Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert CDMOD inspires & promotes intellectual curiosity & self expression through inventive & interactive exhibits & programs.
Why a Discovery Museum?
Occasionally a visitor asks why a parent or guardian is asked to stay with their child during a visit to the Museum. Our answer is best expressed by our passionate belief in our greater mission to families in addition to the educational experience of children. It is important to remember that a child's motivation to learn depends on meaningful activities and a supportive environment where imagination and curiosity are encouraged. You are a primary teacher and partner in learning with your child and no one is more important to him or her than you. This is a great opportunity to discover the emerging personalities of children. We hope that by visiting the Museum and participating in its programs or special interest activities you will be provided with an opportunity to better understand your child's interests and discover new ways to encourage their natural curiosity through activities at home and school. Remember our CDMOD motto, It's Not Just Play, It's Serious Fun!
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http://www.cdmod.org/exhibits/tour.php

Mission: The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert inspires and promotes intellectual curiosity and self expression through inventive and interactive exhibits and programs. It encourages children to learn about themselves and the world around them by exploring the natural environment and the community. The Museum serves children of all ages with particular emphasis on primary school age children of the Coachella Valley. The Museum also serves as a resource to its community through the development of special programs and collaborations with other organizations.

04/13/2019

*CORRECTION- THREE Sessions today to make your Butterfly Bungalows: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. AND 3 p.m.

Bring a shoebox to decorate and your caterpillar cup so we can help transfer the chrysalis to its habitat.

* Forgot a shoebox? No problem. We have some here for you!
* Don't have a caterpillar? Adopt one today! We still have some for you to take home!
*Extra shoeboxes? Bring them by for our families to take home more caterpillars.

Join us for our MakerSpace Sunday Workshop and Build Your Own Kite! When you're done, take your kite for a test flight o...
04/07/2019

Join us for our MakerSpace Sunday Workshop and Build Your Own Kite! When you're done, take your kite for a test flight outside on our beautiful campus. The weather is perfect to watch your creation soar!
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Good morning, Discoverers! Today is the day to adopt your caterpillars at the Museum. Join us from 10am-5pm to choose yo...
04/06/2019

Good morning, Discoverers! Today is the day to adopt your caterpillars at the Museum. Join us from 10am-5pm to choose your favorite and take them home! Purchase of a caterpillar also includes a ticket to our Butterfly Release and Earth Day Festival.
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Join us tomorrow to read "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" and participate in an art activity! It's the perfect way to start y...
04/06/2019

Join us tomorrow to read "A Very Hungry Caterpillar" and participate in an art activity! It's the perfect way to start your Saturday! 🐛🍎
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There is always something happening at CDMOD! 🤩Plan your family trip to the Museum using our Program and Event Guide ...
04/03/2019

There is always something happening at CDMOD! 🤩
Plan your family trip to the Museum using our Program and Event Guide for April - June 2019.

For Toddler (0-4 years) Parents:
We brought back our "Creative Tots" class on Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. This class is art-based and features a different monthly theme. (This class is also included in your Toddler Time Pass.)

For Parents with Children ages 7 and older:
We added "Savory Sundays", a cooking class held on the fourth Sunday of every month. Each month features a different recipe for your child to make and take home.

For more information, call (760) 321-0602

We want to bring this exhibit to the museum, and you can help!This exhibit encourages visitors to take a deep breath and...
04/02/2019

We want to bring this exhibit to the museum, and you can help!
This exhibit encourages visitors to take a deep breath and explore their feelings through interactive experiences. Using facial expressions, words, movement and art making, XOXO explores what love and forgiveness mean to you, and to others. Play, act silly, and consider what makes you sad, mad and happy in XOXO.
Please, help us bring this to CDMOD and be a sponsor today!
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A big thank you to Junior League and to our celebrity Chef Porter Brooks for the wonderful event today! Our families enj...
03/31/2019

A big thank you to Junior League and to our celebrity Chef Porter Brooks for the wonderful event today! Our families enjoyed everything you did! The kids who participated in the class were able to experience something different. They learned that they can cook and took those recipes home to cook for their families.

Thank you!

Another successful Kids In The Kitchen event!

The initiative is grounded in the belief that children (and families) empowered with the knowledge of how to feed and exercise their bodies will be less likely to become obese and subsequently suffer many associated health risks.

