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One of our favorite things to do in Salt Lake City is visit the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. We’ve been there a few times, not nearly often enough, and our kids always look forward to our visits. We got to attend a special blogger’s night and learned some really great things about the museum.

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First of all, they have preschool classes that are free with daily admission or your pass! I had no idea. One of their amazing teachers taught a fun little Halloween class complete with a cute song and a few fun crafts.

My boys LOVE crafts (they must be my children…) so all three of them really enjoyed decorating a cardboard haunted house out and making spooky little Halloween people with wooden dolls and tissue paper.

We came home with three ghosts, a witch, and a vampire. The crafts were perfect for their age/abilities and they had a great time.

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We stopped off the water table, one of our favorite places to play. Linus spent a good 20 minutes trying to fling water as far as possible with this little toy. What fun! I think he got quite a few passersby wet…Oops. Sorry.

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And our other favorite thing…The Garden – a giant structure of sucking tubes that carry balls all over the place and spit them out into a giant ball pit. We spend most of our time here every time we visit. This was Dad’s first time to the museum and, like the big kid he is, he loved it too.

Fullscreen capture 10202014 84806 PM.bmpWe learned that Discovery Gateway has all kinds of fun events for kids, including an awesome Halloween Spooktacular on Halloween from 11 am – 7 pm. It’s $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers and includes trick-or-treating, STEM mummies, puppet shows, gallery stroll, princess meet and greet, and a magic show. A full day of fun for $5!

They also have this cool stuff:

  • $6 admission after 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, and all day on Sunday
  • NEW! Sensory Room and Social Story Corner
  • Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Saturday, Nov. 1 | 12 – 4 pm
  • Živio Ethnic Arts Dance Performance Saturday, Nov. 8 | 2 pm
  • Tour of India Saturday, Nov. 15 | 12 – 4 pm
  • Breakfast with Santa 8-10 am, 10 am – 12 pm

There are plenty of fun events happening for the rest of the year in addition to the every day fun. And if you’ve never, here’s your chance!

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Enter to win 1 of 2 family passes (good for one day’s admission for up to 6 people) to the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City! 

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fairy tale handbook

Like all book lovers, we’re huge fairy-tale fans so we really enjoyed The Fairy-Tale Handbook illustrated by Tomislav Tomic and published by Candlewick Press.

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This is a great book for early elementary ages, especially about the 5-9 age range. It’s an “interactive adventure through the magical world of fairy tales.”

Each page takes a general fairy-tale theme and includes several stories or characters from different fairy tales that fits that theme.

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For example, “THE WILD WOOD” page has flaps all about the Big Bad Wolf (Red Riding Hood), Trolls (Three Billy Goats Gruff), Witches (Hansel and Gretel, etc.), Giants (Jack and the Beanstalk), and Goblins.

The page also talks about other elements of these fairy tales like candy, silver slippers, baskets, and bridges. Each page is full of fun fairy-tale information shared through lift-the-flaps, mini books, information wheels, and more.

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There’s so much information in this book, my readers love looking at it over and over. There’s way too much to take in in just one reading but it’s presented in a fun way that makes my kids eager to pick it up again and again.

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Each page has many flaps, hiding certain information. It’s so much fun! Included in the book are pages about

  • The Great Forest
  • The Wild Wood
  • Extraordinary Animals
  • Magical Mischief
  • Thumb-Size Stories
  • Town Tales
  • Princesses
  • Royal Homes & Gardens and
  • Happily Ever After

It is a fairy-tale lovers dream book, perfect for boys and girls and readers at all levels. We’ve found a few stories in this book that we don’t know nearly enough about and they’re now on our list of books to read ASAP!

color for baby

Another interesting and interactive book for a younger crowd that we’ve been enjoying is the brand new Color For Baby – it’s actually a collection of 4 accordion board books with more than 40 famous works by contemporary artists. I LOVE that my kids are unknowingly being exposed to art through these baby books. It’s so perfect – I absolutely love products like this that teach children about the arts without them realizing it. (We love the Classical Kids music series for the same reason.)

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My 3 year old has looked through these 4 books long enough to be able to recognize any of the art when he sees it in another setting. I can’t wait for him to recognize one of them in a museum or magazine and know exactly what it is!

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I didn’t think my older two boys would be that interested, but Gus sat down next to Linus and picked out all his favorite pieces in each book.

The books/art are organized by color – there’s a red book, a yellow book, a green book, and a blue book.

Each has about 12 works of contemporary art and each page includes the name of the work of art and the artist in small letters. It’s brilliant.

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The Fairy-Tale Handbook and Color For Baby are MUST-HAVES for this year’s Christmas list. Books are the best kind of gift, and these are the best kinds of books – interactive, educational, and so much fun!

{I received these books free of charge to facilitate this review.}

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*REVIEW* Jean Tats

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So… Jean Tats. Apparently they’re the new thing. And the truth is…I was a little iffy about them. At first. But then we got some and tried them out and LOVED them! I really don’t like the temporary tattoo stickers for your skin so these are actually a really fun, durable alternative that my kids […]

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Our latest favorite family game is Bananagrams! We love words so of course we also love word games and Bananagrams is the best. Play is easy – the goal is to be the first player to use all of your letters in a word grid. Each player takes a certain number of tiles depending on […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #5: Forbidden Island

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If you’re just tuning in, I’m doing a Favorite Family Games roundup and sharing 10 of our family’s favorite games! We’re up to #5! Sleeping Queens Zimbbos! Hoot Owl Hoot Wackee Six 5. Forbidden Island (Gamewright Games) This is another cooperative game for an older audience, although because it’s cooperative it works well to play […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #4: Wackee Six

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We are a game family – always have been and once we started having kids we decided we were going to be a technology free family, at least as far as phone/tablet games and other gaming systems go. Fast forward 10 years and we have four busy boys. With no screen time to keep them busy, we find […]

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*BOOK OF THE WEEK* The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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 We just finished another  great classic as our nighttime read! The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, also illustrated by Robert Ingpen, our favorite guy. I have been surprised at how willing and excited my kids are to listen to classic stories – they’re definitely more complex and the language is sometimes difficult, especially for little kids! […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #3: Hoot Owl Hoot

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We are a game family – always have been and once we started having kids we decided we were going to be a technology free family, at least as far as phone/tablet games and other gaming systems go. Fast forward 10 years and we have four busy boys. With no screen time to keep them busy, we find […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #2: Zimbbos!

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We are a game family – always have been and once we started having kids we decided we were going to be a technology free family, at least as far as phone/tablet games and other gaming systems go. Fast forward 10 years and we have four busy boys. With no screen time to keep them busy, we find […]

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