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Cool Summer Nights

May 26 - September 1, 2018
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.

Regular Admission Rates Apply

Familes enjoying the treehouse at dusk
Photo credit: Arizona Daily Star

Guests under floodlit canopy in the Desert Garden
Photo credit: Rhonda Spencer

Children using black lights to search for scorpions in rock wall
Photo credit: Rhonda Spencer

Beat the Arizona heat and enjoy a family-friendly outing during our popular Cool Summer Nights. So what makes these Saturday evenings so enchanting? The stunning sunsets, skies speckled with stars, night-blooming plants, and animals reappearing from their daytime naps.

The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Bring your flashlight and explore, experience a live animal encounter, or participate in special nightly activities. See the schedule below for weekly themes and activities.

Dining options

Pro tip? Arrive early for the best parking!

Mother and child in pushchair, walking the grounds
Photo credit: Arizona Daily Star

Weekly Themes & Activity Schedule

May 26 — Creatures of the Night


June 2 — Creatures of the Night


June 9 — World Oceans Night


June 16 — Creatures of the Night


June 23 — Creatures of the Night


June 30 — Packrat Night


July 7 — Creatures of the Night


July 14 — Astronomy Night


July 21 — Insect Insanity


July 28 — Creatures of the Night


August 4 — Creatures of the Night


August 11 — Bat Night


August 18 — Creatures of the Night


August 25 — Creatures of the Night / Teacher Appreciation Night


September 1 — ASDM Birthday


Couple observing the sunset
Photo credit: Arizona Daily Star

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