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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. 



Sonoran Sippin’ 2024

July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20

Enjoy a complimentary cool drink, included with ticket, and soak up the summer sunset at the Garden with pop-up experiences and desert views.

Flashlight Nights 2024

July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 & 14

Escape the heat and explore the Garden after dark with family and friends! Discover the Garden’s five thematic trails, encounter desert creatures, and immerse yourself in the captivating nighttime ambiance with cool drinks and treats.

Great Milkweed Grow Out Tour

July 24, 26 & Aug 14, 16

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our plant and insect ecology program! Learn about and experience firsthand our research with butterflies and their hostplants, and visit our onsite propagation area to see how we grow plants for pollinator conservation around the state.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


Heat Advisory: Please be prepared for extreme heat. Bring water, stay hydrated and seek shade when possible.