Discovery Gateway is the premier children‘s museum in Utah providing engaging interactive activities that inspire learning in children and fun for the whole family. Exhibits include a pint-sized town where kids rule, an area where children can play the role of pilot, paramedic, flight nurse, or command center operator, putting their rescue response safety skills to the test, and more.
There is a lot to experience here and we always have a great time when we come. All 5 of my kids kept themselves busy here for a long time. I have kids ages 9, 6, 5, 2, and almost 1.
The downstairs has 2 main areas. The balls and the Kids View area. The balls can be dropped through holes, shot through air pressure chutes, or plunked down a plinko wall. My 1-year-old just liked picking them up and dropping them. Kids View is mostly an imaginative play area. Most of the sections here are sponsored by local companies. For example, the grocery store is Harmons and the car garage is Ken Garff. There is a rock climbing wall behind a rock arch and you can harvest lavender from Young Living Lavender Farm. As an out of towner, it's fun because it immerses you in the Utah experience. The main attraction for my boys down here was the water table, where you can float boats down different levels and turn cranks to scoop and dump water. There is also three and under section with a nursing station. The sign saying the area is for younger kids is pretty small so many kids miss it and often come in and overrun the little ones.
Upstairs there is a news room where you can pretend to do a broadcast against a green screen. My 9-year-old was really excited to do this today. There is a story area where you can make a comic, perform a play, or record a stop-motion movie. My 5-year-old is an artist and loved the chance to make his own comic. There is an engineer section win a variety of blocks and building surfaces. My 2-year-old loved the wind tunnel exhibit where you could make a creation out of papers and pipe cleaners, stick it in the wind tunnel, and see how well it flies. Out on the patio is an exhibit about life flight and Primary Children's Medical Center. There is an actual helicopter the kids can climb in and pretend to fly. There is a replica for a hospital with stations and cut-out patients to treat. My one-year-old loved the small helicopter that had a steering wheel and a slide.
I would suggest not bringing a stroller if you can help it because it is hard to maneuver when this place gets busy. There are lockers downstairs where you can leave your purse and food if you brought it. I gladly pay that quarter to use the lockers so I don't have to lug my purse around. If you bring food, there is a picnic area in the atrium. An alternative would be to walk a little ways down the mall to the food court. There is a McDonalds there. You can leave and come back as long as you are wearing your wristband.
This museum is a great play place for kids and if you take the time to read the posters around the walls, it can be very educational. Today we spent about 4 hours here, not including our lunch break. A great way to spend the day.
*This museum is part of the ASTC passport program. If you are a member of a museum that is also part of that program, you can receive free admission here for the number of guests listed on your membership card.
It works out great. When my family visits the Gateway, I take the kids to the museum while my wife visits her favorite stores. The kids can run around and play in the numerous ventures, while I feel good about the educational experience they are having. By the time we leave, my wife is happy with her shopping, the kids are satisfied... and a little worn down:), and I am feeling like a great dad.
My children ages 5,3, and 1 love going to Discovery Gateway. Plenty of open-ended, inviting activities to spark their imagination. Our kids could spend the afternoon in the ball area alone. The water feature is always a big hit. It's nice that they have a separate area for smaller children as well. I appreciated that there was a quiet corner where you can feed your baby, too. The last time we visited we tried one of their classes which are free with admission. My five year old loved it. They played with giant ice blocks and droppers of different colors. I loved that she was fascinated by the art and science. The price is a bit expensive, but occasionally you can find coupons online. We like going about once or twice a year. We try to go about 2 pm when the school groups have already left and before the after school crowd gets there.
Maybe I was just visiting Discovery Gateway on an off day. I found the facility clean and well-maintained, but lots of equipment in the various exhibits were not working. It's pretty disappointing when you spend $8 to get into a place and more than a 1/3 of the activities were non-functioning. I'm sure if they were working, it would have been a great visit, as there are many nice exhibits that seem fun and entertaining. Take TRAX to the musuem and give your kids a bonus train ride with the experience, and be aware there is no food in the musuem, so plan to bring a lunch or grab a bite at Gateway's food court.
I first attended the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum while on a field trip with my son's autism preschool. The activities were very appropriate for him and his classmates, but also for all the other children that happen to be there that day. This is a very fun place every kid should get to go to at least once.
I lived in a big city and the children's museum was absolutely amazing. I moved to Utah and my family is so disappointed in the children's museum located in SLC. It is very small and has very little to offer. My 9 year old was bored with the downstairs and more entertained by the science area. My 5 year old loves the ball place and downstairs. The hours are good. Saturday's are the busiest day and sometimes is so crowded it's not fun. Best time to visit is before school gets out so between 10 am and 2 PM. No food is allowed in the museum including drinks! When my daughter was younger we spent 2-3 hours there. Now I can do about 1 1/2 before she is bored. Tips: Don't buy a membership. Your kids will be super bored with the museum by the end of the year. Don't go at anytime on Saturday. Expect your kids to get sick...lot's of germs.
