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Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah is one of my boys’ favorite places to play! I love that Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital has given families wonderful hands-on opportunities to learn about safety, hospitals, and the roles different medical professionals play.
They have partnered with Discovery Gateway to present a new museum exhibit called Saving Lives.
As much as Saving Lives is an exhibit for children, it is also an exhibit for parents. Each of our boys has been a patient of Primary Children’s Hospital. Our youngest went in for surgery when he was just one month old. I’d never heard of his condition before. One morning we met with his pediatrician. After a brief check-up she referred us directly to Primary Children’s Hospital. There we had X-rays done, and he was admitted and scheduled for surgery as soon as they could get him in. That was a lot to take in, in one day. Days later, we’d find ourselves in the same waiting room while our oldest had minor surgery.
As kids explore the different departments of the Saving Lives exhibit, they’re in control. The ‘patients’ are in their care. The exhibit allows them to experience a medical environment as part of play, in a fun setting. They’re free to explore what they’re interested in at their own pace. As real-life patients, they may be more familiar with and less anxious about their experience.
Saving Lives adds a kid-sized Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, Life Flight Command Center, and heliport cover. Now, future Life Flight crew members and their parents can play in the shade!
Life Flight Nurse •
In the Operating Room, even I wanted to attempt to perform one of three surgeries using the iPads [and I’m squeamish about all things surgical]!
Inside the hospital kids learn about what goes on in each department, and the role of other medical professionals like:
Earlier I mentioned that each of our boys has been a patient of Primary Children’s Hospital. In the case of our oldest, as his parents we felt the pressure of being able to answer his questions and put him at ease about his operation.
If you’re within driving distance of Discovery Gateway, go. Experience the Saving Lives exhibit with your kids. We probably haven’t visited Primary Children’s Hospital for the last time. The difference will be, when Leap becomes a real-life patient he’ll have his experience at the museum to draw from. Understanding what his doctor will do, and trusting his doctor is there to help him [and potentially save his life] may help calm him. All of which is well worth the regular price of admission for me.
On this particular visit, I received free admission to Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah for my family, and was invited to tour the Saving Lives exhibit. I received no additional compensation. The experiences and opinions expressed are 100% my own.