New Exhibit opening at Discovery Gateway with Intermountain Healthcare + #Giveaway

by Holly on September 17, 2013

Disclosure: I was invited to preview this new exhibit and was compensated for my time. My opinions about Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum and Intermountain Healthcare are 100% my own. In fact, we have been members of the museum ourselves for several years and spend plenty of our time in Intermountain facilities where they take excellent care of us. 

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No recipe today! But I am here to tell you that something BIG is landing at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake this weekend! Intermountain Healthcare and Intermountain LiVe Well and Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum have been working hard on creating a new, one-of-a-kind, interactive exhibit that kids can really get into. They can follow patient scenarios all the way through and experience what it is like to do any of several related healthcare jobs, all in a mini mockup of Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and Life Flight. There are even iPads at many of the stations that will walk them through all the steps of 3 different injuries and procedures – I played on one of the iPads myself and it was an awesome experience (even though I know for a fact my kids will figure out how they work a lot faster than I did!).

The museum has had a Life Flight helicopter that was donated by Intermountain Health Care for several years but the changes they have made to the entire terrace and around it are significant. It is also a great learning experience since there is naturally a lot of safety information built into the play and kids will soak it up.


It’s no secret we are BIG fans of Intermountain HealthCare and their facilities, I’ve written about our experiences with them here before on the blog. It’s also not really a secret if you watch my Instagram or Facebook that we are big fans of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum too.  We spend plenty of time there getting in all the best quality, play time with purpose. I mean, seriously, there is SO much for the kids to do and they can pretty much touch, try, manipulate and learn to their little heart’s content. Kayla is a big fan of the play house and kitchen. So proud.


IMG_3087So imagine my excitement when I was invited to preview the new exhibit being introduced this weekend at the museum! One of our favorite parts of the museum has always been the Life Flight Helicopter out on the terrace. (Yes, I realize you aren’t shocked at all that the Hanks Family loves helicopters!).

Our love for the museum started about 7 years ago before Cole was born. We were able to visit the museum with just Aidan and he loved it. It ended up being our safe, healthy and happy place to go during the long winter after Cole was born when we were at home quarantined. Since then we have been to classes, workshops, seen all the exhibits over the years, taken friends there and made new friends.

We have seen dinosaur bones and talked to paleontologists, played with Tinker Toys, carved pumpkins, made masks, built gingerbread houses, had breakfast with Santa, been trick or treating, visited the gift shop with birthday money in hot little hands, and built so many other fun and happy memories there that I can’t even remember them all!

In fact, most recently, we participated in a little naming contest where they had four new DG Kids named by children visiting the museum. And funny enough, Cole’s name idea won for one of the kids (you should really click through to the museum’s blog to see Cole’s description 🙂 ! He was beyond thrilled and still talks about it all the time. That event was a part of Discovery Gateway’s 35th Anniversary celebrations that are coming up this year.

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I have to tell you, if you have kids, really from toddlers on up, you need a membership here! It is an absolute blast.

THIS SATURDAY the 21st of September ONLY  they are offering $35 OFF on an Annual Membership and it is available on-line AND in person at the museum. If you’re already a member, you can apply the promotion to extend your current membership.  They’re even having a Members Morning on Saturday, September 21st from 9-11am where you’ll be among the first to see the new exhibit. Museum admission this Saturday ONLY is also $3.50 – a screaming deal! All of this is a part of their 35th Anniversary celebration.

I should also mention that the museum has so many fun activities and events coming up in just even the next few months that you are REALLY going to want to take advantage of getting a membership of your very own. You won’t regret it!

I have a one-day family pass for admission for 6 up for grabs in the giveaway below. I hope to see you at the museum (and if you are going please let me know because I’d love to meet you and never know when I may be there myself!).

In case I missed anything above, here is a much better description of the new exhibit:


Children’s museum partnership with Intermountain Healthcare creates Mock Emergency Department and Life Flight interactive exhibit unlike any other

WHAT: For years, one of the most popular exhibits at Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah, has been the authentic Life Flight helicopter perched high atop the museum’s 3rd floor terrace. Donated by Intermountain Healthcare, the Life Flight helicopter has been the main attraction of the Saving Lives from the Sky exhibit, where kids could also learn how to prevent accidents and stay safe.

The museum is opening a new exhibit with a mock Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, featuring interactive areas for triage, imaging, dress up, and surgery where children will perform surgeries using custom-designed iPad apps. Kids can assume the various roles necessary to take care of patients from coordinating a Life Flight launch to caring for patients in a new interactive treatment area in the helicopter.

Once inside the hospital emergency department, kids can choose a play role, dress up, and be a part of the hospital emergency team. Children can treat patients in the triage area, take X-rays, track patient progress, or join the surgical team to perform one of three surgeries via iPad apps.

Where: Discovery Gateway: Children’s Museum of Utah, 444 west 100 south, SLC.

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