heard a lot of crying while we were in there.

There are so many fun things to do at Cornbelly's. Some of us blasted pumpkins and corn. Neal got a direct hit on this old car. We rode on the rides. Played on the slides. Jumped. Ran. Climbed. There were pig races to watch. And all the food smelled delicious (we did our best to avoid the concessions). There was even a Pumpkin Princess, who was sweet and gracious to my little princesses. We had a fabulous time and stayed much longer than we had planned.

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