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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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.

Family Dance Night at CDMOD! Join us for dancing, food, fun, photo booth and prizes! Spaces are limited, so purchase you...
05/16/2019

Family Dance Night at CDMOD! Join us for dancing, food, fun, photo booth and prizes! Spaces are limited, so purchase your tickets now at cdmod.org.

It's $5 after 5 p.m. today at the Museum! Join us to play and explore until 8 p.m. today. While you're here, join our wo...
05/15/2019

It's $5 after 5 p.m. today at the Museum! Join us to play and explore until 8 p.m. today. While you're here, join our wonderful Educator in MakerSpace to learn about tessellations. You can create a unique work of art using math! 😳 Join us to see how fun and creative math can be!
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If you haven't seen the Sid The Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit, this week is your LAST CHANCE. We will be saying b...
05/09/2019

If you haven't seen the Sid The Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit, this week is your LAST CHANCE. We will be saying bye to Sid on Sunday, May 12th!

We have some AMAZING deluxe prizes and auction items for The Chocolate Soirée! You won't want to miss out on this event...
05/02/2019

We have some AMAZING deluxe prizes and auction items for The Chocolate Soirée! You won't want to miss out on this event! For tickets, visit cdmod.org!

Chef Spotlight: Alexander Marquez Executive Sous Chef of The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa!Alexander Marquez ...
05/02/2019

Chef Spotlight: Alexander Marquez Executive Sous Chef of The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa!

Alexander Marquez is the creative young Sous Chef at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa. Alexander first developed a passion for cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen, learning how to make American and Mexican cuisines. After graduating high school, he studied culinary arts in Cancun Mexico, furthering developing his skills in international cuisine. By the time he was 21, Alexander had already earned work experience in multiple cuisines including Mediterranean, Asian fusion and Argentinian. His experience in these environments along with working in a private restaurant lead him to his first management position at the age of 25 at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort.

To see and taste the inspired work of Chef Alexander and others, come to The Chocolate Soirée next Tuesday, May 7th! For tickets, visit cdmod.org.

We are so proud to have the support of The City of Rancho Mirage for our Chocolate Soirée fundraiser! Thank you for bei...
05/02/2019

We are so proud to have the support of The City of Rancho Mirage for our Chocolate Soirée fundraiser! Thank you for being such a huge part of our efforts to continue the mission of The Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert!

For more info about The Chocolate Soirée, visit cdmod.org.

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Thank you to Ivan's Blinds and More for sponsoring The Chocolate Soirée! We are so happy to have your support!To purcha...
05/01/2019

Thank you to Ivan's Blinds and More for sponsoring The Chocolate Soirée! We are so happy to have your support!

To purchase your tickets to this exquisite event, visit: cdmod.org.

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Christian Brennen of Mastro's Steakhouse!Christian Brennen started his career with...
04/25/2019

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Christian Brennen of Mastro's Steakhouse!

Christian Brennen started his career with Mastro’s here in the Desert when they opened their doors back in 2012. Christian was initially employed as a line cook but quickly moved through the ranks. Taken under the wing of the executive chefs before him, his hard-work and dedication saw him progress through the kitchen from the pantry to the broiler. After being promoted to sous-chef, Christian assisted in the expansion of the brand by joining the “training team” which led him across the country to open new stores. In 2017, Christian took on the role as the Executive sous-chef in the newly opened Boston location where he honed his skills and took on new challenges. No more than a year later Christian found himself back in the desert when he happily accepted his position as Executive Chef in the same location that started his career nearly seven years ago.

To enjoy the creativity of Christian Brennen, purchase your tickets to The Chocolate Soirée at cdmod.org!

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Felix Diaz is the pastry chef at Sherman’s Deli. He is from New York and of Puer...
04/25/2019

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Felix Diaz is the pastry chef at Sherman’s Deli. He is from New York and of Puerto Rican descent. He has been baking for 38 years, starting in his father’s bakery. He came to Sherman’s in 1998 and is here to this day.

For tickets to The Chocolate Soirée, visit cdmod.org!

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Chef Dominique Valenzuela with the JW Marriott Desert Springs.Chef Dominique was b...
04/25/2019

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Chef Dominique Valenzuela with the JW Marriott Desert Springs.

Chef Dominique was born and raised in La Quinta, CA. While attending La Quinta High School, he joined the four year Culinary Arts program a curriculum set forth by the California Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Associations Educational Foundations.

