Monday, January 30, 2017

The Genealogy Kids visit the new FHL Discovery Center

Wow!  FamilySearch, NICE JOB.  The new 1st floor of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is BEAUTIFUL.  We took the whole family up for a preview last week, and it passed our fun test.  All ages of our family members had a great time.

The "dress up like your ancestor" game is phenomenally entertaining...

The ability to explore what life was like for your ancestors was very visual and engaging.  This room really helps you to put yourself in their shoes.  (Plus, we loved seeing our fan chart blown up on the wall on a giant screen.)

The kids didn't want to leave because they were having so much fun recording stories in a real recording studio!

And the green screen is a party ...

All the decor is lovely, and there's plenty of room (we were very grateful to get a preview tour before the grand opening, but it will be exciting to see how many people get to enjoy this beautiful new renovation during the RootsTech conference next week.)

And here's the best part (drumroll, please) .... they have a corner for the little tikes!!!  Toys, puzzles, and FamilySearch coloring pages are tucked into a nice space for the little ones.  It's nestled behind a row of computers so mom can keep an eye on the little guys while she explores her family tree.  Seriously, this is fantastic.  Finally, the family history library is for FAMILIES.

Tip: before you take your kids to the library, make sure those who are old enough to sign up for a FamilySearch account have done so (they must be 8).  That way they can easily login when they arrive at the Discovery Center and carry around their own personal tablet to access the exhibits.