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Packrat Programs

During Packrat Programs, kids enjoy a ~30 minute activity led by our Education staff followed by exclusive playtime before we open the playhouse to the public! Developmentally appropriate activities focus on science, language, exercise, and socialization through hands-on activities and play.

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

Education Staff Member showing an interpretive tool


Education Staff Member drawing with kids

Education Staff Member showing an interpretive tool

Preschool Programs: 2-6 Year Olds

Get to know the desert and its animals through art, science, music, and stories! Each program includes developmentally appropriate activities, a craft project, and a live animal encounter. Check out the schedule below to register. If space is available, you may also pay for a program day-of at the Front Ticket Window.

Snakes are amazing! They slither, climb, and see in the dark. During this STEM-focused program, kids will use special technology to “see like a snake” during a scavenger hunt and meet a live animal! 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

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