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Natural History Museum of Utah {GIVEAWAY}

2012 October 15
by Emily Hill

Way back in October of 2010 I was part of a group of bloggers who donned super sexy orange safety vests and hard hats for a sneak peek of the new Natural History Museum of Utah still under construction.

Natural History Museum of Utah blogger tour

Even though it was still sporting steel beams and fresh drywall, I could tell it was going to be pretty dang amazing. The multi-story entryway was a dead giveaway.

Natural History Museum of Utah tour

Flash forward two years—and a few visits—and the Natural History Museum of Utah has become one of my children’s favorite local destinations.

Natural History Museum of Utah

And thanks to a recent blogger tour, we’ve learned the museum offers more than just dinosaur bones, taxidermied animals and Native American clothing.

Natural History Museum of Utah

Come to find out, NHMU offers lots of fun programs along with their super cool summer camps.

FYI, my kids have tried the science camps and absolutely LOVE them.

Here are some of the ongoing programs for families the museum offers—even better, they’re included in the price of admission:

  • Bug Brigade: An opportunity to handle live bugs and learn about their anatomy and ecological roles; every second and fourth Saturday from 2 to 4pm.
  • Science Movie Night: Free film viewing the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Chickadee Society: An interactive program for preschool children held the fourth Thursday of every month that includes read-aloud stories, hands-on and movement activities; fourth Thursday of every month from 10:30 to 11am.
  • Utah’s Animals: Children are introduced to local animals and ecosystems; first and third Saturday of every month from 2 to 3pm.

Natural History Museum of Utah

The Natural History Museum of Utah even hosts family sleepovers where families get after-hours access to the museum, hands-on family activities, an evening snack and continental breakfast and of course an overnight stay among the exhibits.

How cool would it be to spend the night in a sleeping bag beneath a case of sparking butterflies? The first family sleepover will be held at the Rio Tinto Center (aka NHMU) from 6:30pm Friday, November 9 to 8:30am Saturday, November 10 (ages 5 to 13 plus parents).

Let’s not forget museum-hosted birthday parties available in three science themes: Dinosaur Detectives, Creepy Crawlers or Mad Lab Party. You get a private party for up to 16 children, 90-minute reservation in one of the museum learning labs, staff to guide activities, age-appropriate hands-on activities, admission to the museum for all party guests and a goodie bag for each child.

I’m all for parties where someone else does all the setup, organizing, corralling and cleanup.

Even if you don’t make it to NHMU for their programs and activities, you should still bring the kids so they can play among the dinosaurs, check out animal skulls, learn about DNA and dig for fossils.

Natural History Museum of Utah

By the way, being outdoors is one of the best parts of the Rio Tinto Center. It’s absolutely gorgeous.

Natural History Museum of Utah

And now for the GIVEAWAY!

The Natural History Museum of Utah is giving away one (1) family pack of 6 passes to the museum!

This giveaway will be administered via Rafflecopter.

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Disclosure: The Natural History Museum of Utah provided us with a tour of the museum and lunch from the cafe in exchange for a review. They also provided the passes for the giveaway, which means fossil digging for your entire family!

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  1. October 17, 2012

    We went to the museum a few months ago for the first time and I was blown away! We were there for hours, and could see how you could go back again and again and still see new things. It was even great for my 3 year old and 1 year old!!
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    Emily Hill Reply:

    It’s seriously like a day trip when you go. So many fun things to see!
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