Young female packrat (illustration) with magnifying glass

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.

The Desert Museum’s famous Raptor Free Flight has taken wing once again. Soar on into our Packrat Playhouse program to discover the wonders of raptors and meet an animal that keeps some of our tiniest raptors flying strong. Learn how you can protect these amazing birds around your home and make a craft to help. We’ll also go home with a fun prize. This activity is followed by exclusive playtime in Packrat Playhouse before we open to the public.
Packrats are the desert’s collectors. Discover these curious creatures and some of their favorite collectibles as we read a story about Penny the Packrat. We’ll help her collect items and share what we like to collect! 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.
Why does it rain and what is lightning? Come explore the science of weather with crazy demos (rain inside?!) and make your own art to take home. Additionally, everyone will meet an animal and go home with a 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

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