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Good, Quality Fun at the Discovery Gateway

Discovery Gateway

Quality, fun family time can be hard to come by these days. At Discovery Gateway, parents and their children of all ages can play and learn together in an engaging, exciting atmosphere.

Located at 444 West 100 South at the Gateway Shopping Center in Salt Lake City, Discovery Gateway has 60,000 square feet of exhibits, workshops and special performances. The museum is geared for anyone age 1 and up who’s looking for a fun-filled day learning about the arts, humanities and sciences.

Discovery Gateway moved to its current location in 2006 after 28 years on North Salt Lake’s Beck Street, where it was known as The Children’s Museum of Utah. It’s the largest and oldest children’s museum in the state. “We have a long heritage in Salt Lake,” says Director of Marketing and Communication Lindsie Smith. “Children of all ages can have fun. Everything here is interactive. Our vision is to be the most trusted and preferred family discovery center and child-centered educational resource in the Intermountain West.”

One of the most popular features of the museum is the miniature town “Kid’s Eye View.” Here, children can go shopping at the grocery store, work and play in a house or redirect a mountain stream. There is also “Story Factory,” where children learn how to make an animated film or put on a play; “Media Zone,” where children can go behind the camera and produce an evening news broadcast or write their own news story; and “The Studio,” where visitors can enjoy hands-on science, engineering and artistic exhibits.

“The kids explore everything,” Lindsie says. “It lets them use their imagination.”

Discovery Gateway has 35 full-time employees who are eager to help children and their parents get the most out of their experience. “Part of our guest expectation is that they have a great time,” Lindsie says. “We emphasize that staff interacts with patrons -- they show them how to use and play with the exhibits. We want to help people expand opportunities. We provide excellent customer service.”

Discovery Gateway is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $8.50 per person (regardless of age). Patrons are invited to stay as long as they’d like -- all day if they want.

The museum serves more than 300,000 visitors each year. It hosts field trips for schools groups from pre-K through 6th grade. It also serves 50,000 children through “Reaction Time,” a 5th-grade chemistry program that is offered to every school district in Utah.

Discovery Gateway also has a gift shop, Discovery 2 Go, which specializes in education toys that help replicate what the children learn at the museum.

"It’s always comfortable inside,” Lindsie says. “It’s a great place to spend quality time with your kids. Parents are going to have fun and get engaged.

For more information on Discovery Gateway’s activities and learning opportunities, call 801-456-5437 or visit www.discoverygateway.org

Business Highlight supplied courtesy of The Valley Journals. Article written by Josh McFadden.

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