Kids to Parks Day: Boats, Kites, and a Full Moon!
Saturday, May 18
For Kids to Parks Day 2019, join us for a whole day’s worth of activities!
10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. – The Great Salt Lake Yacht Club will be hosting a sailing clinic for kids ages 8-16. The morning will be spent in the classroom, with the afternoon out on the lake with a fleet of dinghies. This is part of a series of three classes which cost $25.00 individually or $75.00 in total. For more information, or to sign up, contact Juniors@gslyc.org
Don’t want to attend the formal clinic? That’s ok! Bring your own dinghy, kayak, or paddleboard and join in the fun! There will also be activities, including volleyball, on the beach. Boat rentals for the general public may be available, and we will keep everyone updated on that.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Join a park ranger under the Yacht Club Pavilion for an afternoon of kite crafting and flying. We will have about 50 kite kits available free of charge, but feel free to bring your own. After they’re made, we will go fly them on Silver Sands Beach.
8:45 – 9:45 pm – It just so happens that this year’s Kids to Parks Day coincides with the Full Moon! As always, we will meet at the observation point and walk out across Silver Sands Beach, watching the sun set and moon rise all at once. Gather at the Observation Point at 8:30, as we will begin walking at 8:45 sharp. Please note that the park gates will close shortly after the walk begins, so be sure to be on time.
Great Salt Lake Floating Festival / World Record Attempt
Saturday, June 8 10:00 am
For more than eighty years, from the late 19th century to the latter half of the 20th, the Great Salt Lake was a world-renowned tourist destination. Much like the Dead Sea today, locals and tourists alike would flock to its saline waters to experience the sensation of “floating.”
We hope to revitalize and spread appreciation for this unique body of water with a special event on Saturday, June 8, 2019. We invite everyone to join us at the Great Saltair as we try to set the world record for number of people floating, unassisted, in a line at one time.
Argentina is the home of the current record set in 2017, where 1,941 people floated on the surface of the saline Lake Epecuen (western Buenos Aires province). This will be the number to beat! Evidence of the achievement will be submitted in accordance with the standards of Guinness World Records.
Why June? This is the perfect month to get in the lake! Water levels will still be comparatively high after the snow runoff. Air temperatures will be warm, and the water will be refreshing – usually around 75 degrees at that time of year. Thunderstorms are rare, with the spring rains having ended and the summer monsoons yet to hit. And most importantly, the brine flies usually aren’t out yet in great numbers 🙂
Please note that this event will take place at the Great Saltair, instead of the Great Salt Lake Marina. Saltair’s parking lot will provide ample space for everyone participating. Their restrooms and gift shop will be open. We will be providing water for everyone – both for drinking and rinsing off afterwards. We also plan to contact food vendors so that there are lunch options available.
Whether you are a Utah local, or a tourist who will be passing through, we hope to see you there!
The event will take place free of charge, and entrance fees at Great Salt Lake State Park will also be waived for the day.
For more information, contact us at 801-828-0787.