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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


Dog Days at the Garden

Select Days | Aug. 5 - Sept. 26

Early risers are invited to bring their whole pack to the trails. Treat your dog to a morning stroll at the Garden.

Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Now - Nov. 8, 2020

The Garden’s newest art exhibition is traveling straight from Milan to bring Wild Rising by Cracking Art—an installation of more than 1,000 animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic.

Flashlight Nights

Saturdays | Aug. 1 - Sept. 5

Flashlight Nights are nighttime self-guided adventures through the Garden. Nocturnal explorers shine their own flashlights along the trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that appear in the desert after dark.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!


On-site programming is currently on hiatus.

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Advance ticket reservations are required.