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Cool Summer Nights

May 20 - September 2, 2017
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

(See previous Saturday schedules)

August 26 — Creatures of the Night

Want to know what creatures party in the nighttime? Here’s your chance to find out! Experience live animal interpretations on grounds, spend time with our animated animals, and enjoy our popular Desert Survivors show.

6:00-9:00 Docent Interpretive Stations
6:30-8:00 Native American Flutes
Relax in the Desert Garden and sample the soothing sounds of a Native American inspired flute circle.
6:30-7:00 Desert Survivors
Discover the adaptations that living things use to survive and thrive in our desert climate.
8:00-8:30 Desert Survivors
Discover the adaptations that living things use to survive and thrive in our desert climate.

September 2 — Packrat Party

The Desert Museum is turning 65! Celebrate with us.

6:00-9:00 Docent Interpretive Stations
6:00-6:30 Mr. Nature's Music Garden
A fun and engaging program for everyone, young and old.
6:30-7:00 Desert Survivors
Discover the adaptations that living things use to survive and thrive in our desert climate.
7:30-8:00 Mr. Nature's Music Garden
A fun and engaging program for everyone, young and old.
8:00-8:30 Desert Survivors
Discover the adaptations that living things use to survive and thrive in our desert climate.

Couple observing the sunset
Photo credit: Arizona Daily Star