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Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

71–701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270 | (760) 321–0602
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7 Reviews
Type: Museums & Monuments
Ages: Ages 1 — 12
Cost: $
Hours of operation: Tu-Su 10am-5pm

Open on Mondays from January through April.

7 Reviews for Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

February 04 2013
4 families found this helpful
"Paint a Car"

I confess that I was totally surprised at how great this little gem is. I had heard there was a small children's center in the area, so while vacationing in Palm Desert we decided to check it out. I was amazed.

As you walk in the first large room there is a crazy octagonal rope thing. Thats the only way to explain it. :) Kids attach themselves to a colored rope and then twist and turn their way over and under other different colored ropes to get to the other side. About 4 colored ropes going at a time. My kids wanted to try again and again.

The room is peppered with fun experiments and an archeological dig. Kids can practice weaving on a giant loom that creates part of the huge art exhibit that spans the great room.

In the center of it all is PAINT A CAR. Yep, exactly what it sounds like. Kids put on apron and paint a car. The docents are very particular about keeping things clean, but not enough to dampen the fun.

Once done visit the dress up room upstairs and check-out the play grocery store and pizza parlor.

Across the courtyard is a section for older kids complete with K'nex car building with electric engines and race track.

I was completely surprised at how fun this little place is and will visit it again next time we are out.

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January 10 2011
1 family found this helpful
"Very Cool, Great way to beat the desert heat"

This is a neat place for the kids. They have many different attractions for the kids to play with. When we went they had a really cool rope walk the kids could do. You can literally spend all day there. Take a picnic lunch and eat outside and then head back in to see the rest. It is not that big of a place but the hands on attractions are awesome for the kids!

December 23 2010
3 families found this helpful
"One of the best museums we've been to"

Not only is the museum air conditioned from the floor up to give you relief from the scorching heat, it has tons of hands-on activities, so fun that my son didn't even realize he was learning. He loved the mini, realistic grocery store, complete with empty boxes and cans of real food and mini-metal shopping carts. My personal favorite was the pizza parlor, complete with felt-material "you build it" pizza, a mock pizza oven, a cash register, and pub-style tables and chairs for realistic play!

The museum even features a tot area, which was a few feet across from the openings to the grocery store and pizza parlor, so I could keep an eye on both kids comfortably. We'll definitely do this again every year when we're in the area!

December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
"Have fun while getting relief from the heat!"

It was a beastly hot day (105 degrees) when we came to the area and this was the perfect place to get some relief (i.e., A/C) and have fun for an hour or two. Both of my kids had fun, discovering and exploring all the hands-on exhibits. For my 3-year old guy, the highlight was playing in the pretend grocery store and pizza place. He also liked painting the VW Bug and making a craft with paper plates. My little 1-year old just started walking not too long ago and so she was perfectly content walking around from exhibit to exhibit. She also enjoyed collecting and putting balls in the ball ramp and watching them go.  

Strollers are not allowed in the museum gallery. There is free stroller parking near the front entrance. Admission is $8/person and kids under 2 are free.

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December 23 2010
1 family found this helpful
"Great place for kids!"

We visted this children's museum at least once a month while we were stationed in 29 Palms, CA.  

There are over 50 different hand-on activities for the children to explore. There is a dress-up area, a mini-market where they can shop, a pizza place where they can make their own pizza's wiith cloth crust and felt pepperoni...our favorite was the station where they could paint on an old VW Bug!!!

December 23 2010
0 families found this helpful
"Fun with the Family"

This 8,000-square-foot facility with more than fifty hands-on exhibits encourages kidsto touch, explore, and discover. Youngsters can paint a Volkswagen Beetle, dig for Cahuilla Indian treasures, or make a pretend pizza in the Pizza Place. An ideal museum for children and paren
ts who enjoy experiencing hands-on activities. Upstairs there are trunks and suitcases, and costumes and hats for kids to dress up in—this is a good photo opportunity!

December 23 2010
2 families found this helpful
"Great Place to go on that occasional foul weather day"

When we go to the Palm Springs area twice a year the kids always ask to go to the children's museum in Rancho Mirage. Great place for parents or grandparents to enjoy a educational and fun day with the kids. So many opportunities to learn from; the pretend veterinary clinic, painting a REAL volkswagen bug, and grandmas dress-up attic (my daughters favorite). This is a must when visiting the area! Great for all ages! Make sure you check the hours of operation...I believe they are closed on Mondays.

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