The Leonardo: A Pinnacle of Edutainment

About The Leonardo

The Leonardo opened it’s doors on October 8th of 2011. It is located on Library Square at 209 East 500 South in Salt Lake City. With The Leonardo being on Library Square, it is near two UTA TRAX stops (Courthouse & Library). If you would rather drive to The Leonardo, there is metered parking along the street. The metered parking is $2/hour with a 2 hour maximum. The metered parking is free on the weekends, with the same 2 hour limit. You can pre purchase your admission tickets online, or at the front desk. Tickets for children 2 and under are free, children 3-12 are $8.95, students (with ID)/military/seniors are $9.95, and adults (13-64) are $12.95. Your admission gets you access to exhibits, hands on labs and studios, and allows you to interact with installations. Special traveling exhibits, such as Mummies of the World, will have a charge separate to The Leonardo’s general admission.

Inside The Leonardo

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Inside the Lobby of The Leonardo

Now that the numbers are out of the way, let’s talk about the inner workings of the Leonardo. The Leonardo is a wonderful facility that stimulates the minds of all those who enter their doors. The Leonardo is the pinnacle of edutainment in the Salt Lake Valley. The hands on labs and studios encompass all aspects of STEM learning, and the best part is that it will leave your kids wanting to learn more. From LEGOs in the lobby to building simple machines and even simple circuits in Leonardo’s Workshop, your kids will have so much fun learning that they may never want to leave. But there is more to the Leonardo than the Lobby and Leonardo’s Workshop. Just behind the lobby is Leonardo’s Studio. There kids can learn about animation, green screen technology, and even a little about shadow puppets. The first floor is also home to the massive and amazing Flight exhibit. There, kids can climb into a C-131 aircraft and use their imaginations to pilot the C-131 from the plane’s cockpit. Guests will also be able to pilot one of two amazingly accurate, and original to The Leonardo, flight simulators that are similar to ones that real pilots train on. Guest will also be able to learn about animal flight, and the future of manned flight included future space exploration. Once you have finished learning about flight, stop by the sculpture of one of Leonardo DaVinci’s designs for a quick photo op. Share the picture on social media and tag The Leonardo so they can see all the fun you and your family are having. Now it’s time to move to the second floor.

 

As of this posting, the second floor is home to the eye opening exhibit, Where Children Sleep: Photographs by James Mollison. This exhibit takes you through the sleeping arrangements of children of all different economic background throughout the world. After you leave the exhibit, you will head into the Science Lab. There, you can check out the Science Fact or Fiction Wall, see some amazing experience, and test your reflexes. After spending time in the Science Lab, make sure you take your smaller kids to Pixel Playland. At Pixel Playland, your younger kids will learn all bout pixelation and pixilation by creating their own patterns on the pixel wall and by building with pixel blocks.

Just across from Pixel Playland is the already mentioned Leonardo’s Workshop. Kids can really feel like Leonardo DaVinci by building and problem solving. There guests can also learn about electricity with Jacobs ladder, learn about static electricity, and even play on one of the first electronic musical instruments, the theremin.

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J Dancing at Pixle Playland

As you finish in Leonardo’s workshop, guests will be whisked away to a land of Perception. Guests learn how amazing the mind really is as it manipulates your senses to make you see, feel, and do things you are not expecting to see, feel or do. One of our favorite things to do in this exhibit is get a Virtual Haircut. You sit in a chair, put on some headphones, and the sound of a barber shop fill your ears making your brain think that you might actually be getting a haircut.

After you explore perception, you can check out the brand new cardboard exhibit. Check out the cardboard sculptures, go inside a cardboard fort, build your own fort with some boxes, look at the cardboard chess set and ping pong table, sit behind the wheel of a cardboard train/plane, or just sit back and watch a documentary about a kid who made a neighborhood arcade with some cardboard. This one was a really fun exhibit to go through and I recommend taking some extra time in this exhibit.

When you are done with the cardboard exhibit, you will be walking directly into the Think Math room. In this room, you will experience the magic of the Infinity room, solve some math riddles, use your visual logic, and cross the math bridge. Math was never one of my favorite subjects, but I do love going to the Think Math room whenever we go to The Leonardo.

When you have finished in the Think Math room, head on down to the main floor and stop in the Leo Store to pick up some educational merchandise for guests of all ages. The Leo Store also shares a space with the amazing and delicious Salt Bistro. Choose from starters, sandwiches, salads, drinks, and even a kids menu to make sure that everyone in your group gets nourished physically after being nourished mentally.

Becoming a Member

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Our Leonardo Membership Cards

Memberships to The Leonardo are very reasonably priced and come with some pretty amazing benefits. Members get free general admission, discounts to the Salt Bistro and the Leo Store, discounts on event packages, discounts to traveling exhibits, ASTC reciprocal membership, and more. Memberships start at $45 and go all the way up to $1000. You can click here to see more details about the pricing and benefits of memberships. Also, as a bonus for following J and I, if you buy a membership from now until January 31, 2017, you can use the code JE1910 to get an extra month added to your year membership.

