Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City (Self Guided)

In addition to Salt Lake City's historic and cultural landmarks, there are many attractions that will entertain and delight your children. Visit the city's museums, theaters and parks, and enjoy some family fun time. Take this tour to visit the best kid-friendly attractions in Salt Lake City!
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Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City Map

Guide Name: Children's Entertainment Tour of Salt Lake City
Guide Location: USA » Salt Lake City (See other walking tours in Salt Lake City)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: tamara
Discovery Gateway

1) Discovery Gateway (must see)

Discovery Gateway, formerly The Children's Museum of Utah (TCMU), is an interactive, hands-on children's museum located in downtown Salt Lake City. The Children's Museum of Utah was founded in 1978 and opened its doors in 1983. The museum started with only eight exhibits. By 1998, TCMU had grown to 140 permanent exhibits and over 15,000 square feet (1,000 m2) of public space.

That year, it had become evident that TCMU had reached the physical limits imposed by its current building, and the decision was made to relocate and expand to better serve the community. In 2002, a bond issue was approved by Salt Lake County voters to fund the relocation of TCMU to a new, larger building in the Gateway District of Salt Lake City. Ground was broken on the new Museum on 22 September 2005. Less than one year later, on 16 September 2006, TCMU opened to the public at its current location and officially became Discovery Gateway.

Everything at Discovery Gateway is designed with kids in mind. The exhibits are all interactive and hands-on. Exhibits on the second floor of the museum include the Garden, where kids can play music together on a giant marimba. Just behind the Garden is Kid's Eye View, a kid-sized town where kids can shop, build structures, or feed the animals on the Utah Family Farm. The third floor of the museum features the Story Factory, where kids can put on a play, draw a comic strip, or make a stop-motion animated film. Also located on the third floor is the Studio, where the worlds of science, invention, and art meet.

Operation hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm; Friday – Saturday: 10 am – 7pm; Sunday: 12 – 6 pm.

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Clark Planetarium

2) Clark Planetarium (must see)

The Clark Planetarium is situated within the Gateway District and was opened in April 2003, replacing the historic Hansen Planetarium. This theater is the first "pitless" digital dome planetarium in the USA.The theater seats 205 and features individual interactive seat button controls. Designed around Evans & Sutherland's Digistar 3 planetarium system, six high resolution projectors mounted behind the dome at the cove line work together, each "blending" its edges to form a single seamless video stream over the entire dome. What results is an entirely new way to experience the universe, in 3 dimensions with a resolution far beyond high definition video. In late 2011, the system was updated to a Digistar 4. A specially tuned 13,000 watt sound system with 5.1 surround sound and 21 speakers is installed behind the screen. Clark Planetarium Productions is one of the few informal science education institutions with the resources to create and distribute its own fulldome animation content.

The Clark Planetarium features 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of free exhibits including the newly installed "Science on a Sphere," a computer animation globe by NOAA. Also unique is "Newton’s Daydream," the most ambitious audio-kinetic sculpture ever created by artist George Rhoads. Other popular exhibits include a Foucault pendulum, Earth Globe, Meteorites, Telescope displays, and updating video from the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA TV. The Clark Planetarium is also one of the few institutions to have an authentic moon rock sample on permanent loan from NASA. This rock was obtained from the Apollo 15 mission and is displayed in a special exhibit showing the Apollo moon landings.

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EnergySolutions Arena

3) EnergySolutions Arena

The EnergySolutions Arena is an indoor arena owned by Jazz Basketball Investors, Inc. The arena seats 19,911 people and has 56 luxury suites and 668 club seats. Opened in 1991, the arena was known as the Delta Center until EnergySolutions purchased the naming rights, effective November 20, 2006. The arena is the home of the NBA's Utah Jazz. From 2006 to 2008, the arena was the home of the Arena Football League's Utah Blaze. It was also home to the figure skating and short track speed skating competitions of the 2002 Winter Olympics (during the Olympics, the arena was referred to as the Salt Lake Ice Center).
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The Lion House Pantry

4) The Lion House Pantry

The Lion House Pantry, located in the heart of historic downtown Salt Lake City, offers a wide selection of homemade dishes. They have preserved the best recipes from pioneer households. The menu changes daily but a few favorites appear regularly. The dessert here is especially delicious. A hostess dressed in period costume greets you when you enter, and the restaurant preserves a pioneer atmosphere. The walls and shelves are decorated with Mormon antiques.
City Creek Park

5) City Creek Park

Salt Lake City has numerous parks and squares, but City Creek Park is one of the best. The park is located just a short walk from downtown. Stroll through the park and enjoy the fountains, monuments, and picturesque views. Sandstone and river rock used as building materials lend an authentic feel to the park.
The Children's Theatre

6) The Children's Theatre

The Children's Theatre was founded in 1988 and offers children the opportunity to grow and learn through performance. They help cultivate children's creativity through dance, musical theater and singing. The Children's Theatre has a dedicated and professional staff. Performers range in age from 6 to 18. Some of the plays staged include Ferdinand the Bull, The Frog Prince, Little Woman and Romeo & Juliet. The theater is considered one of the best in the state for those training to become an actor or actress. Come see a show by these talented young performers.
Gallivan Centre

7) Gallivan Centre (must see)

The Gallivan Center is an urban plaza in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. It opened in 1993. Also known as the John W. Gallivan Utah Center, it is named in honor of John W. Gallivan. Located between State and Main and 200 South and Broadway, it serves as Salt Lake City's outdoor living room. It is furnished with an array of unique art projects, an amphitheater/stage, ice rink, large chess board, light wells and an aviary. Crowds gather for weekday lunches and lunchtime concerts. Countless other events fill the Gallivan Center with people. Especially popular are summertime twilight concerts. It was popular gathering place during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Kazuo Matsubayashi's Asteroid Landed Softly Sundial is one of the prominent features of the plaza.
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Walking Tours in Salt Lake City, Utah

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Create Your Own Walk in Salt Lake City

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salt Lake City is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

Nightlife Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a fun, vibrant nightlife. Visit one of the many popular clubs or bars in Salt Lake City famous for quality music, cold beer and a friendly atmosphere. Take this tour to enjoy a memorable night on the town!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

Historic Sites Tour of Salt Lake City

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has played a strong role in the history of Salt Lake City. The city is the headquarters of the church, and many prominent buildings and landmarks relate directly to the church. Take this tour to visit some of Salt Lake City's interesting historic sites.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Tour of Salt Lake City's North Downtown

Tour of Salt Lake City's North Downtown

Salt Lake City has a rich religious and cultural heritage. Most of the city's top attractions are centrally located downtown. Take this tour to enjoy the most interesting landmarks found in Salt Lake City's North Downtown area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Salt Lake City Temple Square Tour

Salt Lake City Temple Square Tour

Salt Lake City is famous for its ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), also known as the Mormon Church. This tour around Temple Square will lead you to the Church's headquarters, the breathtaking Salt Lake City Temple and some beautiful, historic homes.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Tour of Salt Lake City's Downtown

Salt Lake City has a bounty of artistic and cultural landmarks and the city continues to add more every year. This tour will help you enjoy the modern architectural sights in downtown Salt Lake City, including some of the city's first skyscrapers.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City

Cultural Tour of Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City has a rich and storied history, which is reflected in its cultural institutions and landmarks. The city attracts many tourists with its historic buildings, modern art and architecture. The following tour will guide you to the city's most popular cultural landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Salt Lake City for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Salt Lake City has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Salt Lake City, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.