Inspired by The Junior League of Calgary’s Junior Chefs program, which began in 2001, the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen initiative and others like it are now active in 200 locations around the world. They provide lessons and demonstrations in the preparation of healthy meals and snacks in partnership with local organizations, chefs and nutritionists.

A special thank you to celebrity chef Porter Brooks!

We are so grateful to have the support of our wonderful sponsors for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck! What a great...
03/28/2019

We are so grateful to have the support of our wonderful sponsors for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck! What a great event!! We are already looking forward to next year! 🦆🦆🦆

We are selling tickets for the Indian Wells Arts Festival this weekend, March 29-31. You can purchase them at the front ...
03/28/2019

We are selling tickets for the Indian Wells Arts Festival this weekend, March 29-31. You can purchase them at the front desk at the Museum. Once you have your tickets, stop by our booth to visit! We will introduce the kids to "block printing " and they will take home their own prints!
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03/28/2019

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Thank you to CV Kids for being a great partner in our Discovery Duck Pluck! We are so happy to have their support! Check...
03/28/2019

Thank you to CV Kids for being a great partner in our Discovery Duck Pluck! We are so happy to have their support! Check out their website for trending info on families in the Coachella Valley: https://coachellavalleykids.com/

Bring your family for a day full of fun and discovery! This Saturday, March 30, we are proudly hosting Junior League's "...
03/25/2019

Bring your family for a day full of fun and discovery! This Saturday, March 30, we are proudly hosting Junior League's "Kids in the Kitchen " event from 10 a.m. - 3p.m.
Join us for cooking classes, chef demonstrations, yoga classes, golf station, cookbook making station, gardening basics, and more!
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We will have a special guest star - celebrity chef Porter Brooks! He will host to cooking classes at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. Learn how to make a breakfast dish and a quick pasta dish during his classes. You will also get the recipes to take home! Call to reserve your spot now, space is limited.
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Please, call (760) 321-0602 x 111, or register online, to reserve your spot for celebrity chef Porter Brooks' classes.

For the 11:00 a.m. class:
https://64943.blackbaudhosting.com/64943/Kids-in-the-Kitchen-2019

For the 1:30 p.m. class:
https://64943.blackbaudhosting.com/64943/Kids-in-the-Kitchen-2019-30Mar2019
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Our 4th Annual All-American Discovery Duck Pluck was a success! Thank you to Mike Everett for joining us on Saturday as ...
03/25/2019

Our 4th Annual All-American Discovery Duck Pluck was a success! Thank you to Mike Everett for joining us on Saturday as our celebrity "duck plucker"! He was joined by the Mayor of Rancho Mirage, Richard Kite. Thank you to everyone who joined us that day and to all who adopted ducks. You all help CDMOD continue to provide programs, events, and workshops to the families of the Coachella Valley.
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Do these hip waders make my butt look big? Perfect day to pluck ducks with Rancho Mirage Mayor Richard Kite to help raise $ for the Children’s Discovery Museum. @cdmod_rm @nbcpalmsprings @theriverrm #nbcpalmsprings #saturday #theriverranchomirage #nextgeneration
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03/22/2019

BUY YOUR DUCKS TODAY! Adopt your ducks for a chance to win some great prizes. Your adoptions help CDMOD provide more and better programs to the children and families of the Coachella Valley.

Online sales have ended but you can stop by The River in Rancho Mirage to buy your ducks in person tomorrow! We will be by the amphitheater, across from the movie theater, selling ducks from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A big "THANK YOU" to Chief Meteorologist Mike Everett and Girl Scout Troop 1142 for joining us yesterday during our "5 a...
03/22/2019

A big "THANK YOU" to Chief Meteorologist Mike Everett and Girl Scout Troop 1142 for joining us yesterday during our "5 after 5 STEM Night"!

Observed the vernal equinox with my friends at the Children’s Discovery Museum. We talked about how seasons work, planted poppies and made cool bracelets that change colors when exposed to the ultraviolet light from the sun 🌞 Bonus! We watched the snow fall on Mt. San Jacinto. @cdmod_rm #childrensdiscoverymuseum #girlscouts #vernalequinox #nbcpalmsprings #stem @ Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert

This SATURDAY! Come join us at The River at Rancho Mirage for the All-American Discovery Duck Pluck!! Adopt your ducks a...
03/21/2019

This SATURDAY! Come join us at The River at Rancho Mirage for the All-American Discovery Duck Pluck!! Adopt your ducks at cdmod.org! We will be selling ducks the day of the event until 1 p.m. and the "plucking" will commence at 2:30. You do not need to be present to win!

