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Packrat Playhouse: Hidden in the Midden

They're Cute. They're Curious. They Climb

….and they're here!

Exhibit Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*

*Capacity may be limited on Saturdays 10:00-11:30 a.m., or 1:30-3:00 p.m. during special events

Explore:

Kids of all ages get to climb through prickly pear cactus pads and slide down cholla skeleton ribs! Pretend to be a packrat at dusk by collecting, building, and climbing- all the while avoiding predators. Shake your sillies out in a safe, indoor environment!

Toddlers (Infant to 3 years old) enjoy their own safe zone separated from bigger kids where they can crawl, explore, play, and slide.

Learn:

When are packrats active? What are they good for? How have they contributed to our knowledge of the past? What do packrats collect and why? Learn all of this and more through interactive play-based exhibits!

Curious about these creatures? Check out our blog!

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Everyone's a curator! What do you collect? Snap a pic and tag #packratplayhouse @desertmuseum. Your collection could be featured!

Relax:

Grab a snack and a beverage at the café, then sit and enjoy the air conditioning while your youngster climbs, learns, and explores! Packrat Playhouse features stroller parking, wifi, and family style bathrooms. It's a comfortable pit stop for nursing mothers, too!

Young female packrat (illustration) with magnifying glass

Pick a Special Program:

Join us for play and active learning before the Playhouse opens to everyone else!

Fridays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. — 2 to 5 year olds
Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy a 30 minute activity led by our Education staff followed by 30 minutes of exclusive playtime before we open the Playhouse to the public! Developmentally appropriate activities are focused on science, art, languages, and movement.
Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. — 6 to 12 year olds
Elementary school students enjoy a 30 minute activity led by our Education staff followed by 30 minutes of exclusive playtime before we open the Playhouse to the public! Developmentally appropriate activities are focused on science, art, languages, and movement.

(Infants/ 1 year olds can accompany their parents but will not be charged.)

Check out the Packrat Playhouse program calendar and reserve your spot today!

Not a member? Become one today!

Party:

Celebrate with our curious climbers! Have an upcoming family fiesta? Stay cool all summer long with birthday parties in the Playhouse. Be a kid again and reserve your exclusive Packrat Party today.

Packrat outside its house
Photo by Jay Pierstorff
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