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Clark Planetarium

110 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 | 385-468-7827 (STAR)
19 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments
Ages: Ages 3 — adult
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: Open Daily. Hours Vary

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.  


19 Reviews for Clark Planetarium

January 25 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"It was ok"

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  

January 23 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"Space!"

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.

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Bugmom1
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January 22 2013
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Violetwhite_word
"Kids love it"

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.

March 03 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Great shows!"

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!

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me8684
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March 02 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Reach for the Stars!"

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!  

March 01 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"My kids love it"

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.

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March 01 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Educational and Impressive"

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.

February 29 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Great!"

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!

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ape130
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February 29 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun with science"

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!

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shambi
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February 29 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Interesting but expensive for big family"

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.

February 28 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Wonderful with some free things"

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.

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February 28 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Amazing Light Show!"

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.

February 14 2012
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun for kids all ages!"

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!

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edmundsa
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January 28 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Amazing"

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.

March 28 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Star shows deluxe"

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!!

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January 11 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Free Family Fun!!"

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.

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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Great experience"

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.

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JRice
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January 10 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Fun pictures!"

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.

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Clarkjulis
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January 12 2011
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Violetwhite_word
"Educational and Fun"

My whole family really enjoyed going to the Clark Planetarium and it was free.  The Imax movies do cost extra, but there were tons of things to do at no cost.  It was very interactive.  You can see an actual piece of the moon.  My older kids did enjoy it more than my 3 year old did.  

It is also located inside the Gateway Shopping center, which has great places to eat and shop.  You do have to pay for parking.

 
 

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