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Cocoon | A Place for Garden Play

DATE: Now - Nov. 3, 2019
TIME: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
PRICE: Free with admission or membership.


Let your imagination run wild! Desert Botanical Garden’s Cocoon: A Place for Garden Play is where young visitors, and the young at heart, can build, create and explore the natural world through hands-on activities. Find Cocoon: A Place for Garden play just outside the Butterfly Pavilion.

There is more to explore during your visit. Check out these additional programs:

Wild Rising Creature Safari
The creatures of Wild Rising by Cracking Art have special challenges just for you. Look for the five snail-shaped signs throughout the Garden to complete each activity.

Mighty Monarchs
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Daily through Nov. 3
Calling all Junior Scientists! Visit the Garden’s Butterfly Pavilion to discover butterflies of the Southwest. Pick up a Butterfly Adventure Guide to explore and find how butterflies eat, grow and survive.

Science Saturdays
10 a.m. – noon | Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19
APS Butterfly Landing at Butterfly Pavilion
Garden Staff offer a closer look at the magnificent world of insects through microscopic views, expert-led butterfly walks, milkweed plantings and more.

Family Playtime Pop Ups
9 a.m. – noon
Marley Learning Labs at Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science

Visit the Hazel Hare Center for Plant Science for Family Playtime Pop-ups, located outside the Marley Learning Labs. Featured activities invite families to participate in hands-on nature experiences.

  • Sept. 21 |  Butterfly Mandalas & Build A Nest or Burrow
  • Oct. 12 | Seed Balls and Puff Paint
  • Nov. 3 | Nature Prints and Sensory Tubs
  • Dec. 21 | Sink or Float and Rock Exploration

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