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No matter how many playdates, trips and movies you treat your children to, there's no escaping the age-old attitude: "I'm bored." After a few hundred times, any parent starts mentally counting down until school starts again.

Even though there are lots of ways to entertain kids that don't take much brainpower, like watching TV, there are numerous ways to keep your kids entertained while learning something.

There are many educational events that will keep them busy and engaged in the Salt Lake City area over the summer months. Check out these four, interactive experiences happening at This Is the Place Heritage Park this summer.

SUPer DUPer Day and Pioneer Children’s Memorial Dedication

If panning for gold and playing pioneer games sounds like a fun time, your kids will enjoy the SUPer DUPer Day at the park. Kids can play in the splash pad, take train rides, visit the petting corral and more.

Special guest M. Russell Ballard will dedicate the Pioneer Children's Memorial mid-morning on July 20, followed by the chance to buy yummy treats. Caley's Catering is doing a $5 meal special, and vendors like Flavor Burst Ice Cream, Brigham's Donuts and more will be selling tasty food all day for an additional charge.

SUPer DUPer Day also means super special pricing, with discounted rates for kids and adults. Check out their website for more information.

Pioneer Day

All of Utah will be celebrating the state’s founders on July 24. Commemorating the pioneers who built up the Beehive State, This Is the Place Heritage Park is the perfect spot for a Pioneer Day celebration. Everyday activities offered at the park will be available on this Utah holiday, as well as fun extras.

Children can come and pick up some old-fashioned taffy as it's shot out of the candy cannon down Main Street. In addition to candy and cannons, games from the early days will be going on all day long. Families can first engage with the flag ceremony and then watch a parade down Main Street. Those who love dancing can learn a pioneer dance, and those who would rather eat can participate in a watermelon eating contest.

Dog Day

Furry friends usually don't get to everywhere with their owners, but this summer they get a chance to get out of the (dog)house. Dog Day at This Is the Place Heritage Park occurs just once a year, and it’s fun for both canines and their best friends.

On Aug. 10, come meet and mingle with celebrity dogs, walk your furry friends around the park and let them cool off in the splash pad.

Enjoy the usual fun offerings available at the park plus lots of doggie fun.

Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition

Nowhere else in the world can you see all-female contestants hoop dance for the title and the prize. This Is the Place Heritage Park will host for the second year the Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition.

The Beehive State is home to many hoop dancers, but competitors and performers for this competition come from all over the country. Viewers can watch the excitement of the competition unfold as the winner is announced the same day. The competition is on Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the park the day of the event.

Even though summer can be a fun and simultaneously boring time for kids and families, it doesn't have to be. Visit This Is the Place Heritage Park this summer to beat boredom and learn more about Utah's history. For more information on these fun events, visit This Is The Place Heritage Park in-person or online.