Clark Planetarium explores the wonders of space and science through state-of-the art theatres, free exhibits and hands-on activities and the Planet Fun Store.
There are some pretty cool exhibits to experience here. And it's especially cool that the exhibits are all free. My 5-year-old was mesmerized by the cloud maker. The 9 and 6-year-old spent a lot of time at the infrared camera. The littles ones (one and two-years-old) enjoyed climbing around the replicas of the Martian and Lunar surfaces. There are meteorites to look at and touch, a scale model of the solar system, and fun ball run. You could probably spend about an hour on the exhibits alone if you took your time.
The Hansen Dome has some great presentations for families. Today we saw Accidental Astronauts and have previously seen Perfect Little Planet. Both combine fun story lines with informations about the planets, moon, and sun. An employee was there to introduce the show and answer any questions. Prior to starting the show, she also showed us how the stars would look in the sky tonight and where and when we could see the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.
There is also an IMAX theater that we haven't had a chance to experience yet. The gift shop is full of fun gadgets. The employees are knowledgeable and eager to help. This is a great place to spend a couple hours with the kids.
*This museum is part of the ASTC passport program. If you are a member of a museum that also participates in this program, you can receive up to 5 free tickets for a show in the Hansen Dome.
The Clark Planetarium is a very different breed as far as space/science centers go. There is no charge for admission and there's plenty to keep children of all ages entertained for a few hours. My children especially love the marble/ball coasters they have on the 2nd and 3rd floors. They're quite entertaining and interactive (and noisy)! The exhibits here don't change much. We've been a few times over the past few years and nothing much has changed. Still, we keep going back because the kids love it.
If you want to see some fun movies, they also have an IMAX and a DOME theater. Tickets are pricey (around $10) but that's about the going rate for an IMAX.
Overall, this is a fun place if you want an indoor place to go and learn about space and enjoy some hand-on experiences with your children for free! (can't beat free, right)?
I decided to take my 2 and 4 year old here and honestly I don't think it was really geared so much for their age group. I do think that it would be a great place for children a little older- maybe 8 and up- but my kids got bored pretty fast. I think it was very educational and interesting, but I think we spent a lot of money to not much. I would say wait on this place till your kids are a little older.... or maybe REALLY interested in space :D I will go back in a few years and try again :D
Such a fun place to visit! My kids are 8 and 5 and we LOVE learning about the solar system. There is a museum that is free to go into and a huge gift store area. If you want to see the shows it's about the same price as a movie. The museum has lots of interactive displays and you can pretend you're on the moon and take pictures. The shows are in a big dome and if you get motion sickness, don't go to them. I get motion sickness and I had to close my eyes. The kids loved it though. Very educational. There are food options like a movie theatre. The planetarium is right next to the Gateway Mall and Children's Museum so it's in a pretty fun area.
Going to the planetarium is one of our favorite things to do, especially during the winter time when it's too cold for outside but we're all sick of being at home. There are lots of displays and it's free (dome theater cost extra, but not much). We can spend a couple of hours here depending on if we do any movies or not, but kids love it and better yet, it's educational. If you really like it, they have annual passes that are decently priced.
The planetarium offers some fantastic displays and great shows for people of all ages. They have several shows playing daily and they are all very entertaining and worth the money to get in. My kids love to enjoy the displays, especially the weather man one!
Kids love planetariums, and the Clark Planetarium offers a great experience. From education star shows to music star shows, Clark Planetarium offers a wide variety of hands on activities for kids. Make sure to visit the weather center area where your children can play "Weather Man" and see themselves telling the forecast on TV!
The planetarium itself is free. I don't know if many people know that. It costs money to see a show or a movie on their Imax, but the displays and interactive kids activities are all totally free. My kids love to walk on "The Moon" and on "Mars" They also love watching all the displays on clouds. If you're up at the Gateway and need a kids activity this is a great choice.
I love that you can go into the planetarium for free and look at all the exhibits. There are a lot of cool things that teach about space and the moon and hands on exhibits. The gift shop is a fun place to look around, too. Be sure to try some astronaut ice cream from the gift shop! There are planetarium shows and movies, but I've only ever seen one. It's a great place for kids to learn.
I've been to this place several times and each time is great! I loved being able to see how things work. The solar system there is amazing to look at. They are scaled so each planet's size is relate to the others, and the sun is so big that you can't even see the whole thing! And to see how much you weight on certain planets is fun for kids!
This is free, which is awesome because it is so fun for the kids and educational too. IT doesn't take long to go through, probably 20 minutes or so depending. But they have displays that are interactive about how the earth spins, the moon phases, stars and scaled planets, see your weight on mars, walk on a section that looks like the moon or mars, etc. They even have a real space suit on display!
If you have a large number of kids this would probably be out of your budget range. But the light show is very interesting for kids about 8 and up. There is like a mini museum (I wouldn't call it a full museum). But my boys liked it. They talked about it for days, but might just be because they love space stuff. Worth going atleast once to see if your kids are interested.
The Clark Planetarium is located in the Gateway right in the middle of downtown Salt Lake. It has an incredible IMAX theater in which you can watch some fabulous movies about the stars. Don't have any cash? No worries, there are still some great things to see that are free. On one of the higher floors there is a to scale model of the solar system. There are also areas that have been made to look like mars and the moon so you can take pictures of your kids on other planets. It is a wonderful time, some place we always stop when we are in Salt Lake.
Clark Planetarium is AWESOME. They have a cool set up for you to act like your on mars and some cool facts. But the reason to go is their lightshows! They are awesome, they go to music and they have different shows. They also have a mammoth screen to watch movies in 3-D! Anything from Christmas movies at the end of the year, or educational shows about under the sea and what not! Unless you have a toddler that likes the lights in the light show and the music. This place would probably be more appealing for an older crowd I would say at the least five.
The Clark Planetarium, located on the Gateway Mall grounds, has a ton of fun learning activities that everyone will enjoy. It's free to walk around and see all of the exhibits- lots of hands-on learning centers, plus neat things to look at. We love watching the ball track exhibit! Watch a bunch of pool balls fall along the intriciately designed tracks several stories tall!
If you have anyone that you know into outer space this is the place!!!! They have 3d movies always going on you can watch they have a really great place upstairs where you can see all the planets and learn about them they have a great soviner store. I like that it is also connected to the mall.
The Clark Planetarium is a fun way to spend an afternoon that is entertaining and educational. All ages would be entertained, but ages 4 & up will get the most out of this show!! Experience an eye catching star show, walk through the educational diagrams and exhibits, or buy a trinket from the gift shop. Anyway you do it...you'll have a blast along the way!!
I love that you can go and check out their exhibits for free. The children LOVE watching the ball sculpture and playing at all the different exhibits. I love that it is so educational and fun at the same time. If you're willing to spend some money, check out their fun light shows or IMAX theater.
Our children are young but they all enjoyed this wonderful learning experience with lots to look at, crawl on and touch. When I was little everything was all roped off, now it is set up so easily acceptable for the children to truly get a hands on learning experience. We will definitely be looking into a membership.
Take some fun pictures of you and the family on the moon or mars! Why not? It is free! They do have an IMAX theatre which costs extra, but it is worth it. Such a fun experience! I don't know if we could spend countless hours here, but have definitely spent a couple hours roaming the various exhibits and learning along the way.