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Kids' museum could be deep in the red by summer

Kids' museum could be deep in the red by summer

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A drop in donations is causing financial problems at Discovery Gateway, a venue for children in Salt Lake City.

Discovery Gateway is a children's museum, a common attraction in big cities, where kids can build things, play with water and participate in other activities.

A Salt Lake County fiscal analyst predicts the museum could be at least $500,000 in the hole by mid-summer. The county owns the space and charges just a dollar a year for rent.

Discovery Gateway says attendance is up, but private giving is down 56 percent from projections. Director Maria Farrington says museum supporters just need to catch their breath.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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