Totally Tubular! Adopt your ducks today at cdmod.org for the #TheAllAmericanDiscoveryDuckPluck on March 23rd at The Rive...
03/16/2019

Totally Tubular! Adopt your ducks today at cdmod.org for the #TheAllAmericanDiscoveryDuckPluck on March 23rd at The River at Rancho Mirage! To miss out would be a fowl!

03/09/2019
Desert Water Agency

CDMOD is excited to be part of this event this year! Stop by our booth to learn more about the programs we offer.

Don't forget to stop by our family friendly Butterfly Block Party from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. There will be snacks, music, games, crafts and a costume contest. We'll also have informational booths from Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert Palm Springs High School Palm Springs City Government Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and others. Parking will be limited, so consider carpooling.

If you’d like to donate a new, kindergarten-level book to United Wayof the Desert’s Raising a Reader program, we will collect donations at the event and in our lobby all March.

Hope to see you there!

Check out this article by Desert Charities News on The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck on March 23rd! It's coming up s...
03/09/2019
Quack-Quack, it’s back! The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck to happen on March 23, 2019 - DCN News

Check out this article by Desert Charities News on The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck on March 23rd! It's coming up soon, so don't forget to adopt you ducks at cdmod.org!

Quick Quack Car Wash and The Children’s Discovery Museum Present: The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck. The fun-filled day benefits the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert. Adopted Ducks will be plucked on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at The River at Rancho Mirage for the opportunity to win g...

International Women's Day celebrates how amazing women are all around the world! Here at CDMOD, we celebrate all women -...
03/08/2019

International Women's Day celebrates how amazing women are all around the world! Here at CDMOD, we celebrate all women - everything they are, and everything they can be. ❤ Take time to love, support, and encourage the women in your life. Thank you!
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We are excited to announce our special guest for the March $5 after 5 P.M. is NBC Palm Springs local chief meteorologist...
03/08/2019

We are excited to announce our special guest for the March $5 after 5 P.M. is NBC Palm Springs local chief meteorologist, Mike Everett! 🌞 Join us on Wednesday, March 20, for fun activities to learn more about meteorology and astronomy!
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Great article from CV Kids about kids' parties in the desert! Check it out here:
03/06/2019
Kids Parties in the Coachella Valley | Coachella Valley Kids

Great article from CV Kids about kids' parties in the desert! Check it out here:

Whether they are 6 or 16, nothing is quite as anticipated in the eyes of your child as their next birthday. For most, it’s synonymous with one other word, PARTY! As parents, how do you manage these precious events? As their caretakers, we have a lot of decisions when it comes to planning the perfe...

WOW! You could win this 65" Samsung Television courtesy of COSTCO-Palm Desert!! Adopt your ducks today at cdmod.org for ...
03/05/2019

WOW! You could win this 65" Samsung Television courtesy of COSTCO-Palm Desert!! Adopt your ducks today at cdmod.org for your chance to win! Make sure to join us on March 23rd as Quick Quack Car Wash and CDMOD present The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck at The River at Rancho Mirage.

Come buy your ducks tonight at The River in Rancho Mirage! Duck adopters tonight will also be getting a bonus chance to ...
03/03/2019

Come buy your ducks tonight at The River in Rancho Mirage! Duck adopters tonight will also be getting a bonus chance to spin our super-cool prize wheel!

