Showing posts with label activities for kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label activities for kids. Show all posts

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Day at the Clark Planetarium

Since Sean and I had to leave the zoo earlier than planned, we decided to visit Clark Planetarium which is probably Sean's favorite place.  We have been here many times before but there have been some renovations with some new exhibits added.  Sean was in heaven!  The really great thing about the planetarium is that all of the exhibits are free of charge.  There are Earth exhibits about water, wind, volcanoes, and earthquakes; moon exhibits including actual moon rocks, the phases of the moon, and lunar landings; and space exhibits about planets, black holes, and gravity.  Sean really likes playing with the tornado simulator, the gravity floor, and the lunar landing video game.  He could spend hours and hours here.  You can also buy tickets ($7.00) to see 3D movies about the Earth and space in the IMAX theater and star shows in the Dome theater.  While Sean and I were there we saw a show in the IMAX theater called "Amazon Adventure" which was absolutely fascinating.  Clark Planetarium is not just fun for kids.  I like visiting in the evening to see laser shows set to music.  You can go here to find out more information about all of the activities and shows at the planetarium.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Day at Utah's Hogle Zoo

Sean asked me if I could spend some time with him this week so I decided to take him to the zoo on Monday.  Unfortunately, it was really windy and rainy so we didn't stay as long as we wanted to but we had a lot of fun.  I hadn't been there for a long time so I hadn't seen the new African savanna enclosures for the giraffes, zebras, and lions.  There was a new baby zebra which had been born in April and it was so cute (she doesn't have a name yet).  My favorite is the elephant enclosure which houses Christie and her baby Zuri.  Zuri has grown a lot since my last visit to the zoo!  We also went to the Great Ape house and, luckily, some of them were playing outside which was fun to see.  We finally made it to the Asian highlands enclosure to see the tigers Kazek and Cila.  There were lots of animals that we weren't able to see but the rain got to be too much for us to handle and we left after grabbing some lunch at the Oasis Cafe.  There are lots of things to do at the zoo such as the carousel and the train and I have to admit that I am a little bit sad that Sean doesn't like to ride the carousel any more!  Hogle Zoo is a wonderful place to visit (when it is not raining) for children and adults.  Go here for more information about hours and admission.

Note:  Currently the zoo has a fun exhibit called Bugzillas with larger than life animatronic bugs throughout the zoo.  Sean really liked the tarantula.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Day at the Natural History Museum of Utah

On Friday I was on aunt detail and I told Sean that we could do anything that he wanted.  He chose to visit the Natural History Museum of Utah on the campus of the University of Utah.  Sean absolutely loves this place and we ended up spending most of the day there.  The museum showcases the history, physical geography, plant life, and earliest peoples of Utah.  There are lots of fun interactive displays for kids and Sean and I enjoyed the Great Salt Lake exhibit and the earthquake exhibit.  Sean's structure withstood the earthquake much longer than mine did!  I absolutely loved the dinosaur displays.  I had never been to this museum before and I quite enjoyed it.  I think it is a great place for both adults and kids because the displays are very informative as well as vibrant and interactive.  I think Sean could have stayed for hours and hours.  Go here for more information about hours and admission prices.

Note:  Currently there is a special exhibit about the Vikings which Sean and I both really enjoyed.
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