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Packrat Programs

During Packrat Programs, kids enjoy a ~30 minute activity led by our Education staff followed by exclusive playtime before we open the playhouse to the public! Developmentally appropriate activities focus on science, language, exercise, and socialization through hands-on activities and play.

Please note: Infants and 1 year olds can accompany their parents and will not be charged.

Education Staff Member showing an interpretive tool


Education Staff Member drawing with kids

Education Staff Member showing an interpretive tool

Preschool Programs: 2-6 Year Olds

Get to know the desert and its animals through art, science, music, and stories! Each program includes developmentally appropriate activities, a craft project, and a live animal encounter. Check out the schedule below to register. If space is available, you may also pay for a program day-of at the Front Ticket Window.

Get to know the desert and its animals through art, science, music, and stories! Each program includes developmentally appropriate activities, a craft project, and a live animal encounter.
Get to know the desert and its animals through art, science, music, and stories! Each program includes developmentally appropriate activities, a craft project, and a live animal encounter.
Get to know the desert and its animals through art, science, music, and stories! Each program includes developmentally appropriate activities, a craft project, and a live animal encounter.

Please note: Program costs do not include admission to the museum.


Education Staff Member with javelina book

Education Staff Member with Sonoran Desert book

Packrat Programs: 6-12 Year Olds

The first Saturday of every month features Science Saturday in the Packrat Playhouse! Through interactive learning, experiments, and hands-on activities kids will learn all about diverse desert plants, animated animals, and our extreme environment. Each Saturday in the series features a different topic so returning participants are always entertained. Kids will also meet a live animal up-close and go home with a fun prize. Check out the schedule below and register. If space is available, you may also pay for a program on the day-of at the Front Ticket Window.

The desert is home to wild cats, dogs, skunks, and rodents, too! These warm-blooded animals are everywhere and even help engineer the desert (prairie dogs are famous for that). We'll learn how mammals stay cool in the heat, why they're important, and see some cute ones, too. It'll be an un-FUR-gettable day.

Please note: Program costs do not include admission to the museum.


New For Summer! Rise and Shine - It's Packrat Playtime!

Get to the playhouse early to enjoy open play. We put out tons of extra toys and art materials. Educators roam the exhibit to help initiate games. Kids’ imaginations will run wild as their social skills improve. Make new friends while you beat the heat. Great option for clubs, camps, and caregiver groups!

Please note: Program costs do not include admission to the museum.

Education Staff Member showing an interpretive tool

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