Thank you to our media sponsor CV KIDS, a new publication that is focused on children and their families in the Coachell...
02/28/2019

Thank you to our media sponsor CV KIDS, a new publication that is focused on children and their families in the Coachella Valley. We are so happy to have CV KIDS on board for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck! Come check out their booth on March 23rd at The River at Rancho Mirage, and if you haven't already, check out their website at: https://coachellavalleykids.com/! #CVKIDS #CDMOD #DiscoveryDuckPluck

CDMOD is looking for individuals who have experience working with children in educational settings to join our team. If ...
02/28/2019

CDMOD is looking for individuals who have experience working with children in educational settings to join our team. If you want to help in the galleries, teach lessons during field trips, be a camp instructor, facilitate workshops, and more, APPLY TODAY! We are hiring for both the Discovery Gallery Guide and Educator positions. Submit your resumé, 3 professional references, and a cover letter to [email protected]
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We have a new resident of the Rancho Mirage Reef! Come by the museum to find out more about this special starfish...#cdm...
02/27/2019

We have a new resident of the Rancho Mirage Reef! Come by the museum to find out more about this special starfish...#cdmod #ranchomiragereef

A BIG thank you to Contour Dermatology for becoming a sponsor for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck on March 23rd at...
02/23/2019

A BIG thank you to Contour Dermatology for becoming a sponsor for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck on March 23rd at The River!

We are so excited to announce our new title sponsor for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck: Quick Quack Car Wash!! Ch...
02/22/2019

We are so excited to announce our new title sponsor for The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck: Quick Quack Car Wash!! Check out their website: https://www.dontdrivedirty.com/ and come join us on March 23rd at The River!

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02/20/2019

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Adopt your ducks today at cdmod.org!
02/15/2019

Adopt your ducks today at cdmod.org!

Happy Valentine's Day from CDMOD! What better gift to give on this special day than a Duck Adoption!! Adopt your Ducks t...
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day from CDMOD! What better gift to give on this special day than a Duck Adoption!! Adopt your Ducks today at https://cdmod.org/ for the chance to win great prizes at The All-American Discovery Duck Pluck on March 23rd at The River at Rancho Mirage!

02/01/2019

Plan your family trip for the weekend and see Sid in person. "Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit" opens February 2nd at 10:00 a.m.!

We are happy to announce "Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit" is coming to visit CDMOD! The exhibit brings the...
01/25/2019

We are happy to announce "Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit" is coming to visit CDMOD! The exhibit brings the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series to life. Kids will be able to step into Sid's world and become "science kids" themselves as they discover and investigate every day questions around his home, in the Super Fab Lab, and on the playground. We will see you and your family on February 2!
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Thank you to all the families who have made CDMOD a part of their lives - and to all those families to come! We love the...
01/24/2019

Thank you to all the families who have made CDMOD a part of their lives - and to all those families to come! We love the pictures you've tagged us in because we love seeing families play together. Your support and participation in our programs and events inspires us to continue the work we do for the community. 💗
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We just want to remind you that Gallery 3 (Inquiry Lab) will be closed until February 2. We said, "Goodbye!" to our game...
01/23/2019

We just want to remind you that Gallery 3 (Inquiry Lab) will be closed until February 2. We said, "Goodbye!" to our games exhibit today and are excited about what's next!
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Our doors are open on this windy day! Stop by to play as a family while enjoying the LAST day of "Playing Together: Game...
01/21/2019

Our doors are open on this windy day! Stop by to play as a family while enjoying the LAST day of "Playing Together: Games". Don't miss the fun!
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There is always so much happening at CDMOD! We have special workshops, play-to-learn programs for your toddlers, and sea...
01/19/2019

There is always so much happening at CDMOD!
We have special workshops, play-to-learn programs for your toddlers, and seasonal camps year-round.

Take a look at our Programs and Events Guide for January through March and plan your family outing today!

Join us tomorrow and help make decoupage vases for the 2019 Rammys! If you make one, write your name on a special card s...
01/18/2019

Join us tomorrow and help make decoupage vases for the 2019 Rammys! If you make one, write your name on a special card so the City of Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce can see. We are excited to share this opportunity and have you be a part of this special night with us.
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Little Chefs made Rainbow Pizza in class today! We are making healthy and delicious recipes this month. Your toddler wil...
01/17/2019

Little Chefs made Rainbow Pizza in class today! We are making healthy and delicious recipes this month. Your toddler will eat more veggies because they are proud of the food they made. 👨‍🍳👩‍🍳 Come see what this class is about every Thursday at 9:15 AM.
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Address

71701 Gerald Ford Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270

General information

Members Only Hour 12 - 1 Sundays Open until 8 PM the Third Thursday of each month The Museum is closed Mondays Sept - Nov, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and the Fourth of July. The Museum will close at 3 PM Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(760) 321-0602

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