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Cactus Clubhouse

DATE: Jan. 1 - April 30
TIME: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
PRICE: Free with General Admission and Membership

The Garden is growing! With new trails and Garden spaces under construction, Cactus Clubhouse will be closed to the public starting May 1 through 2025. Please stay tuned for pop-up Cactus Clubhouse experiences along the Garden trails and venues spaces. 

There are still other Garden experiences to explore this summer too, including Storytimes, Flashlight Nights and Garden Summer Camps

Plus, check out these at-home activities for your cactus-loving kids.

Cactus Clubhouse is open

April: Wednesday – Sunday

Desert Botanical Garden invites kids to engage with the outdoors around them at Cactus Clubhouse–a nature play space. The play area provides unstructured, child-led activities for kids under 12 to discover the fun of the natural world.

Throughout Cactus Clubhouse, kids encounter several activity areas designed to spark independent play, while encouraging physical, cognitive and behavioral growth.

Cactus Clubhouse is made possible by grants from the USDA Forest Service and the Pharos Foundation in collaboration with Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Cactus Clubhouse is a Certified Nature Explore Classroom. For more information click here. 

Cactus Kids Club Programming

Cactus Kids Club programming takes place Friday – Sunday and is designed for children and their caregivers. Programs will be hosted at Cactus Clubhouse and other locations around the Garden. Check location details at Cactus Clubhouse upon arrival.

April: Desert Springs

Classes at 10, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

  • Visiting the Garden on Dog Days? Please remember that dogs are NOT permitted in Cactus Kids Club classes.
  • Cactus Kids programming is included with general admission to the Garden. 



Devour Culinary Classic

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Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 1 - May 12 | Thursday - Sunday | 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cactus Clubhouse has relocated as the Garden is growing and under construction. Please visit us in our new location in the Weisz Academic Bulding. In this temporary space, kids encounter several activity areas designed to spark independent play, while encouraging physical, cognitive and behavioral growth.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!

Feb 23. the Garden will be closing early at 3pm (last admission at 1:30pm)
Feb 24-25 the Garden is closed to general public and only open to Devour Culinary Classic Ticket Holders.