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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


Wild Rising by Cracking Art

Oct. 12, 2019 - May 10, 2020

Desert Botanical 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. Visitors of all ages will be drawn to engage these vibrant creatures and to discover that plastic does not have to end up in landfills, but it can be reinvented into something eye catching and thought provoking.

Mighty Monarchs

Sept. 21 - Nov. 3, 2019

Mighty monarch butterflies return to Desert Botanical Garden. Experience a diverse kaleidoscope of butterflies from the Southwest, and discover the magnificence of the mighty monarch butterfly.

Elephant in the Room

Oct. 12, 2019 - May 10, 2020

Join the conversation of Wild Rising by Cracking Art with Elephant in the Room, a thought-provoking installation in Ottosen Gallery that invites visitors to dig into rotating worldly topics and commit to reducing human impact on the natural world. The interactive exhibit will feature topics related to biodiversity and climate change, including environmental happiness, cactus as a threatened species and the culture of convenience.

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