Every year, we get a playgroup together and visit this museum. If you have a large enough group, each child ticket is just $3.50, I think, and adults are free! It's a great deal, considering tickets are normally like $9 or something outrageous like that. My 1-year-old son LOVED putting balls in the tubes (sorry, I don't remember what the attraction was called). My daughter wanted to spend the whole time in the make-believe town. It includes a construction site, playhouse, grocery store, farm, water play area, and more. There's also a toddler part that is walled off from the rest. The only downside is that kids never clean up what they're done playing with, and the grocery store food is all over the place and messy. Also, there should be more play carts, the kids fight over them.
This is a great place to spend an afternoon. My 4 kids ages 2- 11 all have a wonderful time. The lower floor is geared toward the younger crowd (although my 9 and 11 yr. old have fun here as well). There is just tons to do and play with. Water features to play with (make sure to get a waterproof apron in the area if you don't want your kids wet), pretend gardens, a playhouse, a ball area that sucks the balls into a tube and a mini rockwall. Upstairs there is a media center where kids can pretend they are newscaster, a movie/theatre area where kids can put on a play or make a little movie, and a real helicopter out on the terrace that kids can get in and pretend to fly.
There is way more to do than even what I've described. It really is a fun and enjoyable place to just let loose and let the kids run and have fun!
We go year after year, over and over and still have a great time at the Discovery gateway. My three boys love all parts of this place, there are so many areas for them to go play and discover. It gets crowded yes, but it is well worth your money and time.
I took my 18-month-old here today and she had SO MUCH FUN! The whole bottom floor of the museum is full of hands-on activities that are perfect for little kids, including a machine that spits balls out, a farm where the kids can gather fruits and vegetables, a stream with water toys, a little playhouse with slides, and more. Upstairs, there were fun activities for older kids (5-10 ish), but she loved some of those too! There was also an outside patio where kids can have a snack and sit inside a helicopter. We spent 2 hours there, but easily could have spent a couple more if it wasn't nap time. ;)
I had as much fun here as my children did! It was a fabulous learning experience and well-deserved it's "discovery" name. children learn best by discovering things and there are all hands-on activities that there is no way we could do it all! We will need to go again, because the first time was just not enough before the youngest got tired and we had to leave. A little pricey though!
Our family absolutely loves the Discovery Gateway Children's Museum! They are located downtown inside the Gateway Mall. They have so many children's activities and even do a fun storytime during the week (check their website to find out more details). They are kind of pricey for admission tickets, but babies are free!
We LOVE the Discovery Gateway museum. Although it is a bit pricey if you just go once, we loved getting the six-month pass. For $64 our family of four went to the museum once every two weeks and the kids had a blast! There are so many different things to do for kids of all ages. The colored balls in the beehive, the water station, the bird's eye view, the pond, the make-your-own-movie station, the magnets, the real helicopter outside on the patio, the farm, the life-size horse, the miniature grocery store, etc! In all honesty, I would recommend this activity to anyone with kids. Definitely worth the money, especially when this mommy took the kids on her own and got two to three hours of kid bliss without having to rack my brain on how to keep them entertained! :)
Discovery gateway it a fantastic place for your kids. My 3 year old and 1 year old both love the activities they have for their age groups. We live on the entire other end of the valley but we make the trip every other week to play there! It is a great "reward" for my little girls to earn!
I took my daughter to the museum a few times when she was 1, and now that she's 2 we bought a pass. She loves it! It's very hands on, has lots of different stations, and is great for imaginative play. I'm really glad we bought a 6 month pass, because if we go one time and don't get to all the stations, we can always do those the next time we go!
This museum is fun for all kids! Is seems pricey for a one day admission, but if you get the membership it is well worth it. Very popular and can be really busy in the mornings. We usually get there around one in the afternoon and the crowds are gone.
My kids LOVE the Discovery Gateway, or as they like to call it, the kids museum. We could spend days in there and they would be perfectly happy. I only have two complaints: 1. It is pricey. We only go when they are doing some kind of cheap or free day or I have a really good coupon. 2. It is ALWAYS crowded. Which is understandable because it is awesome, but kind of a bummer for the kids.
We have been to Discovery Gateway a couple of times. It is very well done. My kids favorite parts are: the helicopter, the grocery store, and the tv studio. It is very well thought out, VERY kid friendly, clean and orderly. It think it is a little pricey, but the usually run some sort of a discount coupon in the Friday newspaper. The only negative I can think if is that it is on several levels, so be prepared to take the elevator if you have a stroller. Overall kids of all ages will enjoy this and be entertained for hours!
My family and I LOVE this museum. it's centrally located downtown at the Gateway mall, and parking is so easy. Park in the underground parking garage for the Gateway shopping mall, and walk straight into the museum from the parking garage through the "Discovery Gateway Children's Museum" entrance. This can be an all day activity, and the best part is, it's indoor! This is year round, indoor entertainment! We enjoy all the exhibits and experiments. It's great for all ages.
This place is has so much fun things for kids to do. They have big blocks the kids can build with, a pretend store with shopping carts and food, Water discovery, music, sound, and a helicopter on the roof. It is all about learning, exploring, and discovering type play.