Upon graduating high school, he attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts Management. He then moved to Las Vegas, NV where he began working at restaurant ALEX at Wynn Las Vegas a two-Michelin star, Forbes 5 Star, AAA 5 Diamond, Wine Spectator Grand Award Winning restaurant. Once restaurant ALEX had closed, he transferred to the main pastry kitchen for Wynn & Encore where he produced quantity production desserts. He then took on a position at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas working under renowned Executive Pastry Chef Vincent Pilon in the main pastry kitchen overseeing desserts for five restaurant outlets and all special occasion cakes for the casino/hotel. He then took on the Pastry Sous Chef position under the direction of Executive Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone at MGM Grand Las Vegas overseeing both Joel Robuchon restaurant - a three-Michelin star, Forbes 5 Star, AAA 5 Diamond, Wine Spectator Grand Award Winning Restaurant, and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – also a Michelin starred restaurant.

Dominique eventually returned home as the Executive Pastry Chef at the JW Marriott Desert Springs in June 2015. Currently, he manages a team of twenty two pastry cooks and bakers that produce everything sweet throughout the resort including Mikado Restaurant, Rockwood Grill, Bluestar Lounge, Aquafer 65, the Spa Bistro, Oasis Pool, In Room Dining, T&T Innovation Kitchen and Banquet & Events. He also maintains a close working relationship with La Quinta High School in assisting with a variety of collaborative projects with the students at the culinary academy. Recently he has also partnered with Rancho Mirage High School, seeking to build a steady relationship in mentoring, advising, and job placement for aspiring students.

To see Chef Dominique in action, purchase your tickets to The Chocolate Soirée at cdmod.org!

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Chef Mark Roberts of Mark Roberts Catering. Since the age of five, Chef Mark Rober...
04/24/2019

The Chocolate Soirée Chef Spotlight: Chef Mark Roberts of Mark Roberts Catering. Since the age of five, Chef Mark Roberts has had a passion to create amazing food. At age sixteen, he studied at L’Ecole Culinaire in St. Louis, Missouri. While at L’Ecole, he learned basic and advanced French techniques, as well as basic and intermediate baking techniques. He had the realization that he wanted to be a pastry chef, but after some time he learned of his true calling for the culinary side. Starting at the of age eighteen, he began his work in various kitchens, with the titles of Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine. Now, over 12 years later, he has decided to bring his talents to the table and let everyone experience his artistry.

To see Chef Mark and his creations, purchase your tickets to The Chocolate Soirée at cdmod.org.

We loved seeing all the families today! The children were happy to see their butterflies flying from their bungalows. Th...
04/20/2019

We loved seeing all the families today! The children were happy to see their butterflies flying from their bungalows. There were many smiling faces as we said, "Bye, bye, butterflies!" Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Butterfly Release this morning!

We are so excited about our lineup of chefs for The Chocolate Soirée on May 7th! Here is one of our Featured Chefs, Pas...
04/20/2019

We are so excited about our lineup of chefs for The Chocolate Soirée on May 7th! Here is one of our Featured Chefs, Pascal Lallemand of Wally's Desert Turtle. Visit http://www.wallysdesertturtle.com/chef-pascal-lallemand.html for his full bio. To purchase your Chocolate Soirée tickets, visit cdmod.org.

Setting up for the Butterfly Breakfast @cdmod!
04/20/2019

Setting up for the Butterfly Breakfast @cdmod!

Butterflies have been emerging all day here at the Museum! We are looking forward to releasing these wonderful little po...
04/20/2019

Butterflies have been emerging all day here at the Museum! We are looking forward to releasing these wonderful little pollinators into our garden tomorrow morning. Join us for our 4th Annual Butterfly Release and Earth Day Celebration when doors open early at 9 a.m. We release the butterflies at 9:45 a.m.
We hope to see you there!
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Thank you to Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers for providing a chocolate dial watch from the Frederique Constant Collection, cal...
04/19/2019

Thank you to Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers for providing a chocolate dial watch from the Frederique Constant Collection, called the Runabout to our Chocolate Soirée event auction.

"A limited edition piece, inspired by classic wooden gentleman's sport boats, expressing pure sophistication."

To bid on this and many more deluxe items, attend The Chocolate Soirée on May 7th at PIRCH in Rancho Mirage.

Purchase tickets here: https://cdmod.org/programs-and-events/special-events/the-chocolate-soiree/

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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Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert's cover photo
03/28/2019

Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert's cover photo

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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Address

71701 Gerald Ford Dr
Rancho Mirage, CA
92270

General information

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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