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Explore Physics in the Air with Discovery Gateway’s SkyCycle!
you ever wanted to soar in the sky with the greatest of ease? No, it’s not a
flying trapeze, it’s the newest exhibit from Discovery Gateway Children’s
Museum- the SkyCycle!
April 22, kids and adults alike can explore
principles of counterbalance and center of gravity while taking a thrilling
ride on a 30-foot track. The SkyCycle exhibit has come out all the way from
Orlando, Florida and was built by a company who produces rides for Disney
Members of Discovery Gateway
Children’s Museum can get a special sneak preview of SkyCycle on April 21 from
2-5pm. They can enjoy free rides for the entire afternoon.
The public opening of the SkyCycle
will be the following day on Saturday, April 22. Starting with a ribbon-cutting
ceremony and special guest speakers at 10:30 am, there will be music, prizes,
giveaways, food trucks, and educational activities.
Younger children and their
families are encouraged to attend the opening event on April 22 and enjoy a
Strider Bike Adventure Zone from 11 am – 2 pm inside the museum. Strider Adventure Zones are
safe and friendly “Ride and Play” demo areas that encourage kids of all
abilities from 18 months to 5 years to test ride a Strider Balance Bike and
play with other kids, while improving and developing fundamental bike handling
The SkyCycle is made possible through generous support from the
museum’s community partners, Kid to Kid stores and The Gateway. “Kid to Kid is delighted to sponsor this new
exhibit that will bring the love of physics to children and families across the
Wasatch front and beyond,” says President of BaseCamp Inc. Brent Sloan. “The SkyCycle is a unique, playful and
educational element,” said, Jenny Cushing, VP of Leasing for Vestar, “and we are proud to sponsor and have this
attraction at The Gateway.”
Kristin Jahne is
the Marketing Coordinator at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. When she’s
not fixing member issues or analyzing data, you can find her interacting with
patrons around the museum or helping plan events for DG
The SkyCycle will be open during regular
museum hours: 10am-6pm on Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm on Friday – Saturday, and
noon-6pm on Sunday. SkyCycle rides are $5 for regular
walk-up or $3 with museum admission, and the first ride is always free for
Discovery Gateway membership holders.
Can't Stop the Ticket Tuesday Beat
Winners have been chosen for this Ticket Tuesday giveaway from The Grand Theatre. Congrats to Mckenna and Douglas in Salt Lake City!
Ticket Tuesday Goes to the Ballet
Winners have been chosen for this giveaway from Mountain West Ballet.
Congrats to: Amy W. in SLC, Ingrid M. in Sandy, and Erin W. in West Jordan!
Stay tuned for more ZAP Ticket Tuesday opportunities.
The Wonders of the Universe: Pygmalion Productions' SILENT SKY
You could say that this production has been nearly 40 years in
the making. Since I was 10 years old, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos opened by eyes to the wonders
of the universe and the endless beauty it holds, I’ve been hooked. Though
science in general has always interested me, astronomy and physics have been
the field I would always come back to when I had a hunger for more science in
my diet. Books like A
Brief History of Time, Coming
of Age in the Milky Way, and The
Elegant Universe always
inspire me to new perspectives, though I’ll be the first to admit that I will
sometimes get lost at times.
That getting lost, though, is part of the joy and wonder of it
all for me: the knowledge that the universe is bigger and weirder than I can
hold in my head is a great comfort. I find a true sense of awe is a lovely accompaniment to
life's daily worries.
What a joy it was, then, to find Lauren Gunderson’s Silent Sky. Gunderson is
a fantastic new voice in American theatre, and to find this gem of a play
highlighting the unsung contributions of early female pioneers in astronomy was
like finding the golden ticket. I fell in love immediately with her story of
Henrietta Swan Leavitt, who worked at Harvard Observatory in the early 20th
century and nothing less than led us to finding the size of the universe.
Prevented by her sex from even peering through a telescope, she pored through
photographs and numbers as a “human computer” and found a pattern no one had
After finding this play and falling in love, what better home
could there be for it than Pygmalion Productions? When Teresa Sanderson
mentioned to me they were doing a season looking at women in history I knew Silent Sky would be a perfect fit.
Pygmalion Productions creates performances that share the human experience
through the eyes of women, and this seemed like a way to tell not only a story
of women in history but to talk about the current work still to be done
encouraging and enabling young women to enter STEM fields.
Heart-filling and inspiring, and with a deep sense of
wonder, Silent Sky brilliantly
marries science and the human heart. I am so excited to be part of
the Pygmalion Productions team bringing it to Salt Lake audiences.
Mark Fossen (Director) is
thrilled to return to PYG after appearing in 2008 production of Sordid Lives.
Local directing credits include The Glass Menagerie, The Crucible,
Death of a Salesman, Our Town, Skin of our Teeth, and A
Streetcar Named Desire at The Grand Theatre, Bellwether and Don
Juan Comes Back from the War at Westminster College, Stage Kiss
and The Fables Project at Wasatch Theatre Company; The Children’s
Hour at The University of Utah; August: Osage County for Utah
Repertory & Silver Summit; Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer’s
Night Dream, and As You Like It at Davis Arts Council; and An
Ideal Husband at Pinnacle Acting Company. He serves on the boards of The
Grand Theatre and the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, and is an adjunct
instructor at Westminster College and the University of Utah. He is a graduate
of the University of Utah and is currently completing his MFA at the University
of Idaho. http://markfossen.info
Ticket Tuesday with NOVA Chamber Music Series
Winners have been chosen for this giveaway from NOVA Chamber Music Series.
Congratulations to Rachel in Magna and Amanda W. in SLC!