Gardner Village, West Jordan
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Gardner Village is a unique destination spot in the Salt Lake Valley. It's great place for the family.
I like taking my family here to eat, check out the shops, and above all enjoy the holiday decor. They do a great job with their holiday decorations.
We love breakfast with a witch! It is such a fun October activity and one the granddaughters look forward to every year. The breakfast itself was pancakes, scrmbled eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, and has... read more »
Awesome place to take the kids for an evening and walk around. Food is good. Shops are exciting and interesting. There are ducks that are fun to feed and a really great farm animal rescue that has a petting zoo and pony rides. Great for any aspiring little cow girl or cow boy. The people that work the zoo are very nice and love to share their knowledge about the animals.
A fun place to visit, especially during Halloween. The stores are very fun to look at, but prices are definitely higher. It gets very crowded at times during their witchapalooza in October.
I am giving this a five star as my wife loved it here. ( she didn't want to lave) When made a stop after checking out the town since we were visiting from chicago. They had everything she could think of and wanted in all the different shops.
I've had the pleasure of doing contract work for Gardner Village for two years now, and I've never met a nicer bunch of people to associate with. The shop owners are independent. I'm not sure if that's common knowledge. Each works so hard as a local business owner to bring unique things to Utah. And the family who owns the Gardner Village property, the restaurants, and a few of the shops is SO kind. They, too, are Utah residents, and they've given so many opportunities to those in our community (including me--thank you!). They have huge hearts, want the best for those who work in The Village, and want us to make magical memories from season to season as guests. Much of what they bring to families is free, including the Woodland Fairies, the Christmas Elves, and the Witch displays. Hours, and hours, and HOURS go into preparing these sweet displays each year, and most of it is handmade! It's so refreshing to have free activities to enjoy with my children, especially during the holidays when money is tight. When we do have a little extra income, there are paid events to enjoy as well, which are also fun and remain very affordable. I know it's easy for someone who collaborates with Gardner Village to say these things, but I've always been a fan, since long before I started doing work for them. It's only now that I have personal relationships with those behind GV that I can honestly say they're kind, good, loving people. Having that behind-the-scenes knowledge makes me love going there all the more.
PETTING ZOO AND PONY RIDES REVIEW "The Farm at Gardner Village" I'd read the (negative reviews) and was worried going into this. Even decided against it at one point, but went anyway. It was a hot, Thursday morning and we arrived around 11am. Shopping Center First of all, the restrooms at the Gardner Village shopping center were immaculate. The shopping area was clean, organized and peaceful. Around the space that is leased by the petting zoo, quite a bit of mall construction seems to be taking place. Some of it is fenced off, some of it is not. Customers can easily wander into "construction" areas, or areas not intended for customers that might pose safety issues (seriously-what is mall management thinking?) if they are trying to get to the petting zoo from a parking lot other than the one nearest to it. So-use the parking lot closes to the petting zoo and save yourself the headache. Petting Zoo The petting zoo is fine. They have small bags of food available for purchase to feed the animals and one lasted us a long time (think about how much food a small child can fit in his/her hand). We ended up going through 2 bags because my child was having such a good time feeding the animals. It was a very, very hot day and it looked like a great effort was made to make sure all the animals had shade and water. The animals were friendly and calm, but obviously once we started feeding one of them the others wanted some too :D. (My child loved it). I asked some questions, and found out that they actually bring the animals to a "home base" after a few months and switch them out with others so they can get a break. Apparently, this place also functions as an animal rescue and takes in abused, neglected or abandoned animals. My child had a great time at the petting zoo. Yes, there are some things, from an organizational point of view, that could be improved inside the petting zoo, but it's mostly volunteer run and the reality is that one simply can't expect a whole lot from volunteers. Pony Rides As most other reviewers have said, there are 2 different types of rides. A short ride, and a long ride. The short ride goes around the block, and the long ride goes through the shopping center. We did both rides. When we arrived, two ponies were just coming back. One was being led by an adult volunteer, and the other by a teenager. From what I saw, there is always an adult volunteer with them. Parents are also welcome to come along on the walk. It seemed like if multiple ponies were available and the child was old enough to choose the one he/she wanted, they would let the child choose which pony he/she would ride. They require either a "seatbelt" (A sort of lead rope that goes over the child's upper legs and attaches to the saddle) or a helmet, or both. I'm not sure if they provide helmets, because we brought our own. It seemed like they used the "seatbelt" on most kids. The ponies were very calm and loved being petted. Some of the gear was pretty worn, but they are probably on a tight budget. Yes, the rides were a little pricey, but my child had a great time and it went to a good cause, so I feel good about that.
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