The Best Parties for Children of All Ages

From spectacular annual parties to impromptu cultural celebrations, the Museum hosts events year round.



World Connections Cultural Events
All Year Long

Join us for events throughout the year for the whole family that explore cultures, celebrations, traditions from around the world. Events are filled with festive activities & performances representing the cultures of Bulgaria, Polynesia, Japan, Eastern Europe, India, Africa, North American Navajo, Ireland, Mexico, and more.



Autism Family Afternoons & Days

Every Month | Check Calendar for Details

Discovery Gateway is a place for children and families of all abilities. Every month we invite families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder to a discounted day of play. To help minimize sensory issues for our families, we turn the lights down and reduce noise in the museum. A limited number of noise-cancelling headphones are available upon request.


Bunny Hop
Every March or April

Hippity-hop on over to Discovery Gateway for a special morning with the Easter Bunny! This event kicks off with a private Easter egg hunt in the museum before it opens. The fun continues with art and science activities, garden snacks, and a visit from the Easter Bunny! Guaranteed to be an eggcellent time! Pre-registration required. Stay tuned for more information!



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Zap Free Day
Every March | Free Museum Admission

Museum hosts a Free Admission day every March to thank the voters of Salt Lake County for supporting the Zoos, Arts, and Parks program (ZAP). Check March calendar for date announcement.



Week of The Young Child
Every April | Free with Museum Admission   

Every year Discovery Gateway celebrates the national event, Week of the Young Child. In partnership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this event recognizes and celebrates the importance of early childhood education. The Museum features a week of special programming and events for parents, children, and community leaders.



Children’s Festival FUNdraiser
Every June | Free with Museum Admission
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Kick off summer and help support educational play at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Festival FUNdraiser! Fun activities for the whole family such as bouncy houses, science & art experiences, balloon art, face-painting, and literacy-based magic shows.



BUMBLE BEE BASH FUNDRAISER
Every Fall
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Help deliver the museum’s experiences to all children in our community by joining us for delicious hors d’oeuvres, desserts, drinks, and play! If you’ve ever dreamed of beecoming a zookeeper, a ballerina, or an astronaut, get ready to bid on silent auction items that promise to make those dreams come true for a day!

All funds help sponsor admissions for low-income and at-risk children and families. Discovery Gateway is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating and inspiring children to imagine what they can becomeTickets required.



BOOtober! at Discovery Gateway

Join us for family-friendly parties, workshops, and spooky, silly play throughout the entire month of October.

Special Celebrations

Witches’ Tea Party: Family party hosted by crafty DG Witches with spooky spells, witches’ balls, magic show, and tasty treats. Pre-registration required.
Boo Fest with KUED: Dress up for play and join KUED Kids at Discovery Gateway for a Halloween event. Special activities include meeting a favorite PBS character and a show screening.
Kooky Spooky Halloween Party: Dress up the little Ghosts & Goblins and bring the Princesses & Pop Stars to Discovery Gateway to enjoy a full day of Halloween celebrations guaranteed to be kooky spooky fun for the whole family!



Breakfast with Santa
Every December
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Enjoy a tasty warm breakfast, holiday crafts, and play time in the Museum with Jolly Old Saint Nick every December! Pre-registration required. 



Noon Year’s Eve & EVE WinterFest
December 31

Bring in the New Year every December 31 with a family-friendly, celebration at Discovery Gateway! Kids can participate in the Noon Year’s Eve Countdown, Confetti Blast, and traditional hands-on New Year’s eve activities from around the world.


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