Due to COVID-19 safety measures, the Packrat Playhouse is currently closed to general admission. However, it is available for private group rentals.
Hidden in the Midden - Packrat Playhouse - explore daily from 10 am to 4 pm

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a packrat? Scamper over to the Desert Museum’s newest exhibit, Packrat Playhouse to find out! This indoor (air-conditioned) play space allows children to discover the desert through the eyes of this curious critter. Kids can slide down a Gila monster's tail, climb through prickly pear cactus pads, slither through an oversized rattlesnake, explore secret tunnels, find hidden objects, scramble in giant rope netting, and much more! Toddlers (Infant to 3 years old) will enjoy their own safe zone separated from bigger kids.

Programs - join us for a private learning and active play session before the playhouse opens to everyone else! $10 for members / $12 for non-members. See our program descriptions and reservation calendar for more info
How to Share With Just Friends

How to share with just friends.

An indoor play area just for kids!


Birthday, family fiesta, holiday gathering?? Be a kid again and reserve your exclusive Packrat Party today!


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!

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