Painting with Nature Ages 3 and up Impressionist art is named for its ability to capture the artist’s impressions of a scene. In the 19th century, photography was becoming more common and so artists no longer felt the need to create art that captured a scene in accurate detail. Instead, they wanted to show what […]
Today we are celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Join our friends at Mark Miller Subaru for a virtual storytime and then make this great Dr. Seuss Day art project! Dr Seuss Day: Truffula Tree Painting Sensory Activity-great for ages 3 and up with adult Materials Apple or Potato Acrylic or craft paint […]
Rainbow Walking Water Ages 5 and up. It’s already March! As we get ready for a month full of fun Springtime events, we thought we would start with this activity that lets kids make their own rainbow indoors. Using some basic kitchen supplies, kids can learn about capillary action. Capillaries are the tiny tubes in […]
Astronaut Boot Camp! Astronaut Celebration! Ages 2 and up Did you know your child can get letters from current astronauts? If you send a letter (or a card!) along with a self-addressed and stamped envelope, then NASA will send you a response! Simply send your mail to NASA/Johnson Space Center CB/Astronaut Office Houston, TX […]
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Astronaut Boot Camp! Tasty Constellations Ages 2 and up This tasty snack is a great way to learn about the stars! Constellations provide landmarks in the night sky and can help stargazers and serious astronomers locate and understand astrological events. In ancient times, people would have relied on knowledge of constellations as a calendar and […]
Moon Phases Clark Planetarium We are excited to kick off Astronaut Boot Camp with this awesome video from our friends at the Clark Planetarium!
Astronaut Boot Camp! Starry Night Play dough Ages 2+ Space-the final frontier! Learning about space from a young age is not only important but can also be a lot of fun. It can be difficult for those who are younger to grasp a concept as large as space which is why a sensory activity is a great learning tool to […]
Solar System Mobile Ages 7 and up with an adult For older kids who are learning about space in their classrooms, creating a solar system sun mobile is a great way to tie everything they’ve been learning and doing from the comfort of their home. Plus, it makes for an eye-catching addition that any kid […]
Making a Lunar Landscape Ages 3 and up Why does the Moon have craters? Today we are going to do an experiment to learn about the lunar surface by making a model. In science, the term model means creating a representation of something in order to understand universal scientific principles. By making this model we […]
Fried Milk Confucius Institute We are thrilled to share this recipe with you in celebration of the Chinese New Year! Special thanks to the Confucius Institute at The University of Utah for sharing this amazing recipe with us! Watch the tutorial video here: https://youtu.be/QhUVHjg3bO4 Ingredients: Whole milk: 2 cups + 1 tbsp (500g) Cornstarch: 160g […]
Purely Presidential Fitness Routine Throughout the history of The United States, we have had many different personalities in the White House. While they have all had different ways to reduce stress and stay healthy, many of occupants of the Oval Office included some daily exercise as a way to get out of the office and […]
Healthy Rice Crispy Treats Ages 2+ February is the month of valentines and showing our love to the people around us. This can often mean a month filled with tasty treats. Rice Crispy Treats are often seen as a special treat for kids, since they are tasty, sweet, and filling. But these treats are high in fat and […]
Heart Shaped Glasses Ages 4 and up Happy February! This month we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with our pals at Friends For Sight. Friends for Sight’s mission is to Save Sight and Change Lives. They do this by providing free screenings, helping people of all ages and backgrounds access quality eye care, and disseminating information […]
Calling all parents! Let’s get together virtually. Haley Smedley of Friends for Sight will be talking to us about promoting eye health for children.
Spring Break Camps March 29 – April 2 Colors of Spring – Ages 4-6 10am – 11am From mountains blanketed in green to the brilliant reds and yellows of blooming tulips, the outside world is alight with colors every spring. Join Discovery Gateway as we explore the many properties of colors with crafts, experiments, […]
Buildin’ Muscles Ages 3 and up In this activity students will learn what types of foods will keep their muscles strong, as well as make their own healthy recipe! Each of these ingredients can help keep our body strong! Fruit has vitamins that we need to stay healthy, and yogurt can be a good source […]
Q-tip Skeleton Ages 3 and up Skeletons aren’t just for Halloween! They are also a fun way to think about how our body moves. By making this fun Q-tip skeleton kids can think about the different bones that are in their bodies, and the way that those bones move. Let’s grab some simple supplies and […]
A Snow Day Celebration Winter can be a great time to stay inside curled up with a good book, but it can also be a great chance to experience Utah’s famous snow! A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats seems to perfectly capture the fun that can be had playing in the snow. It can […]
Paper Bag Lungs Sensory Activity – Fun for Everyone! This time of the year we are all thinking about how to eat a little healthier. This activity is a great way to get kids to play with their food! By using veggies as a paintbrush and offering a variety of dipping sauces kids can be […]
Paper Bag Lungs Ages 2 and older As we focus on getting fit this January, let’s learn about how our bodies work. Today, we are talking about our lungs. As part of the circulatory system, they work hard to help oxygen enter our bloodstream. They also help us get rid of carbon dioxide. Cells produce […]
Scottish Shortbread Fun (and delicious) for all ages Happy New Year! Now is the perfect time to celebrate the tradition of Hogmanay. According to this tradition, the first person to step foot into your house in the New Year decides the fortunes for the rest of the year. In order to bring the best possible […]
Plugusorul Inspired Magnet Maze Ages 2 and up In Romania, children celebrate the new year by going door to door, ringing bells and reciting or singing a mythical story called the Plugusorul. Plugusorul means “little plough,” and it celebrates agrarian work that is the source of food. Children also celebrate Saint Basil(or Vasile in Romanian) […]
Masked Party Fun for Everyone Nigeria is a very diverse country, with many distinct cultures that all have their own traditions and celebrations. New Years’ is a celebration that brings everyone together. Throughout the country, people gather to watch plays, wrestle and enjoy masked parties. These masked events often involve men in the community wearing […]
Kadomatsu Ages 2 and up The tradition of Kadomatsu has been around a long time. Connecting to the Shinto concept of kami, Kadomatsu are decorations that people place outside their front door from December 26-January 7th. Made from local materials like bamboo, pine and ume tree springs, Kadomatsu show excitement for the New Year and […]
Paper Stars Ages 2 and up Happy Solstice! Were you able to have the chance to go stargazing? This is especially fun this year because of a rare astronomical event nicknamed “The Christmas Star.” For the first time in 400 years, Saturn and Jupiter will appear to align in the night sky. Of course, the […]
Birdseed Decorations Ages 3 and up Backyard bird feeders can be a great way to stay in touch with nature all winter long. Although we may enjoy playing in the snow, for birds winter can be difficult. For our feathered friends it takes extra energy to stay warm and food is harder to find. By […]
Kwanzaa Wreath Ages 2 and up with an adult Happy Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa begins on Dec 26th and goes until January 1st. We are excited to work with our partners to get some great ideas for celebrating! To learn more about the seven principles and hear some great storytelling, check out the video! We are going […]
Hanukkah Paper Dreidel Ages 4 and up Hanukkah Sameach! While Hanukkah began on Dec 10th, there are still 4 days left to celebrate! Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration of a miracle that happened long ago. In 168 BCE, Greek invaders had taken over a temple in Jerusalem. According to the story, the temple was recaptured […]
It’s time to start a fun new tradition and have some indoor boat races! This activity Is perfect for the whole family and lets everyone show off their boat building creativity and scientific knowledge.