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Coati Kids Club Special Events for 2019

Mark your calendars now for these fun events! And as always, we'll send you an invitation before each one.

Desert Dinosaurs?: Saturday, January 19, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
It wasn’t a desert here when dinosaurs roamed the area, but Sonorasaurus, Arizona’s official State Dinosaur, gets its name from our desert. Did you know that the Desert Museum was a big part of Sonorasaurus’ excavation and still houses its bones? We’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of our mineral cave vault to see these bones and other fossils. We’ll also meet some modern day dinosaur relatives. Afterwards, visit our Mineral Madness sale and family fun fair (Jan. 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily) and make your very own mineral collection!
Humane Society Tour: Saturday, February 9, 9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m., 635 W Roger Rd.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has been helping pets and people since 1944. HSSA shelters lost pets, helps them return home or find new forever homes, and provides many other services to improve animals’ lives in our community. In 2018 they moved to a new campus, their new forever home. Join us as we tour the new facility, discover their many programs, and help with a project to improve the lives of the animals in their care.
Who Needs Nests? Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Spring is nesting season for many birds, but birds aren’t the only animals that build nests to house their young. From weavers to cavity nesters, discover a variety of Sonoran Desert “nesters” and bring home a bee condo to host native bees in your yard.
Ravin’ About Raptors: Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classroom 3 and on grounds.
The Desert Museum’s Raptor Free Flight program allows visitors to see amazing birds of prey soar and glide right above them. Its season has officially ended for the public, but not for Coati Kids Club members! RFF trainers will share a special behind-the-scenes flight and tour of their demonstration area and training sites, just for CKC families.
Sonoran Salves: Saturday, July 27, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1 & 2 and on grounds.
Native peoples of the Sonoran Desert have used desert plants as their pharmacy for generations. Creosote bush is a source of a variety of treatments and is great for skin ailments. Learn how to make soothing salves and lotions with this plant, then stay and enjoy the events planned throughout this Cool Summer Night.
Stories of Symbiosis: Saturday, September 7, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classrooms 1-2 and on grounds.
When two living things share a special relationship, scientists call this symbiosis. In some symbiotic relationships, both parties benefit. In others, just one benefits with no affect on the other. And in some, one may be harmed by the other. Investigate a few of the intriguing stories of symbiosis from the Sonoran Desert.
Reptile’o’rama: Saturday, October 26, 9:30 a.m.—12 p.m. in the Education Annex Classroom 3 and on grounds.
What makes reptiles unique? How do their adaptations help them thrive in the desert? Explore the lives of lizards, turtles, and snakes to find out!
Packrat Playhouse Overnight Adventure: Saturday, November 16, 6:00 p.m. to Sunday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. in the Packrat Playhouse and on grounds.
Join us for a sleepover in the Packkrat Playhouse where we will uncover the science of glow—how animals, algae, fungi, and minerals display bioluminescence and fluorescence —as well as how animals detect heat to find prey in the dark. We’ll also enjoy the starry skies and wildlife of the desert at night. $5 per person additional fee required.

More Events of Interest:

  • Save Our Saguaros, Jan. 26-March 3. Engage in activities to raise awareness about buffelgrass, its threat to our desert, and what we can do to help. Find out more.
  • Plus, Coati Kids get discounts to our Summer Museum Explorers kids’ camps. This year’s camps will be from June 3-7 and July 10-14.
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