One of the things that I love about being a stay at home parent in SLC is the amount of fun and interesting things there are to do here. From Discovery Gateway to the Zoo there is just so much that you can do. In this post I want to focus on the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. The museum is filled with interactive hands on exhibits that the whole family can enjoy.
The Discovery Gateway is located in the Gateway Mall at 444 West and 100 South in Salt Lake City. For parking you can either do metered parking East and South side of the mall or park in the mall parking garage. Out of the two I would personally choose the parking garage. 1st hour is free, and it is only $1 per hour after that. There is also the option to take TRAX to the museum. Make sure you take the BLUE line to the Planetarium stop. Check UTA’s website for times and rates. Also don’t forget that from the Library/Courthouse stops to the Salt Lake Central HUB are all in the free fare zone.
One of my favorite things about Discovery Gateway is the classes that they offer for different age groups. Monday’s class is the Music in Motion class. In this class, the children sing and dance with the teacher. This class is meant for children ages 18 months to 3 years and meets at 11AM and 12PM. Tuesday’s class is the Time for Tots class. In this class, there is story time then arts and crafts time. This class is also meant for children ages 18 months to 3 years and meets at 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 3PM. Wednesday’s class is the Creative Kids class. This class, from my understanding, is a more in depth arts and crafts class than the Time for Tots class. This class is meant for children ages 4 – 8 years and meets at 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM. Thursday’s class is the Little Scientist class. This class teaches children how to ask questions and find the answers using science. This class is meant for children ages 2 – 5 years and meets at 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 3PM. Friday’s class is the Amazing Me class. In this class children participate in health, safety and self-esteem building activities (this sentence was taken straight from their description of the class). This class is meant for children ages 3 – 7 years and meets at 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 3PM. These classes are limited to 12 children per class, so go to the front desk and sign your child up once you get to the museum. There is also a weekly workshop called Science Matters where families can go do science experiments together. This workshop meets on Fridays at 2:30PM, and 5PM and also Saturdays at 2PM, 4PM, and 6PM. My son is only 2 so we try to go every week to the Monday and Tuesday classes.
Admission to the museum is $8.50 per person, $6.00 per person 65+, and children <1 are free. There are so many fun and amazing things to do that your child (and yourself) might get hooked. If that is the case you might want to consider getting a yearly pass. Click here to look at the different membership packages.