Family Programs

ABANA Conference July 13-16, 2016

There will many things to do for the entire family

We have 2 tours setup and different craft opportunities. There will also be a Youth Tent with a variety of craft trades for your family members to get involved in.


Leather Workshop

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Have you admired leather work and wondered how it was done? ever wish you could give it a try? Now is your chance!

More projects may be available to choose from at time of class.
Basic supplies and tools are available to use in class, but more experienced participants are welcome to bring their own tools and projects if desired.

Leather working workshop:

  • Leather Bracelets and Cuffs: Learn how to make a variety of styles of leather cuffs and bracelets. Great for younger kids and beginners. $5.00
  • Leather Key Chains and Fobs: Make some simple Key chains and Key Fobs, Great for Younger Kids. $5.00
  • Leather Earrings: Learn how to make a set of beautiful Leather Feather Earrings. $20.00
  • Dog Collar: Make and assemble a 1' Dog Collar: $15.00
  • Small Knife Sheath: Make and assemble your own medium sized knife sheath:$20.00
  • Belt Buckle: Make and assemble your own belt buckle: $10.00
  • Flyswatter: Make and assemble your own leather flyswatter. $10.00

Questions? Please contact Ilene 435-881-4208 or 435-458-3022


Location: Grand Building

Thursday and Friday, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Basket Weaving Workshop

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Maximum number of students: 20 per class

Thursday Class

  • 10” round Market Basket
  • 7” tall
  • 10" iron handle
  • Your choice of color

Class cost is $40

Friday Class

  • 12" round Fruit Basket
  • 2 iron side handles
  • 10” round wooden bottom
  • 4”-5” tall
  • Your choice of color

Class cost is $40

Saturday Class

  • 10" x 12" Multi-use Basket
  • 10” casserole style iron handle
  • Multi-colored-Your choice of colors
  • 3” tall

Class cost is $35

Questions? Please contact Mary JO McCarty


Location: Grand Building

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00am - 4:00pm (with a break for lunch)


Historical Arts & Casting's Foundry Tour

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Historical Arts & Casting, Inc.’s (HACI) team of designers, engineers, artists and craftsmen were brought together in 1974 to recreate traditional cast medal ornamentation for significant restoration projects across the country.  Over time the company has grown and its artisans have since developed a national reputation and have established a high standard of excellence for architectural metal restoration and replication. Today, creations from Historical Arts & Casting, Inc. adorn some of the most significant projects, both old and new, in North America and around the world. Every year, new and seemingly bigger projects incorporate cast metal ornamentation as a major part of their designs. Historical Arts prides itself on being the leading company in architectural cast metal design and fabrication who continues to produce the most beautiful work all under one roof.

Tours will be 45 minutes in duration and can accommodate 15 people at a time.  Historical Arts & Casting is a working shop and safety is our number on priority so all tours require the wearing of proper eye protection and closed toe shoes.  The tour includes stairs and narrow areas so we ask that all participants are aware of these conditions prior to the beginning of the tour.  During the 45 minutes you will be shown the entire operation process of Historical Arts & Casting.  The tour will begin in our state of the art design department and then will progress through our shop where the entire pattern, foundry, fabrication and finishing process takes place. 

We are able to do as many tours as requested, based on demand. Each group must be a minimum of 15 people. Tours are staggered to at least have a 15-20 minute start time between each group. Once we gather names we can start determining the times. Visitors will be responsible for their own transportation. Trax is a good economical option.

Taking sign-ups now.

Tour Cost: FREE

Questions? Please contact  Claudia Freshman 801-521-6327

Temple Square Tour

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Free tours of the 10 acre historic Temple Square are a must-do on your visit to Salt Lake City. Tours are self guided or with volunteer guides.Volunteer guides are available for tours and information about Utah’s number one tourist attraction.

Everyone is responsible for getting to Temple square but it is easy by taking the is a 10 minute ride from the Fairpark.  Once you are there, there is a tour bus to visit many sights, or there are guides everywhere to get them to the Family History Center, Museum, Daughters of the Pioneers Museum, and more.

Separately, there is a free Tabernacle organ recital each day at noon in the Tabernacle on Temple square featuring Tabernacle and quest organ players.

Tours have various start and end times, depending on what landmark you are visiting, on the hour from 8am to 5pm. Click More Details below for more information.

Cost: FREE

Questions? Please contact  Claudia Freshman 801-521-6327

Experience the peace and tranquility of beautiful Temple Square with a complimentary tour of Utah’s most visited attraction. Tours of the beautifully landscaped 10-acre property are available in 40 languages and are free.

  • This magnificent granite structure, the Salt Lake Temple was constructed over a period of 40 years, from the laying of the cornerstones on 6 April 1853 to the dedication on 6 April 1893. The temple is considered the house of the Lord and is sacred to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Reflect on the majesty and wonder of God's creations as you stand beneath the star-studded dome in the rotunda of the North Visitors' Center and ponder the invitation of the outstretched arms of Thorvaldsen's Christus, a magnificent 11-foot statue of the Savior.
  • The Church History Library was completed in 2009, the library contains records documenting the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and of its members and congregations worldwide. Research is free and there is always a guide to show you the way.
  • Have you ever wondered how a worldwide humanitarian organization works? Here’s your chance to find out. Visit the Latter-day Saint Humanitarian Center for a free 45-minute tour. Weekday tours are available all year (except holidays) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Joseph Smith Memorial Building, formerly the Hotel Utah, was built in 1911. This stately building, which was completely renovated and reopened in 1993, now houses the Legacy Theater, reception and conference rooms, a FamilySearch center, Nauvoo Cafe, and The Roof and The Garden Restaurants. The Legacy Theater has a film that is shown Monday through Saturday at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm. Admission is also free. Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Want to know more about your ancestors? Where they came from and when? Visit the Family History Library, where you can delve into two million rolls of microfilmed records. Discover your history and experience a feeling of belonging as you explore your family tree. Research is free and there is always someone on hand to show you how. Monday: 8:00am-5:00pm Tue-Fri: 8:00am-9:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm

All within walking distance from Temple Square where guides are always available to point you in the right direction or walk you to your destination.