When Cade, Xander and Evie Beck get to go to the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, they enjoy interacting with the exhibits. According to their dad, Chad Beck, their favorite areas are the water exhibit where they can race boats, the music exhibit, the news studio set and the outdoor helicopter.
Beck said the last time they went, his children, who are nine, six and two, wanted to know why there weren’t any new exhibits after the museum took out a Sesame Street exhibit.
The museum is now celebrating its 35th anniversary with a new exhibit featuring favorites from the past that will last through the end of February.
The exhibit features the Boeing flight deck from the museum’s original location as well as a shadow wall and pioneer cabin.
“We’ll probably go now that I know (about the exhibit) because the kids really love airplanes,” said Beck, an IT specialist at BYU.
According to Kirsta Albert, development and external relations director for the museum, the flight deck is the most popular part of the new exhibit.
“We have parents coming through with their kids who played on the flight deck when they were kids,” Albert said.
The museum has had over 2,000 visitors since the exhibit opened on Nov. 30. Albert said there are more visitors than normal because of the exhibit.
While the exhibit features past favorites, it is not a complete replica of them. IPads are being used to incorporate technology with imaginative play and bring the exhibit into a modern age.
According to Albert, visitors to the museum have all enjoyed the new exhibit.
“We’re a children’s museum — people are pretty happy to be here,” Albert said.