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Cool Summer Nights - Open till 10:00 p.m. Saturday
May 18 - August 31, 2019

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

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it’s even cooler after dark! Join us every Saturday night through August 31 to beat the summer heat while learning something neat! 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, grab a local beer and wander, experience a live animal encounter, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, or participate in special nightly activities. See the schedule below for weekly themes.

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

Activity schedules subject to additions and changes — check back often for the latest updates!

(See previous Saturday schedules)

June 1 — Dino Night

Have you heard that the Sonorasaurus is officially Arizona's state dinosaur? Thanks to an 11-year-old boy's persuasive argument (Jax Weldon), the Sonorasaurus joined other official Arizona state symbols. Based on the fossils, it is estimated that the dino was about 50 feet long and weighed 4,000 pounds. While the fossils aren't on display to the public, you can see replicas at our Ancient Arizona exhibit. Bring your flashlight and explore, grab a local beer and wander, learn all about dinosaurs from Richard Thompson, PhD, and the UA Department of Geosciences, experience live animal encounters, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feathers - Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Feather masterpiece! Feathers is a solo show featuring Chris Maynard who uses surgical tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thought You Knew Dinos? Think Again!
Ever wonder how strong a T. rex could bite and how fast it could run? Join Desert Museum and UA Department of Geosciences staff for answers to all your dino-related questions! 3-D computer models, miniature dinosaur replicas, and real dinosaur bones will be on display.
7:30 - 8:45 p.m. What's New in Dinosaur Science? - Richard Thompson, PhD
Dinosaurs are always getting a makeover as we learn more about their behavior and natural history. Learn what’s new with dinosaurs, with a special focus on what we’ve learned about Arizona’s official state Dinosaur, Sonorasaurus thompsonii. Enjoy hands-on displays from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. and listen to a fascinating presentation on dinos, starting at 8:00 p.m.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

June 8 — World Oceans Night

Water is one of the most precious resources in the Sonoran Desert, which includes the Gulf of California - also known as the Sea of Cortez. Help us celebrate the big blue and snack on free sustainable seafood tastings from Fini’s Landing, Cup Café, Hotel Congress and the Desert Museum’s own Craft Culinary Concepts. Enjoy kid-friendly activities from Marine Awareness and Conservation Society and the Fin Foundation and watch fascinating presentations from Representative Cano, our Interpretative Animal Collection staff, and Joellen Russell from the University of Arizona on our incredible oceans. Please wear blue in support of World Oceans Night!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feathers - Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Feather masterpiece! Feathers is a solo show featuring Chris Maynard who uses surgical tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Free Sustainable Seafood Tastings
Local restaurants demonstrate how delicious conservation can be with sustainably harvested seafood tastings.
6:30 - 7:00 Desert Animals, Ocean Animals… Not So Different After All!
A family fun, live animal presentation comparing how ocean animals and our Sonoran Desert animals are not as different as they may seem.
7:15 - 8:00 p.m. The Shark Guy — Our Amazing Oceans
Celebrate with this fun and informative presentation which focuses on animal diversity in our oceans.
8:15 - 8:45 p.m. Climate and the Deep Blue Sea
Our ocean is changing fast! Come see how we measure the changes in our oceans and work to keep them healthy!
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

June 15 — Pollinator Party!