Take it from us, once you go to The Leonardo once, you will want to go back again and again. That year membership (13 months with the special code) will pay for itself within the first month, if you use it as much as we do. On a personal note, we have had memberships to other facilities around the Salt Lake Valley, and I feel like you get the most “bang for your buck” with a membership to The Leonardo.

**This post is sponsored by The Leonardo. We were provided with a family membership (which I upgraded to a family plus with my own money) to share my thoughts about the Leonardo. All thoughts are my own and my opinion was not swayed by the membership. We loved going to The Leonardo before becoming part of this campaign.**

Keeping Your Kids Safe at the Con

With Salt Lake Comic Con’s Fan X ’16 coming up next Thursday (March 24th), I thought it would be important to share some tips to help keep your kids safe at Fan X and other conventions.

  1. Have a meeting place:
    The Salt Palace is a big place. Download the FanX app to see a map of the Salt Palace, and then choose a spot that you can meet as a family if you get separated. I suggest meeting around Kid Con.
  2. Point out the volunteers:
    Show your kids what shirts the volunteers are wearing, you could even introduce           them to some of the volunteers. Make sure your kids know that they can feel                 comfortable asking the volunteers for help.
  3. Arrive early on the 1st day so you and your kids can walk around and learn where everything is:
    This one is pretty self explanatory, but walking the exhibit hall on the 1st day                 guarantees that you will be able to get a feel for the full layout of the exhibit          floor.
  4. Have a picture of your kids in your wallet/purse:
    In the event that you and your children get separated it’s best to have a picture on       hand just in case. It also might help to give your kids a picture of you so they can           have volunteers help them find you.
  5. Write your name and phone number on your kid’s wristband:
    This will be the easiest way for volunteers/police security to get a hold of you if you     and your kids get separated.
  6. Have extra power packs on hand:
    Cell phones use a lot of power during conventions. You you are taking pictures, you     might leave the wifi and/or bluetooth on, or your phone might be trying to keep a         signal. Either way it’s always good to make sure that you will be able to keep your         phone charged and ready in case of emergency.

No matter how hard you try to keep track of your kids, distractions happen and kids wander. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so make a plan and stick to it. The volunteers at Salt Lake Comic Con are amazing and will do everything they can to help you if you were to get separated from your kids.

Marvel Universe Live!

To keep the tesseract out of Loki’s reach, Thor decides to smash the cube into three fractals causing them to scatter across the Earth. Loki decides to kidnap 3 X-Men to help him create a “cloned” cosmic cube so he can conquer the Universe. With the help of A.I.M, Hydra and the Sinister 6, Loki plans on keeping our heroes busy while his plan unfolds. Will the Marvel heroes overcome their devious villains? Will they stop Loki and save the Universe? Buy your tickets today and see what happens!!

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Loki addresses the crowd

The storyline of Marvel Universe Live! seems to mix a few different Marvel mediums together to create a fun and original story that fans young and old will love. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been wanting to see a live action adventure with both the Avengers and X-Men, and here is our chance. That being said, Marvel Universe Live! is in no way connected with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but this is the closest we will get to a live action Avengers and X-Men team up.

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Avengers Assemble

Marvel Universe Live! is an edge of your seat, action packed adventure filled with motorcycles, explosions, fire, and more. If you are taking small children be aware that the arena gets loud, so you may want to bring some ear protection. There are lots of fight scenes, and Wolverine does impale a Chitauri solider with his claws, but there is no blood, so in my opinion it is not too intense.

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Black Widow laying the smack down on Madame Hydra

If you are a Marvel fan, you will love Marvel Universe Live!. You will want to see it again and again. Make sure you walk the corridor before the show, during intermission, and after the show to see everything else that Marvel Universe Live! has to offer. There are Selfie Booths, Green Screen photo ops, plenty of vendor booths (to cut down on long lines), and some interactive games. Marvel Universe Live! is entertainment that the whole family (even non Marvel fans) will enjoy.

Marvel Universe Live! will be playing 6 more shows in Salt Lake City at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, click here to see show times and to purchase tickets. Ticket prices range from $25 – $75 with children’s tickets starting at $15. Children 2 and above are required to have tickets to this event. Make sure you follow Marvel Universe Live on Twitter, Instagram, and on Facebook to see some amazing pictures from the show and to follow the show’s amazing journey.

J absolutely loved Marvel Universe Live!, but I think I should let him tell you in his own way. Thank you to The Summit Group in Salt Lake City for giving us a fantastic night that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

*This post is sponsored by Marvel Universe Live and The Summit Group. We were provided tickets to the show*