Tinkertoy exhibit at Discovery Gateway $6.50 admission through January 6 #slc #mom #activities

My son is out of school this week. It’s only Monday and we’re getting antsy. So, I’ve been researching some fun local Salt Lake Activities and saw that the Tinkertoy Exhibit at Discovery Gateway is still open and admission is only $6.50!

Would anyone be up for meeting and going together?

Build Your Imagination at Discovery Gateway!

As a gift to patrons, Discovery Gateway: The children’s museum of Utah™ is offering a chance to visit the TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™ exhibit before it leaves the building on Jan. 6, with $6.50 admission Monday-Saturday and $5 admission on Sundays during the month of December

Now  through January 6th

There’s no limit to what kids can do in TINKERTOY®: Build Your Imagination™, a new interactive exhibit at Discovery Gateway!

Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY® construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Bring the whole family to the exhibit and enjoy a variety of activities that promote imagination and collaboration:

Invent – Children are encouraged to think about where ideas come from, and to explore the emerging field of biomimicry – nature’s influence on design. Visitors can match real inventions with their natural inspiration and create a design of their own.

Collaborate – Dual-sided panels allow visitors to work independently or with a partner to create TINKERTOY designs.

Energize – Children can explore GE’s commitment to renewable energy as they use a kid-powered fan to test their own wind-powered TINKERTOY creations.

Change – A Rube Goldberg-like contraption illustrates the power of creative thinking and how simple mechanisms work. The activity lets children select and position words to build silly – but thought-provoking! – sentences that serve as the springboard for innovation.

Process/Connect – TINKERTOY-inspired equipment lets children explore the concept of filtration, while a companion activity invites them to build ball tracks that illustrate how GE technologies help address the challenge of providing clean water. Finding the correct path through a graphic maze answers children’s curiosity about “Where does the water go?”

Develop – Visitors will enjoy filling a life-size human form with TINKERTOY hubs, providing a great photo opportunity and revealing the elements of a healthy lifestyle – and emptying the piece is fun, too! A special rotating TINKERTOY hub array inspires children to consider the impact of their personal choices, highlighting one of our most important responsibilities: taking care of ourselves so that we can do anything!

Create – This open play area reserved for children age 3 and older features a spectacular assortment of TINKERTOY pieces – the perfect place to build their imagination. Pictures of remarkable TINKERTOY creations and special tips provide guidance and inspiration.

The Tinker Tank – A walk-in size replica of a TINKERTOY canister is the starting point for the exhibit’s challenging scavenger hunt, a must for those with an eye for detail and a nose for knowledge! The Tinker Tank contains a variety of educational materials that attest to the impact of unconventional ideas on some of the world’s greatest – and strangest – inventions, and serve as a reminder that “If at first you don’t succeed…”

Visit The Gateway


The Gateway is located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Utah, along 400 West, between 200 South and South Temple.

Shopping Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Friday & Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, 12 pm – 6 pm

Blickenstaffs Toy Store 12 Days of Christmas: On the First Day of Christmas… #blickenstaffs #christmas @blickenstaffs

Blickenstaffs toy store is hosting a fun 12 Days of Christmas giveaway series.

Today is the first day!

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Enter to win great prizes!

 Also, if you are heading down to the Gateway, be sure to check out the Lights for the “Starry Starry Nights Spectacular” it’s right next to Blickenstaffs

There are over  600,000 lights choreographed with the music of the Olympic Legacy Fountain.

Four show times nightly at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm

Mickey and Minnie are in Salt Lake City

Mickey and Minnie are visiting Salt Lake City for Disney on Ice!

Be sure to get your tickets before they run out. Mickey and Minnie made an appearance at The Gateway Mall yesterday. Our daughter was so excited to see them she cut through the line and went running up to her! Too cute. We love Mickey and Minnie and are happy there are here with the rest of the Disney on Ice team.

TICKETS: Ticket price levels are $16, $23, $37 (VIP) and $50 (Front Row).  Opening Night tickets available for only $12 each (not valid on premium seating). All seats are reserved; tickets are available from the EnergySolutions Box Office and all SmithTix locations, charge by phone at 801-355-SEAT or 800-888-TIXX and online at www.smithstix.com or www.energysolutionsarena.com.

How to make your own sling shot

Having a son has forced me to learn all kinds of activities that I never played as a child. I enjoy learning new ways to enrich and broaden his childhood.

One morning he woke up determined to make a sling shot. I’m pretty sure it was Angry Birds that sparked interest in sling shots.

I had a basic understanding of how to make a sling shot, but searched on YouTube for a video. We found some simple ones there were made by a kid. We tried a few ways and it was my son that innovated his own slingshot by taking two permanent markers and attaching the elastic to the lid tops and taping the bottom. As a parent, I try to instill creative thinking and innovation and being proactive. When he came to me with his own version of a sling shot, I was very proud of his four year old problem solving skills.

After we’d made our sling shots, I pulled our our children’s bible and shared the story of David and Goliath. He listened with stillness and big eyes as I sared how David was small boy, just like him, but he was able to bring down the giant because of his faith in God.

I shared how when I was living in Jerusalem for Study Abroad with BYU, I went to the field where the scholors believed David and Goliath met. I told him how I had used a leather sling shot to throw rocks and described the large field and the shallow raise of the hill in the distance with dreees lining the top. I can just picture David approaching the same field and David coming out of the trees to attack David.

We then used a huge POST IT NOTE and drew a huge picture of Goliath. We then found some fuzzy balls and practiced shooting Goliath. This turned into a week long activity that my son was able to play with me, his sister and his friends.

Finding ways to teach and entertain a busy boy is always a challenge. I like it when I find activities that can tie in educational aspects and make it a hands on learning experience.


Jenny Lake is formed from glacial run off. A great family hike is up to Hidden Falls.

The hike actually starts with a boat ride across Jenny lake. It’s a little expensive, but worth the experience (and the saved time hiking around the lake, which is also an option. There is water available to fill water bottles at the Dock.


We packed a picnic lunch with our famous Hope Ranch Chilcken Salad to share with the family. {RECIPE}.


We spotted a small red fox and marmot at the top.


This hike is more steep but not a hard hike. This year I carried our daughter and found the only strain really to be hiking up on a few steep parts and the impact on my knees a little rough going down.

It’s a beautiful hike and one we do each year.


Tillamook Loaf Love Tour + 3 Children’s Hogle Zoo Passes

For our afternoon adventure we headed over to our local Fresh Market to check out the Tillamook loaf love tour. I mean come on, who doesn’t love free cheese samples?


It was fun to see the cheese van. Very tiny. Not sure if they really drive it or not.
The kids were wearing orange and blue, perfectly matched with the Tillamook brand! (I promise, it was not planned)


We got to try some yummy cheese samples that H & J loved.

The gals working there were really cute with the kids and gave up fun props like lips and a mustache

As a mom, I was excited for coupons!


We were thrilled to find Huckleberry ice cream (or favorite to eat in the Tetons)


We bought three different flavors and had a Tillamook ice cream party back at our house.


Ice Cream.








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