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

The “Take 10, Tell 10, Shift 10” Campaign

This is a great opportunity to support our local Utah Businesses*

* This post was taken from an email from Local First Utah
The “Take 10, Tell 10, Shift 10“ Campaign

During Buy Local First Week, November 26-December 4th, 2010, Local First Utah is kicking off the “Take 10, Tell 10, Shift 10” campaign to encourage shoppers to patronize local businesses this holiday season. The three-faceted campaign works like this:

1. Take 10 – Take 10 minutes to educate yourself on the value of shopping locally. For starters, check out the Top Ten Reasons to Shop Locally in this E-News. When you’re thirsty for more, visitwww.localfirst.org for many more informative articles.

2. Tell 10 – Go viral! Tell at least ten of your friends, family members, co-workers or neighbors about what you’ve learned in regard to shopping locally. Get on Facebook or Twitter, and encourage others to both educate themselves and spread the word.

3. Shift 10 – Here’s where the rubber hits the road. After all that you’ve learned, and what you’ve shared with the people around you, we ask you to make the “Local Gift Shift.” We encourage you to spend at least 10 percent of your holiday shopping budget at local, independent businesses. Already a committed local shopper? Then we encourage you to shift an additional 10 percent of your holiday shopping to local stores. Every dollar counts, and every dollar makes a difference in our community!

In addition to the Take 10, Tell 10, Shift 10 Campaign, the five neighborhood business district of Salt Lake City have joined with Local First offering special discounts to local shoppers. Keep an eye out while you’re shopping at the participating businesses of 15th &15th, 9th & 9th, Sugarhouse, Broadway and the West Side, for our Take 10, Tell 10, Shift 10 promotional materials.

Buy Local First Week Calendar of Events

Buy Local First Week kicks into gear on November 26th, the day following Thanksgiving, which is traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year. As the holiday season unfolds, take some time to visit these local, independent retailers, and participate in their events during Buy Local First Week.

Friday, November 26th

  • The Old World Christmas Market launches on Friday, November 26th, and will run through December 4th. The Market, which is held at the Union Pacific Depot at The Gateway (400 W. South Temple) is modeled after the Christmas markets of Europe. Visitors can shop for unique, handmade items by local artisans for holiday gift giving. There will be food vendors offering traditional German and Italian flavors of the season including baked goods, candied nuts, spiced cider and hot chocolate. The market is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.

Saturday, November 27th

  • American Express is sponosoring Small Business Saturday.  As part of its commitment to supporting small businesses, American Express will give you a $25 statement credit when you make a purchase at your favorite local stores and restaurants on Small Business Saturday. Enroll and use your registered American Express Card. Visit www.americanexpress.com for more details.

Wednesday, December 1

  • Wasatch Hollow Community Council will host a neighborhood social and pot luck at the 15th Street Gallery, starting at 7 p.m. Local vendors will speak regarding both the history of, and the future vision for, the 15th & 15th neighborhood. For those eager to implement their goal of an additional 10 percent shift in their holiday spending to local business, the 15th Street Gallery, the King’s English Bookshop and the new Caputo’s on 15th will be offering discounts on all purchases made during the evening. For more information, contact Ronda Landa of ICON Design at 801-631-8150 orrondalanda@icondsgn.com.

Thursday, December 2

  • Don’t miss The King’s English Bookshop’s Annual Holiday Party from 5-7 p.m, featuring authors, beverages and hors d’oeuvres! Add an additional 10% to the 10% discount for Buy Local First Week to get 20% off purchases. Many favorite local authors will be on hand to sign copies of their books, including Matthew Kirby, Ann Cannon, Kristin Chandler, Gerald Elias, Ann Torrence, Jacob Paul, Sarah DeFord Williams, and more! Call 801-484-9100 or visit www.kingsenglish.com for more information.
  • Tea and Fashion Benefit at Beehive Tearoom located at 12 West Broadway. For more information, visit the Tearoom’s Web site.
  • “Fall into Winter” the Design by Diamond Winter Line Release party will be held at The Holding Company Loft at 600 South 35 East, starting at 6 p.m. “Fall into Winter,” is an evening to exhibit art of all kinds, with a special focus on the wearable art produced by Design by Diamond owner and artist, Nick D’Amico. The night will merge the visual with the audible, featuring the photography of Kaylee Evenson and Mikey Kunde , and the music of Hayden Henderson, Matt Lee and Steele Croswhite. The central focus of the evening is the debut of the 2010 Winter Line of Design by Diamond.

Friday, December 3

  • The Cache Valley Winter Market in Logan shows the work of local artisans. With very strict requirements for admission, the show is a wonderful place to see and purchase some of the finest artisan wares available in Northern Utah. Visit the Ellen Eccles Theater at 45 South Main Street, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, and continuing through the day on Saturday December 4th.

Saturday, December 4

  • Stop by The King’s English Bookshop at 2 p.m. to celebrate the November 30th publication of “Matched” by Ally Condie. Condie, one of our talented local authors, will read from and sign her new novel for young adults–the first in a highly anticipated trilogy–about Cassia, a 17-year-old girl who’s spent her life waiting to learn who “The Society” will select as her ideal mate, only to find herself falling in love with someone else. To arrange an interview, contact Allison Verost at 212-414-3442 orAllison.Verost@us.penguingroup.com.

Undercover Mama

I love Simply Utah . They have daily updates and very cute products. I bought my camera strap there (see Camera Strap Post ) and found a new friend there.

Undercover Mama is a great LOCAL company that sells great nursing tank tops. I contacted Elena to learn more about her business. We met for dinner at Paradise Bakery. Undercover Mama It was great to talk to another business owner that is going through similar struggles and joys running a business. They are also planning to attend the ABC Kids Show in October (the big kids expo for buyers).

They will also be at the What a Woman Wants Expo this weekend, so stop by and tell them “hi”.

KSL Studio 5 – Love List

I love to make new friends, especially mama’s that are in the baby industry. Today I had the opportunity to feature Little Stinker™ baby butt spray (www.LittleStinkerUSA.com) and made some great new mama friends.

Check out these great products and blogs!


Baby Bunting with Blankie and Burp Cloths
Bunting; $26, Blankie; $36, Burp Cloths; $14
Entire Set; $70 (10% discount)

This sister duo has been sewing cute baby gifts out of their home. Hotch Potch, a Dutch term, means “jumbled mixture” which is what they do, a little of this and a little of that.

Necktie Onesies; $18

Bobbi started her Esty shop after her kids gradated High School. She loves to sew and blog.

I love these little necktie shirts. I think they would be adorable for my son to wear at church.

Baby Booties; $12

Sarah is a fantastic knitter and has been knitting since she was in her teens.

These cute booties have been featured on the ELLEN SHOW twice!

Help support these locally owned businesses.

Kathy D

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