Fun Outdoor Activities & Things To Do with Kids in Phoenix, AZ


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Children of all ages and their families can participate in hands-on, nature-based walks, activities, and experiences in a fun and safe environment.

Nature Programs & Activities for Kids & Families

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Cactus Clubhouse

Cactus Clubhouse will return this fall on Thursday, October 3, 2024.

During the summer, please join us for Storytime on select dates. Or, sign up for  Summer Camp in June and July.

Cactus Clubhouse has relocated as the Garden is growing and under construction. Please visit us in our new location in the Weisz Learning Center.

In this temporary space, kids encounter several activity areas designed to spark independent play, while encouraging physical, cognitive and behavioral growth.


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Biweekly | Now – July 26

Join Desert Botanical Garden for Storytime. Introduce your child five and younger to the beauty and wonder of nature through engaging books, songs, activities and play. Designed for children and caretakers, each session leads children through an immersive experience of nature learning in the Garden.

Storytime attendance is first come, first served. Space is limited.


Girl Scouts at Looking at a Bug at Desert Botanical Garden

summer camps

Camps Return Summer 2024


Join the Garden for Desert Discovery Camps to ignite your child’s inner desert adventurer, explorer and artist!

Summer Camps | Kids 8-13 years old.

Desert Save the Dates:

  • Desert Adventurers | June 10-13, July 8-11
  • Desert Explorers | June 17-20, July 15-18
  • Desert Artists | June 24-27
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schools & teachers

The Garden’s schools and teachers program is on hiatus for the season.

Please stay tuned for new ways to bring the Garden to your classroom.

Nature Activities for Kids & Families

Explore the desert through hands-on activities for children and families at home!
Engage in fun and educational crafts, games and lessons that connect you with nature and the outdoors.

Cactus Clubhouse - build, play and create

Birdseed Ornaments

Craft an ornament that brings the birds to your own backyard! Using a pinecone, create a birdfeeder and see what winged visitors it attracts.


Girl Scouts at Looking at a Bug at Desert Botanical Garden

Endangered Plants Coloring Sheets

Share these fun and simple coloring sheets of endangered Garden plants with the kids (and grown-up kids) in your life. Explore the things we can do to ensure these iconic plants remain for generations to come.


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Plant Potions

Create a magical potion from nature at home—fairies and wizards are not the only potion makers! Plant potions are a fun way to play with your senses and engage with nature using creativity and imagination.

Cactus Clubhouse - build, play and create

Ojo de dios

Create art that is tied to nature and has a fascinating history. God’s Eyes or Ojos de Dios are a popular Southwest holiday tradition that have roots from indigenous practices in Mexico. Try making your own by following these instructionsthis is a great activity for children to develop their motor skills!

Girl Scouts at Looking at a Bug at Desert Botanical Garden

Weaving with Nature

Long ago, people discovered how to make clothes, blankets and even shoes by weaving strands of natural materials together. Nature weaving is a great activity for kids and families to develop fine motor skills and practice patterns to create designs. Try your hand at weaving with this family friendly activity!

Contact the Children’s Education Manager with questions regarding Children & Family Programs at