Help us celebrate National Pollinator Week by honoring the precious pollinators that help our desert ecosystem thrive! The week (June 17-23) celebrates bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, and more. Docents will help you see and hear night-blooming plants and night pollinators (such as bats and moths) that do their important work in the dark of night. Enjoy honey samples from local beekeepers, Three Little Bees, jam out with Mr. Nature’s Music Garden, participate in our second annual Spelling Bee, learn the Science Behind Bees with our very own Dr. Kim Franklin, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feathers - Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Feather masterpiece! Feathers is a solo show featuring Chris Maynard who uses surgical tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. Mr. Nature's Music Garden
Kindness, compassion and mindfulness engagement through desert-critters and pollinator themed song, dance and interactive music fun for the whole family!
6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Spelling Bee
Have you heard the buzz? The Desert Museum is hosting the second Cool Summer Nights spelling bee! We are looking for children (8-10 years old) to participate in this unBEElievable contest. To sign up, please email Kat Rumbley at krumbley@desertmuseum.org.
8:00 - 8:45 p.m. Meet the Wild Bees of the Sonoran Desert!
Did you know that the Sonoran Desert is hotspot of bee diversity, with over 700 species? Can you name just one of these species, aside from the honey bee? Join Kim Franklin, Desert Museum Research Scientist, on a photo tour of this incredible bee diversity, from the world’s smallest bee, Perdita minima, to our gentle giants, the carpenter bees. These wild bees differ from the honey bee, a domesticated species, in almost every way imaginable. Moreover, wild bees play a critical role in our desert ecosystem, so come learn about these gorgeous bees in a photo-filled talk and how each one of us can take part in ensuring their survival!
Throughout the Night: Where the Wild Pollinators Are!
Docents will help you see and hear night blooming plants and night pollinators, such as bats and moths, that do their important work in the dark of night. Look for docent stations around the grounds.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

June 22 — Astronomy Night

There is nothing more magical than staring at the stars at the Desert Museum! Join experts from National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Tucson Amateur Astronomers, the University of Arizona, and the Desert Museum for a star-studded evening. Build your own solar system, stargaze, enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, learn 20 common astronomy fallacies with Dr. Kevin Hainline, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feathers - Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Feather masterpiece! Feathers is a solo show featuring Chris Maynard who uses surgical tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. NOAO Kitt Peak Activities
Enjoy interactive and educational solar system activities from National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) Kitt Peak. Great for families!
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Telescope Stations
Stargaze through high-powered telescopes and marvel at the wonders of the night sky. (Activity contingent on weather conditions.)
7:30 p.m. I Thought I Knew That: 20 (Very!) Common Astronomy Fallacies
Everyone knows why we have the seasons, or why the moon has phases, or what the name of the brightest star is… right? In this talk, University of Arizona Astronomer Dr. Kevin Hainline will explore how we create scientific understanding in our heads by confronting 20 common astronomy misconceptions. Come and learn about asteroids, shooting stars, black holes, floating astronauts and solar eclipses.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

June 29 — Creatures of the Night

The Sonoran Desert the place to be for lively nightlife! Bats, owls, and kangaroo rats are just a few of the animals that awaken as the sun sets. Explore their world and learn a little more about life after dark at Creatures of the Night! Enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, enjoy a Desert Survivors show, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feathers - Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Feather masterpiece! Feathers is a solo show featuring Chris Maynard who uses surgical tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.
6:30 & 8:00 p.m. Desert Survivors
(two 30-minute presentations)
Desert animals don’t just survive — they thrive! Active and interested, our furry, scaled, and winged friends beat the heat by coming out after dark. Join our educators and meet some nocturnal creatures in Desert Survivors.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

July 6 — Creatures of the Night

The Sonoran Desert the place to be for lively nightlife! Bats, owls, and kangaroo rats are just a few of the animals that awaken as the sun sets. Explore their world and learn a little more about life after dark at Creatures of the Night! Enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, enjoy a Desert Survivors show, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Feathers - Solo Exhibition by Chris Maynard
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Feather masterpiece! Feathers is a solo show featuring Chris Maynard who uses surgical tools to carve the feathers while striving to respect their form. He sets them apart from the background so their shapes are enhanced as they cast shadows.
6:30 & 8:00 p.m. Desert Survivors
(two 30-minute presentations)
Desert animals don’t just survive — they thrive! Active and interested, our furry, scaled, and winged friends beat the heat by coming out after dark. Join our educators and meet some nocturnal creatures in Desert Survivors.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

July 13 — Creatures of the Night

The Sonoran Desert the place to be for lively nightlife! Bats, owls, and kangaroo rats are just a few of the animals that awaken as the sun sets. Explore their world and learn a little more about life after dark at Creatures of the Night! Enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, enjoy a Live and (sort of) on the Loose show, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
6:30 & 8:00 p.m. Live and (sort of) on the Loose
(two 45-minute presentations)
Join staff members from the Herpetology Department for a live animal presentation featuring venomous reptiles of the Sonoran Desert Region.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

July 20 — Explore Outdoors!

