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Packrat Programs

During Packrat Programs, kids enjoy a 30 minute activity led by our Education staff followed by 30 minutes of exclusive playtime before we open the Playhouse to the public! Developmentally appropriate activities focus on science, art, languages, music, and movement.

Please note: Infants and 1 year olds can accompany their parents and will not be charged.


Education Staff Member drawing with kids

Packrat Programs: 2-5 Year Olds

Each program features interactive learning, hands-on fun, and exclusive playtime. Kids will also meet an animal and go home with a fun prize! Check out the schedule below and register! If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day at the Front Ticket Window.

Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we'll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We'll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Scorpions, minerals, and some bugs 'glow' in the dark! Come learn how and why this occurs in nature. Make a glow-in-the-dark art piece, meet an animal, and go home with (or wear!) a glow bracelet. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
The saguaro cactus is an icon of the Sonoran Desert and relied upon for food and housing by many desert animals. Its blooming, pollinating, and fruiting periods define summer in the desert. During story time kids will learn all about this amazing plant! Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Learn about tarantulas and their homes through arts and crafts! Let a live animal inspire your artistic side and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we'll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We'll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Please note: Program costs do not include admission to the museum.


Education Staff Member with javelina book

Education Staff Member with Sonoran Desert book

Packrat Programs: 6-12 Year Olds

Each program features interactive learning, hands-on fun, and exclusive playtime. Kids will also meet an animal and go home with a fun prize! Check out the schedule below and register! If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day at the Front Ticket Window.

Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Sing, dance, and get silly during music time! Learn about our desert creatures and make your own instrument to take home. A live animal will inspire the tunes! This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Scorpions, minerals, and some bugs 'glow' in the dark! Come learn how and why this occurs in nature. Make a glow-in-the-dark art piece, meet an animal, and go home with (or wear!) a glow bracelet. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
The saguaro cactus is an icon of the Sonoran Desert and relied upon for food and housing by many desert animals. Its blooming, pollinating, and fruiting periods define summer in the desert. During story time kids will learn all about this amazing plant! Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Learn about tarantulas and their homes through arts and crafts! Let a live animal inspire your artistic side and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Animals can bend, stretch, jump, and move! Come bring out the animal in you. In this movement-focused class we’ll learn about animals as we mimic their yoga poses. We’ll also meet a live animal and go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.

Please note: Program costs do not include admission to the museum.

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