Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will unveil a new outdoor exhibit on April 22. Suspended 15 feet in the air, the SkyCycle takes physics learning to new heights. Riders explore principles of counterbalance and center of gravity while taking a thrilling ride on a 30-foot track. The SkyCycle exhibit will be located on the upper level of The Gateway center across from the museum, and will be open annually April through October.
SkyCycle is made possible through generous support from the museum’s community sponsors, Kid to Kid stores, The Gateway and the support of Discovery Gateway Board of Directors. “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.”
Members of Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum will get a special sneak preview of SkyCycle on April 21 from 2 – 5 p.m. and can enjoy free rides for the entire afternoon. The public opening will be the following day on Saturday, April 22. Starting with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and special guest speakers. 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 a.m. until 2 p.m. 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 five years to test ride a Strider Balance Bike and play with other kids, while improving and developing fundamental bike handling skills.
Discovery Gateway is also celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22. Special nature-focused educational programming will be available for patrons, with a take home “plantable earth” art project and alternative energy science experiments.
The SkyCycle will be open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday. SkyCycle rides are $5 or $3 with museum admission, and the first ride is always free for Discovery Gateway membership holders.