Summer nights are always a great time to discover desert wonders. But we need to be prepared for summer conditions in southern Arizona. Learn more from our partners: Sky Island Alliance, Coronado Outdoors, Saguaro National Park, Cooper Center, and University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute. Enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, enjoy presentations from Ralph Wetmore and the Planetary Science Institute, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
6:30 p.m. Desert Electric — Lightning Photography
(one 45-minute presentation)
Ralph Wetmore has spent over 40 years chasing and photographing lightning. His presentation will focus on our incredible Arizona storms — the beauty, thrills and the dangers.
8:00 p.m. Celebrating 50 years: Apollo 11 Moon Landing
(one 45-minute presentation)
The Apollo 11 astronauts really went above and beyond when they “Explored Outdoors”. Learn about the history of this remarkable human achievement from the Planetary Science Institute.
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Ideas to Explore Outdoors
Visit some of our local outdoor conservation community partners to learn fun and education ways you can explore outdoors.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

July 27 — Insect Insanity

Let’s celebrate Incredible Insects and Amazing Arthropods! The Sonoran Desert is a hot spot of insect diversity and this is your chance to meet them. Tonight, get a bugs-eye view of many of the million species of arthropods that make the Sonoran Desert their home.

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

August 3 — Harry Otter Night

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

August 10 — Creatures of the Night

The Sonoran Desert the place to be for lively nightlife! Bats, owls, and kangaroo rats are just a few of the animals that awaken as the sun sets. Explore their world and learn a little more about life after dark at Creatures of the Night! Enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

August 17 — Gastronomy Night / Teacher Appreciation Night

We know that teachers go above and beyond every day to ensure the best future for our children and our environment. We are fortunate to have dedicated teachers, like you, in our community. Please join us at Teacher Appreciation Night, and help us celebrate you!

The Desert Museum is a wonderful place to bone up on biology, rock out with geology, and take off with astronomy! Spend time with our animated animals and enjoy conversations with other educators underneath a stunning sunset.

Teachers will receive free admission and 10% off in our gift shops with a teacher ID*. Desert Museum staff and other community education programs will showcase 2019-19 offerings. Plus, books and posters from the Desert Museum's backlist will be available free to teachers! No pre-registration is necessary.

*If your school does not issue ID badges, please bring a letter on school letterhead from your principal or other administrator stating that you are a teacher.

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

August 24 — Creatures of the Night

The Sonoran Desert the place to be for lively nightlife! Bats, owls, and kangaroo rats are just a few of the animals that awaken as the sun sets. Explore their world and learn a little more about life after dark at Creatures of the Night! Enjoy our latest art exhibit, crawl and climb in Packrat Playhouse, sip on a specialty cocktail under the stars, feel the touch of the stingray, engage with our animals, enjoy a Live and (sort of) on the Loose show, and more!

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
6:30 & 8:00 p.m. Live and (sort of) on the Loose
(two 45-minute presentations)
Join staff members from the Herpetology Department for a live animal presentation featuring venomous reptiles of the Sonoran Desert Region.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

August 31 — Bat Night

Come celebrate the only flying mammals- bats! The night will be filled with fun, educational activities, talks, and crafts designed to help you better appreciate these winged wonders.

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Guy Coheleach Solo Exhibition
Have a creative critter of your own? Cool off in the Ironwood Gallery and enjoy our guest area where children of all ages can create their own Big Cats masterpiece! Guy Coheleach’s extensive traveling has given him unique up close and personal experiences with animals resulting in a deep understanding of nature. Guy’s recent work reflects his years of experience observing animals in the wild.
Throughout the Night
Look for Museum Docents around the grounds interpreting live animals, celestial desert skies, fluorescent minerals, bats, kissing bugs, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and more!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Stingray Touch Exhibit
Admission: $2 Members / $3 Non-Members
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at the Stingray Touch experience. The pool features cow nose stingrays that guests can interact with. Be touched by a ray!
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Packrat Playhouse
This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of a packrat. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more!

Couple observing the sunset
Photo credit: Arizona Daily Star

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